Have all the original videotape rushes, 35mm model shot reels, sound effects, dialogue, music, hardware FX shots and so on for the original ’88 to ’93 run so you can reconstruct the episodes perfectly but with modern technology. Frame for frame but in true stereo with beautiful image upscaling, deinterlacing, colour grading, all the bells and whistles, BUT Series VII to XII are consigned to the memory hole forever and essentially didn’t happen.
Have Series VII to XII still exist but the original ’88 to ’93 run exists only as shitey VHS versions that have clearly been played a hundred times?
Series III was the last of the series shot on the old tube cameras, some likely going back to the first days of colour at the BBC, with IV to VI shot on fancy CCD cameras. The look and atmosphere from the tube cameras gives Series III a very grungy and beautiful feel because they’re populating the sets with more props, the lighting is changing and it feels more lived in. It’s also why the Remastered Series III episodes realllllllllly burst off the screen in terms of colour and contrast because you’re pushing the absolute limits of what the cameras can capture. Compare to Series IV where the image is very clean and precise with no bleeding and trails from overly bright lights in motion.
It’s a bit of a mess on the DVD because it’s compressed to hell and it could use a little polishing in terms of grading and bringing up brightness and tempering down colour saturation in some shots but overall, it’s a rich and very interesting picture. I’d say it’s my favourite looking series with VI coming in second because the refitted Starbug is such an interesting set, almost submarine like and full of dials and old keyboards and embossed walls.