The North Polar Expedition disc

Graphics

The following image shows the cover image for both the North Polar Expedition box set that contains the disc:

North Polar Expedition box cover

The following image shows the spine of the box:

North Polar Expedition box spine

Purpose of the AIV disc

The North Polar Expedition disc is unusual due to the fact it was the only interactive laserdisc set made specifically for the Domesday system that was not produced by the BBC (it was produced by Virgin Media).  The laserdisc is single-sided and contains only video, audio and pictures (with the data provided on two 5.25 inch floppy discs).

Except from the user manual:

The aim of the programme is to encourage group and team building with the group working towards a common goal through taking on the roles of members of an expedition to the North Pole. The combination of audio and moving images from the region enables them to gain a realistic idea of survival in a hostile environment which they are unlikely ever to visit.

The Laser Video Disc

North Polar Expedition Laserdisc (Side 1)
North Polar Expedition Laserdisc (Side 2)

The North Polar Expedition material

Map

The following map of the North Pole was included in the box set:

North Polar Expedition map

Book

The North Polar Expedition box set included a full book entitled “To the ends of the earth”.  The cover of the book can be seen in the following picture:

To the ends of the earth – By Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Guide leaflets

The are 6 guide leaflets included in the box set:

  • Navigator/Radio Operator’s Guide
  • Land/Sea Base Controller’s Guide
  • Medic/Mechanic’s Guide
  • Pilot’s Guide
  • Team Leader’s Guide
  • Teacher’s/Instructor’s Guide

In the box set loaned to Domesday86.com two of the leaflets were badly damaged by liquid and could not be scanned.  The remaining 4 leaflets can be downloaded as PDF files below:

Medic/Mechanic’s Guide

Pilot’s Guide

Teacher’s/Instructor’s Guide

Team Leader’s Guide

Floppy discs

Pictures

North Polar Expedition floppy disc 1
North Polar Expedition floppy disc 2

Data Images

North Polar Expedition DFS images

Notes

The North Polar Expedition box set was loaned to Domesday86.com by Dave Moore.  Many thanks  to him for allowing this rare disc to be added to the site!