The Frequently Asked Questions List for

Doctor Who DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs in

North America.

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Last updated November 11, 2014.   Recently updated sections are in red.

Compiled by Steve Manfred,  smanfred at comcast.net 

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UPCOMING RELEASES  

 

December 9, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna

            Coleman, and Samuel Anderson.

            (12 episodes, 5 DVDs for $79.98 or 4 Blu-Rays for $99.98)

 

LATEST RELEASES        

 

November 4, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years starring Matt Smith, Karen

            Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Jenna Coleman, and Alex Kingston

            (44 episodes, 16 Blu-Ray discs for $148.95)

 

September 9, 2014

            Doctor Who: Deep Breath starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

            (1 75-minute episode, 1 DVD disc $19.98 or 1 Blu-Ray disc for $24.98)

 

September 2, 2014

            Doctor Who: Series Four: Part Two starring David Tennant and Catherine

            Tate (7 episodes, 2 DVD discs, $19.96)

 

August 5, 2014

            Doctor Who: Series Four: Part One starring David Tennant and Catherine

            Tate (7 episodes, 2 DVD discs, $19.96)

 

July 8, 2014

            Doctor Who: Series Three: Part Two starring David Tennant and Freema

            Agyeman (7 episodes, 2 DVD discs, $19.96)

 

June 10, 2014

            Doctor Who: Series Three: Part One starring David Tennant and Freema

            Agyeman (7 episodes, 2 DVD discs, $19.96)

 

June 3, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Gift Set

            (11 stories and 11 specials on 11 DVDs, $125.92)

 

RECENT RELEASES

 

May 27, 2014

            Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time starring David Bradley,

              Jessica Raine, Brian Cox, and Sacha Dahwan

              (A 90-minute movie, DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack, 3 discs, $24.98)

 

May 20, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World starring Patrick Troughton

              (6 25-minute episodes, 1 DVD, $19.95)

 

May 13, 2014

            Doctor Who: Series 2 Part 2 starring David Tennant and Billie Piper

              (7 45-minute episodes, 2 DVDs for $19.96)

              Vanilla re-release of the second half of David Tennant’s first season.

 

April 22, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Web of Fear starring Patrick Troughton

              (6 25-minute episodes, 1 DVD, $19.95)

 

April 8, 2014

            Doctor Who: Series 2 Part 1 starring David Tennant and Billie Piper

              (1 60-minute episode and 6 45-minute episodes, 2 DVDs for $19.96)

              Vanilla re-release of the first 7 David Tennant episodes.

 

March 4, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor starring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman

              (1 60-minute episode, 1 DVD for $19.98 or 1 Blu-Ray for $24.98)

 

February 11, 2014

            Doctor Who: The Moonbase starring Patrick Troughton (4 episodes, 1 DVD,

              $24.95. Episodes 1 and 3 are animated reconstructions.)

 

December 10, 2013

            Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor    50th Anniversary Special.

            Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman, and Billie Piper.

            (75 minutes.  1 DVD for $24.98 or a DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack for $29.98.

            The combo pack will contain the DVD version plus a Blu-Ray disc containing

            the HD version and the 3D HD version.)

 

EXCLUSIVE to Canadian Best Buy and Future Shop stores, and in Limited Edition:

 

            Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World starring Patrick Troughton (6 episodes,

              1 DVD, $19.99 CDN)

            and

            An Adventure in Space and Time starring David Bradley, Jessica Rayne, Brian Cox,

            and Sacha Dhawan (90 minutes, 1 DVD, $19.99 CDN)

 

December 3, 2013

            The Doctors Revisited: Ninth to Eleventh

            (3 discs, $39.98. Contains the BBC America “Doctors Revisted” specials for

            Doctors 9-11 (25 minutes each) and an example story for each Doctor. They are

            Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways (9th), The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End (10th),

            and The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon (11th).)

 

November 19, 2013

            Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet starring William Hartnell

            (4 25-minute episodes, 2 discs, $34.98)

 

November 5, 2013

            Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Blu-Ray Gift Set

            (102 episodes, $349.98)

 

 

***THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LIST***

1) Are Doctor Who stories available on DVD?  Who makes them and where can I find them?

 

Yes!  Nearly all of the existing Doctor Who stories are available now on DVD, and by early

2014, the entire extant series should be available, barring further discoveries of missing episodes. 

Their content comes from BBC Worldwide Americas in partnership with their counterparts at BBC

Worldwide in the UK.   The manufacturing and distribution is accomplished by Warner Home Video.  

 

The DVDs are available from both brick-and-mortar video sales stores like Best Buy and from

online sellers such as amazon.com or BBC Worldwide America’s sales site,

http://www.bbcamericashop.com/ or independent sellers such as Who North America, whona.com,

or Alien Entertainment, alienentertainment.com .

 

BEWARE.  There is a Doctor Who DVD counterfeiting operation underway sourcing from

southeast Asia that has taken in several consumers trying to buy the DVDs on eBay.  These discs

are not the real thing and are a very inferior product with terrible picture quality, missing booklets,

packaging goofs, and more.  I recommend not buying from eBay or other internet resellers due to

this.  This youtube video demonstrates one unfortunate purchaser’s experience:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGcbIwaefJ0&feature=related

 

2. I’m interested in perhaps buying some of these DVDs. What should I know?

You should be aware that most of the Doctor Who DVDs released so far from the classic series

have had extensive restoration work done on them prior to authoring and now look better than

they ever have before.  The only ones that had lighter restoration done didn’t need much in the

first place (or in the case of the new series, none at all, because they’re brand new).  We’ve never

seen Doctor Who look this good – it’s much better than the old PBS broadcasts, or indeed,

the current reruns of classic stories being done by BBC America under the banner of

“The Doctors Revisited.”  Their broadcast masters are the unrestored versions. 

 

You should also know that to date, all of the DVDs have bonus materials on them that are not

available on the VHS tapes.

 

When it comes to the classic series, you should also know the difference between "episode form"

and "movie form".  The natural format of most of the classic Doctor Who series is as a cliffhanger

adventure serial.  Each true "episode" of the classic series was usually 25 minutes long and ended

in a cliffhanger and crashing theme music, with the original viewers on the BBC having to wait

usually a whole week before the next installment.  The most common serial length was 4 such

episodes, with 6-parters also being heavily used in the first half of the series' life (and some other

lengths were mixed in here and there too.)   Most PBS outlets in the US did not broadcast the

series in this format, but instead showed what became known as "movie form," where all the

episodes of each serial were edited together to form one long movie. (4-parters usually came to

about 90 minutes, 6-parters to 2 hours and 20 minutes.)   The DVD releases all present the stories

in the original episode form (when applicable).  The fans prefer this because it is the true format

the series should be seen in, because the episodes were plotted and paced with only 25-minute

installments in mind, and because the cliffhangers themselves sometimes have differences

between what's shown at the end of one episode versus the beginning of the next, with altered

shots and changes made to the music.  In the "movie form" practice, one of those two versions

always has to be left out.  

 

The standard episode length of the classic series’ 22nd season and of the new series that began

in 2005 is 45 minutes.  Most of the new series episodes are now stand-alones, but some are part

of two-part stories. 

 

3. Why are these DVDs so much higher-priced than most American TV series on DVD? 

And why don’t they release season box sets of the classic series?

 

As you might expect, Doctor Who DVDs do the most sales in the United Kingdom, and the

United Kingdom hasn’t seen as much of the enormous price erosion of TV DVDs that the North

American market has.  Also, multi-standard TVs and multi-region DVD players are very commonplace

in the UK. BBC Worldwide and their UK sales clients are all afraid that if they price Doctor Who

(or any other BBC DVDs) more in line with what the American DVD market is used to, then they

will see large numbers of UK consumers import the American editions of those DVDs, because

even with the shipping charges the price will still be lower than what it would be if they bought the

DVD off a UK store shelf.  They therefore price the North American editions at a level only

slightly lower than the UK price so that they don’t get a lot of importation going on into the UK. 

This policy is likely to continue.

 

Regarding season box sets... Doctor Who classic series DVD releases began in the UK in 1999

with them repeating the single-story-at-a-time model that had been in use on VHS.  Before season

box sets started becoming the norm in the US (and other countries), many stories had already seen

released in the UK. Were they to switch over to the season model, many consumers would be

forced to re-buy some stories they already had.  Just as importantly, production budgets on

single titles are higher than they would be for season sets, which means that each single title can be

(and is) packed with special features.  Were they to switch to the season model, the special features

would have to be reduced.  They have instead adopted a compromise plan where they release a

few smaller box sets per year of stories that were linked together in some way (like a story arc)

while continuing the single-story-at-a-time model the rest of the year.  The new series is another

case entirely, as the extra features are being made concurrently with the series itself, which allows

those DVDs to be almost as full as the classic series ones and still be in a season box set (and,

of course, the “rebuying” issue isn’t a problem as these are all-new episodes).

 

4.  What’s with these “Special Edition” titles? 

 

“Special Editions” are re-releases of stories that were originally released in the early years of the

DVD range. 

 

4a. Why re-release those early titles?

 

The cynical answer is “to make more money,” and while that’s a part of the reasoning certainly, it’s

not the whole story, or else they’d be re-releasing the entire range.

 

Re-releases have been concentrated on stories where it was felt the original DVD release could be

considerably improved-upon if done again using their current techniques and policies.   Either the

restoration work could be done better using tools that are now available that weren’t 10 or more

years ago, or the number of special features on the original release was lacking compared to today’s

releases, or some combination of both.  In a few cases, there were some outright mistakes made in

the original release that the Special Edition gets a chance to correct.

 

Most of these titles come out in the UK under the moniker of “Revisitations.”  BBC Worldwide

Americas chose to call them “Special Editions” instead.  Their content is otherwise identical.

 

5. Is Doctor Who being released in a high-definition format, i.e. on BluRay?

Beginning with the 2009 Easter special, Planet of the Dead, the new series of Doctor Who  

switched up to high-definition, and from there on, high-definition Blu-Ray releases have been

sold alongside standard-definition DVDs.  There is also a box set of the entire new series

where the episodes from 2005 to 2009 have been up-converted to 1080p, and the episodes

from 2009 onwards converted from 1080i to 1080p.  The individual series 1-4 should also

see up-converted releases made available separately in 2014.

               

Prior to that the new series had been shot at the British standard-definition of the time, which

was 576i and 16:9 widescreen.  The North American DVDs were released in North America’s

standard definition of 480i, but they did preserve the wider aspect ratio.  (North American TVs

didn’t go 16:9 widescreen until high-definition came in, but British TVs went widescreen

earlier.)

 

The classic series, with one exception, was shot principally on videotape, using the UK’s

standard definitions of the time.  The picture definition on those is therefore locked-in to

those levels and can’t be made better.  (376i and 4:3 ratio from 1963 to 1967, 576i and 4:3 ratio

from 1967 onwards.) 

 

Yes, their standard-definition was 20% better than North America’s, and yes, they could

theoretically upscale these shows from 576i to 1080i for Blu-Ray and therefore North

Americans would get the 20% benefit, but these releases are always led by the needs of the

UK market, and they would see no benefit.  There are, in fact, consumer protection rules

that require their Blu-Rays to have a majority percentage of true high-definition content,

which classic Doctor Who re-releases could not be.  It’s therefore now thought to be very

unlikely to happen. 

 

*There is one single story of the classic series that was shot completely on film, meaning

that high-definition pictures were preserved in those original film negatives.   

That one was Jon Pertwee’s debut story, Spearhead from Space.  And in fact a BluRay

Special Edition has been released of this one as of August 2013.

 

The Paul McGann TV Movie of 1996 was also shot on film, however, all of the post-

production editing and effects work was done in the video domain.  The only way to

make a high-definition Blu-Ray release of this story would be to go back to the original

camera negatives (if they still exist), and repeat the entire post-production process at

considerable expense.  It’s not impossible, as the Blu-Ray releases of Star Trek: The Next

Generation, which had the same problem, are showing, but it seems unlikely the BBC

would see this as being cost-effective.  Also, they do not possess the camera negatives:

Universal Television does, if they even still exist, and they would have to be involved,

further complicating the issue.  It all seems unlikely.

 

6. Were the spinoff series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures released on

DVD and/or Blu-Ray? 

Both series, which are now finished, got standard-definition DVD releases in North America. 

 

Torchwood was entirely shot in 1080i high-definition and had Blu-Ray releases in addition

to DVD releases for all four of its seasons.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures did not see Blu-Ray releases owing to their selling in small

volumes at children's TV prices.  (Its first two seasons were only shot at standard-definition

in any case, and thus wouldn’t benefit.)   Reportedly, region-free Blu-Ray releases of the

fourth and fifth series of SJA happened in the UK.

 

7. Do any of the Doctor Who DVDs have edits?  Have they cut anything out, like the

SciFi Channel did and like BBC America sometimes does? 

 

The versions on the DVDs of the new series are the same as those shown on the BBC in

the UK and have none of the editing that the SciFi Channel, and to a lesser extent, BBC

America did/does to it to accommodate their network commercial loads. The running times

of Doctor Who episodes vary more than most US-made fare does, so if you’re watching on

BBC America, you could be seeing an episode with nothing cut out (because it was a short

one to start with) or one with up to five minutes cut out (when it runs long).

 

That said, there is still a caption missing in the episode Blink on The Complete Third Series

Box  Set.  At the start of the final scene set in the DVD store, there was originally a caption

which read “ONE YEAR LATER,” which is mysteriously absent from this DVD. 

(It’s missing from the UK’s DVD of this one too… how this happened is a mystery.)

Also, the commentary track that was recorded for the UK edition of Last of the Time Lords

which featured David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, and John Barrowman, is not on the

North American edition and is instead replaced by the one from the official Doctor Who

website podcast with Russell T. Davies, Phil Collinson, and Julie Gardner.  This had to be

done because David, Freema, and John frequently sing bits of songs during their commentary

as a running gag, which couldn’t be copyright-cleared in time for the North American

production deadlines. 

 

Another small, curious change is on Dalek in the Complete First Series Box Set. 

When the Dalek exits to confront Henry Van Statten over his torturing him, a different

vocal take of the Dalek voice has been used versus what was heard on the original BBC

broadcast. Last-minute dialogue retakes before broadcast apparently didn't filter back to

the versions that were being prepped for the DVD.

 

Similarly, a last-minute change to the closing credits of The Doctor's Wife to include

Susannah Leah, the Junkyard Console Designer, also didn't filter back to the versions

on the DVD/Blu-Ray.

 

The Series Five set was also absent the “Coming Soon” trailers that play at the ends of the

episodes.  This removal policy was reversed with the Series Six set, but they’ve yet to go

back and release Five including them, and it appears the new Complete Blu-Ray Box Set

will simply be inheriting the original Series Five set and not have them.

 

For the classic series, there have been a few changes made to the original programs in a

few instances.  Here’s what they were and why:

 

The Dalek Invasion of Earth

This one is so small I would never have noticed it myself, but some others have.  Apparently

if you’re looking very carefully at the background in one of the on-location chase sequences

in the third episode, in the original version you could see a contemporary truck parked on

the street, but it was very small... only a few pixels in fact.  During restoration, the engineers

thought they’d see how easy it would be to paint that out, never intending to leave it like that,

but then a miscommunication happened and the copy with the truck painted out got used

on the DVD master by mistake. 

 

The Chase

In the 1960s, the Beatles were making regular appearances on the BBC’s Top of the Pops,

often in the same studio where Doctor Who was being produced at the time.  These appearances

were often what were called “mime performances,” where the band basically lip-synced and

pretended to play their instruments to one of their original recordings.  In the first episode of

The Chase, the Doctor has obtained a time-space visualiser, a device that allows you to tune

in and watch any event in history like it was on TV.  Each of his three companions gets a turn

at it, and the third, Vicki, chooses to watch a Beatles concert.  The footage they used was a

30-second clip of one of these Top of the Pops mime performances of Ticket to Ride recorded

there the previous week.  The fact that the footage uses an original Beatles recording causes a

rights problem.  All Beatles original recordings are managed by the Beatles’ own company,

Apple Corps, and for many years now, they have not permitted any of those original recordings

to be republished by anyone for any reason as they feel they were being used for not-very-good

purposes in earlier years.  This includes DVD releases, and for this reason, the footage containing

Ticket to Ride has been removed from the DVD of The Chase, as well as the parts of the scene

that led into it and led out of it. Exactly 2 minutes of footage has been removed. 

 

This scene is included in its entirety in the Region 2 UK edition of this release.  Differences in

interpretation of the different countries’ copyright laws have meant the BBC felt safe in not

cutting it in the UK, but less so for the North American market.

 

The Region 2 edition is, of course, importable and usable if you have a region free DVD player. 

See Question and Answer 13 below for discussion on this topic.

 

(The 1993 VHS edition of The Chase did include the scene intact, as the Beatles had not yet

clamped down on the archive republishing at that time.)

 

The Time Meddler

The print used for the third episode on this DVD is one returned to the BBC from an overseas

broadcaster.  This broadcaster had made a censorship cut to the death scene of the Viking

named Ulf, feeling it to be too violent for the timeslot they were running the series in. 

That clip is still missing, although a soundtrack recording of this scene has been recovered and is

included in a featurette on the DVD. 

 

The War Machines

The prints used on this DVD were ones returned to the BBC from overseas broadcasters. 

These broadcasters had made some censorship cuts of so-called violent scenes to episodes

2, 3, and 4.  Many of these censored bits have been recovered by other means and inserted

back into the prints, but there are still a few absent or incomplete.  The Restoration Team have

worked wonders to bridge these small gaps (and there is a full featurette on what they did on

the DVD), and you might not have ever known they were there, but technically, these are still

cuts from the original version.

 

The Seeds of Death (original release, not the Special Edition)

A small mistake was made during the restoration process, where the VidFIRE video-look

restoration tool was wrongly applied to a scene that was shot on film.  The Restoration Team

normally try to make the whole production look as it originally did, with the studio video scenes

processed but film inserts left alone to keep looking like film.  So, if you look carefully, near the

end of  episode 5 (and in the recap at the start of episode 6), you’ll see a scene of the Doctor

trying to get into the Weather Control Bureau that has been VidFIREd when it shouldn’t

have been.    This mistake was corrected on the Special Edition re-release.

 

Spearhead From Space (original release, not the Special Edition or the Blu-Ray Edition)

In episode 2, during the establishing shots of the plastics factory, some electric guitar music was

used to accompany the shots.  This music came from a track called “Oh Well (Part One)” by a

band that was just up-and-coming in 1969/70, when Spearhead was made. 

They made it pretty big later on though… perhaps you’ve heard of Fleetwood Mac? 

When this DVD was first released, the cost to copyright-clear that track was very high, so

it was removed and replaced with some of the background sound effects. 

When the Special Edition came out, the BBC were able to get affordable terms, and the track

was replaced.  It also appears on the Blu-Ray edition.

 

The Caves of Androzani (Original Edition from 2001, not the Special Edition)

In the original version of this story, the first few scenes on the surface of the alien planet weren’t

as convincing as they could’ve been because of a shaking film image of the live action being married

into a completely stationary matte painting glass shot of the planet’s surface.  That original version

is still to be found on this DVD, but to see it you need to select that you want to see that

version from the DVD’s bonus menu.  The DVD instead defaults to a new version of the scene

where the shaking film image has been stabilized.  Also, the smoke effects laid in over the action are

slightly different from the original.  This was the first time the Restoration Team made an alternate

effects shot like this available in the DVD, and after this they changed policy so that the original

version of the scene is always the default version and the new one must be selected from the menu.

 

The Caves of Androzani Special Edition (2012)

The shaking film image/seamless branching issue from the earlier release has been solved by new

restoration techniques that have allowed the original scene to be presented without all that

alternate version malarkey.  However, elsewhere on the release, a new error crept in where the

transition from one scene to another that was originally done with a dissolve was changed to a

jump cut instead. 

 

Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition (and also the original edition)

In the scenes set in Harry’s Café, some original Beatles music was to be heard on occasion being

played on the café’s jukebox.  One of the current co-owners of the rights to the original Beatles

recordings would not permit them to be used at any price, and so it had to be replaced with other

music tracks in the scenes in question.  The original 1993 VHS release was not affected by

this, as the co-ownership agreement of the Beatles catalog which is the problem took force in 1995.

In the new Special Edition, the music has been replaced again, but with different 60s tracks to that

used in the 2002 DVD edition.

 

8. Are the Doctor Who DVDs remastered for DVD, or did they just stick the old VHS

masters on discs?

 

All of the Doctor Who DVDs that were first released in the UK have received extensive video

and audio restoration treatment by the BBC Restoration Team.  Full details of their work can be

found at http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/   

 

9. I saw some "Dr. Who" DVDs on the shelf that star Peter Cushing and Daleks...

what are these?

The Daleks became so popular in the mid-1960s that a British film producer named Milton

Subotsky acquired the license to make three films based on Terry Nation's Dalek stories for the

TV series.  Two of these were produced and released to theaters and are currently available on

DVD in North America from Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment. The first film was released in

1965 and is in DVD release in North America as  "Dr. Who and the Daleks".  It is color

(technicolor even), 80 minutes, closed captioned, 2:35:1 aspect ratio, and usually retails for

$19.98 or less.  The second film was released in 1966 and is in release in North America as

"Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D."  It is also color, 80 minutes, 2:35:1 aspect ratio, closed

captioned, and $19.98 or less. The films are also available in a box set, where they come with a

third DVD called “Dalekmania”, a 1-hour documentary about  the two films made in 1995. 

 

These films star Peter Cushing as "Dr. Who". "Who" is his actual last name, and here the

character is an eccentric human scientist who has invented a TARDIS in his backyard. 

The first film's plot is a condensed version of the first Dalek television story, The Daleks,

and the second film's plot is a condensed version of the second Dalek television story, 

The Dalek Invasion of Earth  Both of those original television stories are available on DVD

from BBC Worldwide Americas and Warner Home Video.

 

These films were re-released on Blu-Ray for the UK market in May of 2013.  No

announcement has yet been made of their release in North America, however.  Also, it is

now known that the UK releases are encoded for Region B, and will thus not play in

North American players unless they’ve been hacked to be region-free.

 

10. My favorite story hasn't been released yet! Would writing to the BBC or Warner

help to get it released soon? 

Well, there are very few stories complete in the archives that haven’t been released yet.

So save your stamps or emails. They’re almost all out! 

 

11. What are Warner's and BBC Video's mailing addresses?

Warner's is:
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA  91522

If you want to address the horse's mouth at BBC Video in the UK, write to:
BBC Video (Doctor Who)
BBC Woodlands
80, Wood Lane,
London
W12 0TT
ENGLAND
 

BBC Worldwide America’s address is:

BBC Worldwide Americas Inc.

747 Third Avenue

New York, NY  10017

 

12. Why did the 1996 Fox TV Movie with Paul McGann take so long to come out on DVD?

It had been out since 2001 in the UK.

Dan Hall, Commissioning Editor in the UK, announced on August 25, 2010 that

they had at last obtained the rights from Universal to release the McGann TV Movie in countries

outside the UK including North America.  It came out in North America in 2011.   

 

Under the co-production deal between the Fox TV Network, Universal, and BBC Worldwide,

the North American video release rested with Universal, and until Dan Hall’s negotiations,

they had shown no interest in either releasing it themselves or in licensing it back to BBC

Worldwide.  The situation changed.   

 

13.  I want to order from an overseas vendor. Are there any special problems I should

expect if I do this?

 

There are two obstacles you first need to overcome before you can play a UK-made DVD in

North America. 

 

First, you must somehow defeat “region coding.”  This is an instruction written into most

DVDs that the players all look for to see if it can play the disc.  This is not a legal restriction but

rather a voluntary restriction that was settled on by the commercial international DVD standards

consortium.  Britain is in Region 2, and North America is Region 1, and if you put a Region 2

DVD into a Region 1 DVD player, the player will refuse to play it.  (This all has to do with

what company has what right to publish what show or movie in what territory.)   It is possible,

especially if you look on-line, to buy DVD players that are either region-free, or can be

programmed to become region-free and thus enable you to play the disc. 

 

The second problem is the difference between the television technical standards in the two

regions.  The UK’s traditional “standard-definition” used a PAL color standard with 625 lines

and 50 fields per second.  North American’s traditional “standard-definition” TVs used the

NTSC color standard, with 525 lines and 60 fields per second.   The practical upshot of this is

that the two TV systems are incompatible.  Even if you defeat the region coding, the DVD

player will be outputting a PAL TV signal that your NTSC TV won’t be able to understand. 

 

Another option is to hack (er, program) the DVD player on your computer to be able to play

Region 2 DVDs and watch them on your computer.  Computers and their monitors already have

a lot more resolution than either NTSC or PAL and can easily cope with either image system. 

The downside here is that some computer monitors don’t use interlaced frames, whereas standard

television does.  This means that motion from a videotape source will look like film when played on

a monitor, and as most Doctor Who was predominantly shot on videotape, you’ll lose the smooth

motion effect of video.  (Interlaced frames work like this: a TV updates only half its image every

1/60th of a second by lighting up only the even-numbered lines of pixels in its screen in that 60th

of a second.  In the next 60th, it goes back up the screen and lights up all the odd-numbered lines

of pixels, then in the next it does all the even-numbered ones again, etc.  The result of this is terrific

“temporal” resolution, and a live, smooth look much like real life.  Computer monitors display rather

like film images, where the entire image is updated at once, and like film projections, motion tends to

look a lot more jerky.  It’s the difference between watching a football game live (video) or watching

it on an NFL Films highlight show (film). )  Some of those television DVD players that can be made

multi-region can also be programmed to convert the PAL signal into an NTSC one that your TV

can cope with.  The downside of that is you’ll lose the extra resolution a PAL image would bring,

and you’ll get some conversion artifacts in the images (little bits in the picture that shouldn’t be there). 

Also, most of these in-built PAL-to-NTSC converters leave out a lot of the interlaced video fields

in the conversion process, and so the videotape look of most Doctor Who will be lost. 

This loss-of-fields on computer monitors and through converting DVD players especially affects

the new VidFIRE video restoration tool being used on black and white stories...you won’t see any

effect at all in either instance.  However, a Region 1 NTSC disc played on a normal player and

TV set will look as it should. 

 

Blu-Ray discs have similar problems.  In Blu-Ray parlance, North America is considered Region A

and the UK and Europe Region B.  You’ll have to find a player that can play multi regions, which

is much more difficult to do with Blu-Ray than it is on DVD, and that can compensate for the

difference in frame rates between UK television and North American television without introducing

too many horrible picture artefacts, which again is difficult to do.

 

14.  I live in the UK and want a North American DVD.  Will it work for me when I get it?

Actually, it might.  Both DVD players and television sets in the UK are more versatile

than are their commonly found counterparts in North America, and most (but not all) can be set

to cope both with the region coding problem and the technical standards (NTSC vs PAL) problem. 

 

15. I am hearing impaired, or I want to get DVDs for someone who is. Are the videos

closed captioned? Do they have subtitles?

 

All but the first 5 BBC classic series Doctor Who DVDs to be released in North America

have DVD subtitles for the main program available in the DVD options.  Those first 5 DVDs

did have closed captions for the hearing impaired encoded into them, however.  Those DVDs were

Spearhead from Space, The Robots of Death, The Five Doctors Special Edition,

The Caves of Androzani, and Remembrance of the Daleks.  All of these original releases have

since been withdrawn and replaced with Special Editions which have DVD subtitles built-in.

 

These subtitles and closed captions do not, unfortunately, cover the extra commentary tracks by

the actors and production staff. 

 

16. What DVDs are available, how much are they, and what extra features do they contain?

 

There are now over 150 DVD releases of the Doctor Who TV series available

(excluding the second format of stories available in more than one), and also the two Peter Cushing

Dalek movies, and now also all of the BBC spinoff series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures,

and the animated adventures The Infinite Quest, Dreamland, and The Scream of the Shalka.

 

A quick summary of the TV titles is below, listed in the chronological order of the TV series.

Stories 1-50 are in black and white.  All others are in color.  Suggested retail prices are given in

US dollars.  Episodes are 25 minutes each for stories 1-159 except where noted, and 45

minutes each for everything else, again except where noted.

 

Some of the releases are now being allowed to go out-of-print and are in limited supply.

Prices on these becoming-rare titles are starting to rise as a result from resellers.  They could

see re-release in the long term, but this will not be happening in the near future. 

 

Releases that have gone or are going out-of-print are highlighted in grey in the table below.

 

 

Clicking on a title will give a description of the story, and of all the DVD features.

Story

No.

Title

# of

Eps.

 

# of Discs

sound

 

Price

 

starring WILLIAM HARTNELL

 

 

 

 

1-3

The Beginning Box Set (Box set of An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, and The Edge of Destruction)

14

3

mono

35.98

5

The Keys of Marinus

6

1

mono

23.98

6, 18

The Aztecs Special Edition

(includes Galaxy 4)

4 + 1

2

mono

32.98

7

The Sensorites

6

1

mono

23.98

8

The Reign of Terror

6

1

mono

23.98

9

Planet of Giants

3

1

mono

23.98

10

The Dalek Invasion of Earth

6

2

mono

23.98

11,12

The Rescue / The Romans

6

2

mono

32.98

13

The Web Planet

6

1

mono

18.98

15, 16

The Space Museum and The Chase

4 & 6

3

mono

47.98

17

The Time Meddler

4

1

mono

23.98

23

The Ark

4

1

mono

23.98

25

The Gunfighters

4

1

mono

23.98

27

The War Machines

4

1

mono

23.98

29

The Tenth Planet

4

2

mono

32.98

14,21,

24

Lost in Time

6 + 2 audio

1

mono

18.98

 

starring PATRICK TROUGHTON

 

 

 

 

32,33,

35,36,

38,40,

41,43,

49

Lost in Time

12 + 2 audio

2

mono

28.98

14,21,

24,32,

33,35,

36,40,

41,43,

49

Lost in Time – all 3 discs in one box set

18 + 4 audio

3

mono

42.98

33

The Moonbase

4

1

Mono

19.98

37

The Tomb of the Cybermen Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

39

The Ice Warriors

6

2

Mono

23.98

40

The Enemy of the World

6

1

Mono

19.98

41

The Web of Fear

6

1

Mono

16.98

44

The Dominators

5

1

mono

23.98

45

The Mind Robber

5

1

mono

18.98

46

The Invasion

8

2

mono

28.98

47

The Krotons

4

1

Mono

23.98

48

The Seeds of Death Special Edition

6

2

mono

32.98

50

The War Games

10

3

mono

47.98

 

starring JON PERTWEE

 

 

 

 

51

Spearhead from Space Special Edition

4

1

mono

22.98

51

Spearhead from Space Blu-Ray Edition

4

1 Blu-Ray

mono

22.98

52

Doctor Who and the Silurians

7

2

mono

Only available in “Beneath the Surface” box set 56.98

53

The Ambassadors of Death

7

2

mono

32.98

54

Inferno Special Edition

7

2

mono

32.98

55

Terror of the Autons

4

1

mono

23.98

56

The Mind of Evil

6

2

mono

32.98

57

The Claws of Axos Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

58

Colony in Space

6

1

mono

28.98

59

The Dæmons

5

2

Mono

32.98

60

Day of the Daleks

4 + special edition

2

mono

32.98

61

The Curse of Peladon

4

1

mono

23.98

62

The Sea Devils

6

1

mono

Only available in “Beneath the Surface” box set 56.98

63

The Mutants

6

2

mono

32.98

64

The Time Monster

6

1

mono

24.98

65

The Three Doctors Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

66

Carnival of Monsters Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

67,68

Dalek War Box Set

Contains 2 stories: Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks

12

4

mono

56.98

69

The Green Death Special Edition

6 + 1 SJA episode

2

mono

32.98

70

The Time Warrior

4

1

mono

23.98

71

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

6

2

mono

32.98

72

Death to the Daleks

4

1

Mono

23.98

73

The Monster of Peladon

6

2

mono

34.98

74

Planet of the Spiders

6

2

mono

32.98

 

starring TOM BAKER

 

 

 

 

75

Robot

4

1

mono

18.98

76

The Ark in Space Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

77

The Sontaran Experiment

2

1

mono

8.98

78

Genesis of the Daleks

6

2

mono

28.98

79

Revenge of the Cybermen

4

1

mono

23.98

80

Terror of the Zygons

4

2

Mono & 5.1 mix

32.98

81

Planet of Evil

4

1

mono

23.98

82

Pyramids of Mars

4

1

mono

18.98

83

The Android Invasion

4

1

mono

23.98

84

The Brain of Morbius

4

1

mono

23.98

85

The Seeds of Doom

6

2

mono

32.98

86

The Masque of Mandragora

4

1

mono

24.98

87

The Hand of Fear

4

1

mono

18.98

88

The Deadly Assassin

4

1

mono

23.98

89

The Face of Evil

4

1

mono

23.98

90

The Robots of Death Special Edition

4

1

mono

23.98

91

The Talons of Weng-Chiang Special Edition

6

3

mono

32.98

92

Horror of Fang Rock

4

1

mono

18.98

93

The Invisible Enemy 

(with K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend)

4 + 50 min special

2

mono

32.98

94

Image of the Fendahl

4

1

mono

23.98

95

The Sun Makers

4

1

mono

23.98

96

Underworld

4

1

mono

23.98

97

The Invasion of Time

6

2

mono

32.98

98

The Ribos Operation Special Edition

4

1

mono

Only available in “The Key to Time Special Edition” box set 99.98

99

The Pirate Planet Special Edition

4

1

mono

Only available in “The Key to Time Special Edition” box set 99.98

100

The Stones of Blood Special Edition

4

1

mono

Only available in “The Key to Time Special Edition” box set 99.98

101

The Androids of Tara Special Edition

4

1

mono

Only available in “The Key to Time Special Edition” box set 99.98

102

The Power of Kroll Special Edition

4

1

mono

Only available in “The Key to Time Special Edition” box set 99.98

103

The Armageddon Factor Special Edition

6

1

mono

Only available in “The Key to Time Special Edition” box set 99.98

98-103

The Key to Time Special Edition

26

 

7

mono

94.98

104

Destiny of the Daleks

4

1

mono

23.98

105

City of Death

4

2

mono

28.98

106

The Creature from the Pit

4

1

Mono

23.98

107

Nightmare of Eden

4

1

Mono

23.98

108

The Horns of Nimon

4

1

mono

23.98

109

Shada

with More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS

6 unfinished episodes + 90 min. documentary

3

Stereo

37.98

110

The Leisure Hive

4

1

mono

& Dolby 5.1

18.98

111

Meglos

4

1

Mono

23.98

112-114

The E-Space Trilogy (Box Set containing Full Circle, State of Decay, and Warriors’ Gate)

12

3

mono

47.98

115

The Keeper of Traken

4

1

mono

Only available in “New Beginnings” box set 42.98

116

Logopolis

4

1

mono

Only available in “New Beginnings” box set 42.98

115-117

New Beginnings Box Set

(Box Set of Nos. 115-117. Tom Baker’s in

115-116, Peter Davison in 117)

12

3

mono

42.98

 

starring PETER DAVISON

 

 

 

 

117

Castrovalva

4

1

mono

Only available in “New Beginnings” box set 42.98

118

Four to Doomsday

4

1

mono

23.98

119

Kinda

4

1

mono

23.98

120

The Visitation Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

121

Black Orchid

2

1

mono

13.98

122

Earthshock

4

1

mono

18.98

123

Time-Flight

4

1

mono

18.98

 

124

Arc of Infinity

4

1

mono

18.98

125

Snakedance

4

1

mono

23.98

126-128

The Black Guardian Trilogy

(Box Set of Nos.126 Mawdryn Undead, 127 Terminus, and 128 Enlightenment)

12

4

Mono

& Dolby 5.1

 Sp. Edit.

56.98

129

The King’s Demons

2

1

Mono

13.98

130

The Five Doctors 25th Anniversary Edition

90 minutes & 100 minutes

2

Dolby 5.1

32.98

131

Warriors of the Deep

4

1

mono

Only available in “Beneath the Surface” box set 56.98

132

The Awakening

2

1

mono

13.98

133

Frontios

4

1

Mono

23.98

134

Resurrection of the Daleks - Special Edition

2 x 47 min. & 4 x 25 min.

2

Dolby 5.1

32.98

135

Planet of Fire

4 + 66-min.SE

2

Mono &

Dolby 5.1

sp.ed.

32.98

136

The Caves of Androzani - Special Edition

4

2

mono

32.98

 

starring COLIN BAKER

 

 

 

 

137

The Twin Dilemma

4

1

Mono

23.98

138

Attack of the Cybermen

2 45-min. eps.

1

mono

23.98

139

Vengeance on Varos - Special Edition

2 45-min. eps.

2

Mono & Dolby 5.1

32.98

140

The Mark of the Rani

2 45-min. eps.

1

mono

19.98

141

The Two Doctors

3 45-min. eps.

2

mono

28.98

142

Timelash

2 45-min. eps.

1

mono

23.98

143

Revelation of the Daleks

2 45-min.

eps.

1

Dolby 5.1

18.98

144-147

The Trial of a Time Lord

14 25-min. eps.

4

mono

56.98

 

starring SYLVESTER McCOY

 

 

 

 

148

Time and the Rani

4

1

mono

23.98

149

Paradise Towers

4

1

mono

23.98

150

Delta and the Bannermen

3

1

Mono

23.98

151

Dragonfire

3

1

Mono

23.98

152

Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition

4

2

Stereo &

Dolby 5.1

23.98

153

The Happiness Patrol

3

1

Stereo

23.98

154

Silver Nemesis

3

1

Stereo & Dolby 5.1

23.98

155

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

4

1

Stereo & Dolby 5.1

23.98

156

Battlefield

4 & 1:35 movie

2

stereo &

Dolby 5.1

32.98

157

Ghost Light

3

1

stereo &

Dolby 5.1

19.98

158

The Curse of Fenric

4 & 1:44 movie

2

stereo &

Dolby 5.1

29.98

159

Survival

3

2

Stereo &

Dolby 5.1

28.98

 

starring PAUL McGANN

 

 

 

 

160

The Movie: Special Edition

86-min movie

2

Stereo

32.98

 

starring CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON

(45 min eps start here)

 

 

 

161-170

The Complete First Series Box Set

13

5

Dolby 5.1

94.98

161-163

Series One: Volume One

(Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead)  

(no extras)

3.

1

Dolby 5.1

19.98

164-165

Series One: Volume Two

(Aliens of London/World War Three, Dalek) (no extras)

3

1

Dolby 5.1

19.98

166-168

Series One: Volume Three (The Long Game, Father’s Day, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances) (no extras)

4

1

Dolby 5.1

19.98

169-170

Series One: Volume Four (Boom Town, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways) (no extras)

3

1

Dolby 5.1

19.98

 

starring DAVID TENNANT

 

 

 

 

171-181

The Complete Second Series Box Set

14

6

Dolby

5.1

94.98

171-176

Series 2 Part One

7

2

Dolby 5.1

16.98

182-191

The Complete Third Series Box Set

14

6

Dolby 5.1

94.98

192-202

The Complete Fourth Series Box Set

14

6

Dolby 5.1

94.98

203

The Next Doctor

1

1

Stereo

13.98

204

Planet of the Dead

1

1

Stereo

13.98DVD

18.98BD

205

The Waters of Mars

1

1

Dolby 5.1

13.98DVD

18.98BD

206

The End of Time

2

2

Dolby 5.1

23.98DVD

23.98BD

203-206

The Complete Specials

5

5

Dolby 5.1

47.98DVD

56.98BD

171-206

The David Tennant Years Gift Set

(all of the above Tennant sets in one set)

47

26

Dolby 5.1

199.98

 

starring MATT SMITH

 

 

 

 

207-216

The Complete Fifth Series Box Set

13

6

DTS 5.1

75.98DVD

84.89BD

217

A Christmas Carol

1 62-min. special

1

DTS 5.1

13.98DVD

18.98BD

218-222.5

Series Six, Part One

7

2

DTS 5.1

23.98DVD

28.98BD

222.5-227

Series Six, Part Two

6

2

DTS 5.1

12.49DVD

29.98BD

218-227

The Complete Sixth Series Box Set

14

6

DTS 5.1

75.98DVD

84.98BD

228

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

1 60-min. special

1

DTS 5.1

13.98DVD

18.98BD

229-233

Series 7 Part 1

5

1

DTS 5.1

23.98DVD

28.98BD

234

The Snowmen

1 60-min. special

1

DTS 5.1

13.98DVD

18.98BD

235-242

Series 7 Part 2

8

2

DTS 5.1

24.98DVD

29.98BD

228 – 242

The Complete Seventh Series Box Set

15

5-DVD/  4-BD

DTS 5.1

79.98DVD

89/98BD

243

The Day of the Doctor

1 80-min. special

1 or 2

DTS 5.1

29.98BD+DVD

24.98DVD

244

The Time of the Doctor

1 60-min. special

1

DTS 5.1

19.98DVD

24.98 BD

207-244

The Complete Matt Smith Years

44 episodes

1

DTS 5.1

148.95 BD only

 

starring PETER CAPALDI

 

 

 

 

245

Deep Breath

1 80-min. episode

1

DTS 5.1

19.98DVD

24.98 BD

 

 

SPECIAL SETS

 

 

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited First to Fourth

(4 discs, $39.98. Contains the BBC America “Doctors Revisted” specials for

            Doctors 1-4 (25 minutes each) and an example story for each Doctor. They are

            The Aztecs (1st), The Tomb of the Cybermen (2nd), Spearhead from Space (3rd),

            and Pyramids of Mars (4th).)

 

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Fifth to Eighth

(4 discs, $39.98. Contains the BBC America “Doctors Revisted” specials for

            Doctors 5-8 (25 minutes each) and an example story for each Doctor. They are

            Earthshock (5th), Vengeance on Varos (6th), Remembrance of the Daleks (7th),

            and The Movie (8th).)

 

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: Ninth to Eleventh

(3 discs, $39.98. Contains the BBC America “Doctors Revisited” specials for

            Doctors 9-11 (25 minutes each) and example stories for each Doctor. They are

            Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways (9th), The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End (10th),

            and The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon (11th).

 

Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka

(1 disc, $24.98. Animated webcast made for the BBC Doctor Who website in 2003

 that cast a new “Ninth” Doctor, played by Richard E. Grant.  Also stars Sophie Okonedo

 as Alison, and Derek Jacobi as the Master.  6 15-minute episodes.)

 

Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Blu-Ray Gift Set

            (102 episodes, $349.98.  Contains every new series episode from Rose through

            The Name of the Doctor. Episodes are all up-converted to 1080p.

            Also includes a bonus disc containing the full 90-minute Proms concert from 2010,

            and two BBC America specials: The Doctor Who Ultimate Lists of Lists and

            The Best of the Christmas Specials)

 

 

THE THEATRICAL MOVIES

 

Doctor Who and the Daleks starring Peter Cushing as Dr. Who   

Suggested retail price of $14.98

- Widescreen presentation 2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs

- commentary by actors Jennie Linden (Barbara) and Roberta Tovey (Susan) moderated by

 journalist Jonathan Sothcott

- theatrical trailer

- poster and photo gallery

- photo essay : a History of Doctor Who

- Peter Cushing bio

- This is the complete theatrical release with no edits or changes.

 

Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. starring Peter Cushing as Dr. Who   

Suggested retail price of $14.98

- Widescreen presentation 2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs

- theatrical trailer

- poster and photo gallery

- Peter Cushing bio

- optional French language soundtrack

- The entire theatrical release is here, but with one change.  The first scene with Tom Campbell

   trying to catch the jewel thieves and stumbling into the TARDIS was originally a pre-credits

   sequence, but in this print, it’s been pushed to behind the credits.  No footage is missing,

   it’s just rearranged.

 

The Dr. Who Collection   Suggested retail price of $39.98

-          This is a box set of both of the Peter Cushing movies, plus a third disc that contains a

60-minute documentary about the making of the films called Dalekmania. 

 

THE SPINOFF SERIES

Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time (DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack, 3 discs,

            $24.98)

 

This is a 90-minute docudrama about the behind-the-scenes origins of the series, focusing

on William Hartnell’s journey into the part and his subsequent tenure. 

Starring David Bradley as William Hartnell, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, Brian Cox

as Sydney Newman, and Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein.

 

This is a DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack with 3 discs in it.  The first disc will be a

DVD containing the movie and its associated extras.  The second disc will be a Blu-Ray

disc that contains the movie in high-definition.  The third disc will be a DVD containing

the series’ first-ever story, An Unearthly Child, plus its pilot episode, and associated extras.

(This is a copy of Disc 1 from The Beginning Box Set.)

 

Torchwood – The Complete First Season  

Suggested retail price of $79.98 for DVD, $99.98 for Blu-Ray. 

For complete details, click here.

 

Torchwood – The Complete Second Season  

Suggested retail price of $75.98 for DVD or for Blu-Ray. 

For complete details, click here.

 

Torchwood – Children of Earth     

Suggested retail price of $29.98 for DVD, $34.98 for Blu-Ray. 

For complete details, click here.

 

Torchwood - Miracle Day

Suggested retail price of $49.98 for DVD, $59.99 for Blu-Ray.

For complete details, click here.

 

K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend  

This is sold with the Doctor Who story The Invisible Enemy. 

Suggested retail price of $34.98. 

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures – The Complete First Season   

Suggested retail price of $37.98.

For complete details, click the name.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures – The Complete Second Season   

Suggested retail price of $37.98.

For complete details, click the name.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures – The Complete Third Season

Suggested retail price of $28.98.

For complete details, click the name.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures – The Complete Fourth Season

Suggested retail price of $28.98.

For complete details, click the name.

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Fifth Season

Suggested retail price of $28.98.

For complete details, click the name.

 

Doctor Who – The Infinite Quest  animated episode starring David Tennant

and Freema Agyeman.  Suggested retail price of $8.98.  Click the title for details.

 

Doctor Who – Dreamland animated episode starring David Tennant.

Suggested retail price of $23.98.  Click the title for details.

 

 

17.  Why are the pictures on the back of the Inferno all in black-and-white? 

I thought this story was in color.

It is in color, just like the caption on the box says.  The pictures on the back of all

the Doctor Who DVDs come from photographic stills that were taken during

production.  The only existing photo stills for Inferno were all taken with

black-and-white cameras, apart from some rehearsal shots, but though those are in

color, they can’t be used as the cast are not in full costume. 

(You see some of these in the photo gallery on Disc 2.)  Why were they all

black-and-white photos when the show was made in color? This is probably because

this was the first year of full color for BBC1 and for Doctor Who and there was still

a transition of equipment taking place.  A very similar thing happened on the VHS

release of this story, only in that instance, the caption on the back of the box actually

read “black and white” as well, when it should have said color. 

 

18.  Are there any episodes that will never be released?

There are still 97 episodes missing from the BBC Archives. The missing episodes are

scattered across the first six seasons, with William Hartnell's last and Patrick Troughton's

first two being the hardest hit. 

 

The soundtracks to all of the missing episodes still exist, however, and these have been

released on official BBC CDs with narration from cast members to explain visual action

not apparent from the dialog.  All of the missing episodes have now been released in

the CD format.  If you’re interested in picking these up, I can suggest you shop online

at either www.whona.com or at www.alienentertainment.com    They usually have these

titles in stock.   All of these releases are now also available for download from iTunes or

other audio book sites such as audible.com

 

The surviving episodes from stories with half or less of their episodes still remaining have

been released on DVD in North America on Nov. 2, 2004, in the Lost in Time DVD set,

described above.

 

*** On October 10, 2013, the BBC announced the recovery of 9 formerly missing episodes,

5 of which complete the story The Enemy of the World and the other 4 of which almost

complete The Web of Fear (episode 3 is still absent).   More recoveries in this effort may

be announced in the near future too.   ***

 

The Patrick Troughton story The Invasion, which is missing 2 of is 8 episodes has been

DVD-released with the two missing episodes replaced with Flash animation by Cosgrove Hall,

done in black and white, matching the original camera shots that were scripted, and mated to

the still-existing original soundtracks.  Two other stories missing 2 of their episodes have been

given this treatment (albeit by different animators), The Reign of Terror and The Ice Warriors,

and The Moonbase is said to be getting it in the near future.

 

Here's a complete list of what we can’t see, for now, in their original form:

 

starring WILLIAM HARTNELL
4. Marco Polo (7 episodes, all missing)
8. The Reign of Terror (6 episodes, missing episodes 4 and 5 –

will be released with narration i.e. The Crusade VHS)
14. The Crusade (4 episodes, missing episodes 2 and 4;

1 and 3 are on the Lost in Time DVD set)

18. Galaxy 4 (4 episodes, missing episodes 1, 2, and 4.

Episode 3 was recovered in late 2011.)
19. Mission to the Unknown (1 episode, missing)
20. The Myth Makers (4 episodes, all missing)
21. The Daleks' Master Plan (12 episodes, all missing bar 2, 5 & 10. 

Those are on the Lost in Time DVD set)
22. The Massacre (of St. Bartholomew's Eve) (4 episodes, all missing)
24. The Celestial Toymaker (4 episodes, all missing bar 4. 

4 in release on the Lost in Time DVD set.)
26. The Savages (4 episodes, all missing)
28. The Smugglers (4 episodes, all missing)
29. The Tenth Planet (4 episodes, number 4 is missing.

In VHS release in North America as of May 8, 2001.)

 

starring PATRICK TROUGHTON
30. The Power of the Daleks (6 episodes, all missing)
31. The Highlanders (4 episodes, all missing)
32. The Underwater Menace (4 episodes, missing 1 and 4. 3 in release on the

Lost in Time DVD set.  Episode 2 was recovered in late 2011.)
33. The Moonbase (4 episodes, numbers 1 and 3 are missing. 

2 & 4 are in DVD release on the Lost in Time DVD set.)
34. The Macra Terror (4 episodes, all missing)
35. The Faceless Ones (6 episodes, all missing bar 1 and 3. 

Those are on the DVD Lost in Time set.)
36. The Evil of the Daleks (7 episodes, all missing bar 2. 

2 in release on the DVD Lost in Time set.)

38. The Abominable Snowmen (6 episodes, all missing bar 2. 

2 in release on the Lost in Time DVD set.)
39. The Ice Warriors (6 episodes, numbers 2 and 3 are missing. 

Others in VHS release w/soundtracks to 2 & 3 - see catalog)

41. The Web of Fear (6 episodes, now only episode 3 is missing)

1 is in release on the Lost in Time DVD set.)
42. Fury From the Deep (6 episodes, all missing)
43. The Wheel in Space (6 episodes, all missing bar 3 and 6.

3 & 6 in release on the Lost in Time DVD set.)
46. The Invasion (8 episodes, numbers 1 and 4 are missing. 

Others in VHS release - see catalog)
49. The Space Pirates (6 episodes, all missing bar 2. 

2 in release on the Lost in Time DVD set.)

 

The UK has also seen the release of a Doctor Who-themed Scene It DVD video clips game

based on the new series.  This is probably also not going to see the light of day in North America.

 

19.  How long is it going to take before we can get the whole series on DVD?

Everything that still exists of the classic series will has had a DVD release now, apart

from episode 2 of The Underwater Menace, which will see release later in the year. 

If missing episodes turn up that could extend the time. 

 

And of course we all hope that the new series will still be making episodes

indefinitely, so we’d rather not ever have a “complete” set.  J

 

 

 

20.  How do you know all this?  (about this site)

I own a complete collection of the entire video catalog, and have been watching the series avidly

and repeatedly since 1982. I may in fact have seen every still-existing episode of the TV series

more times than anyone else on the North American continent, and I've got lots of trivia contest

victories under my belt to back it up.  For crying out loud, I even went and bought a Doctor Who

pinball machine!  J  Oh, and I helped Neil Gaiman a bit with mythology advice for his scripts for

The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare in Silver.

 

This video FAQ started life as a simple listing of all the videos that were in release at the time I

first found the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.drwho, sometime circa 1991/92.  For years it was

posted regularly to that newsgroup in plain text format, and when the world wide web started

a man named Bill Thompson put up a web version of that text FAQ on his website. 

After a little while I put up a web page of my own, this one, and the FAQ has continued to evolve

and be updated here ever since.
 

Doctor Who is the copyright of the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC Video, and is released on home video in North America by

Warner Home Video under license.  It was previously released on home video by CBS/Fox. No infringement upon this copyright

is intended in any way by this site.  This site is a purely volunteer effort to inform consumers as to where they can find

Doctor Who videos, and it details what is on each video.  All images used by this site are also the copyright of the BBC

and/or CBS/Fox Video and/or Warner Home Video and are taken from Steve Hill's Doctor Who

Image Archive at http://www.shillpages.com/dw/dwia.htm, so sue him first. J

 

I hope this all helps!
Steve Manfred

email address:  smanfred   at  comcast.net   (remove the spaces and substitute an @ to email me)