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LATEST NEWS

Last updated November 15, 2014.   Recently updated sections are in red.

Compiled by Steve Manfred,  smanfred at comcast.net  

(change at to @ and remove the spaces to email me)

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THE COMPLETE MATT SMITH YEARS

On November 4, BBC Worldwide Americas released, on Blu-Ray only:

 

Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years

  (16 Blu-Ray discs for $148.95.  All episodes at 1080p.) 

 

This gift set compiles all of the Eleventh Doctor’s episodes, from The Eleventh Hour all the way to

The Time of the Doctor.  (44 in all)  It also includes an exclusive bonus disc.

See further below or click the title above for full details.

 

CHRISTMAS BRINGS COMPLETE 8TH SERIES

On December 9, 2014, BBC Worldwide Americas will release:

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

Anderson.  Available as 5 DVDs in standard-definition for $79.98 or as 4 Blu-Ray discs in

high-definition for $99.98. 

 

This set will contain all twelve of the episodes in the first season for the Twelfth Doctor, from

Deep Breath through Death in Heaven. 

 

It will NOT include the specials from the end of last year that starred Matt Smith.

 

Expect a full range of extras on this release.  Details are not yet known but will likely be comparable

to those seen in other recent full series sets. 

 

CLASSIC DOCTOR WHO DVD COMPENDIUM

UK publisher Wonderful Books (at http://wonderfulbook.co.uk/ ) has, as of August 4th, released

an incredibly comprehensive tome called the Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium; by Paul Smith,

which over 431 pages details the contents of every Doctor Who DVD release of the classic series that

has been released in the UK (Region 2).  Most of this, of course, applies to the contents of the North

American DVD range as well, and its well-worth picking up for a single printed (or in ebook form)

record of what was released, which extras are on which discs, who produced the extras, what film

prints were used in the restoration, what restoration was done, who’s on the commentaries, etc, etc.

And all arranged alphabetically, thoroughly indexed, with appendices about the ranges in other

countries and territories, and very easy to follow and read. 

 

Sometime in late 2014?

 

The Underwater Menace starring Patrick Troughton (4 episodes, #s 1 and 4 missing)

   This story may possibly undergoing animation-completion for its two missing

   episodes.

 

This was originally stated to be coming out in 2014, but there’s still no sign of it on the schedules.

It may have been further postponed or cancelled.

  

There had been tentative plans to make the new up-converted versions of Series 1 to 4

on high-definition Blu-Ray available by themselves (or 2 at a time) in 2014, but these plans

have now been put on hold.                                                                                                                                           

 

OTHER RECENT RELEASES

September 9, 2014

Doctor Who: Deep Breath starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

   (1 DVD for $19.98 or 1 Blu-Ray for $24.98)

 

This is the debut 80-minute adventure for the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.  It includes

the following extras:

- Doctor Who Live  The 31-minute BBC special that revealed Capaldi’s casting live to the world.

- The 12-minute Doctor Who Extra behind-the-scenes show about this episode.

- The Real History of Science Fiction: Time Travel.  45-minute BBC America documentary

  about time travel in science fiction featuring Steven Moffat, Karen Gillan, David Tennant,

  and Neil Gaiman. 

- The prequel scene that featured in the theatrical screenings of Deep Breath.  It is 6 minutes long

  and features Strax, Madam Vastra, and Jenny, and focuses on Strax making a report about the

  Doctor to the Sontarans back home.

 

September 2, 2014

Series Four: Part Two starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate (6 episodes,

            2 DVD discs, $19.96)

A mostly-vanilla re-release of the second half of David Tennant’s third season on 2 DVD discs.

Covers The Unicorn and the Warp through Journey’s End.   Includes a new

“making-of” featurette, but no other extras.

 

And that marks the end of the summer re-release season.

 

August 5, 2014

Series Four: Part One starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate (7 episodes,

            2 DVD discs, $19.96)

A mostly-vanilla re-release of the first half of David Tennant’s third season on 2 DVD discs.

Covers Voyage of the Damned through The Doctor’s Daughter.   Includes a new

“making-of” featurette, but no other extras.

 

July 8, 2014

Series Three: Part Two starring David Tennant and Freema Agyeman (7 episodes,

            2 DVD discs, $19.96)

A mostly-vanilla re-release of the second half of David Tennant’s second season on 2 DVD discs.

Covers 42 through Last of the Time Lords.   Includes a new “making-of” featurette, but no

other extras.

 

June 10, 2014

Series Three: Part One starring David Tennant and Freema Agyeman (7 episodes,

            2 DVD discs, $19.96)

A mostly-vanilla re-release of the first half of David Tennant’s second season on 2 DVD discs.

Covers The Runaway Bride through The Lazarus Experiment.   Includes a new “making-of”

featurette, but no other extras.

 

June 3, 2014

The Doctors Revisited Gift Set

An 11-DVD set containing all of the Doctors Revisited specials that were released in 2013

and their accompanying example stories.  This is the three previous box sets bundled

together into one package for $125.92. 

 

May 27, 2014

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

            $24.98)

 

This is an 87-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, Sacha Dhawan

as Waris Hussein, Lesley Manville as Heather Hartnell, and Brian Cox as Sydney Newman.

 

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

that contains the movie and most of the bonus content in high-definition at 1080p.  The

second disc is a standard DVD disc with all the same content as the Blu-Ray disc except

that this is all at standard-definition, of course (480i).  The third disc is a DVD containing

the Doctor Who’s first-ever story, An Unearthly Child, plus its pilot episode, and associated

extras.  (This is an exact copy of Disc 1 from the previously-released The Beginning Box Set.)

 

May 20, 2014

The Enemy of the World starring Patrick Troughton (6 25-min. episodes, 1 DVD disc, $19.98)

 

This is one of the two long-lost stories that was recovered in 2013. All 6 episodes

were found and are on this release, again with greater resolution than the iTunes

release and with the VidFIRE video-look processing.  There are no other extra

features (apart from a trailer) so again the price is dropped by $5 compared to other new

1-disc releases.

 

May 13, 2014

Series Two: Part Two starring David Tennant and Billie Piper (7 episodes, 2 DVD discs, $19.96)

A mostly-vanilla re-release of the second half of David Tennant’s first season on 2 DVD discs.

Covers The Idiot’s Lantern through Doomsday.   Includes a new “making-of” featurette, but no

other extras.

 

April 22, 2014

The Web of Fear starring Patrick Troughton (6 25-minute episodes, 1 DVD disc, $19.98)

 

This is one of the two long-lost stories that was returned in 2013 by African archive

hunter Philip Morris of TIEA. (You can thank him on Twitter at @archives1963 .)

The third episode is still missing and is represented on this release by a reconstruction

of tele-snap photo stills set to the surviving original soundtrack.  

 

This release has considerably greater resolution than the previous iTunes release,

and VidFIRE video-look processing that iTunes doesn’t support.  The only other extra

features are the episode and scene selection features and a trailer for the

DVD of The Enemy of the World.

 

April 8, 2014

The 2nd Series: Part 1 starring David Tennant and Billie Piper (2 DVD discs, $19.96)

A mostly-vanilla re-release of David Tennant’s first 7 episodes on 2 DVD discs.

Covers The Christmas Invasion through The Age of Steel.  Includes a new “making-

offeaturette, but no other extras.

 

March 4, 2014. 

 

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

  (1 64-minute episode, 1 DVD for $14.98 or 1 Blu-Ray for $19.95)

 

This is the 2013 Christmas special that sees off Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor,

and briefly introduces Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. 

 

February 11, 2014 

Doctor Who: The Moonbase starring Patrick Troughton (4 25-minute

  episodes, 1 DVD disc, $24.98. Episodes 1 and 3 are still missing from the BBC

  archives and are completed on this with animations made to the surviving

  original soundtracks. )

 

MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR - UPDATE

Due to a tight schedule, Worldwide Americas had this DVD authored in the US

instead of the UK (as they normally do).  In the process of converting this from

the PAL video system, it should’ve been authored as interlaced

video at 60 fields per second, however, the US engineers instead treated this as

if it were progressive video. This has resulted in the loss of the VidFIRE

video-look effect, and the episodes play slightly slower than they should play;

they’re about 1 minute longer than they ought to be.  They did apply a digital

pitch-correction so that the sound didn’t lower in pitch.   It’s still playable, still

looks good, (and the detail in the pictures is noticeably better than it was on the

Lost in Time release) but the video-look is absent, and it does run 4% slow.

 

I’ve been receiving many questions asking if Worldwide Americas will recall or

reissue this title given this mistake.  They apparently will not. 

 

This was a one-time error owing to the US mastering.  Upcoming DVDs, including

The Web of Fear, have been authored in the UK as normal, and so this problem

should not reoccur.

 

December 10, 2013

 

The Day of the Doctor starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt

            as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, and

            many more!   (80 minutes, 1 DVD for $24.98 or 1 Blu-Ray for $29.98)

            This is the 50th Anniversary Special.

 

CANADA EXCLUSIVES

BBC Worldwide Americas granted two surprise exclusive releases to Best Buy and

Future Shop in Canada, and they became available on Tuesday, December 10! 

They are: 

 

Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World starring Patrick Troughton (6 episodes, 1 DVD,

    $19.99 CDN.)

 

and

 

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

   Brian Cox and Sacha Dahwan (87-minute docudrama, 1 DVD plus extras, $19.98 CDN)

 

December 3, 2013

The Doctors Revisited: Ninth to Eleventh (3 DVD discs, $39.98)

            The third volume of BBC America’s “Doctors Revisited” specials, covering the

            Ninth through Eleventh Doctors.  Like the earlier volumes, each 25-minute special

            is followed by Steven Moffat introducing an example story for that Doctor.

            The example stories are all 2-parters, and are: Ninth Doctor: Bad Wolf /

            The Parting of the Ways, Tenth Doctor: The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End,

            and the Eleventh Doctor: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon.

 

November 19, 2013

 

The Tenth Planet starring William Hartnell (4 25-minute episodes, 2 DVD discs, $34.98)

           

SOME BACKSTOCK TITLES GOING OUT-OF-PRINT

Some readers of this website have been asking me why certain of the older backstock

of classic series titles seem to be becoming hard to find and sometimes very high-priced.

Upon checking with BBC Worldwide Americas, I have been told that 19* titles are now

being allowed to go out-of-print and will not be restocked this year.  (They did not rule

out the possibility of them becoming available again in some fashion in the long-term

future, however.) 

 

I have recently checked with BBC Worldwide Americas about the out-of-print situation.

It is unchanged.  None of the out-of-print titles listed below have been reprinted, but also,

no further titles beyond these have been allowed to go out-of-print.

 

Here is the list of what’s gone or is going out-of-print:

Starring WILLIAM HARTNELL

The Rescue / The Romans     The Web Planet     The Time Meddler     The Gunfighters

 

Starring PATRICK TROUGHTON

The Invasion     The War Games

 

Starring JON PERTWEE

Terror of the Autons     The Time Monster      Planet of the Spiders

 

Starring TOM BAKER

None.

 

Starring PETER DAVISON

Black Orchid     Earthshock*    Time-Flight    The Awakening

Frontos              Planet of Fire

 

Starring COLIN BAKER

The Mark of the Rani       The Two Doctors

 

Starring SYLVESTER McCOY

Battlefield      Ghost Light      The Curse of Fenric

 

*Earthshock has been added to the list, which would make it 20, however, it will be

made available again in a bare-bones form later this year as the example story for

the Fifth Doctor’s era in the forthcoming release of The Doctors Revisited: 5-8

on October 8th.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Why are we getting these re-released Special

Editions? What are the Revisitations?  Are they delaying the release of "fresh" titles?

 

Answers: 

Over the last three years there has been an ongoing series in the UK where many of the

titles that were released very early on in the DVD range have been seeing re-releases

in 3-story box sets called Revisitations.  These re-releases include restoration that has

been redone from scratch (using techniques available now that weren’t 10 years ago when

they first came out) and including the sorts of making-of featurettes that have become

standard in the rest of the range but which weren’t in common use at the start of it. 

 

Three of these sets have come out in the UK.  Similar treatment was also given to

Jon Pertwee’s debut story Spearhead from Space and released as part of a 2-story “Auton

box set alongside new-to-DVD story Terror of the Autons. A special edition of

Vengeance on Varos also came out in September, and now also The Claws

of Axos has a special edition on the docket for October in the UK and November in

North America.

 

These re-releases had been slow to come out in North America as we were behind the UK

in getting "fresh" titles out.  As of August 2012, North America has caught up with all

the re-releases the UK has had to date, and should remain in near-sync with them in the

future.

 

The name Revisitations is not being used in North America, and they are not available in

box sets.  Instead they came out as individual titles with the moniker “Special Edition”

attached to them. 

 

As they prepare to release a Special Edition, they are stopping “reprints” of the original

editions of those titles, which is why some of those older titles are now becoming very hard

to order as supplies run out. 

 

Q. The two “Dr. Who”/Dalek movies starring Peter Cushing were re-released in

high-definition on Blu-Ray in the UK.  Will they be released like this in North America

too?  If not, can we import them?

 

The rights to these two films are not controlled by the BBC or BBC Worldwide Americas.

My usual contacts therefore have no knowledge of what any international release plans

may be, and I’ve yet to hear any news on this from other sources.  As far as I know, they

are not scheduled for North American release.  I do know that the UK releases have been

encoded for Region B and thus will not play in ordinary North American Blu-Ray players.

So, importing them probably will not work for you, unless you have a region-free Blu-Ray

player.

 

FULL DETAILS OF THE COMPLETE MATT SMITH

YEARS – NOVEMBER 2014

This is a Blu-Ray high-definition box set compiling all of Matt Smith’s episodes of Doctor Who,

all 44 of them.*   There are 16 discs in the set. 

 

The episodes here are presented in 1080p (as opposed to 1080i on the previous sets), and with

DTS-HD 5.1 sound.  They include English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

 

The contents of Discs 1 to 4 have been previously released in The Complete Fifth Series and

those of Discs 5 to 8 have been previously released in The Complete Sixth Series.

Click these two titles to see the full details.  The one difference is that the commentary tracks were

originally “In-Vision” where you could see the participants in a box in the corner of the screen.

On this new set, they’re audio-only, and this has saved a lot of disc space such that what covered

12 discs between the two previous sets now only needs 8.  As a result, the configuration of where

the episodes and features are located are different from those original sets. 

 

The contents of Discs 9 to 12 have been previously released in The Complete Seventh Series and

here are in identical configurations to that original set (because the original set’s commentaries never

had In-Vision features in the first place).  Click that title for the full details.

 

Disc 13’s content is identical to that on the standalone release of The Day of the Doctor, including

the 3D version of the episode which will appear if you have a 3D Blu-Ray player to play it on.

 

Disc 14’s content is the same as that on the standalone release of The Time of the Doctor.

 

Disc 15’s content is the same as the Blu-Ray disc in the release of An Adventure in Space and Time.

(It does not include the bonus DVD disc from that set, which was identical to Disc 1 of the Beginning

box set and contained the first story, An Unearthly Child.)

 

Disc 16 is a new bonus disc exclusive to this set.  It contains:

- The two-part Sarah Jane Adventures story Death of the Doctor  that guest starred Matt Smith as the

  Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant.  Each part is 30 minutes long.

- The 2013 Doctor Who Proms live orchestra concert. 77 minutes long.

- The Five(ish) Doctors Revisited, the 30-minute comedy gold mine written and directed by Peter Davison

   where he and the other classic series Doctors try to muscle their way into The Day of the Doctor.

- Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide.  A 2-hour special that aired on BBC3 in the UK around the time

   of the 50th anniversary, that looks at the entire history of the show.

- The Day of the Doctor: Script to Screen.  A new 15-minute featurette showing some of the initial

  table readings of the 50th anniversary special and some of it’s production.  This is totally new and

  different to the featurette already on The Day of the Doctor’s release.

 

Additionally, there were some mistakes that crept into some of the original releases of these episodes.

These have been corrected in this new set, thusly:

--- The “Next Time” trailers have been restored to the episodes in Series Five. (These had been

     removed in the previous “Complete” set.)

--- A mistake in the sound mix for Vincent and the Doctor from Series Five has been fixed and

     it now sounds as it should.

--- Similarly, the pitch-correction on Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS from Series Seven is

     now as it should be.  It had been pitched too high on the version on the “Complete Series

     Seven” release, although the one on the vanilla set was OK.

 

And it all comes packaged in a terrific book-like tome.

 

There is, however, a mistake in the text of that book-like tome.  On the page that describes the contents

of Disc 9, it claims that there is a commentary track for the episode Asylum of the Daleks.  In fact,

there isn’t one here, nor was there ever one on the previous releases.  The text is incorrect.

 

*technically, Matt Smith had two more appearances not in this set: the regeneration scene from

David Tennant to him at the end of The End of Time, and his cameo in Peter Capaldi’s first

episode, Deep Breath.

 

NEW MAY 2014 RELEASES IN DETAIL

For these, The Enemy of the World and An Adventure in Space and Time, either click the

title names here or scroll down to the December entry, where they are already detailed

from their previous Canadian release.

 

NEW APRIL 2014 RELEASE IN DETAIL

Doctor Who: The Web of Fear starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as

  Jamie, Deborah Watling as Victoria, and Nicholas Courtney in his debut as Colonel

  Lethbridge-Stewart. 

- All 6 episodes of the story, digitally restored and remastered. 

  Episodes are 25 minutes each.  Episode 3, which is still missing from the BBC

  archives, consists here of a tele-snap reconstruction of photographic stills set to the

  surviving original soundtrack.

- Graphical menus, episode selection features, and scene selection features.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- The remastering includes the VidFIRE restoration tool, which reproduces the

  original interlaced video look these episodes had on first broadcast.  The iTunes

  release does not include this, because iTunes files do not support interlaced video.

- “Available Now” trailer for The Enemy of the World.  1 minute long. 

  (Enemy will in fact not be available until May 20, so until then this really should’ve been

  labelled as a Coming Soon trailer.)

 

MARCH 2014 RELEASE IN DETAIL

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

 as Clara, and introducing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

- Available as either standard-definition DVD or high-definition (1080p) Blu-Ray.

- The 64-minute episode (the Christmas special from 2013).

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Behind the Lens.  A 13-minute featurette about the making of the story, featuring all

  the main cast and production members.

- Tales from the TARDIS.  A 45-minute program that ran on BBC America from the

  same team that made the Doctor Who Revisited series that focuses first on the changing of

  the Doctors, from the regenerations themselves to the casting to the costumes, and then

  on to other series’ features like the TARDIS, the companions, and villains. Includes

  behind-the-scenes footage, archival clips, and interviews with Doctor actors Matt Smith,

  David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, and Tom Baker, and

  companion actors Anneke Wills, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Freema Agyeman,

  Nicola Bryant, John Leeson, Louise Jameson, Karen Gillan, Jenna Coleman, and

  Dalek Voice actor Nicholas Briggs, and executive producer Julie Gardner.

- Farewell to Matt Smith.  A 45-minute BBC America program narrated by Alex Kingston

   looking at the entire Matt Smith era, featuring interviews with Matt Smith

   and many others including executive producers Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner, and

   Beth Willis, actors Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston,

   and Mark Sheppard.

 

FEBRUARY 2014 RELEASE IN DETAIL

Doctor Who: The Moonbase starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Anneke Wills as

 Polly, Michael Craze as Ben, and Frazer Hines as Jamie.

- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally restored and remastered. 

  Episodes are 25 minutes each.  Episodes 1 and 3, which are still missing from the BBC

  archives, consist here of newly-made animations set to the surviving original soundtracks.

- Graphical menus, episode selection features, and scene selection features.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Information Text.  Displays pop-up production trivia subtitles as the two real episodes play.

   (The animated episodes do not have this.)

- Commentary tracks. The real episodes 2 and 4 feature actors Frazer Hines, Anneke

            Wills, and Edward Phillips (Scientist), and sound designer Brian Hodgson.

            The animated episodes 1 and 3 feature interviews with writer Kit Pedler’s

            Daughters Lucy Pedler and Carol Topolski, assistant floor manager Lovett

            Bickford, Cybermen actors Barry Noble, Derek Chaffer, and Reg Whitehead,

            and an archive interview with producer Innes Lloyd.

            All commentaries moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Lunar Landing.  A new 22-minute making-of-the-show featurette.  Features interviews

  With actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, and Reg Whitehead, and production assistant

  Desmond McCarthy.

- Photo Gallery.  A 5-minute slideshow of production stills taken during the production.

- PDF Files.  Place this disc into a computer and you can access PDF files of the

            original Radio Times billings for the story.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Coming Soon.  A trailer for the DVD of The Underwater Menace.  

MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR

Worldwide Americas have made an apparent mastering error on this DVD.

It should’ve been authored as interlaced video at 60 fields per second, however,

it has instead been treated here as though it were 24 frame-per-second film.

This results in the loss of the VidFIRE video-look effect, and plays the episodes

slightly slower than they should play; they’re about 1 minute longer than they

ought to be.

 

DECEMBER 2013 RELEASES IN DETAIL

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, and

            John Hurt as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler,

            and many more!

Available as a 3D Blu-Ray/DVD Combo or as a single DVD.  The 3D Blu-Ray plays

the main program at 1080p resolution, and on 3D televisions, will be in 3D. (It looks

like normal high-definition on a normal TV.)

 

The program contents are identical on the Blu-Ray and the DVD, and are:

- The Day of the Doctor  The 80-minute 50th anniversary special, with DTS-HD 5.1 sound.

- 2 Minisodes.  The Last Day is 4 minutes and shows the action at the defences of Arcadia,

            Gallifrey’s Second City, during the Time War.

            Night of the Doctor is 7 minutes and stars Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

            in his final night, when he is at last convinced to regenerate and join the Time War.

- Behind the Scenes.  A 14-minute behind-the-scenes documentary narrated by Sixth

            Doctor Colin Baker.  (This is the same documentary that showed after the 3D

            cinema screenings in theaters across the world at the time of the anniversary.)

- Comic Con Trailer. The 1-1/2 minute trailer that debuted exclusively at San Diego

            Comic Con 2013.

- Teaser Trailer.  This is the 1-minute 50th Anniversary Trailer that debuted online and

            on the BBC a month before the anniversary.

- Doctor Who Explained. A new 47-minute documentary made by Midnight Oil for

            BBC America as a companion to their Doctor Who Revisited series. It looks at

            the entire series with numerous clips and interviews.  The interview subjects

            are: Doctor actors Matt Smith, David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker,

            Peter Davison, and Tom Baker;  Companion actors Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill,

            Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Yee Jee Tso,

            Daphne Ashbrook, Sophie Aldred, Nicola Bryant, Mark Strickson, Matthew

            Waterhouse, Frazer Hines, Carole Ann Ford, and William Russell; guest actors

            Hugh Bonneville, Mark Sheppard, David Morrissey, and Nicholas Briggs;

            Writer Neil Gaiman, Producer Marcus Wilson, Executive Producer Julie Gardner,

            and Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat.                                                                             

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired in English, French, or Spanish.

- On the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack only: a packet of trading cards of the 12 Doctors.

   The plain DVD release does not include the trading cards.

 

Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who and Salamander,

            Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Deborah Watling as Victoria.

Currently an exclusive to Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada, and a Limited Edition.

- 6 25-minute episodes. 

- Digital restoration including the VidFIRE video-look restoration process. (VidFIRE is not

            present on the iTunes version of this story.)

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features.

- There are no other features on this release. 

- These episodes have never been broadcast in North America, and were missing from the

            BBC Archives from the 1970s until their rediscovery and handover in 2013.

 

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

            Jessica Rayne as Verity Lambert, Brian Cox as Sydney Newman, and Sacha Dhawan

            as Waris Hussein. 

A 3-disc Blu-Ray + DVD + Bonus DVD Combo Pack.

Discs 1 and 2 have identical on-disc content, except that Disc 1 is a Blu-Ray disc and all of

the content is in high-definition at 1080p (except the archival footage), while Disc 2 is a

standard DVD at only standard-definition (480p).  The content on these 2 discs is as follows:

- The 87-minute main program.

- Graphical menus and subtitles for the hearing impaired in English.

- William Hartnell: The Original.  A 5-minute featurette on the real William Hartnell. (This

            aired immediately after the BBC2 broadcast on Nov. 21, but wasn’t used in the

            North American broadcasts.)  Includes the only known filmed interview with Hartnell

            out-of-character, and interviews with his granddaughter Jessica Carney, actors

            David Bradley, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Peter Purves, Mark Eden, Peter

            Davison, and Matt Smith, writer Terrance Dicks, director Waris Hussein, and

            writer/actor/executive producer Mark Gatiss.

- The Making of An Adventure.  An 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette narrated by

            Carole Ann Ford, featuring interviews with actors Brian Cox, Jessica Rayne,

            William Russell, Sacha Dhawan, Claudia Grant (Carole Ann Ford), Jamie Glover

            (William Russell), and Jemma Powell (Jacqueline Hill), director Waris Hussein,

            and writer/actor/executive producer Mark Gatiss.

- Reconstructions.  These are scenes from the original series that were recreated in full by the

            cast of An Adventure...  The scenes are:

            - Scenes from the pilot episode and the final version of An Unearthly Child. (4 in all)

            - Regenerations.  The Doctor regenerating from his first self (David Bradley as

              William Hartnell) to his second (Reece Shearsmith as Patrick Troughton) and then his

              second to his third (Mark Gatiss as Jon Pertwee).

            - Susan’s farewell scene from The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

            - Festive Greeting.  William Hartnell’s famous wishing the viewers at home a

              Merry Christmas on the Christmas episode of The Daleks’ Master Plan. (3 takes)

- The Title Sequences.  Presents the full title sequences of both first Doctor-era Doctor Who itself

              and of An Adventure in Space and Time.

- Deleted Scenes.  2 scenes shot but cut from the final version of An Adventure…

              The first is “The Radiophonic Workshop” and features “Delia Derbyshire” and “Brian

              Hodgson” showing off the TARDIS sound effect and the theme music to “Mervyn

              Pinfield.”  The second is “Verity’s Leaving Party” and features an actor dressed as a

              Monoid asking Verity where the bathrooms are.

Disc 3 is the “bonus DVD” and, apart from the label on it, is an exact duplicate of the contents

of Disc 1 from the previously-released Doctor Who – The Beginning DVD set.  This is basically

the first full Doctor Who serial, An Unearthly Child, as well as the full recording of the shelved

pilot episode.  The original extras are all present too.  Click the links in the titles above for those

full details.

 

An Adventure… was originally available as a limited-edition single-DVD exclusive to Best Buy

and Future Shop stores in Canada as of December 2013.  That version did not include the

high-definition Blu-Ray nor the bonus disc with An Unearthly Child on it.

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: Ninth to Eleventh

A 3-disc set.

On Disc 1:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Ninth Doctor

            A 25-minute special looking at the Ninth Doctor’s era in cross-section.

            Features interviews with actors Noel Clarke (Mickey), Corey Johnson (Van

            Statten), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), and John Barrowman (Captain Jack),

            Steven Moffat (current head writer and executive producer on Doctor Who),

            writer Neil Gaiman, and Marcus Wilson (producer on the new series).

            Features clips from several different stories.

- Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways  Feature Presentation.

            This is the movie version story as shown on BBC America, which is to

            say it’s had its cliffhangers and credits edited out to form one long movie of 1:30

            duration. Also, the closing credits are replaced with a new roll. 

            Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Original 2-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2006 DVD release (minus the extra

            features.)  It’s presented unedited and preserves the cliffhangers and credits.

On Disc 2:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Tenth Doctor

            Another 25-minute special. This one looks at the Tenth Doctor’s era.

            Features interviews with actors David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), Freema

            Agyeman (Martha Jones), Noel Clarke, Camille Coduri, David Morrissey

            (Jackson Lake), Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Adam Garcia (Alex in

            The Christmas Invasion), John Barrowman, Dan Starkey (Strax and other

            Sontarans in the new series), Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble), and Bernard Cribbins

            (Wilfred Mott), producer Marcus Wilson, writers Neil Gaiman and Tom MacRae,

            and Steven Moffat.  Features clips from several different stories.

- The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End  Feature Presentation.

            This is the movie form story as it was shown on BBC America,

            again edited into one long movie of 1:52 duration, but with no

            other cuts except that the closing credits are replaced. Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Original 2-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2008 DVD release (minus the extra

            features.)  It’s presented unedited and preserves the cliffhangers and credits.

On Disc 3:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Eleventh Doctor

            Another 25-minute special.  This one looks at the Eleventh Doctor’s era.

            Features interviews with actors Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor), Karen Gillan

            (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald),

            Mark Sheppard (Canton Delaware III), Mike McShane (Grayle in The Angels

            Take Manhattan), Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian), and Hugh Bonneville

            (Captain Avery), producer Marcus Wilson, writer Tom MacRae, and Steven Moffat.

            Features clips from several different stories, all sourced from restored versions.

- The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon Feature Presentation.

            This is the movie version of the story as shown on BBC America,

            Again edited into one long movie of 1:32 duration and with the closing credits replaced.

            Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Original 2-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2011 DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s unedited and retains the credits on both parts.

 

NOVEMBER 2013 RELEASE IN DETAIL

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who,

  Anneke Wills as Polly, and Michael Craze as Ben.  This is the last story

  for the First Doctor, and was never broadcast in North America.

A 2-disc set.  On Disc 1:

- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally restored and remastered. 

  Episodes are 25 minutes each.  Episode 4, which is still missing from the BBC

  archives, consists here of a newly-made animation set to the surviving original soundtrack.

- Graphical menus, episode selection features, and scene selection features.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Information Text.  Displays pop-up production trivia subtitles as the episodes play.

- Commentary track by actors Anneke Wills (Polly), Christopher Matthews (R/T

            Technician), Gregg Palmer (Cybermen Shev and Gern), Earl Cameron (Williams),

            Alan White (Schultz), and production designer Peter Kindred. 

Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Frozen Out. A 29-minute “making of” documentary about both the making of the story

            and the decision to change the Doctor from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton.

            Features interviews with actors Anneke Wills, Earl Cameron, and Reg Whitehead

            (Cyberman), vision mixer Shirley Coward, and production designer Peter Kindred.

- Episode 4 VHS Reconstruction. 24 minutes. 

            This is the telesnap reconstruction of the missing final episode that was used on the

            VHS release in 2001. The surviving real footage from the episode, including the

            regeneration, is used in this. 

- Photo Gallery.  4 minute slideshow of photographic stills taken during the production.

- PDFs: Place this disc into a computer and you can view PDF files of the original

Radio Times billings for this story from 1966.

- Coming Soon Trailer.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD of The Moonbase.

 

On Disc 2:

- William Hartnell Interview.  A recently-unearthed interview with William Hartnell in the

            dressing room of a theatre recorded just a few months after he left Doctor Who.

            This is the only known footage of Hartnell out-of-character.  3 minutes long.

- Doctor Who Stories – Anneke Wills.  A 14-minute interview recorded in 2003.

- The Golden Age.  TV historian Dominic Sandbrook examines the myth that Doctor Who

            used to be better in the old days before everything changed.  16 minutes.

- Boys! Boys! Boys!  Three of the actors who played male companions meet up to discuss

            their roles in the series: Peter Purves (Steven), Frazer Hines (Jamie), and Mark

            Strickson (Turlough).

- Companion Piece.  Various companions from the whole of Doctor Who discuss their

            roles in the series: Nicola Bryant (Peri), Arthur Darvill (Rory), William Russell (Ian),

            Louise Jameson (Leela), and Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), with further contributions

            from writers Joseph Lidster and Nev Fountain, and a psychologist.  24 minutes.

- Blue Peter.  A 9-minute segment from Blue Peter in 1973 celebrating Doctor Who’s then

            10th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

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