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LATEST NEWS

Last updated August 26, 2014.   Recently updated sections are in red.

Compiled by Steve Manfred,  smanfred at comcast.net  

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DEEP BREATH and THE COMPLETE MATT SMITH

 

Coming on DVD and Blu-Ray on Sept. 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 75-minute adventure for the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.  It will also include

the following extras:

- Doctor Who Live  The 30-minute special that revealed Capaldi’s casting live to the world.

- The 10-minute Doctor Who Extra behind-the-scenes show about this episode.

- The Real History of Science Fiction: Episode 4: Time.  45-minute BBC America documentary

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

  and Neil Gaiman. 

 

This episode will of course be included on the complete box set of the entire season expected for

near the end of the year, although it’s too early to know if Doctor Who Live will be included on that

set as well.

 

And…

 

Coming on Blu-Ray only on Nov. 4, 2014:

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 will also include the following:

- both the 2D and 3D versions of the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor

- An Adventure in Space and Time, the 90-minute docudrama movie about the start of the series in 1963.

- The 2013 Doctor Who Proms live orchestra concert

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

   Katy Manning.

- The Five(ish) Doctors Revisited, the 30-minute comedy 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.

- Much more is promised, but the press release doesn’t specifically mention what.  My best guess is

   that any extra features already seen on the earlier box sets for these episodes will also be included

   in this set.

 

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. 

 

SUMMER RE-RELEASE SEASON CONTINUES

 

The summer continues to see re-releases of the Tenth Doctor’s seasons…

 

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.

 

September 9, 2014

Deep Breath  starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (1 episode, 75 minutes, 1 DVD

           disc for $19.98 or 1 Blu-Ray disc for $24.98)

The debut adventure for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. 

Includes:

- Doctor Who Live  The 30-minute special that revealed Capaldi’s casting live to the world.

- The 10-minute Doctor Who Extra behind-the-scenes show about this episode.

- The Real History of Science Fiction: Episode 4: Time.  45-minute BBC America documentary

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

  and Neil Gaiman. 

 

 

November 4, 2014

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 will also include the following:

- both the 2D and 3D versions of the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor

- An Adventure in Space and Time, the 90-minute docudrama movie about the start of the series in 1963.

- The 2013 Doctor Who Proms live orchestra concert

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

   Katy Manning.

- The Five(ish) Doctors Revisited, the 30-minute comedy 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.

- Much more is promised, but the press release doesn’t specifically mention what.  My best guess is

   that any extra features already seen on the earlier box sets for these episodes will also be included

   in this set.

 

 

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.

  

Sometime between November 11 and Christmas:

The Complete Eighth Series starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (12 episodes)

Further details will be reported when the official release is confirmed.  It is known that

this set will be coming out between the end of the season (on Nov. 8) and Christmas

in the UK, so expect similar timing in North America.

 

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

 

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)

 

November 5, 2013

 

Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Gift Set  (102 episodes, 29 discs, $349.98)

A special Blu-Ray high-definition box set of every episode and special since the 2005

relaunch, up to and including The Name of the Doctor. 

 

The up-converted series 1 to 4 sets will also be made available to purchase on their own,

but likely not until 2015.

 

October 8, 2013

 

Terror of the Zygons starring Tom Baker (4 25-minute episodes, 2 discs, $34.98

 

The Doctors Revisited: Fifth to Eighth (4 discs, $39.98)

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

 Fifth through Eighth Doctors.  Like the first volume in July, each 25-minute special

 is followed by Steven Moffat introducing an example story for that Doctor, and will

 be presented in both movie form/16:9 widescreen and in original episode form/4:3.

 The example stories shall be: Fifth Doctor: Earthshock, Sixth Doctor: Vengeance on

 Varos, Seventh Doctor: Remembrance of the Daleks and Eighth Doctor: The TV Movie.

 

September 24, 2013

The Complete Seventh Series starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill

            and Jenna-Louise Coleman. 

            (13 45-minute episodes and 2 60-minute episodes, 5 DVDs for $79.98 or

            4 high-definition Blu-Rays for $89.98)

            This set contains every episode from the 2011 Christmas special

            The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe through The Name of the Doctor.

            Also features audio commentaries, episode prequels, behind-the-scenes

            features for every episode, and much more.  The full details can be read

            either by scrolling down or clicking the highlighted link title above.

 

September 17, 2013

The Ice Warriors starring Patrick Troughton (6 25-minute episodes, 2 of which are

            animated to the original soundtracks. 2 discs, $34.98)

 

Scream of the Shalka starring Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo, and Derek Jacobi

   (6 15-minute animated episodes, 1 disc, $24.98)

 

August 13, 2013

Spearhead from Space: Blu-Ray Edition

            (4 25-minute episodes, 1 Blu-Ray disc, $29.98)

 

The Green Death Special Edition starring Jon Pertwee

            (6 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.

 

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.

 

OCTOBER 2013 RELEASES IN DETAIL

 

Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who,

  Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan,

  Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and John Levene

  as RSM Benton.

A 2-disc set. 

On Disc 1:

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

-  Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for

    the hearing impaired.

-   Optional commentary track by writer Robert Banks Stewart, producer Philip Hinchcliffe,

    production unit manager George Gallaccio, make-up designer Sylvia James, and

    special sound designer Dick Mills. Moderated by Mark Ayes.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout

    the story.

- 5.1 Sound Mix.  Option to play the sound remastered for 5.1 sound. (Default is the

    original mono soundtrack.) 
- Isolated Score.  Plays the story with only the music soundtrack playing.

- Director’s Cut of Part One.  Selecting this will cause Part One to be played with a

  scene that was deleted from the original broadcast master very late in the day due to

  a technical fault in a special effect that rendered the TARDIS invisible on landing.

  The elements of this scene were recently relocated, restored, and the fault in the effect

  which is easily correctible today has been corrected.  It’s a new 1:40 long scene with

  the Fourth Doctor, Harry, and Sarah!   (It’s scene 2, just after the oil rig at the start

  is destroyed.  The commentary and production notes also continue over this scene.)

  With this unselected, the originally transmitted version plays as the default (minus

  this scene.)

 

On Disc 2:

- Scotch Mist in Sussex.  A 31-minute documentary about the making of the story,

  featuring interviews with producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart,

  actor John Woodnutt (Broton), production designer Nigel Curzon, visual effects

  assistant Steve Bowman, actor John Levene (RSM Benton), and costume designer

  James Acheson and TV historian Simon Farquhair.

- Remembering Douglas Camfield.  A 30-minute biography of director Douglas Camfield,

  Featuring interviews with his son Jogge Camfield, writer Robert Banks Stewart,

  production manager (and later a director in his own right) Graeme Harper, and

  actors Peter Purves, John Levene, Celia Imrie, and Jonathan Newth.

- UNIT Family Part Three.  A 26-minute documentary about the later appearances of

  UNIT in the classic series, picking up from two earlier documentaries seen on other

  DVDs.  Features interviews with actors Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-

  Stewart), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Richard Franklin

  (Captain Yates), and Tom Baker (Doctor Who), producers Barry Letts and Philip

  Hinchcliffe, and script editor and writer Terrance Dicks.

- Doctor Who Stories: Tom Baker.  A 23-minute one-on-one interview with Tom Baker

  conducted in 2003.

- Doctor Who Stories: Elisabeth Sladen.  A 20-minute one-on-one interview with

  Elisabeth Sladen conducted in 2003.

- Merry-Go-Round: The Fuel Fishers.  A 20-minute BBC educational film for children

  made in 1977 where Elisabeth Sladen shows us around real North Sea oil rigs.

- South Today.  A 3-minute interview with Tom Baker that a BBC magazine program

  filmed with him on location for this story.

- Photo Gallery.  A 5-minute slideshow of photo stills taken during the making of this story.

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

  Radio Times program listings for this story’s original 1975 broadcast.

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

- 2 Easter Eggs.  Highlight the area of blank text below to see what it is and how to find it.

-    In the Special Features menu, go to Remembering Douglas Camfield and then press

     the left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Select this and you’ll see a short

     segment of Tom Baker in character as the Doctor from a program called Disney Time.

     in this bit, he’s handed a message from the Brigadier, saying he needs the Doctor’s

     help, and he then departs in the TARDIS.

-    In the Special features menu, go to South Today and then press the left arrow. 

     a Doctor Who logo will appear.  Select this and you’ll see the unrestored version of the

     deleted scene from Part One.

 

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: Fifth to Eighth

A 4-disc set.

On Disc 1:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Fifth Doctor

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

            Features interviews with actors Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Sarah Sutton

            (Nyssa), David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), Hugh Bonneville (Captain Avery

            in the 11th Doctor’s era), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Janet Fielding (Tegan),

            Mark Strickson (Turlough), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Noel Clarke (Mickey in

            the new series), Steven Moffat (current head writer and executive

            producer on Doctor Who), and Marcus Wilson (producer on the new series).

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

- Earthshock  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story Earthshock as it was 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. 

            It is stretched to fill a 16:9 widescreen. Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Earthshock  Original 4-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2004 DVD release (minus the extra

            features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited, preserves

            the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2004 restoration.

On Disc 2:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Sixth Doctor

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

            Features interviews with actors Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Nicholas Briggs

            (voice of the Daleks in the new series and Big Finish producer), Nicola Bryant,

            Bonnie Langford (Melanie), Dan Starkey (Strax and other Sontarans in the

            new series), Marcus Wilson and Steven Moffat.  Features clips from several

            different stories, all sourced from restored versions.

- Vengeance on Varos  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story Vengeance on Vaors as it was shown on BBC America,

            again unrestored and edited into one long movie of 1:28 duration, but with no

            other cuts except that the closing credits are replaced.  It is stretched to fill a

            16:9 widescreen.   Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Vengeance on Varos  Original 2-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2012 Special Edition DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited,

            preserves the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2012 restoration

            (including VidFIRE).  (Episodes made in this season were 45 minutes long.)

On Disc 3:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Seventh Doctor

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

            Features interviews with actors Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor),

            Sophie Aldred (Ace), Bonnie Langford, Nicholas Briggs, new series writer

            Tom MacRae, and Marcus Wilson and Steven Moffat,

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

- Remembrance of the Daleks  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story Remembrance of the Daleks as it was shown on BBC America,

            again unrestored and edited into one long movie of 1:32 duration, with the

            Beatles music track used in the background of one the Harry’s Café scenes removed

            And replaced with another track (for rights reasons). The closing credits are replaced.

            It is stretched to fill a 16:9 widescreen.   Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Remembrance of the Daleks  Original 4-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2010 Special Edition DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited,

            preserves the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2010 restoration.

            It likewise is missing the Beatles track, again for rights reasons.

On Disc 4:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Eighth Doctor

            Another 25-minute special.  This one look at the Eighth Doctor’s one-time only

            appearance in the 1996 TV movie co-produced by BBC Worldwide, Universal

            and Fox.  Features interviews with actors Daphne Ashbrook (Grace),

            Yee-Jee Tso (Chang Lee), Sylvester McCoy, Nicholas Briggs,

            and with Steven Moffat and Marcus Wilson.

            Features clips from the movie.

- The Movie  Feature Presentation.

            This presents The Movie as it was shown on BBC America (almost) 

            edited into one long movie of 1:27 duration and the closing credits replaced.

            It is stretched to fill a 16:9 widescreen.   Introduced by Steven Moffat.

            I say almost because BBC America was able to obtain a copy of the original

            NTSC master just in time for broadcast, meaning it had not been converted to

            the UK’s PAL standard and then back again to NTSC as had to be done for

            these (and the previous) DVD masters.  This process introduces a 4% speed-up

            in the playback, which you can just about notice in the pitch of the sound if

            you’re listening out for it. 

- The Movie Original 4:3 version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2011 DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited,

            but does have the same PAL speed-up issue mentioned above



 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2013 RELEASES IN DETAIL

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan

  as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams, Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald

  and guest starring Alex Kingston as River Song, Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra,

  Dan Starkey as Strax, Catrin Stewart as Jenny Flint, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart,

  Mark Williams as Brian Williams, and Richard E. Grant and Ian McKellan as the Great

  Intelligence.

 

Available either in standard-definition (yet widescreen) DVD or high-definition

(1080p) Blu-Ray.  There are 5 discs in the DVD version and 4 discs in the Blu-Ray version.

The disc contents are otherwise identical between the sets, though configured differently.

It has an outer cover, containing a “booklet” style box within with each disc on its own “page”

of the booklet.  The booklet also has a page detailing the contents, and a comic-book

style page of artwork that depicts key moments from the story arc.

 

On all of the discs: 

- DTS HD 5.1 sound.

- Graphical menus, scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Video has been converted up to 1080p.  (Originally shot in 1080i).

 

The following contents listing is as they are configured on the Blu-Ray edition.  The DVD

edition has the same contents, but spread across five discs instead of the four in the Blu-Ray,

and thus some episodes and features are on different discs to where they are on the Blu-Ray

 

On Blu-Ray Disc 1:

- The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.  60 minutes.  (The 2011 Christmas Special)

- Asylum of the Daleks  50 minutes.

- Dinosaurs on a Spaceship  45 minutes.

- A Town Called Mercy  45 minutes.

- The Power of Three  45 minutes.

- Special Features:

            - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Prequel.  A 1-1/2 minute extra

              scene showing what the Doctor was up to just before the special started.

            - Asylum of the Daleks Prequel.  A 2-1/2 minute extra scene showing how

              the Doctor received the message that drew him to the woman on Skaro at

              the start of Asylum of the Daleks.

            - Making of the Gunslinger.  A 2-minute extra scene showing how Kahler-Jex

              and his team built the super warrior gunslinger.

 

On Blu-Ray Disc 2:

- The Angels Take Manhattan  45 minutes.

- The Snowmen  60 minutes. (The 2012 Christmas Special)

- The Bells of Saint John  45 minutes.

Special Features:

            - Commentary track on The Snowmen featuring Production Designer Michael

              Pickwoad and Art Director Paul Spriggs.

            - Pond Life.   A 5-part series of short subjects showing Amy and Rory at home

              between adventures with the Doctor.   6 minutes total.   These scenes

              take place between the events of The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

              and Asylum of the Daleks.

            - The Battle of Demon’s Run: 2 Days Later.  A 3-minute scene showing how

              Strax was brought back to life by Madame Vastra and Jenny following the

              Battle of Demon’s Run seen in A Good Man Goes to War in the previous

              series. 

            - Vastra Investigates.  A 3-minute scene showing the conclusion of a case

              solved for the London police by Madame Vastra. 

            - The Great Detective.  A 3-minute scene where Vastra, Jenny, and Strax

               try to persuade the Doctor to unretired and rejoin them in investigating

               mysteries and crimes.  This and the Vastra Investigates scene take place

               shortly before the events of The Snowmen.

            - The Bells of Saint John – A Prequel.  A 3-minute scene where the Doctor

               meets a young girl in a playground and muses on how he can possibly find

               Clara again.  Takes place between the events of The Snowmen  and

               The Bells of Saint John.

            - Last Day of the Ponds.  A 12-minute behind-the-scenes featurette showing

               Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill’s last days playing Amy and Rory.

               This is best watched with tissues handy. 

            - Doctor Who at Comic Con.   An 11-minute featurette showing the stars of

   the show and Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner visiting

               San Diego Comic Con in July 2012.

            - Doctor Who in the US.  A 43-minute special made and originally broadcast by

               BBC America showing the series’ excursions into the USA in both the new

               series and the classic series.  Features interviews with the current cast and crew

               and others such as David Tennant and John Barrowman. 

 

On Blu-Ray Disc 3:

The Rings of Akhaten  44 minutes.

Cold War  45 minutes.

Hide   45 minutes.

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS   45 minutes.

The Crimson Horror  45 minutes.

- Special Features:

            - Three commentary tracks. 

               - on Cold War: writer Mark Gatiss, Visual Effects Designer Murray Barber and

                        Visual Effects Producer Jenna Powell.

               - on Hide:  Matt Smith makes his commentary debut, and is joined by director

                        Jamie Payne.

               - on The Crimson Horror: all three members of the “Paternoster Gang,” actors

                        Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), and Dan

                        Starkey (Strax).

- Doctor Who on the Nerdist

              Three interview segments recorded for Chris Hardwick and BBC America’s

              Nerdist TV show and podcast.  The first two were via satellite with Matt Smith

              and are 6-7 minutes each, and the last with Jenna-Louise Coleman in a radio

              studio recording for their podcast.  5 minutes is shown here. For the audio of

              the rest, see The Nerdist podcast available on iTunes.

            - Creating Clara.  A 10-minute behind-the-scenes featurette showing Jenna-Louise

              Coleman’s first few days performing as Clara.

 

On Blu-Ray Disc 4:  

Nightmare in Silver  45 minutes

The Name of the Doctor  

- Special Features:

            - Behind-the-Scenes.  55 minutes total of short making-of featurettes that ran on the

              BBC Doctor Who official website after each episode aired.  There is one for

              every episode in this box set except The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.

              14 total. 

            - Clarence and the Whispermen.  An extra 2-minute scene showing how Clarence

              the jailbird in Victorian London came to know the co-ordinates to Trenzalore.

              This scene takes place just before the events of The Name of the Doctor.

            - The Science of Doctor Who.  A 44-minute special made and ran on BBC America

              spotlighting the science fiction in the show and which parts are reasonable

              extrapolations of real science concepts.

            - The Companions.  A 45-minute special made and ran on BBC America focusing

              on the Doctor’s companions as seen in the series since the return in 2005, with

              interviews with most of those who played them.

            - She Said, He Said.  A 4-minute scene where, in turn, Clara and the Doctor openly

              muse to the audience on the mysteries of their companions.

            - The Inforarium.  A 2-minute scene showing just how the Doctor was deleting all

              mention of himself from the records of the universe. 

            - Clara and the TARDIS.  A 2-minute scene showing Clara talking to the TARDIS

              on the first night she stays over in a bedroom. 

            - Rain Gods.  A 1-1/2 minute scene of River Song and the Doctor in trouble and

              about to be sacrificed to an alien planet’s rain gods.

              These last three extra scenes are exclusive to this box set. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:  What are the differences between the “vanilla” versions of the

seventh series episodes that were released earlier and what’s on this set?

Answer:  Everything that was on the vanilla releases is also present on this set, except for

those that were on The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’s vanilla release.  Only the

prequel scene that was on that has carried over to this edition.  The commentaries and

the three scenes at the end of the last disc are all new to these box sets and haven’t been

heard or seen anywhere else before.  Much of the rest of the content hasn’t been released

on disc yet, but has been available online or via other sources.

 

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who,

 Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Deborah Watling as Victoria.

A 2-disc set. 

On Disc 1:

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

  Episodes are 25 minutes each.  Episodes 2 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 episodes play.

- Commentary track by actors Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, Sonny Caldinez

            (Ice Warrior Turoc), grams operator Pat Heigham, and designer Jeremy Davies.

            Episode 2’s track is a selection of archive interviews from others in the cast and

            and episode 3’s track is an interview with Michael Troughton, son and published

            biographer of Patrick Troughton.  All moderated by Toby Hadoke.

On Disc 2:

- Cold Fusion.  A new 25-minute making-of-the-show featurette.  Features interviews

  with most of the commentary members, and James Bresslaw (son of Bernard).

- Beneath the Ice.  An 11-minute making-of-the-animations featurette, featuring interviews

  with the animators and producers.

- VHS Links.  The 19-minute telesnap reconstruction of the missing episodes 2 and 3

  that was made for the 1998-99 VHS release.  Features the original introduction by

  Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling. 

- Blue Peter Design-a-Monster.  2 segments from 1967 editions of the children’s magazine

   program Blue Peter where the UK’s children were urged to send in their own designs

   for a Doctor Who monster. 10 minutes total.

- Original Trailer.  A 1-1/2 minute trailer for the story that ran in 1967, here represented

   by the original sound (albeit poor quality) and animations.

- Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines Part Two.  A 14-minute interview with Frazer Hines

  that was recorded in 2003.  Part One featured on an earlier DVD release.

- Photo Gallery.  A 4-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 Scream of the Shalka.

 

Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka starring the voices of Richard E. Grant as the Doctor,

  Sophie Okonedo as Alison, and Derek Jacobi as the Master.  This is an animated story.

- All 6 episodes of the story, 15 minutes each.  (80 minutes total) 

- 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 featuring writer Paul Cornell, director Wilson Milan, and

   Producer James Goss.  Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Carry On Streaming.  A new 27-minute featurette about how this program came to be

   and how it was made featuring interviews with all the key producers and crew.

- The Screaming Sessions.  7 minutes of interviews with the cast recorded at the time

   of production in 2003.

- Interweb of Fear.  A 25-minute featurette about how the BBC first put its toes into

   the internet with their first website in 1997, how it’s developed since then, and how

   Doctor Who has been a part of that from the start.

- Photo Gallery.  A 2-minute slideshow of stills taken during the making of the story.

- Soundtrack Album.  All the music used in the production can be played by itself

   in this featurette.  The music plays over a still image from the cartoon. 27 minutes.

- Coming Soon.  A trailer for the forthcoming DVD of Terror of the Zygons.

 

AUGUST 2013 RELEASES IN DETAIL

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Blu-Ray Edition starring Jon Pertwee as

Doctor Who, Caroline John as Liz Shaw, and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier

Lethbridge-Stewart.

- The restoration of the 4 episodes has been redone from scratch, using the original film

  negatives. This was the only story in the classic series that was made entirely on

  film (16mm), and for this edition has been scanned at high-definition 1080p.  It is

  presented in 4:3 format, as that is the aspect ratio it was shot in.

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

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- A Dandy and a Clown.  A 40-minute biographical featurette about the life and career

  of Jon Pertwee, featuring interviews with many of his friends and co-stars. 

- Carry On: The Life of Caroline John.  A 30-minute biographical featurette about the

  life and career of Caroline John, with interviews with many of her family, friends, and

  co-stars.  It is recommended you have tissues at hand when watching these two biographical

  featurettes as they’ve very well done, and quite tear-jerking.

- Title Sequence Material.  24 minutes of black-and-white footage that was shot by Bernard

  Lodge as he worked on building up the Third Doctor’s opening title sequence.

- Restoration Comparison.  A 2-minute look comparing the picture quality of the various

  releases of this story down the years.

- Coming Soon trailer for the Special Edition of The Green Death.

- The Fleetwood Mac track that used in Episode 2 is intact on this release.  See the entry

  on the Special Edition DVD for more details about that if you’re interested.

 

Doctor Who: The Green Death Special Edition starring Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who,

Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart,

Richard Franklin as Captain Yates, and John Levene as Sergeant Benton. 

Features new to this edition are listed in italics. Features that appeared in the original

DVD release are listed in normal type.

A 2-disc set. 

On Disc 1:

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

  Episodes are 26 minutes each. The restoration has been redone from scratch.

- 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,

  rewritten for this edition with new research.

- Commentary track by actress Katy Manning (Jo Grant), script editor Terrance Dicks,

  and producer (and uncredited co-writer) Barry Letts.

- Bonus Commentary track. Episode 3 features actress Mitzi McKenzie (Nancy),

  and visual effects assistant Colin Mapson, moderated by Toby Hadoke. They return

  on episodes 4 and 5 and are joined by actor Richard Franklin (Capt. Yates).

 On Episode 6, we hear a new commentary from Katy Manning and Russell T. Davies

 (executive producer and lead writer of the 9th and 10th Doctor eras).  Episodes 1 and

 2 have no additional commentary.

On Disc 2:

- The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor.  2 episodes, 26 minutes each.

  Both episodes of this story from the fourth season of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

 Stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tommy Knight as Luke, Daniel Anthony

 as Clyde, Anjli Mohindra as Rani, and Alexander Armstrong as the voice of Mr. Smith.

 Features guest star appearances by Katy Manning as Jo Jones (nee Grant) and

 Matt Smith as the Doctor.  A UNIT squad arrive at Sarah Jane’s house to report the

 sad news of the death of the Doctor and a funeral to be held at a secret base. Sarah

 and her friends attend, and meet Jo Jones (nee Grant) there, and discover a trap

 behind the funeral that only the Doctor may be able to get them out of. But, he’s

 dead, isn’t he?

- Optional Commentary track on these episodes by writer and executive producer

  Russell T. Davies and guest star Katy Manning.

- The One With the Maggots. A 26-minute featurette about the making of this story,

  featuring interviews with script editor Terrance Dicks, producer and co-writer

  Barry Letts, director Michael Briant, actors Katy Manning and Stewart Bevan,

  assistant floor manager Karilyn Collier, and visual effects assistant Colin Mapson.

- “Global Conspiracy?”  A hysterical 11-minute spoof documentary about the terrible

   events of this story and their cover-up, by environmentalist activist journalist

   Terry Scanlon.  (Terry Scanlon is actually League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss,

   who also wrote this spoof.)

- “Interview with Robert Sloman”. 7-minute interview with the writer of this story.

- “Interview with Stewart Bevan”. 8-minute interview with this guest star.

- “Visual Effects” A 12-minute interview with visual effects assistant Colin Mapson,

    who worked on this story.  He also demonstrates how a giant maggot is made. 

- Wales Today. 2-1/2 minutes of silent film footage that was shot on location at the time

  the story was made, followed by a news item from the early 1990s when Jon Pertwee

  was invited back to the location to open a park built on the former coal mine.

- Doctor Forever!  The Unquiet Dead.  A 23-minute featurette about how Doctor Who

  was brought back to television in the 2000s and the obstacles it faced, featuring new

  interviews with executive producer Russell T. Davies and Controller of BBC Drama

  Commissioning Jane Tranter. 

- What Katy Did Next.  A 6-minute look at Katy Manning’s next job in 1973 at the BBC,

  hosting an arts and crafts program called “Serendipity.”

- Photo Gallery. A 10-minute montage of production stills. 

- Coming Soon trailer for The Ice Warriors.

- 1 Easter Egg.  Highlight the invisible text area below to see what it is and how to find it.

            Highlight the “Visual Effects” selection, then press the left arrow. 

A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on that, and you will see the BBC1

continuity announcements that topped and tailed some of the episodes of this

story on their original UK broadcast and on a later repeat run.

 

There is one feature that was present on the original edition that has not been included

on the Special Edition.  This was the Who’s Who text biographies of the principal cast

members. 

 

 

 

 

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