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Last updated July 24, 2015.   Recently updated sections are in red.

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July 24, 2015


I must announce that this website will be closing soon, and further updates to the news

sections have already ended. 


I’ve maintained Frequently Asked Questions lists for the North American Doctor Who

market on physical media for over 20 years now, first on VHS, then on DVD, and lately

also Blu-Ray.   It’s been a labor of love.  I’ve enjoyed immensely seeing the entirety of

the television series released twice over (apart from the still-missing episodes, of course),

and to see it so lovingly restored and worked over by the members of the Restoration Team

on the DVD range of the classic series.  I want to thank each and every one of them for all

of their hard work down the years, Steve Roberts, Mark Ayres, Peter Crocker, Paul Vanezis,

Ralph Montagu, Richard Molesworth, Martin Wiggins, Richard Bignell, Paul Scoones,

Nicholas Pegg, Ed Stradling, and the many, many others who contributed to the restorations

and extra features whose names you can see in the credits that you should all be reading on

the DVD featurettes.


The era of physical media seems to be ending, however, and I’ve been debating with myself

for some months now whether continuing this website is still worth doing given that fact. 

The classic series range has nothing new left to be added to it, leaving us only with one truly

new box set each year as new episodes are created.  I’ve kept it going partly in the hope that

more missing episodes would be returned and released, but none appear forthcoming, and

we seem to be at a stage now where if more do appear, they’ll likely be released as digital

download-only and not on physical media. 


The final “ion bonder seal on the Zero Cabinet” came in my mail the other day, when my

internet service provider informed me they will be discontinuing the web-hosting service

I’ve been using to house this website.  If I wanted to continue it, I’d have to move it all to

some other service, and given the other factors I’ve mentioned above, it seems not worth

the effort now.    They’ll be pulling the plug on it sometime in October.  I will leave all the

files here as they are until then, so you’ve got plenty of time to copy them down yourselves

if you want them. 


I need to give extra special thanks to Laura Palmer, who earlier this year retired from BBC

Worldwide Americas after a long and successful career there.  She’s been a tremendous

champion of the Doctor Who ranges there all this time, and a vital part of my hearing and

relating the latest news to you all ever since we first connected during the ending days of

the VHS range and the beginnings of the DVDs.   


And of course, many thanks to all of you who’ve read this FAQ down the years, and

especially to those who’ve contributed information to it.  It’s been a privilege and a

pleasure reporting to you all. 


Best regards,

Steven Manfred

The Frequently Asked Questions list for Doctor Who on DVD and Blu-Ray and VHS in North America

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A new Doctor Who DVD box set of previous episodes will be released on July 14, 2015.

Doctor Who – The Daleks is a 2-DVD set for $24.95 that will contain:

- Dalek starring Christopher Eccleston (1 45-minute episode)

- The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End starring David Tennant (2 45-minute episodes)

- Asylum of the Daleks starring Matt Smith (1 45-minute episode)

- Into the Dalek starring Peter Capaldi (1 45-minute episode)

- Genesis of the Daleks starring Tom Baker (6 25-minute episodes)

- a new 15-20 minute documentary called Dalek Origins.


There are no plans for a Blu-Ray release of this title.



A new Doctor Who DVD box set of previous episodes will be released on May 19, 2015.

Doctor Who – The Cybermen is a 2-DVD cyber-set for $24.95 that will cyber-contain:

On cyber-Disc 1:

- the two-part story Army of Ghosts / Doomsday starring David Tennant (2 45-minute


- standalone episodes Closing Time and Nightmare in Silver starring Matt Smith

  (45 minutes each)

On cyber-Disc 2:

- the two-part story Dark Water / Death in Heaven starring Peter Capaldi (1 45-minute

  and 1 60-minute episode)

- the four-part story Earthshock starring Peter Davison (4 25-minute episodes)

- A new 15-20 minute documentary called Cyber-Origins.


There are no plans for a Blu-Ray release of this title.


This and the aforementioned Daleks set are the only new Doctor Who titles in the pipeline

until the next new season is ready (near the end of the year, after it airs in the autumn.)



The 2014 Christmas special, Doctor Who: Last Christmas, was released on February 17

(right after Valentine’s Day weekend) as a standalone DVD or Blu-Ray disc for $19.98.

It contains:

- The 63-minute episode.

- A 14-minute “Behind the Scenes” featurette.

- An optional commentary track by Director Paul Wilmshurst and Producer Paul Frift.




Nearly every episode of Doctor Who known to exist has now had a DVD release, and at

the same time, the general DVD market is declining as people have switched to download

services.  For these reasons, expect little Doctor Who new DVD activity in 2015 and

possibly beyond. 


There will be the Cybermen and Daleks sets mentioned in the story above.

Other themed sets mixing the new and classic series may be in the offing too if

these two sell well.  If you’d like to see more sets like this, buy these sets and support the



The only episode never released is The Underwater Menace episode 2, which was missing

until late 2011.  There had been serious talk of releasing it (and episode 3, which wasn’t

missing) with animated versions of the still-missing episodes 1 and 4, however, this has now

been cancelled.  The persons responsible for the previous animations have all

moved on to other projects, and such a project is currently deemed to not be profitable.

A more likely scenario may be for episode 2 to be sold as a digital download somewhere.


Of course, another batch of new episodes is being made right now, and will likely be

broadcast in the autumn.  Expect a full DVD and Blu-Ray set of the sort we’re used to

to still be released shortly after the season finale airs.


As far as I am aware, no further backstock titles are being allowed to go out-of-print in

the near term apart from those already discussed below. 



On December 9, 2014, BBC Worldwide Americas released:

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

as Clara Oswald, and Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.  Available as 5 DVDs in

standard-definition for $79.98 or as 4 Blu-Ray discs in 1080p high-definition for $99.98. 


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

Deep Breath through Death in Heaven. 


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


A full list of the extra features on it can be found below or by clicking on the title above.




UK publisher Wonderful Books (at ) 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. 





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 also includes an exclusive bonus disc.

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


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,



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-

of” featurette, but no other extras.




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:


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



The Invasion     The War Games



Terror of the Autons     The Time Monster      Planet of the Spiders


Starring TOM BAKER




Black Orchid     Earthshock*    Time-Flight    The Awakening

Frontos              Planet of Fire



The Mark of the Rani       The Two Doctors



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?



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



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





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

as Clara Oswald, and Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink. 

Available as either 5 standard-definition DVDs or 4 high-definition (1080p) Blu-Ray discs.

Episodes are normally 45 minutes long, with the exceptions of Deep Breath which was 80 minutes,

and Death in Heaven, which was 60.


(The following listing is about the contents of the Blu-Ray version.  The DVD version has

identical features, but spread across five discs instead of four. )


On all discs:

- DTS 5.1 sound.

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

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.


On Disc 1:

- Episodes 1 and 2: Deep Breath and Into the Dalek

- Optional commentary track on Into the Dalek featuring co-writer Phil Ford and director

  Ben Wheatley.

- “Earth Conquest – the World Tour  A 49-minute documentary that followed the cast as they

  toured 7 cities around the world and debuted the opening episode to packed audiences.

  The cities were Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro.

- Tour of the TARDIS.  A 2-minute guided tour of the TARDIS control room set by production

  designer Michael Pickwoad.

- Doctor Who Exclusive.  Four featurettes of 2-3 minutes’ duration each where Peter Capaldi,

  Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat discuss four different topics.  They are:

  Casting Peter, Writing the New Season, What is Doctor Who? and Why Watch Series 8?

- Doctor Who Live Pre-Show.  An 11-minute warm-up show hosted by Chris Hardwick that

  aired on BBC America just before the premiere of the first episode of the season.

- Doctor Who: After Who Live.  A 43-minute wrap-up show hosted by Chris Hardwick where

  a panel discussed what they’d just seen.  The panelists were actors Wil Wheaton, Natalie

  Morales, Alton Brown, and Dan Starkey (Strax), and writer-actor-executive-producer Mark

  Gatiss.  This also aired on BBC America.


On Disc 2:

- Episodes 3 to 6: Robot of Sherwood, Listen, Time Heist and The Caretaker. 

- Optional commentary tracks on two episodes.  Robot of Sherwood has director Paul Murphy

  by himself, and The Caretaker has director Paul Murphy, prosthetic FX producer Kate Welsh,

  and animatronic engineer Peter Hawkings. 

- “The Ultimate Time Lord  A 45-minute documentary hosted by fifth Doctor Peter Davison

  who interviews cast members and writers from across Doctor Who’s history, including the present

  cast about what makes the ultimate Time Lord.  This also aired on BBC America.


On Disc 3:

- Episodes 7 to 10: Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline, and In the Forest of

   the Night.

- Optional commentary track on Kill the Moon: director Paul Wilmshurst and first assistant

  director Scott Bates.

- “The Ultimate Companion  A 48-minute documentary hosted by fifth Doctor Peter Davison

  who this time casts his interview net far and wide to find out what’s best for the ultimate

  companion.  This also aired on BBC America.


On Disc 4:

- Episodes 11 and 12: Dark Water and Death in Heaven.  (The 2-part season finale.)

- Behind the Scenes.  Twelve behind-the-scenes featurettes, one for each episode, each about

  11 minutes long, except the last, which is 15.  These were posted on the official BBC website

  immediately after the broadcast of each episode.

- “Foxes: Don’t Stop Me Now  A 3-minute music video starring UK pop singer Foxes,

  performing, in full, the song she sings aboard the train in Mummy on the Orient Express.




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.



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.



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


- 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.)






Doctor Who is the copyright of the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC Video, and is distributed on VHS and DVD in North America by

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

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

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

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

(so sue him first).  J 


I hope this all helps!
Compiled by Steve Manfred,  smanfred at  

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

I’m also on Twitter under the name: @DrWhoScholar 

I also post intermittently on the Gallifrey Base forum under my real name, Steve Manfred.