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 Posted:   Jul 2, 2012 - 2:27 PM   
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BBC Worldwide has confirmed that the 1970 Doctor Who story, The Ambassadors of Death, will be released on DVD in full colour.

The seven part story was made originally made in colour as part of the first Jon Pertwee season, but the only master tape to remain in the BBC Archive is that of Episode One. The rest of the story was only kept as 16mm black and white film.

A second generation colour copy does exist as an off air recording from WNED Channel 17 in Buffalo, New York and this was used to restore episodes five and six to colour for the 2002 Video release. At the time it was not possible to restore the remainder of the story.

With the advances in technology over the last decade, it is now possible to restore colour to the complete story. It was hoped to release the story last year, paired with the 1977 story The Sun Makers, however problems with restoration process caused the release to be postponed in order to allow the restoration team more time to achieve the best results on the story.

It is expected that the DVD will be released later this year.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/06/dwn010712010012-ambassadors-of-death-in.html



Thank you, private Johnson! Jolly good news, my dear old chap!

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2012 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



BBC Consumer Products have sent DWO the cover and details for the Doctor Who DVD release of The Ambassadors of Death.

The Ambassadors of Death
Featuring: The 3rd Doctor

When all communication is lost from Mars Probe 7 shortly after jt leaves. Mars and begins its trip back to Earth, a second craft is launched to investigate. As’ Recovery 7 docks in space, it ,too. loses all communication The Doctor and UNIT are given the task of investigating the mystery, as Recovery 7 returns to Earth.

It appears that no one can be trusted, as the space capsule is hijacked from its UNIT convoy With, military precision. What has happened to the missing astronauts? Could this be a secret-invasion from Mars, -or is the enemy much closer to home?

As the Doctor plans a daring space mission of his own, his assistant Liz Shaw goes missing. Who is working against UNIT in order to bring mankind into conflict with an alien race…?

Cleared Special Features:

• 00:01:27:01 - (DOCTOR WHO - THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH) (TRAILER)
• 00:13:05:07 - TOMORROW'S TIMES - THE THIRD DOCTOR
• 00:04:24:15 - THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH - PHOTO GALLERY
• 00:25:49:16 - MARS PROBE 7: MAKING THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH

+ The Ambassadors of Death is released on 1st October 2012, priced £20.42.

http://news.drwho-online.co.uk/The-Ambassadors-of-Death-DVD-Cover-Details.aspx

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2012 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)



+ The Ambassadors of Death is released on 1st October 2012, priced £20.42.

http://news.drwho-online.co.uk/The-Ambassadors-of-Death-DVD-Cover-Details.aspx


Excellent news, Sgt. Johnson!
Splendid cover!
I will fantasize and dream about THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH during three months.
Thanks again.

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2012 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



This fall, BBC Home Entertainment will release Doctor Who - Story #053: The Ambassadors of Death as a 2-DVD set. This 7-episode story arc from 1970 stars the late Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor, the late Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart of UNIT, and the recently-deceased Caroline John as companion Liz Shaw. Running time is approximately 171 minutes, and the cost for this title will be $34.98 SRP. Package art can be seen below, along with an Amazon.com pre-order link which tells us that the street date is October 2nd. The finalized list of extras hasn't been made available yet, but we are expecting the bonus material to include Audio Commentary on all 7 episodes, the "Mars Probe 7" making-of Featurette, a Trailer, a Photo Gallery, and "Tomorrow's Times: The Third Doctor" as well. Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated about this classic title, as further developments occur

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Ambassadors-Of-Death/17216

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

What's with the Terror of the Zygons release? I guess it's being "saved" for last? It better be a 2-disc set...



The British Board of Film Classification has passed special features that will appear on the forthcoming DVD release of the last complete Tom Baker adventure Terror of the Zygons:

00:26:25:04 THE UNIT FAMILY - PART THREE
00:19:38:05 MERRY-GO-ROUND - THE FUEL FISHERS
00:01:47:19 (EASTER EGG)
No release date for the story has been announced at present.

The current confirmed schedule consists of Planet of Giants for 20th August, Vengeance on Varos (special edition) for 10th September, and The Ambassadors of Death for 1st October. Online retailers have also listed The Claws of Axos (special edition) for 22nd October.

Other known releases still be to scheduled include The Legacy Boxset (known to feature Shada and More Than Thirty Years In The TARDIS), The Reign of Terror (with animated episodes 4+5), Inferno (special edition), and The Mind Of Evil (with colourised episode 1), plus the two recently returned episodes Galaxy Four: Air Lock and The Underwater Menace: Episode 2. How the remaining episodes of The Tenth Planet and The Ice Warriors are to be released has yet to be announced.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/07/dwn310712220007-dvd-update-terror-of.html

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2012 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



Replacing the version released on DVD back in 2005, the BBC and Warner Home Video have announced that on November 13th they will put out in North America a 2-disc set of Doctor Who - Story #057: The Claws Of Axos: Special Edition. Priced at $34.98 SRP, you'll get 4 episodes from 1971 (about 97 minutes total, with digitally remastered picture and sound) starring Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor, Katy Manning as companion Jo Grant, Nicholas Courtney as UNIT's Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, and Roger Delgado as The Master. You'll also get a lot of extras, including Audio Commentary, "Axon Stations!," "Now & Then," "Directing Who," "Studio Recording," "Living with Levene," "Photo Gallery, "PDF materials: Radio Times Listings," Production Note Subtitles, and more! Here's the package art:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Claws-of-Axos-SE/17321

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2012 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Doctor Who - Story #053: Ambassadors of Death was announced for DVD a few weeks ago, and given a North American release date of October 2nd. Since then BBC Home Entertainment has moved this title back a week, scheduling it instead for October 9th. No reason for the change was provided, but all the details appear to be the same as previously reported. No new details are available yet, but stay tuned!

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Ambassadors-Of-Death/17338

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2012 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

BBC brings you the Doctor Who Limited Edition Gift Set just in time for the holiday season! This limited edition Doctor Who collector's box will be the ultimate holiday gift for Doctor Who fans! It includes the complete seasons 1-6 covering the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith), over 70 hours in all, plus hours and hours of bonus features including 3 new Doctor Specials coming to DVD for the first time ever. The set also includes a collectible 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, 3 original art cards and the comic book, "Doctor Who at Comic Con." It's a Doctor Who dream come true.
BBC Home Entertainment has announced an incredible 6-season release of Doctor Who - Limited Edition Gift Set, covering the new 2005 program from Series 1 through Series 6 (and including the various specials as well, of course). This item is only going to be available in DVD format, so no Blu-ray release here (because, as passionate fans already know, the show was only produced on standard-definition videotape - which is completely incompatible with high-def resolutions - from "Rose" through to the 2008 Christmas Special, "The Next Doctor").

Cost of the 41-disc title is $249.99 SRP, and as the studio-provided description quoted above says, it will include a collectible Sonic Screwdriver in the style that the 11th Doctor (Matt "Bowties are Cool" Smith) uses, plus a comic book, three original art cards, and three Specials which are new-to-DVD. It's available on November 20th. Amazon has a listing for the title, but isn't taking pre-orders just yet.


http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Limited-Edition-Gift-Set/17536

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2012 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

As reported by Dan Hall at Recon last month, the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has a summary of the DVDs scheduled for the beginning of 2013, which includes the announcement that the recently recovered and restored third episode of the William Hartnell story Galaxy 4, Air Lock, will be released as a bonus episode on the special edition version of Season 1 story The Aztecs.

Other releases lined up for the first quarter include the previously reported Legacy Box on 7th January, the animation-enhanced The Reign of Terror on 28th January, a special edition version of The Ark in Space on 18th February, and the above-mentioned special edition of The Aztecs on 11th March. No features for the DVDs have been announced at present.

In addition, the last 'intact' story of the range, Terror of the Zygons has been announced for June (The Mind of Evil undergoing colour restoration) - features for the final Tom Baker release were unexpectedly revealed by the BBFC back in July.

Finally, DWM also revealed that Jon Pertwee's inaugural story Spearhead from Space is to be released yet again in June, this time taking advantage of the 'classic' series story's unique film recording to produce a high-definition Blu-ray presentation. Features on this release will include an extensive biography on Pertwee and an obituary for his co-star Caroline John, who died earlier this year.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/10/dvd-2013-q1-181012114508.html

 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2012 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Earlier this week BBC Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video announced that January 8th will see the DVD release of the 4th Doctor story Shada, which never finished in front of the cameras due to a labor strike at the time. It came to VHS in 1992 thanks to the help of the star, Tom Baker, as explained by the BBC here:
Shada was formally dropped from the seventeenth season in December 1979, it having become apparent that due to the backlog of Christmas specials waiting to be recorded there was no prospect of studio time being found for its completion. A number of attempts were subsequently made to remount it but these ultimately came to nothing, and in June 1980 it was officially cancelled. A version of the story was eventually released on video in 1992 with Tom Baker providing a narration to cover the missing scenes.
After we posted our original news story, many fans have asked us if the same technique will be used for the new DVD to bridge existing scenes together with the missing portions of the story. All we can do is say that the studio has offered no other explanation yet for how it would be handled with the upcoming release. Oh, there are other things they COULD do...notably animation sequences, like they've already done in the 2nd Doctor DVD release of The Invasion, for example (and which they are reportedly in the process of being done for next year's releases of The Tenth Planet and The Ice Warriors). But nothing like that's been said for Shada...at this time I personally am expecting the Tom Baker narration, at least until and unless the BBC informs us otherwise.

But the exciting thing we have for you before the weekend officially starts is that package art is now available from this title, taken directly from BBC America's public website! This artwork is shown below, and offers an official (and long title) of "Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada with More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS"; the latter refers of course to the 1995 documentary which is being included as part of this release. And perhaps that's getting a disc all its own, then, because the front of the box also tells us that this will be a 3-DVD collection, and not two discs as previously said by Warner. Price is still $39.98 SRP.

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Shada/17636

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Review of Claws of Axos:SE.

http://reviews.doctorwhonews.net/2012/10/clawsofaxos-221012182208.html

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2012 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

The British Board of Film Classification have listed features to be included on the DVD release of William Hartnell adventure The Reign of Terror, due out on 28th January.

FEATURE LIST ONE:

00:25:02:12 DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD -
THE MAKING OF THE REIGN OF TERROR
00:04:09:05 THE REIGN OF TERROR - PHOTO GALLERY
00:03:36:19 THE REIGN OF TERROR - ANIMATION GALLERY
FEATURE LIST TWO:

00:01:02:00 DOCTOR WHO - THE FIRST DOCTOR RETURNS -
THE REIGN OF TERROR (TRAILER)
Commentaries have been passed on all six episodes, including the two animated episodes four and five.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/11/reignofterror-081112162508.html

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2012 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Though no formal details have been given for the UK DVD release of the Legacy Box (Region One details were released last month), the British Board of Film Classification have now passed the additional material that features in the set, plus their running times.

SHADA:

00:04:46:06 SHADA - PHOTO GALLERY
00:25:35:09 TAKEN OUT OF TIME -
THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF SHADA
00:12:41:20 SHADA - NOW AND THEN
00:27:46:01 STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!
00:30:08:15 BEING A GIRL
MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN THE TARDIS:

00:25:57:14 REMEMBERING NICHOLAS COURTNEY
00:13:29:06 DOCTOR WHO STORIES - PETER PURVES
00:10:33:21 THE LAMBERT TAPES - SUCCESS STORY
00:01:47:21 RICHARD MARTIN'S MEMORIES OF VERITY
00:22:35:23 THOSE DEADLY DIVAS
00:06:04:02 MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS IN THE TARDIS - PHOTO GALLERY
In addition, the six episodes comprising the 2003 animated version of the story, featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor, has also been passed (the final item most likely refers to the introductory 'episode' to the story that places it in context):

00:18:26:04 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA - EPISODE ONE
00:22:43:03 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA - EPISODE TWO
00:20:49:13 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA - EPISODE THREE
00:27:22:00 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA - EPISODE FOUR
00:24:18:21 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA - EPISODE FIVE
00:23:41:16 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA - EPISODE SIX
00:07:31:09 DOCTOR WHO - SHADA (EPISODE LISTING)
Steve Roberts recently explained how the animated version is to be presented:

Just to clarify the reason that the McGann Shada is represented as a Flash animation rather than as DVD Video. Two reasons: Firstly, the animation was judged by all (including those who made it) to be not of sufficient quality for video. Secondly, it would have required a separate disc as there wasn't room on either of the others to include it - and that was an option that was outside of budget.

I thought it should be included however, as it's part of the official BBC canon by virtue of being broadcast (which is ironic, as the BBC Video version itself isn't!), so I worked closely with James Goss to package it into a form that could be viewed easily on an PC or Mac via a simple web interface.


The Legacy Box is due to be released on the 7th January in the UK(R2), and on the 8th January for North America(R1).

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/11/legacy-shada-081112154508.html

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2012 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

BBC Home Entertainment has announced today that Doctor Who - Story #008: The Reign of Terror is being released for DVD on February 12th. William Hartnell stars as the First Doctor, with Carole Ann Ford as his granddaughter, Susan Foreman, and companions Ian and Barbara played by William Russell and Jacqueline Hill. The single-disc title is priced at $24.98 SRP, and will contain exclusive extras which includes the Making-Of Featurette "Don't Lose Your Head," a Photo Gallery, an Animation Gallery, and the Trailer "The First Doctor Returns," plus more. And the included episodes are digitally remastered by the Restoration Team, of course. Well, the four that were found. As for the other two?

This story aired in six parts during August and September of 1964, and ended the show's first production season. The episodes were "A Land of Fear," "Guests of Madame Guillotine," "A Change of Identity," "The Tyrant of France," "A Bargain of Necessity," and "Prisoners of Conciergerie." This is among the productions which were junked/wiped by the BBC in the early '70s, but 4 of the 6 episodes were recovered from overseas in the years to follow. The 4th and 5th episodes weren't found, however, so when the story was released on VHS in the past, it was done with a 3-minute recap narration bridging the gap from the end of the third episode to the beginning of the sixth. Now the BBC is bringing those episodes back on this DVD via animated recreation, similar to what was done in 2007 with Story #046: The Invasion on DVD.

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Reign-of-Terror/17778

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2012 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

The debut story of Jon Pertwee has been given the high-definition treatment for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.

Spearhead From Space - Doctor Who's first colour story - is the only adventure from the classic era that can be remastered into true HD say experts because, thanks to industrial action at BBC TV Centre, all four episodes were shot on location on 16mm film rather than being recorded on videotape - the only time this was ever done on the show.

The digital media services team of BBC Studios and Post Production was commissioned by BBC Worldwide to remaster the story, which was first broadcast in January 1970 and also introduced Caroline John as assistant Liz Shaw. The "facelift" has given the story a cinematic finish, and the Blu-ray is now scheduled for release on Monday 15th July 2013.

The original 16mm negatives were scanned and digitised using state-of-the-art equipment, and other work has included repairing damage done to one episode's negative caused by a reaction with chemicals during a printing process some years ago. Dirt has also been removed, grain lessened, joins cleaned up, and picture movement stabilised. The soundtrack, which had previously been remastered, was then added to the final master version.

Jonathan Wood, the team's lead colourist, said:

The look of this HD remaster is a low-key filmic approach, which gives it more of a dramatic result. Working with the original negative and using a powerful, non-linear grading system, we decided to treat this four-part story like an individual filmed drama rather than thinking of it as part of an ongoing series normally shot in a TV studio.

Clive Hodge, the digital media services head, said:

We're delighted to have teamed up with BBC Worldwide to have remastered such an iconic programme for its 50th anniversary. Doctor Who is one of the few series to remain popular through the ages, and it's fantastic that the younger generations will have the chance to see this landmark story in the same picture quality that they've become used to with the more recent series.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/12/spearhead-remastered-high-definition-041212072917.html

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The FSM board is known for its love of classic Dr Who.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The FSM board is known for its love of classic Dr Who.

I am the Master. You will obey me and watch and learn from Jon Pertwee's era! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

More seriously, any release date for "The Mind of Evil" (restored in vivid colour)!

The Master teams up with the Red Chineses or convicts used as guinea pigs for a behaviourist experiment a la Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE!

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The FSM board is known for its love of classic Dr Who.

I am the Master. You will obey me and watch and learn from Jon Pertwee's era! wink


Not to worry, old chap. Have the Pertwee Frontier in Space/ Planet of the Daleks set on the way. I have about fifteen Pertwees already. Season seven is the best!

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

My local Barnes and Noble had several Doctor Who titles in their sale, so I picked up the following:

The Seeds of Death:Special Edition.
Tomb of the Cybermen:Special Edition.
The Awakening.
Destiny of the Daleks.
The Horns of Nimon.

 
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