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 Posted:   Jan 2, 2014 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide has announced Doctor Who: The Best of The Doctor is to get a 3 Disc Region 4 Release Date Early January. The DVD consists of all the BBC America Documentaries "The Best of ...." and according to some sources will also include an episode to accompany each documentary, though this has not been confirmed. The specials in the series, and are expected to be included on the set, are:
Doctor Who: The Best of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of the Monsters
Doctor Who: The Best of the Companions
Doctor Who: The Best of the Christmas Specials
Doctor Who: The Science of Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Women of Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Timey Wimey of Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Destinations of Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Doctor Who in America
Each of the Specials duration time is around 45 minutes. The official details are below:
Discover whole new worlds behind three of your favourite Doctor's; Christopher Eccleston, David Tenant and Matt Smith.

Immerse yourself in a total celebration of all that is Doctor Who! These unique documentaries explore Doctor Who through the ideas and moments that make the series such an unforgettable experience. Be awed by the artistry and imagination of the series' most iconic monsters, take an in-depth look at the Time Lord's trusty companions Amy, Rory and River Song, gather a new perspective on the perplexing and confounding paradoxes of time travel; and venture beyond the known universe for extra surprises, facts and theories that could fill the TARDIS.

A must-have for every fan, this collection will expand your knowledge and increase your appreciation for the universe of Doctor Who.

 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide's site has released an exclusive clip from the forthcoming DVD of the 1967 Patrick Troughton serial The Moonbase. Episodes two and four of this story remain in the BBC archives; episodes one and three have been animated to the original soundtrack for this DVD release. The clip, from the animated episode three, shows Cybermen marching across the surface of the Moon in preparation for their attack on the eponymous moonbase.

The Moonbase DVD will be released on January 20 in Region 2 (UK and Europe), on January 22 in Region 4 (Australia and New Zealand) and February 11 in Region 1 (US and Canada).

 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

We had the heads-up last October that this story had been recovered, and would be coming to DVD in 2014. Today Warner Home Video, who distributes in North America for BBC Home Entertainment, announced that Doctor Who - Story #041: The Web of Fear is coming to stores on April 22nd.

Priced at $19.98 SRP, this 2nd Doctor story stars Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines ("Jamie McCrimmon"), Deborah Watling ("Victoria Waterfield"), and introduced Nicholas Courtney as COLONEL Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (nope, he hadn't been promoted to Brigadier yet!). Guest stars include Jack Watling, returning as "Professor Travers" (seen previously in Story #038 - The Abominable Snowmen). It also marks the return of the Yeti and the Great Intelligence from that serial.

As we said, this story arc was recovered last year...well, most of it was. The six-episode serial (25 minutes each, for a total of 150 minutes) has always had Episode 1 in the archives, and in 2013 they found episodes 2, 4, 5 and 6. However, the 3rd episode is still missing. As they have in the past, the BBC will likely fill in the gap by re-creating the missing episode using animation, and syncing it to a restored recording of the audio from that episode. Finalized extras and package art aren't available yet, but below we have the key art which is supposedly going to be used for this item:

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide have released the details for the forthcoming DVD of The Web of Fear, which is due out in the United Kingdom from the 24th February 2014.

Previously unseen in the UK for 45 years and re-mastered from newly discovered tapes located in Nigeria, the formerly missing Doctor Who classic - Web of Fear - will soon be available to own on DVD.
The Web of Fear is also famed for introducing one of Doctor Who folklore’s most beloved characters; Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart who later became the Brigadier. The Brigadier’s legacy lives on in contemporary Doctor Who, with Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (his daughter) starring in the show’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

Episode Three reconstruction, presented using the original soundtrack alongside surviving images from the episode
Programme subtitles
Also Available: The Enemy of the World

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2014 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

In the middle of last week we brought you a story about Doctor Who - Story #041: The Web of Fear on DVD, and how BBC Home Entertainment had scheduled it to come out in the USA and Canada on April 22nd. That date is firmly in place at this time, but we're still waiting on the studio to supply us with finalized details about the title.

Extras for this title (IF there will be any...and there's no hints yet that there will) haven't been discussed by the BBC so far. And we're not even 100% certain if the still-missing 3rd episode of the arc (this serial was produced in six parts) will be represented on DVD as the hoped-for animated re-creation (of the sort we've seen in other classic Doctor Who releases that have missing episodes: #046: The Invasion; #008: The Reign of Terror; #039: The Ice Warriors; #029: The Tenth Planet; and upcoming #033: The Moonbase).

What might you get, if not that? Well, for the already-available digital streaming version of Web, that third episode was represented by a series of still-frame photos displayed over the remastered audio. Fans have clearly been hoping for animation, though, and we THINK that's what will fans get. However, the BBC has NOT said for sure, and the DVD could still continue to have the "still-frame-photos" version of Episode 3 after all. Stay tuned; we're trying hard to find out and be certain what it will be!

[NOTE (1/24): on the same day we were posting this story, our friends at the Doctor Who News website have posted the U.K. release's details about this title, and overseas it will have the "still-frame-photos" version of the Episode 3 reconstruction; the North American release is likely to have the same. Although sometimes there are differences in Doctor Who DVD releases between the U.K. and what we get here in the USA/Canada, more often a difference that is this significant will not occur. So fans on this side of the ocean should anticipate NOT getting the animated reconstruction of Episode 3 that we hoped for. However, we are still waiting on word directly from either BBC Home Entertainment or distributor Warner Home Video to confirm EXACTLY what the Region1 contents of this title shall be.]

In the meantime, however, we do have something new to show you for this title. In our previous report, we had a look at the key artwork which would become the package cover art for Doctor Who - Story #041: The Web of Fear. BBC Home Entertainment hasn't brought us the finalized packaging images yet, nor has their distributor (Warner Home Video). However, Canadian retailers have gotten a low-res look at the package from Warner Canada, and we've got an enlarged look at that box for you below. It's not a sharp image, but it's the best we've got at this time. Check it out:

 Posted:   Feb 18, 2014 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Fans of the classic show who already bought copies of last week's 2nd Doctor DVD release, Doctor Who - Story #033: The Moonbase, have certainly noticed that the item's bonus material includes the above trailer, promoting an upcoming 2014 DVD release of the preceding arc, Doctor Who - Story #032: The Underwater Menace. So what's the situation with that, exactly?

Frazier Hines formally joined this cast as "Jamie" in this story, after having first appeared in the previous story, "The Highlanders"...a four-part arc whose episodes are all counted among the missing. The Underwater Menace is also a 4-part story, but the 3rd episode has been long available as a 16mm print. That episode was included on disc in the 2004 "Lost in Time DVD releases. In late 2011, a 16mm print of the 2nd episode from this storyline was located and returned to the BBC. Plans initially were to simply include that episode as a bonus item on some upcoming DVD release, much as the BBC did with the also-rediscovered 3rd episode of Story #018: Galaxy 4. That clearly never happened in 2013, however.

In December of this past year, the website then called "Doctor Who Archive" (which soon after changed its name to "Doctor Who Worldwide") posted a story explaining that "The Underwater Menace DVD will be being animated as had been speculated for some time. Planet 55 Studios are said to be once again animating the missing episodes of the serial following their successful animation of The Tenth Planet Episode 4 and The Moonbase."

So this would mean that BBC Home Entertainment will, sometime in 2014, release Doctor Who - Story #032: The Underwater Menace on DVD, with restored/remastered versions of the 2nd and 3rd episodes, bookended by animated re-creations of the 1st and 4th episodes for this story arc. The BBC hasn't officially announced this yet, so there's no specific release date (or even timeframe), nor is there package art, cost, extras, or any other details. Still, it's good to know that this is on-the-way (especially as the character of Professor Zaroff - portrayed by Joseph Furst (007's Diamonds Are Forever) is a fan favorite.

 Posted:   Feb 27, 2014 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Back in October we passed along word that the BBC had fully recovered the entire story arc of the adventure Doctor Who - Story #040: The Enemy of the World, starring Patrick Troughton in a dual role as both the 2nd Doctor (his regular role, of course) and also as the "Enemy" in question, named Salamander. We further reported in early December that during the week in question, during the lead-in to the holidays, Doctor Who - Story #040: The Enemy of the World would be released on DVD...but EXCLUSIVELY to Best Buy stores in Canada, and nowhere else. Fans - especially those in the USA - have been champing at the bit to get their hands on this highly anticipated release.

Today the folks at Warner Home Video (the BBC Entertainment distributor for North America) have advised retailers that Doctor Who - Story #040: The Enemy of the World will get a general retail release on DVD starting May 20th. This single-disc release will cost $19.98 SRP. Package art hasn't been delivered yet, so we don't know if it will be the same cover art seen on the Best Buy Canada box, or if they will change it to something more in line with the design of the rest of the classic Doctor Who DVD releases. NOR is there any word about a general release of the other Best-Buy-Canada-exclusive DVD release at the same time, which was the docudrama "An Adventure in Space and Time." Stay tuned as further developments occur. In the meantime, here's the studio description for Enemy:

 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

A week ago yesterday BBC/Warner announced that May 20th will see the general "wide" retail release in North America of Doctor Who - Story #040: The Enemy of the World on DVD. Package art wasn't available at the time, but this morning the BBC's distributor for U.S. and Canada, Warner Home Video, made an image of the box available to retailers. We've got a look at that for you below, and you'll see that it IS different (and more in the traditional style of classic Doctor Who DVD releases in North America) than the cover art seen in the Best-Buy-Canada-exclusive release of the title this past December

 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

We reported at the end of last month that the folks at BBC Home Entertainment were looking for fan help in choosing which cover art should be used for their upcoming May 27th general retail release of Doctor Who - An Adventure in Space and Time. Now the studio survey has ended, and they've picked a winner. You can go to the survey page and see that the artwork chosen is the one which prominently features the TARDIS in flight at an angle.

However, if you see the finalized artwork we show below - as provided by the studio's North American distributor, Warner Home Video - you'll see that they've revised that artwork a bit. Gone are the four "floating heads" at the corners, including that of David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter films) as William Hartnell. Instead they've bracketed the TARDIS with a background composed of the sort of special effects viewers saw in the program's opening title sequence during the early years. The box also confirms that this is a 3-disc set. Here's what you'll get on each disc:

An Adventure in Space and Time on Blu-ray disc
An Adventure in Space and Time on DVD
Doctor Who - Story #001: An Unearthly Child on DVD

 Posted:   Mar 31, 2014 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


"A wonderful cast in service of a nimble script deliver a full-throated,
heartfelt origin story of Doctor Who" - The Hollywood Reporter



New York; March 28, 2014 - BBC Home Entertainment announces the release of An Adventure in Space and Time, available in a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack on May 27, 2014. Travel back in time over 50 years to witness the creation of an icon - the birth of Doctor Who at the BBC - with this touching film from award-winning writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and director Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad) and executive producers Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock) and Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who, The Fades).

In addition to the film, the combo pack includes the very first Doctor Who story, "An Unearthly Child," in its entirety. Packed with bonus features, this combo pack is an origin story for the uninitiated and a love letter for the fans. An Adventure in Space and Time premiered in November 2013 on BBC AMERICA as part of the channel's celebration of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary. An Adventure in Space and Time is a co-production between BBC Cymru Wales and BBC AMERICA.

"An Adventure in Space and Time is principally a human interest story you can enjoy even if you know nothing about Doctor Who," says Mark Gatiss. "You'll see the story of some amazing people who come together under extraordinary circumstances to create this wonderful thing that is still with us today."

What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the "TARDIS" (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). On November 23, 1963, a television legend began when the very first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast on BBC One. Actor William Hartnell (David Bradley, the Harry Potter films, Game of Thrones) felt typecast by a succession of tough-guy roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine, Call the Midwife) was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling for women. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday afternoon drama filled with time travel and monsters. Allied with a brilliant creative team, including novice director Waris Hussein (Sacha Dhawan, After Earth) and Head of Drama for the BBC Sydney Newman (Brian Cox, The Bourne Identity, X2: X-Men United), they went on to introduce the world to the longest running science fiction series ever. But all good things come to an end. How will Hartnell face leaving behind the part that has made him a hero to millions of children? And can the show survive without him?

Bonus Features:

The very first Doctor Who adventure, "An Unearthly Child," on a bonus disc with its own bonus content (including "The Pitch of Fear," a sketch starring Mark Gatiss and David Walliams (Little Britain) that takes a comedic look at the creation of Doctor Who)
"The Making of the Adventure" (a behind-the-scenes featurette hosted by Carole Ann Ford, the actress who played the First Doctor's companion)
Deleted scenes
"William Hartnell: The Original" featurette

 Posted:   Apr 8, 2014 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Polyband, the German media distributor for Doctor Who, have announced the release of Ein Abenteuer in Raum und Zeit, aka An Adventure in Space and Time, on Blu-ray for the end of July.

The release marks the first time the high definition format of the 50th Anniversary drama will be available in Europe, and will feature both the English and an exclusive German language soundtrack made especially for this release - the drama did not air in Germany itself.

The set is also expected to include all of the special features present on the North American version, which is due to be released in May.

A press release was issued for announcement, tying into this week's BAFTA nomination for the drama.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2014 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Why on Earth do you suppose they haven't released on Blu-ray in the UK? It's very odd really.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2014 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Why on Earth do you suppose they haven't released on Blu-ray in the UK? It's very odd really.

Slowly, but surely. big grin

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2014 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

A guide to the DVD releases of the original run of Doctor Who is to be published by Wonderful Books.

The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium, by Paul Smith, is due out this summer.

The publisher said in a press statement:

The original series of Doctor Who ran on television for 26 years, telling thrilling stories of monsters and marvels that enthralled children and adults alike. It has taken half that time to issue all those adventures on DVD, but finally you can now watch every archived episode* in pristine quality. If the prospect of setting out on such a venture daunts you, however, then fear not because The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium will guide you every step of the way.

Every disc, every episode, every extra is collated, chronicled and cross-referenced in this complete guide to classic Doctor Who on DVD, with spoiler-free story outlines so no surprises are ruined for those still discovering the original series, suggestions for similar tales to those you already know you like, information on the extensive restoration work that has made the episodes look better than they ever have, and details of the wealth of special features on every disc that expand your knowledge of the worlds of Doctor Who - all fully indexed for easy reference.

If you're only just learning about the long story of Doctor Who then The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium will guide you through the adventure ahead. If you're still building your collection it will help you discover further stories you're sure to enjoy, and if you already have every release, this book will be your ultimate companion to the complete range.

*Okay, there's still one to go.

Previous publications by Wonderful Books have included The Wonderful Book of Doctor Who 1965 and the Doctor Who 8th Anniversary Special, as well as Time & Space Visualiser.

 Posted:   Aug 7, 2014 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Prepare to get annoyed.

Planet 55, the company responsible for previous DVD animations of missing episodes, including William Hartnell’s regeneration story, has issued a statement that appears to dispel rumours that they’re working to bring The Underwater Menace to DVD:

“There have been many queries about Planet 55 Studios’s work on Doctor Who and whether we are doing any more.

To date, Planet 55 Studios has completed work on three Doctor Who animated reconstructions for BBC Worldwide’s DVD range: The Reign of Terror, The Tenth Planet and, most recently, The Moonbase.We really enjoyed creating those but they are the only Doctor Who stories Planet 55 Studios have worked on and there are no plans to work on any more.

At the moment the company is focused on animation projects completely unconnected to Doctor Who.”

As most of you will know, as of 2011, two out of four episodes from the Second Doctor tale now exist in the archives; previously, when only two episodes were missing, those were animated. This could mean a number of things.

Firstly, a new company could be involved. That seems unlikely, however, seen as Steve Roberts of the Restoration team previously stated: “[W]e’re the team that remasters the episodes for DVD release and even we don’t have a clue what’s going on with TUM now. From where we’re standing, it’s looking like the range is dead.”

Has the BBC just forgotten about The Underwater Menace, and if so, why?! There’s certainly call for an as-completed-as-possible collection!

Similar to the DVD release of The Web of Fear last year and the shoved-together Galaxy 4, we could be in for a reconstruction, comprising of audio and telesnaps. If that’s the case, I’m quite disappointed.

Otherwise, this could add further fuel to the ‘omnirumour’; that many more ‘missing’ episodes have been found by Phillip Morris and co., so the BBC don’t want unnecessary expense, when they could simply wait for the two other episodes to be fully restored.

It does seem that something, uhm, fishy is going on, especially as it was reported in the past that animation of The Underwater Menace was being carried out. Heck, there was even a DVD trailer for the story…!

 Posted:   Aug 7, 2014 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   Scanels   (Member)

Epic, Epic, Epic Review Tim this is a huge detailed review that covers everything including the kitchen sink lol & you met Wendy too who signed your dvd, Have get the BBC to hire you to interview all these DW actors you obviously charming them my friend.

Excellent detailed review, I been thinking of reviewing this for a while but keep putting it off as it's a big review to do, but you made it look easy as this is detailed, informative well written & has a infectious charm to it that encapsulates the reader into the review.

Definitely one of your best DW dvd reviews Tim, simply superb reviewing.

 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

This special release comes in a collectible lay-flat book and features the Complete Matt Smith episodes: Series Five through Series Seven, all of Matt Smith's Christmas Specials including The Time of the Doctor, his last Christmas Special, plus the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor in 3D and 2D, and An Adventure in Space and Time, all at full 1080p resolution. New bonus features include the 2013 Doctor Who Proms Concert, Matt Smith's two Sarah Jane Adventures episodes, The Five(ish) Doctors, and more!

Following up on their 2011 release of The David Tennant Years DVD gift set, BBC Home Entertainment has announced a November 4th release on high-def Blu-ray Disc for Doctor Who - The Complete Matt Smith Years. Priced at $148.95 SRP, this 16-BD gift set is available in the USA and Canada, and only on DVD version has been mentioned.

North American fans of the show have been complaining that in the UK, the BBC is preparing to release (in just a couple of weeks) a 4-disc limited edition set, on DVD and Blu-ray, of the "Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition," but with no plans to put it out in the USA or in Canada. However, this new "Complete Matt Smith Years" Blu-ray gift set appears to have much of what fans were looking for in the UK's package, including the 50th anniversary treat starring Peter Davison (who also wrote and directed), Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, "The Five(ish) Doctors"

 Posted:   Sep 22, 2014 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Home Entertainment in the United States, has announced a massive collection in honour of the Eleventh Doctor and the man who portrayed him with the release of Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set, which will be released in time for the holidays on November 4, 2014.

Matt Smith made his first appearance as the Doctor in 2010, and went on to star in three seasons of Doctor Who, written and executive produced by Steven Moffat.

The set features the complete adventures of the Eleventh Doctor – every season, every special, every episode. It also includes, for the very first time on a special bonus disc, Doctor Who Proms 2013, The Day of the Doctor: From Script to Screen, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. It also includes the two part special The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Death of the Doctor and the docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

Doctor Who at the Proms 2013 – It’s always a thrilling night when the BBC’s annual classical music festival, the Proms, features the music of Doctor Who. Hosted by none other than the 11th Doctor himself, Matt Smith, plus companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) and a fantastic assortment of special guests (and monsters), Murry Gold’s iconic music from the program has never sounded better than in this live concert, which was a highlight of the build-up to DoctorWho’s 50th Anniversary.

The Day of the Doctor: From Script to Screen – Witness the initial table read for Doctor Who’s legendary 50th Annivesary episode, The Day of the Doctor, and then see the episode come to life on screen through interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant, Steven Moffat and others as well as footage from the filming. It’s an exciting look inside the process of bringing Doctor Who to life.

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot – In the build-up to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, rumors were swirling wildly about which former Doctors would be featured in the anniversary episode itself. In this hilarious comic spoof, former Doctors Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Paul McGann poke fun at the mystery and themselves in hysterical fashion. With cameos from Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Russell T Davies and others.

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide – Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) introduce this insightful look back at the remarkable 50-year history of Doctor Who featuring interviews with the cast and the people behind the scenes, past and present, plus a host of celebrity fans. Doctor Who – The Ultimate Guide delves deep into the history of the Doctor, profiling his many incarnations and charting the progression of his character from his old-fashioned, black and white origins to his more complex, many-layered, modern-day persona and the multi-faceted menaces he has faced through the years. This is the defining documentary of Doctor Who, the perfect way to celebrate a rich 50-year old marvel.

Sarah Janes Adventures: The Death of the Doctor - The Eleventh Doctor makes a special appearance in the spin-off series Sarah Janes Adventure. In the two part special written by Russell T Davies, Sarah Jane is reunited with another of the Doctor’s former companions, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), as they investigate the fate of the Doctor at his own funeral. Things get more complicated when they’re joined by the Eleventh Doctor himself in an alien-busting adventure featuring brand-new vulture aliens, the mysterious Shansheeth and a trip to an alien planet.

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