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 Posted:   Nov 29, 2017 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Several weeks ago we told you that Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada, the abandoned-in-1979 production with the 4th Doctor, had been finished with animation, and that Tom Baker had returned to voice The Doctor, and Lalla Ward returned to voice his companion, Romana, a fellow Gallifreyan. The story was written by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency). It's been reported that Baker even donned the outfit and scarf for a live-action scene in the now-finished production. Shada was released in the UK last week as a digital download, and will be on disc in the UK next week. We passed along word at the beginning of this month that the title would be released on DVD in the USA and Canada on January 9th.

But that's no longer the case.

The BBC Shop's entry for the item no longer lists ANY date for this DVD, instead saying "Pre-Order - Ships When Available." Amazon.com has changed at the top to say "Currently Unavailable," and if you scroll down to the "Product details" section of that listing it gives a date of December 18, 2018...a year and three weeks from today! The Amazon.ca (Canada) listing has not been changed yet. However, a Canadian retailer has sent us a screen shot from Warner Home Video of Canada's password-protected B2B site, showing that the studio has issued a "street date correction": the old date shown is 1/9/2018, and the new street date listed is 9/4/2018. Our guess (and it's just a guess!) is that the September 4th date is probably the MOST correct one RIGHT NOW...but that this date is SO far away that it would be foolish of us to consider it "finalized." It's highly subject to change. So instead of picking either of those dates, we're removing the item from our site's calendar right now, and in our listing for Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada on DVD, we're going to simply show the release date as "Pending" until we get a solid new date on this title.

We're not sure what the reason for the change is, but we suspect the delay in rolling this out is to give BBC America an opportunity to broadcast Shada in their own good time, and introduce the item to North America audiences that way. And then tie in the DVD release with that event. The folks at the BBC might even want to put it up for a brief run in theaters in the USA (and possibly Canada), as they have done in the past with some Doctor Who specials. In the meantime, we'll have the Doctor Who - 2017 Christmas Special: Twice Upon A Time to enjoy on the 25th, and that will come to DVD and Blu-ray on February 20th. Do you need some more visits to the Doctor, to keep you in a TARDIS frame of mind in the meantime? For myself, I just ordered a newly-released card game, Doctor Who Fluxx. There's more about that game here, for those who are interested. And stay tuned for more news about Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada on DVD. We'll update you, as further developments occur!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Shada/23830

 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2017 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The Australian Blu-ray release for Power of the Daleks is now reduced to AUS$12.98.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-shows/movies-tv-shows-on-sale/tv-sci-fi/doctor-who-the-power-of-the-daleks/333520/

 
 Posted:   Dec 24, 2017 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Several weeks ago we told you that Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada, the abandoned-in-1979 production with the 4th Doctor, had been finished with animation, and that Tom Baker had returned to voice The Doctor, and Lalla Ward returned to voice his companion, Romana, a fellow Gallifreyan. The story was written by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency). It's been reported that Baker even donned the outfit and scarf for a live-action scene in the now-finished production. Shada was released in the UK last week as a digital download, and will be on disc in the UK next week. We passed along word at the beginning of this month that the title would be released on DVD in the USA and Canada on January 9th.

But that's no longer the case.

The BBC Shop's entry for the item no longer lists ANY date for this DVD, instead saying "Pre-Order - Ships When Available." Amazon.com has changed at the top to say "Currently Unavailable," and if you scroll down to the "Product details" section of that listing it gives a date of December 18, 2018...a year and three weeks from today! The Amazon.ca (Canada) listing has not been changed yet. However, a Canadian retailer has sent us a screen shot from Warner Home Video of Canada's password-protected B2B site, showing that the studio has issued a "street date correction": the old date shown is 1/9/2018, and the new street date listed is 9/4/2018. Our guess (and it's just a guess!) is that the September 4th date is probably the MOST correct one RIGHT NOW...but that this date is SO far away that it would be foolish of us to consider it "finalized." It's highly subject to change. So instead of picking either of those dates, we're removing the item from our site's calendar right now, and in our listing for Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada on DVD, we're going to simply show the release date as "Pending" until we get a solid new date on this title.

We're not sure what the reason for the change is, but we suspect the delay in rolling this out is to give BBC America an opportunity to broadcast Shada in their own good time, and introduce the item to North America audiences that way. And then tie in the DVD release with that event. The folks at the BBC might even want to put it up for a brief run in theaters in the USA (and possibly Canada), as they have done in the past with some Doctor Who specials. In the meantime, we'll have the Doctor Who - 2017 Christmas Special: Twice Upon A Time to enjoy on the 25th, and that will come to DVD and Blu-ray on February 20th. Do you need some more visits to the Doctor, to keep you in a TARDIS frame of mind in the meantime? For myself, I just ordered a newly-released card game, Doctor Who Fluxx. There's more about that game here, for those who are interested. And stay tuned for more news about Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada on DVD. We'll update you, as further developments occur!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Shada/23830


US release date is now 4th September 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Ep-109-Tom-Baker/dp/B076W4DBYP/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1514149472&sr=1-1&keywords=doctor+who+shada+dvd

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2018 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Tom-Baker-1st-Season-Blu/23925

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B82S1CT/?tag=bluraycom-21

Twenty episodes, specially restored for Blu-Ray and packed with new and old special features. Build your own archive of classic Doctor Who seasons with this six-disc special ‘limited edition packaging’ boxset.

Existing Extras
Existing bonus material from the original DVD’s

Brand New Bonus Features
Brand new one hour candid interview – ‘Tom Baker in conversation’
Behind The Sofa – classic clips from season 12 viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Sadie Miller.
New making-of documentaries for ‘The Sontaran Experiment’ and ‘Revenge of the Cybermen’
Optional brand new updated special effects for Revenge of the Cybermen
Genesis of the Daleks – omnibus movie version
The Tom Baker Years VHS release on disc for the first time
Production archive material and scripts from the BBC Archives
Some other archive treats to be announced

They're not kidding about the rebranding. New logo on the old stuff!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Damn them....they are asking for a Double-dip with what would appear to be a nice upgrade AND they start with one of my favourite seasons??? Gits!! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2018 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Of course they would start with an all-time classic season. I believe Season 10 is next on the cards (which starts with The Three Doctors).

I'm sure we all knew that it wouldn't be long before they started full season sets. I HATE double dipping having done it with very few things. I mean, surely the picture quality improvement will be minimal here? Especially whatever BOTH a decent tv AND a Blu-ray machine has already upscaled on the existing dvds? Some nice carrot dangling, but still.. More enticing, mind you, than those audio story vinyls on 'the other side'...

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2018 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I mean, surely the picture quality improvement will be minimal here? Especially whatever BOTH a decent tv AND a Blu-ray machine has already upscaled on the existing dvds?

This is a good point...yes, we tend to forget that actually watching DVD gets better and clearer with Time & Tech...I wonder just how good the jump to BR will be...

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2018 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


Tom Baker's acclaimed first season as the Fourth Doctor, originally aired in 1975/76. With his best friend Sarah Jane Smith and new companion Harry, the Doctor pits his wits against a giant robot, the insect Wirrn, Cybermen, Sontarans and Daleks.

Twenty episodes, specially restored for Blu-Ray and packed with new and old special features. Build your own archive of classic Doctor Who seasons with this six-disc special 'limited edition packaging' boxset.
We provided news yesterday that a Blu-ray Disc release of Doctor Who - Tom Baker: Complete 1st Season was up for pre-order at Amazon.com, with an early October release date. Today that listing at the big e-tailer's USA site has been updated with a new date: Tuesday, June 26th (two weeks and a day after the UK release of this item). Amazon.com also had the above-quoted description, and the following list of extras:
Existing Extras:
Existing bonus material from the original DVD's
Brand New Bonus Features:
Brand new one hour candid interview: 'Tom Baker in conversation'
Behind The Sofa: classic clips from Season 12 viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Sadie Miller
New making-of documentaries for 'The Sontaran Experiment' and 'Revenge of the Cybermen'
Optional brand new updated special effects for Revenge of the Cybermen
Genesis of the Daleks: omnibus movie version
The Tom Baker Years: VHS release on disc for the first time
Production archive material and scripts from the BBC Archives
Some other archive treats to be announced
As you can probably tell from the wording we've quoted, this list of bonus material may not be finalized yet, and could be subject to change. The Amazon listing does not yet have package art at this time; instead there is a temporary image of Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor. The description we quoted at the top mentions limited-edition packaging, however! The price shown continues to be $69.99 SRP, for a 6-disc set. The studio is now listed as "BBC Warner," and the full title is now displayed: Doctor Who - Tom Baker: Complete 1st Season.

We don't have any official information at this time from either BBC Home Entertainment or their North American distributors, Warner Home Video. Stay tuned for that! If you live in Canada, you'll be happy to know that today Amazon.ca (the Canadian branch of the online seller) has added a pre-order listing for the title. It's the identical thing, but with a list price north-of-the-border shown as CA$87.48 SRP. It also has the same date as the USA: June 26th.

Don't forget, please, that these episodes were originally shot on video for standard-definition TV in the UK's "PAL" broadcast format, and that rather than being "true HD" on Blu-ray Disc, we expect the video for this box set to be upconverted from PAL to faux-HD. But we have yet to get formal word from the studio on that. Still, we want to set your expectations properly for this item. We'll bring you updates, as further info continues to arrive!

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Tom-Baker-1st-Season-Blu/24038

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2018 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

https://twitter.com/ChrisChapman81/status/993947617615908864

Blu-ray sets, *plural*. So, more classic series boxsets are coming.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2018 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I hear the Tom Baker release has been withdrawn in the UK, due to disc issues, Any truth to this?

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2018 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

I hear the Tom Baker release has been withdrawn in the UK, due to disc issues, Any truth to this?

There are certainly disc issues. I'd heard replacements for the defective discs were being sent out (only two discs in the set).

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2018 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

From another forum:

"We will be offering replacements for the errors on Disc 3 (The Sontaran Experiment) and Disc 5 (Revenge of the Cybermen) in the Doctor Who The Collection Season 12 Blu-ray release.

In order to obtain a replacement, please email proof of purchase to this DVD Support line, in the form of a receipt from the retailer. If you do not have a receipt from the retailer, then please email a picture of the product with your full name and postal address in view.

The estimated time frame for the replacement to be available is 4-5 weeks.
Please allow some time for the replacement disc to reach you.

Kind regards
BBC DVD Support"

So, they are aware of the problems.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2018 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

As revealed in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, the next release for Doctor Who: The Collection has been announced. Following on from the success of Tom Baker’s debut season, Season 12, the next box set will be his successor’s debut season, Season 19.
Peter Davison’s debut Season as the Fifth Doctor is made up of 26 episodes across 7 stories. All these episodes have been remastered for high definition in this new 8 disc Blu-Ray boxset. Joining Davison in the TARDIS are Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) and Matthew Waterhouse (Adric). This new TARDIS team first travel to Castrovalva and encounter The Master as the aftermath of Logopolis unfolds. Following Castrovalva are the stories; Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock and Time Flight. It proves to be a memorable season with cricket, ignition of the Great Fire of London and perhaps the most shocking companion departure ever.

Special Features
All these stories are accompanied by the special features from the previous DVD releases. Additionally, new making-of documentaries have been recorded for Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Black Orchid, Earthshock and Time Flight. New surround sound mixes for Kinda and Earthshock plus an extended version of Black Orchid Part One will also feature. Further special features include rare studio footage from the recording of Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Earthshock and Time Flight, plus optional new special effects for Castrovalva. The Peter Davison/David Tennant mini-episode Time Crash has also added to the collection.



All 26 episodes have been remastered by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres. The location material was filmed in 16mm and will be presented in true HD. The studio material upscaled.

The Behind The Sofa series also continues with seven more editions, with the participants still to be announced. Finally, a new hour-long interview with Peter Davison is conducted once again by Matthew Sweet. New artwork has also been created for this box set by Lee Binding following the format of the previous release.

Pete McTighe, who was the content consultant for the title, wrote new extensive booklet notes and was the content consultant for the title. McTighe has just been announced as one of the writers for the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) new series which will broadcast on BBC One and BBC America later this year.

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 (8 Discs)
Castrovalva
Four to Doomsday
Kinda
The Visitation
Black Orchid
Earthshock
Black Orchid
Time Crash
Special Features
Doctor Who: The Collection is executively produced for BBC Studios by Russell Minton.

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 will be available to pre-order shortly and is scheduled for release on 19 November 2018.

https://www.blogtorwho.com/doctor-who-the-collection-season-19-next-for-blu-ray-release/

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2018 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2018 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Can't say I'm enthused about the blus. It's only effective for the location footage, which was on film, and can be improved. As most of Doctor Who was studio bound, there's no improvement on that score.

The DVDs are sufficient for me.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2018 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Can't say I'm enthused about the blus. It's only effective for the location footage, which was on film, and can be improved. As most of Doctor Who was studio bound, there's no improvement on that score.

The DVDs are sufficient for me.


I hear there are plans for a regular Blu-ray release in the UK. Any truth to this?

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Can't say I'm enthused about the blus. It's only effective for the location footage, which was on film, and can be improved. As most of Doctor Who was studio bound, there's no improvement on that score.

The DVDs are sufficient for me.


I hear there are plans for a regular Blu-ray release in the UK. Any truth to this?


I don't know for a fact, but there surely will be. There's no way BBC Worldwide are going to release this product in limited quantities. When the limited set is sold out, they will just release a standard version. If they don't, there will be an uproar. Some Doctor Who fans will want both, of course. BBCW will likely release all 26 seasons in the same fashion - limited boxset then a standard edition.

Having just looked on Gallifrey Base, the only discussion in the S12 blu thread at the moment is how long it's taking the replacement disc sets to be sent in the post wink

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2018 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

On another note, I was curious to know which Season 12 DVD extras were not included on the S12 blu-ray. I was also interested which DVD extras from other seasons have been included on the blu. From Gallifrey Base:

Not included (These will presumably appear on future blu sets):
Doctor Forever - Love and War (Ark In Space SE)
Scene Around Six - Tom in Northern Ireland from around 1977/78 (Ark In Space SE)
TARDIS Cam 1 (Ark In Space SE)
The Doctor Who Technical Manual PDF (Ark In Space SE)
Crosse & Blackwell Promo PDF (Ark In Space SE)
The Dalek Tapes (Genesis Of The Daleks)

Extras moved to this set from other releases:
Clean opening and closing titles (Talons Of Weng Chiang SE)
On Target - Ian Marter (Carnival of Monsters SE)
On Target - Terrance Dicks (Monster of Peladon)

Also, The Tin Men and the Witch from the Revenge of the Cybermen DVD is updated, and some reediting has been done on Built For War (Sontaran Experiment) to remove Jimmy Savile.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2018 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Can't say I'm enthused about the blus. It's only effective for the location footage, which was on film, and can be improved. As most of Doctor Who was studio bound, there's no improvement on that score.

The DVDs are sufficient for me.


I hear there are plans for a regular Blu-ray release in the UK. Any truth to this?


I don't know for a fact, but there surely will be. There's no way BBC Worldwide are going to release this product in limited quantities. When the limited set is sold out, they will just release a standard version. If they don't, there will be an uproar. Some Doctor Who fans will want both, of course. BBCW will likely release all 26 seasons in the same fashion - limited boxset then a standard edition.

Having just looked on Gallifrey Base, the only discussion in the S12 blu thread at the moment is how long it's taking the replacement disc sets to be sent in the post wink


It looks like the standard version is the only one released in the US, although, the limited edition is available in Australia.

 
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