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 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

And I thought it was hard seeing Tennant leave. I'm dreading Smith's exit. frown But yeah, life goes on.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Supposedly we may find out who the new Doctor is tonight at the BBC Doctor Who prom. Just started on BBC Radio 3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/on-air

Just listening to him, goddamn am I going to miss him.

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thanks for the heads up. I was able to hear the last hour of the program. (Which amazed me not being in the UK!) Sounded like a lot of fun as always. Obviously no big reveal at the end.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2013 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

In celebration of the upcoming 50th Anniversary special, BBC Home Entertainment is bringing Doctor Who: Series 1-7 to Blu-ray in a Limited Edition giftset. The first four seasons of the long-running show's relaunch are making their Blu-ray debuts. Special features have yet to be detailed, and BBC has not announced if or when the first four seasons will be available for individual sale. The giftset includes a Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote, and arrives this fall.

Official Synopsis: For the first time ever, BBC Home Entertainment is collecting the complete new Doctor Who together on Blu-ray plus an amazing assortment of additional items including the totally unique Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver and more! The collection includes Series 1-4, featuring Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and Tenth Doctor David Tennant, making their Blu-ray debut in newly remastered versions at full 1080p resolution, plus Series 5-7 featuring Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, also on 1080p high definition Blu-ray. Catch up with the complete new Doctor Who in high definition just in time for the historic 50th Anniversary Special this fall.

The Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Giftset is already available for pre-order.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11666

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Update.

As many Whovians (fans of Doctor Who) know, the original 1963 program was shot on videotape, not on film, with the sole exception on the January 1970 debut of Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor: Story #051: Spearhead From Space, which was shot entirely on film due to a strike going on then at the BBC (which is why a Blu-ray of Spearhead is on-the-way for release August 13th). And then, when the show resumed in 2005 with the 9th Doctor, it was also shot on video, in standard definition (at PAL 576p, which is a bit more lines of resolution than NTSC 480p, but still "SD" rather than high-def). That continued until the April 2008 special "Planet of the Dead," starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan: it was the first-ever Doctor Who television episode to be shot with HDTV (and, hence, Blu-ray Discs) in mind...as has every episode shot since then.

Which is why it caused a stir back in late 2009 when BBC Home Entertainment announced that a 2/2/2010 release of "Doctor Who - The Complete Specials" would be available on Blu-ray Disc as well as DVD: the Planet of the Dead special and the three which followed it were all shot in HD, but the one preceding it had been recorded only in standard-def. So how was "The Next Doctor," with guest star David Morrissey, going to be included on Blu-ray? The BBC answered that question with a statement which included this information: "Doctor Who: The Next Doctor was shot in standard definition and has been "up-converted" for the Blu-ray disc."

With the success of that up-conversion effort, it looks like the BBC has decided to go back and utilize that same process on all the previous episodes of the 2005 show, to bring the first four series (seasons) of it into the 1080p realm. A new Amazon pre-order listing for Doctor Who - Limited Edition All Blu-ray Gift Set: Complete Seasons 1-7 shows that this is indeed happening, which Series 1, 2, 3 and 4 available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time. Here's a studio description of the set, which is found at Amazon's entry:
For the first time ever, BBC Home Entertainment is collecting the complete new Doctor Who together on Blu-ray plus an amazing assortment of additional items including the totally unique Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver and more! The collection includes Series 1-4, featuring Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and Tenth Doctor David Tennant, making their Blu-ray debut in newly remastered versions at full 1080p resolution, plus Series 5-7 featuring Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, also on 1080p high definition Blu-ray. Catch up with the complete new Doctor Who in high definition just in time for the historic 50th Anniversary Special this fall.
As you can see, it says that this will be available before the November 23rd debut of the "Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special" (which has been shot in high-def 3D and - at least in the U.K., and probably in the USA as well - will be shown in some theaters that day, as well as broadcast on TV). However, Amazon's listing for the Doctor Who - Limited Edition All Blu-ray Gift Set: Complete Seasons 1-7 doesn't currently show a release date; instead it merely says "This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives." Pricing is available, however, showing $349.98 SRP for this BD collection. And you won't just get the episodes, either: as mentioned in the description above, and as you can see from the package art shown below, enclosed in the box is one of the Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdrivers...and item which is sold separately as a $119.95 SRP value.

For those of us (like me!) who have all the available Blu-rays of the later seasons, Is the BBC planning on selling separate season sets of The Complete 1st Series, 2nd Series, 3rd Series and 4th Series? Frankly, we don't know at this time. There was never a separate Blu-ray release of the 2008 Christmas Special, The Next Doctor; it was only available in the Blu version of The Complete Specials. But seasons are a different kettle of fish altogether, so it's possible that those will be made available to fans down the road. Also, it's worth pointing out that the above-quoted description says that the entire release is in 1080p definition, where the previous Blu-rays for Doctor Who have been 1080i all along; have they changed it for the final 10th Doctor specials and for all of the 11th Doctor episodes? I suppose we'll have to wait and find out. For now, though, there's no word about that. And no official BBC announcement yet, for that matter, on this "Limited Edition All Blu-ray Gift Set: Complete Seasons 1-7" package...just the Amazon.com pre-order listing. But it's a good start! Here's a button link to lock in your copy, and a look at the package itself. Our thanks to all of our readers (and there were a number of you!) who took the time to write in this morning and make sure we knew about it. Stay tuned for updates, as further developments occur!

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Series-1-through-7-Blu/18719

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

In celebration of the upcoming 50th Anniversary special, BBC Home Entertainment is bringing Doctor Who: Series 1-7 to Blu-ray in a Limited Edition giftset. The first four seasons of the long-running show's relaunch are making their Blu-ray debuts. Special features have yet to be detailed, and BBC has not announced if or when the first four seasons will be available for individual sale. The giftset includes a Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote, and arrives this fall.

Official Synopsis: For the first time ever, BBC Home Entertainment is collecting the complete new Doctor Who together on Blu-ray plus an amazing assortment of additional items including the totally unique Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver and more! The collection includes Series 1-4, featuring Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and Tenth Doctor David Tennant, making their Blu-ray debut in newly remastered versions at full 1080p resolution, plus Series 5-7 featuring Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, also on 1080p high definition Blu-ray. Catch up with the complete new Doctor Who in high definition just in time for the historic 50th Anniversary Special this fall.

The Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Giftset is already available for pre-order.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11666


Update.

There will be a version of this set released in the UK. It won't be quite the same, and it will have different artwork, but there will be a Doctor Who S1-7 bluray boxset released in the UK. More details as and when they come.

http://blogtorwho.blogspot.com/2013/07/s1-7-bluray-set-for-north-america.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

For the low, low price of $300+

Get rid of the toy and knock off a hundred bucks and I might think about it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

It frankly never crossed my mind the earlier series (Eccleston and Tennant) were shot in SD as I missed those, and haven't acquired DW on disc yet. Still a pretty cool deal. Comes to about $3 dollars an episode which is what it would cost on iTunes.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Spoilers.

The Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will battle the deadly Daleks, the BBC announces today, in the show’s 50th anniversary special.

Returning to BBC One on 23 November the highly anticipated adventure will star: Matt Smith; Jenna Coleman; David Tennant; Billie Piper; John Hurt and Joanna Page. In a surprise twist in the recent series finale it was revealed John Hurt would be playing a Doctor, alongside Smith and Tennant.

The Daleks are the second monster to be announced for the 50th and will join the shape shifting Zygons, which have only appeared in the show once before in 1975. The Daleks were one of the first monsters to terrify audiences in 1963, 50 years ago, cementing their place in British popular culture.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said:

“The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”


http://doctorwhotv.co.uk/

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide has bowed to fan pressure and agreed to include the 2011 Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe on the UK version of the Complete Series Seven DVD Boxed Set.

Although the episode has always been included on the North American version of the DVD set, it was excluded from the UK version on the grounds it was already available as a standalone product. However after lobbying from fans BBC Worldwide have reviewed their position and will now include the episode, originally shown on Christmas Day 2011, in the Series Seven Box set.

BBC Worldwide issued this statement explaining the position
Originally the decision was taken not to include this release on the box set as it had previously been released as a standalone product. However after listening to feedback from our fans we have decided to include the episode and its prequel on the set. The price of the set will not be altered as a result of the change of contents



Complete Series 7 - The revised five disc set has a number of new features that were not orginally announced:

•Audio commentaries for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror
•Prequels for: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (The Great Detective, Vastra Investigates, Demons Run: Two Days Later), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (She Said, He Said, Clarence and the Whispermen)
•Pond Life
•As Good as Gold (exclusive to the UK version)
•Featurettes: The Making of the Gunslinger , Creating Clara, Rain Gods, Clara and the TARDIS, Inforarium, and Clara’s White Christmas
•Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode (except The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe)
•Additional features: Last Days of the Ponds, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions, and Doctor Who at Comic Con

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/07/bbc-worldwide-to-include-widow-on.html

 
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