Upcoming Doctor Who DVD releases
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who the BBC has some upcoming DVDs for our consumption, highlighting 6 of the 11 Doctors.
Coming October 1, 2013, DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED: FIFTH – EIGHTH. The Fifth, Peter Davison, the one wearing a vegetable, the Sixth, Colin Baker, with the garish coat, Seventh, Sylvester McCoy is my first doctor my and my favorite, and the Eighth, Paul McGann, the forgotten and underappreciated. The stories in this set I am genuinely excited to get my hands on. They have been available before, but the quality has been less than spectacular, and required assembly. If you are in any way a fan of the new series, pick this set up.
Coming out October 8, 2013, DOCTOR WHO: THE TERROR OF THE ZYGONS. A classic story with the Fourth doctor, Tom Baker and Sara Jane (and Harry). The Fourth and Sara Jane are arguably the most loves of the classic series, for good reason. This story shows a shift in the role UNIT plays in the universe (or whoniverse…no? alright), and arguably a shift in the overall tone of the series. Regardless of how you see it now, it’s a good classic story to show off the Forth and his companions, and a very worthy addition to your collection.
Finally with a release date of November 19, 2013, DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH PLANET. This is one that fell victim to the infamous lost episodes. The story itself was restored with an animated episode in an earlier release. It is not clear if this is that same version, but with a full restoration and bonus features. This is story I am only familiar with due to it’s inclusion in the infamous lost episodes. I very much look forward to seeing this for the first time.
DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED: FIFTH – EIGHTH
October 1, 2013
Length: Approx. 448 mins + bonus material/ 4- disc set
BBC Home Entertainment continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by looking back at the actors who have portrayed the series’ iconic hero over its historic past. The years 1981-1996 saw four new actors portray the Doctor: Peter Davison (1981-83), Colin Baker (1984-86), Sylvester McCoy (1987-89) and Paul McGann (1996). This collection features a retrospective on each actor and their tenure as the Doctor, followed by one full story for each Doctor, including Earthshock, Vengeance on Varos, Remembrance of the Daleks, and Doctor Who: The Movie, presented in both widescreen, feature-length version and in its episodic, original format. Bonus features include a specially recorded introduction to each classic story by executive producer Steven Moffat. The set also includes an exclusive set of 4 fridge magnets, one for each Doctor.
DOCTOR WHO: THE TERROR OF THE ZYGONS
October 8, 2013
Length: Approx. 98 mins + bonus material / 2-disc set
Returning to Earth, the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) arrive in the Scottish Highlands to investigate the mysterious destruction of several oil rigs in the North Sea. Local superstition speaks of a deadly threat that lurks in the mists of Tulloch Moor, but the truth is even more disturbing: the legendary Loch Ness monster is a terrifying cyborg beast which is controlled by the Zygons, an advanced alien race who are desperate to ensure their own survival, at any cost. This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes an extended cut of Episode 1; Audio Commentary with producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart, production unit manager George Gallaccio, make-up designer Sylvia James and special sounds designer Dick Mills; Scotch Mist in Sussex, a making-of featurette; and much more.
DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH PLANET
November 19, 2013
Length: Approx. 93 mins + bonus materials/ 2-disc set
The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that is experiencing difficulty. The First Doctor (William Hartnell) realizes that the problem stems from the gravitational pull of another planet that has entered the solar system and is now heading for Earth. His words are borne out when the base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen’s world, Mondas, is draining energy from Earth – once its ‘twin planet’ – and the situation will soon become critical. This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes Audio Commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Christopher Matthews, Earl Cameron, Alan White, Donald Van Der Maaten, Christopher Dunham and designer Peter Kindred; Frozen Out, a making-of featurette; an interview with William Hartnell; and more.
These titles are all available for pre-order now. Will you be picking these up with me?