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February 7th, 2013 113 comments

Classic Doctor Who DVD and Blu-ray releases confirmed

Classic Doctor Who DVD and Blu-ray releases confirmed

From the official site www.doctorwho.tv

Five enhanced Special Editions, a ‘reimagination’ and the first classic Doctor Who Blu-ray are amongst titles confirmed for release in 2013.

The Third Doctor’s first adventure, Spearhead from Space – which sees him battle the Autons and their masters, the Nestene Consciousness – will be released on Blu-ray in July. Due to industrial action, Spearhead is the only adventure of the 1963-89 run of the series to be made entirely on location film, which can be upscaled to Blu-ray HD.

June sees the long-awaited DVD debut of classic Fourth Doctor adventure Terror of the Zygons, with a extra sequences added to episode one; alongside gritty Third Doctor story The Mind of Evil, restored to full colour glory for the first time since the 1970s.

In August The Ice Warriors will be released, with the missing episodes two and three reconstructed using soundtrack and images, as on the 1998 VHS release.

And there will be further special editions of The Ark in Space, The Aztecs, The Visitation, Inferno and The Green Death, all of which were released early on in the Doctor Who DVD programme and missed out on improved remastering techniques and expanded special features.

The release schedule so far:

February 25: The Ark in Space: Special Edition
March 11: The Aztecs: Special Edition (plus Galaxy 4 reconstruction)
May 6: The Visitation: Special Edition
May 27: Inferno: Special Edition
June 3: The Mind of Evil
June 24: Terror of the Zygons
July 15: Spearhead from Space Blu-Ray
August 5: The Green Death: Special Edition
August 26: The Ice Warriors
September 16: Scream of the Shalka

(Note: these are Region 2 dates, Region 1 releases are normally a few days later. All dates are provisional and subject to change.)


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113 comments

  • drjakeyoung

    February 8th, 2013 - 9:16am

    ice warriors sounds like a weird one, i mean why has it been delayed by 4 months? I think they are planning animation for it and the recons as extra’s like they said originaly. Well there is a convention at the end of this month for dr who dvd animation releases and they said they have some big plans to announce at it so i hope they announce the ice warriors.

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    • Vortexsurfer

      February 8th, 2013 - 11:18am

      I would sincerely hope so, otherwise the release just seems lazy after the Reign of Terror. Let us hope they are simply pulling proverbial wool over our eyes.

    • Gordon

      February 8th, 2013 - 12:10pm

      1 thing i have noticed about the article is that they say spearhead blu will be upscaled. As it was shot on film it wouldnt need upscaled almost as if the person writing out the report has no idea

    • drjakeyoung

      February 8th, 2013 - 3:38pm

      lol, that does sound strange!

  • kiwi63

    February 8th, 2013 - 9:08am

    No Animation for The Ice Warriors???
    This better be a big troll by the BBC or else I hate them forever

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  • DOCTOR WHO ONE

    February 8th, 2013 - 8:47am

    I own all of Tom Bakers first series on DVD except ‘The Ark in Space’, so I might wait and get the upcoming special edition.

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  • Space1999

    February 8th, 2013 - 8:20am

    Shame no tenth planet

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    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      February 8th, 2013 - 8:43am

      There won’t be a Tenth Planet DVD release unless the other missing episodes are discovered as they are currently missing from the BBC archives.

      Stupid old BBC, they never should have wiped so many episodes, otherwise we’d have the joy of watching stories like the Tenth Planet on DVD by now.

      Still, at least they did not wipe the all important beginnings of Doctor Who being ‘An Unearthly Child’, ‘The Daleks’ and ‘The Edge of Destruction’, otherwise a lot of us would never have brought the brilliant ‘Doctor Who – The Beginnings’ DVD Box Set 😀

    • Anonymous

      February 8th, 2013 - 11:13am

      Missing episodes? Last time we checked there were three of the four episodes from The Tenth Planet still in existance.

    • matparks08

      February 8th, 2013 - 11:17am

      It looks like Tenth Planet will be the final release then – maybe for November for the actual anniversary? There’s definitely three episodes unless the BBC have recently done something VERY silly!

  • Matt Smithy

    February 8th, 2013 - 7:53am

    wow, the ice warriors comes out on my birthday! one of my favorite storys!

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  • thedaleksdeath

    February 8th, 2013 - 7:44am

    Yay Ark In Space comes ut on my bday 🙂

    Didn’t expect to see Screams Of Shalka though

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    • John Smith

      February 8th, 2013 - 8:54am

      Same, of all the DVD releases, Scream of the Shalka? Seems like they’re running out of episodes to release!

    • thedaleksdeath

      February 8th, 2013 - 5:44pm

      I agree wonder if they will animate ”The Ice Warriors”

  • Aaron

    February 8th, 2013 - 7:40am

    When is the Christmas special out ?

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    • Some bloke

      February 8th, 2013 - 10:27am

      that’ll be out with the rest of series 7 part 2

  • Twelfth Cyber Legion

    February 8th, 2013 - 6:19am

    I know it’s off subject but does anyone know when the doctor who monster toy book is out, as I looked on the page but the last comment made was that it was going to be released on the 2nd week of jan

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    • booboo

      February 8th, 2013 - 9:52am

      computer problems i think , haven’t heard anything for a while

    • Twelfth Cyber Legion

      February 9th, 2013 - 7:25am

      Well anyway I can’t wait! 🙂

  • Lachlan

    February 8th, 2013 - 5:13am

    Brilliant News! l would have thought Mind of Evil would come out September or so even with its great progress but never did l think it would come out before Terror of the Zygons! brilliant releases schedule for what is likely to be if not the last then second last year of Doctor Who on DVD 😀

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  • Blake

    February 8th, 2013 - 4:55am

    Isn’t scream of the Shalka a animation with Richard E Grant?
    Damn no tenth planet announced 🙁

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    • Blake

      February 8th, 2013 - 4:57am

      And doesn’t anyone else find it odd that mind of evil is only a week later than inferno SE?

    • DOCTOR WHO ONE

      February 8th, 2013 - 8:46am

      Yes, Scream of the Shalka was indeed an animated story with Richard E. Grant as the 9th Doctor before the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who which saw Christopher Eccleston made officially the 9th Doctor on screen.

      As for the Tenth Planet, the reason that has not been announced is because most of the episodes of that story are currently missing, only part 1 and 4 [or is it 2 and 4 ?] are available.

    • DoctorWhom

      February 8th, 2013 - 12:46pm

      No, all of Tenth Planet exists apart from episode four, the very last one.

  • pathdw98

    February 8th, 2013 - 4:44am

    with scream of the shalka being released does that mean its now canon(again)?

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  • pathdw98

    February 8th, 2013 - 4:11am

    I know its not mentioned in the list above, but has anyone heard anymore about the rumoured moonbase dvd? is there any truth to it?

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    • Space1999

      February 8th, 2013 - 8:21am

      I reckon that won’t happen

  • Harold Saxon

    February 7th, 2013 - 11:44pm

    MIND OF EVIL & TERROR OF THE ZYGONS,im in who heaven with those”!

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  • drjakeyoung

    February 7th, 2013 - 11:18pm

    scream of the shalka kind of makes no sense. I mean, why not just put it as an extra on another DVD like the Paul mcgann shada on the legacy box?

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  • Gordon

    February 7th, 2013 - 11:01pm

    Could be that its a red herring for ice warriors until the animation is anounced. Dan hall is at a convention in a couple of weeks time and a world exclusive has been hyped. I know steve roberts mentioned the recon is an extra which would not make it main feature. It apparently was originaly due in april and it doesnt make sence being pushed back 4 months unless they are planning something for it. Some of these release dates feel wrong ie releases 2 weeks in a row so it may change

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    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 11:11pm

      i agree with you Gordon. I am extremely worried about the ice warriors. Well, we will find out by the end of this month

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 11:15pm

      hey Gordon are you grazey1985 from the digital spy forums?

    • Gordon

      February 7th, 2013 - 11:19pm

      yeah

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 11:21pm

      ah,cool. That was random..lol. I mean out of all the forums on the net us 2 are on the same 2!

  • AlphaOmega

    February 7th, 2013 - 10:40pm

    Most of these, I want to buy. Particularly SCREAM OF THE SHALKA!!!!!

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  • The Whofan101

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:51pm

    I’m expect’The Underwater Menace’ will be released with ‘The Ice Warriors’, with ‘The Tenth Planet’ getting a release sometime after ‘Scream of the Shalka’.

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    • The Whofan101

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:52pm

      *I expect ’The Underwater Menace’ will be released with ‘The Ice Warriors’

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:55pm

      no i don’t think so, because there are 2 episodes of the underwater menace, i think it will get it’s own release

    • Anonymous

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:56pm

      They list Galaxy 4 with The Aztecs, but haven’t listed The Underwater Menace with The Ice Warriors, so it could still be released elsewhere (either by itself as there are two episodes or on another release).

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 10:00pm

      there arent any other troughton releases so it has to be released on it own, which is good

    • Black TARDIS

      February 8th, 2013 - 8:45am

      An amazingly good point there… I would enjoy seeing the 10th Planet re-enacted for those who aren’t 46/7 or above… Like me, and a Whovian who is sitting to the right of me.

  • drjakeyoung

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:49pm

    also booboo, you forgot the 2 dalek movie’s that are being released on blue ray on 16th may

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    • booboo

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:51pm

      they have nothing to do with BBC wordwide

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:52pm

      ah, i still consider them part of doctor who 🙂 I mean scream of the shalka is not cannon

    • MasterKasterborous

      February 7th, 2013 - 11:59pm

      But it is being released by the BBC which the Cushing movies are not.

  • drjakeyoung

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:38pm

    so just underwater menace and tenth planet left to go now (then there will be a few years of special edition’s/animations(hopefully) and new series releases).

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  • drjakeyoung

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:26pm

    BOOBOO, I AM STILL VERY CONFUSED…WHY HAVEN’T THEY ANIMATED THE ICE WARRIORS!!!

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    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:27pm

      I expect it has something to do with money and the fact that they already had one animation project going

    • Anonymous

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:33pm

      Most likely they were busy with The Reign of Terror, and going by a brief clip on their website, they may have done e Tenth Planet, so there really wasn’t time for The Ice Warriors.

      Shame Cosgrove Hall shut down when it did, we wouldn’t have had the six year delay and it may have offered enough time to get us the story, and more possibly.

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:34pm

      the tenth planet better be animated, but what about the underwater menace?

    • Anonymous

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:37pm

      Nobody knows, I’d suspect it would be just a reconstruction as well (possibly on its own DVD given that they also have episode three).

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:40pm

      i am feeling very upset at this news, i mean no offense loose cannons, but i can hardly tell whats going on most of the time!

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:41pm

      I like them, at least missing stories with telesnaps are more true to screen than are the animations

    • Anonymous

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:44pm

      Plus, after the pretty bad reception The Reign of Terror got, I wouldn’t see BBC Worldwide rushing to commsision more from them.

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:45pm

      yeah agreed, i think telesnaps, off-screen images, surviving clips and audio is the best way forward now

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:46pm

      well, i suppose it’s not as bad as i thought, i mean look on the bright side, mind of evil in colour 2nd June!!

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:46pm

      YESSSSSSSS!!!!!, GONNA BE AMAZING!!!! 🙂

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 11:26pm

      i thought (bar the 1st part of episode 4) that the reign of terror animation was good

    • Tim M

      February 8th, 2013 - 10:08am

      Telesnaps DO NOT EXIST for parts 4 and 5 of ‘The Reign of Terror’ and neither do they exist for parts 1 and 4 of ‘The Invasion’. Which makes sense as to why these stories have missing episodes animated. Other stories that could have the potential for DVD release such as ‘The Crusade’, ‘The Tenth Planet’, ‘The underwater Menace’, ‘The Moonbase’ and ‘The Ice Warriors’ DO have telesnaps (and some have clips) which could be used with the soundtrack instead of animation. That may be the way forward for future incomplete stories.

  • Some bloke

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:23pm

    Hang on, if i remember rightly, they only reconstructed about 5 mins of the 2 episodes of ice warriors for video. They better reconstruct the entire two missing stories, otherwise it’s practically worthless!

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    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:25pm

      Like i keep saying, WHY HAVEN’T THEY ANIMATED IT! THEY HAVE HAD LONG ENOUGH!

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:26pm

      I know, to be honest I was quite disappointed by reign of terror. Sure it was ok, but the other guys who did the invasion dvd a better job, even if it wasnt as detailed

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:28pm

      I SWEAR TO GOD IF THEY HAVEN’T FOUND THE TENTH PLANET PART 4 AND IF THEY DON’T ANIMATE IT THEN I WILL…

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:29pm

      what, you’ll find it or do something bad? 🙂

    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:31pm

      Maybe both 😈 i am so angry at the moment, wait the past 3/4 years waiting for them to animate this, and they don’t!!!

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:33pm

      I understand, If they dont animate it, they should at least reconstruct it with images, footage and soundtrack. OH YEAH, i just thought. If they do animate tenth planet 4, then how will they fit in the regeneration sequence. It would look really out of place. The only thing they can really do is reconstruct it.

  • celestial toymaker

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:21pm

    scream of the shalka on dvd oh my god

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  • Fezmeister

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:20pm

    If they’re releasing Scream of the Shalka, I don’t see why they can’t bring us The Curse of Fatal Death, even as a special feature on another release. I think it deserves it.

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    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:22pm

      still though, can i ask, WHY ARE THEY NOT ANIMATING THE ICE WARRIORS!!!

  • drjakeyoung

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:16pm

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!ICE WARRIORS NOT BEING ANIMATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    • drjakeyoung

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:18pm

      Also, why is scream of the shalka being released?

  • Some bloke

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:09pm

    hope ice warriors has 2 animated episodes

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    • Adipose333

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:10pm

      It looks like it doesn’t it says that eps 2 & 3 have been reconstructed as on the VHS release

    • Adipose333

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:10pm

      -Hasn’t not doesn’t, sorry!

    • Some bloke

      February 7th, 2013 - 9:12pm

      oh I’ve just read above, thats such a shame, but then again, it maybe ok!!

  • Adipose333

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:07pm

    No Tenth Planet yet then?

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  • Steampunk Doctor

    February 7th, 2013 - 9:03pm

    Terror of the Zygons = MY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!! XD

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  • toptimelord

    February 7th, 2013 - 8:54pm

    Looking forward to SCREAM OF THE SHALKA! YAY!

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  • SonicTheHedgehogRules

    February 7th, 2013 - 8:51pm

    No Tenth Planet? That sucks, it’s the one I’m looking forward to the most!

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  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby

    February 7th, 2013 - 8:51pm

    Looking forward to the Ice Warriors.

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