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May 22nd, 2018 381 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 12 Blu-ray

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BBC Worldwide has announced that Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12 will be released on Blu-Ray on 18th June 2018.

For fans of Doctor Who and collectors of Classic Who seasons, the Blu-Ray has limited edition packaging with artwork by Lee Binding and has been restored and up-scaled to HD by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres. The new release also has a wealth of new bonus content.

Russell Minton, Executive Producer at BBC Worldwide says : “We are doing our very best at BBC Worldwide to restore and bring as many Classic Who titles out on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and this starts with being able to confirm one of my favourites, Tom Baker’s first season. We will also endeavour to include additional archive material and exciting newly-shot features where possible.”

Season 12, Tom Baker’s first as the Doctor, features five stories over 20 episodes, including The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks. The Doctor is accompanied in this season by Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) and was first broadcast between December 1974 and May 1975.

The new Blu-Ray release includes existing bonus material from the original DVDs as well as the brand new features below:


  • A candid new one-hour interview with the Fourth Doctor.


  • Classic clips from Season 12, viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe,
  • Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Sadie Miller


  • For The Sontaran Experiment and Revenge Of The Cybermen


  • For The Ark In Space and Genesis Of The Daleks


  • For Revenge Of The Cybermen


  • Unseen since broadcast in 1975


  • The 1991 VHS release, on disc for the first time


  • PDF files from the BBC Archives

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12 will be released on Blu-Ray from Monday 11th June 2018.

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  • WillByers2001

    May 27th, 2018 - 5:19pm

    So when I decide to start buying the classic stories of DVD. They release this!
    I havent watched many classic stories and only ‘Robots of Death’ from the Tom Baker years, soI will definatly buy this. Its a good price (Comsidering the DVD’s for these stories come to roughly the same prive brand new).
    Artwork is fantastic aswell!

  • Gobbledon the fibbler

    May 26th, 2018 - 4:40pm

    Do we know if the DVD range will remain in print or be replaced by the blu ray sets or keep both together and have blu ray as a “collectors edition” and DVD for the “commoners”.

    • Anonymous

      May 26th, 2018 - 11:55pm

      We don’t know, but I imagine over time they will have to start retiring the old DVDs anyway.

  • Gobbledon the fibbler

    May 26th, 2018 - 4:39pm

    Do we know if the DVD range will remain in print or be replaced by the blu ray sets or keep both together and have blu ray as a “collectors edition” and DVD for the “commoners”.

  • Anonymous

    May 26th, 2018 - 9:48am

    Question for Gordon

    Is this straight from the video tape and completely remastered from scratch
    or UPSCALED from the DVD

    • Gordon

      May 26th, 2018 - 11:18pm

      When it was announced it was implied that it was from scratch however I’m now led to believe it’s actually the dvd masters are the starting point for this release. It’s far from a case of just upscaling from dvd however as additional restoration work was done to the episodes as there is a lot of restoration techniques used that was not available when they were mastered for dvd. The whole remastering for blu ray took 3 months so it’s more than just an upscale from dvd

  • Chris

    May 25th, 2018 - 2:08am

    This is my dream release schedule for classic Doctor Who on Blu-Ray – allowing time for restoration and reconstruction work etc.

    1st year S 12 (20) 4 S 10 (26) 3,2,1S 1 (34 +9) 1
    2nd year S 18 (28) 4 S 19 (26) 5 S 6 (37 +7) 2
    3rd year S 26 (14) 7 S 22 (=26) 6,2 S 9 (26) 3
    4th year S 13 (26) 4 S 14 (26) 4 S 2 (37 +2) 1
    5th year S 20 (= 26) 5 S 21 (=26) 5,6 S 5 (22+ 22) 2
    6th year S 11 (26) 3 S 16 (26) 4 S 23 (14) 6, S 24 (14) 7
    7th year S 25 (14) 7 S 7 (25) 3 S 3 – 4 (23 + rec) 1,2
    8th year S 15 (26) 4 S 8 (25) 3 S 17 (20 + 6) 4

    • Gordon

      May 25th, 2018 - 7:37am

      I’d go for something like this:


      S12, S19

      S19 has the most film footage so it seems a no brainier to do next. As nothing is currently in production there is Not going to be enough time to do more than 2 this year


      S10, S25, S22,S16

      You have the easiest to restore pertwee first. Given how poor s24 is regarded by fans it could be suicide to release it first for Sylvester. S25 is a safer bet. For me S22 is the better of the 2 c. Baker seasons so better releasing first. You need some highly regarded releases nearer the end so I’d hold off s 13 till nearer the end.


      S7, S20, S24, S15

      50th aniversary of pertwee debut seems like a no brainier. S20 would be ideal follow on for p Davidson. S24 has got a horrible reputation but at least it keeps s26 till closer to the end. S15 has its clunkers but still popular regardless


      S9, S17 S23, S2

      At this point S9 is the only pertwee season that doesn’t have colour issues. S17 I’m not a fan of outside the first 2 stories. S23 completes Peter’s run. Season 2 is the easiest b and w season to complete.


      S 18, S8, S26, S6

      Gets s18 out the way. S8 could do with some touching up so better leaving till later. S26 completes the McCoy era. S6 is the easiest troughton season to do


      S14, S11, S21, S1

      Season 14 gives a strong tom season for the 60th. A colour version of invasion dinos 1 would be an excellent 60th aniversary present and it completes the pertwee era. S21 completes the Davidson era. 60th aniversary of the 1st season seems a no brainer


      S5, S13,S3,S4

      Completes Hartnell troughton and tom Baker eras

    • The Lost Doctor

      May 26th, 2018 - 11:13am

      I think they should release the first 6 seasons in 10-12 years time, to allow time for any newly found episodes. Then, when season 1 does get released, it’ll be a big deal.
      But I personally would release it like this, with year release dates:

      2018 – Season 12
      2019 – Season 7 & Season 8
      2020 – Season 13 & Season 19
      2021 – Season 9 & Season 10
      2022 – Season 14 & Season 11
      2023 – Season 25 & Season 26 & Season 27 (I would reduce the cost of these 3 seasons to £28 each as they are less episodes)
      2024 – Season 15 & Season 16 & Season 17
      2025 – Season 20 & Season 21
      2026 – Season 22 & Season 23 (S23 is £28)
      2027 – Season 24 & Season 18
      2028 – Season 1 & Season 2
      2029 – Season 3 & Season 4 & Season 5 (These 3 seasons are released as one whole set, with a removable case so you can match them up with each individual season, £60 if no other episodes are found by then) & Season 6

    • Anonymous

      May 26th, 2018 - 3:54pm

      Will they actually release all the seasons on blu Ray or some hard format, as time goes on, by 2024 or before. if sales fall because of streaming or download, becoming a replacement, will we ever get a complete collection.

    • Phillip

      May 26th, 2018 - 6:15pm

      I’m calling it (not an insider) Tom’s range will see it through till the end with season 18, that’s 12-18 as Tom baker season 1-7. Simultaneously a release of Jon pertwee’s season 7-11 or seasons 1-5 (U.S.) will occur. Order of release: Tom :S1, Jon:S1, Tom:S2 and so on with possible slight overlap at 3 or less total season sets a year. (Again, just deductive speculation on my part but I’m still calling it.)

  • Anonymous

    May 24th, 2018 - 8:14pm

    Will they realise on DVD?

    • MJS

      May 24th, 2018 - 8:17pm

      No, this is only a blu ray release

  • rick

    May 24th, 2018 - 2:35pm

    I am hoping hat Season 7 may be released next seeing as Spearhead has been restored already but the question is can the picture quality of the other stories in that season be further improved?

    • TigerMan1995

      May 24th, 2018 - 3:52pm

      I don’t think so but it can have an opportunity to go back to Ambassadors to restore colour further as the colour tapes they worked with had recorded colour interference. Otherwise, include the very minimal extra Spearhead Normal, the extras from Special and Blu-ray. All extras from Doctor Who and the Silurians and Ambassadors. And all extras from Inferno Normal and Special.

    • Phillip

      May 24th, 2018 - 8:03pm

      I read when Tom’s first season was rumored to be released that Pertwee’s would be coming soon after. ( Still just a rumour but here we have Tom’s…)

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 9:25pm

      There has been a couple of rumoured sets. 10 13 18 19.

      10 as it’s the easiest pertwee to do

      13 as it follows on from 12

      18 as it connects to 19

      19 as it has the most film footage

      I would say 19 is probably most likely out of these 4

    • Phillip

      May 24th, 2018 - 10:41pm

      @Gordon, I would think that a bit odd jumping around out of order… Seeing how it’s called Tom baker season 1 in the u.s. then the only logical option would be Tom Baker season 2, Jon Pertwee season 1, or Davison/ C.Baker/ McCoy. Seeing as how Collin and Sylvester are less likely sells due to shoddy scripts and or production values, Im thinking 4th, 3rd, and 5th are the most likely candidates to make the whole run through

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 11:25pm

      I’m only reporting on what’s been rumoured on forums. It would seem a bit baffling if s18 does end up being next so I do think that’s unlikely. The problem with doing the pertwee seasons in order is that s7 isn’t an easy season to start with. Yes spearhead is pretty much ready to go and inferno has had a lot of restoration work done for the se which would help for its blu ray but ambassadors needs a lot of work to get it up to standard and Silurians could possibly get better results if done the same way as the inferno se but it’s very costly and time consuming with no guarantee of improvement. It would be a shame if they didn’t do the whole c.baker and McCoy era as there was a lot of stuff of that time period that didn’t have room on the dvds

    • Phillip

      May 26th, 2018 - 6:44pm

      @Gordon, I would love to see 6 & 7’s extras that were not included. Any Forum recommendations on the Blu-ray range, speculation, and rumors would be welcome. Love to read about Doctor who news… Strangely enough there hasn’t been much internet interest in Doctor who shortly after the last Regeneration… It’s been a bit desolate on that front:(

  • Anonymous

    May 24th, 2018 - 1:14pm

    This looks really cool. Two questions, though.

    Will ALL original Special Features be included?

    And will the ones released after this be, if this is a success, that is?

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 1:57pm

      according to Richard bignall The following extras have been moved to more appropriate sets. Everything else is included

      Doctor Forever – Love and War
      Scene Around Six – Tom in Northern Ireland from around 1977/78
      TARDIS Cam 1
      The Doctor Who Technical Manual PDF
      Crosse & Blackwell Promo PDF

      The original tin and the white witch documentary also won’t be included as there is an extended version on the s12 set.

      Also Ian Marter:on target which was originally on carnival of monsters have been moved to this set.

    • Anonymous

      May 24th, 2018 - 9:55pm

      What about the following sets after this?

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 10:33pm

      They plan on eventually porting everything across.

    • 100,000BC

      May 24th, 2018 - 11:43pm

      Assuming all 26 seasons get released as blu-rays, all existing special features will presumably be released alongside, but some of the features will be moved to a more appropriate position. For example, the “love and war” doc looks at the 90s books so will perhaps be moved to season 26 and the Ian Marter doc has been moved to season 12, when he was the companion.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 24th, 2018 - 10:53am

    I suppose with so few Troughton episodes in the archives they could release them all in one set.

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 11:59am

      Season 4 and 5 have 4 full stories each(season 4 technically has 5 if you count the botched underwater menace recons). By the time they get round to it there maybe more animations or reconstructions done for those seasons. Plus all the new extras and There is more than enough there to do separate sets

    • Philip

      May 25th, 2018 - 12:12pm

      Troughtons last season is a certainty with probably a telesnap/audio recreation of ‘The Space Pirates’ and they already have the two animated ‘Invasion’ episodes. Hartnell season 2 with 2 animated ”Crusade’ episodes, and lets hope they find ‘Marco Polo’ for a complete season 1.

  • Ollie

    May 24th, 2018 - 6:52am

    Question for Gordon:

    Speaking of your contact with Steve Roberts and Richard Bignell, and assuming this boxset is a big success, have they given any indication on how they’re going to potentially plug the gaps with the likes of seasons 3, 4 and 5 where so few episodes exist?

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 8:12am

      They said they would happily do those seasons if they are given the option however no words on how the gaps for those seasons would be filled

    • DalekAgent

      May 24th, 2018 - 11:40am

      I hope they just leave spaces for the missing episodes so we can either put the episodes soundtracks in their place or obviously the dvds when they get released and if they are ever recovered

    • 100,000BC

      May 24th, 2018 - 11:50am

      I imagine they’ll leave those seasons until quite late, in case more missing stories turn up or animations are made. They still have 20 seasons to go at and lots of restoration/new CGI and features to work at there.

    • Gordon

      May 24th, 2018 - 12:04pm

      Peter Crocker said on Twitter that 3-4 sets a year are manageable so probable 2023/24 before we reach that point. We have got a good 5 years before we hit that point

    • Anonymous

      May 26th, 2018 - 9:48am

      Best news all day

  • Steve

    May 23rd, 2018 - 1:50pm

    Will any of the other classic series be released on blu-Ray like this set? I want to collect more Classic Doctor Who ond DVD but if there are more Blu-Ray sets on the way, I’d rather wait.

    • Anonymous

      May 23rd, 2018 - 1:59pm

      That’s the intention, although it depends on the success of this release.

    • William Byers

      May 23rd, 2018 - 2:01pm

      The BBC said that they are trying their best to upgrade as many stories as possible to bring them to collections such as these! So expect more. My guess is we are likely to get all of 4, 5, 6, and 7 as they are complete and easier to market as a complete set.

    • Gordon

      May 23rd, 2018 - 2:20pm

      If it sells well they will they will do more. Lee binding has got the next 4 covers already planned out but he’s just waiting for the green light. So they certainly got the next few releases planned. Just going to depend on sales of this

  • Alex

    May 23rd, 2018 - 10:22am

    So do we know what Bonus Features from the previous DVD’s are on there? I assumed it was all of them, but I’m much less confident now :/

    • Gordon

      May 23rd, 2018 - 11:40am

      ccording to Richard bignall The following extras have been moved to more appropriate sets. Everything else is included

      Doctor Forever – Love and War
      Scene Around Six – Tom in Northern Ireland from around 1977/78
      TARDIS Cam 1
      The Doctor Who Technical Manual PDF
      Crosse & Blackwell Promo PDF

      The original tin and the white witch documentary also won’t be included as there is an extended version on the s12 set.

    • The Mysterious Stranger

      May 23rd, 2018 - 11:42am

      It’s all of the, other than:
      *Doctor Forever! Love and War – Documentary about the Virgin New Adventures and BBC Books
      *Scene Around Six – News footage of Tom Baker in Northern Ireland from 1977/78
      *TARDIS Cam No. 1

      Plus a couple of PDF files.

      They will appear on a future box set to correlate them with a more appropriate season and that’s the plan for all box sets going forward. So all the DVD extras will eventually be ported over, just not necessarily with the story they were originally with on DVD.

      There will also though be one additional extra (On Target with Ian Marter) that was originally on the Carnival of Monsters: Special Edition DVD.

    • Anonymous

      May 23rd, 2018 - 4:10pm

      Wasn’t On Target: Ian Marter originally intended for a 2008 release of Revenge Of The Cybermen?

  • Jon

    May 23rd, 2018 - 10:16am

    Is it the whole Tom Baker Years, ie all 3 hours, or just the part covering Season 12 with the rest appearing on the appropriate future box sets?

    • Gordon

      May 23rd, 2018 - 11:41am

      The whole 3 hours

  • RGB

    May 23rd, 2018 - 9:27am

    with the new features do released on dvd as special editions?

    which would be:
    genesis of the daleks
    sontaran experiment
    revenge of the daleks.

    hey if they did they could call it the tranemat trilogy and use the artwork for the complete series for the outer box.

    • Gordon

      May 23rd, 2018 - 11:45am

      Not going to happen bbc studios want you to buy this set so the new features will be exclusive to this set

    • The Mysterious Stranger

      May 23rd, 2018 - 11:45am

      There won’t be any further Special Edition DVDs, so if you want all the new extras you have to get the season Blu-ray box set.

    • Anonymous

      May 23rd, 2018 - 5:03pm

      May not happen, but it would be nice, and the BBC do want to make money.

  • Anonymous

    May 22nd, 2018 - 10:25pm

    Well, I am glad I bought this
    I own the DVD’s but that packaging is the best in a long time
    Thank you BBC
    I just wanted a sontaran experiment dvd but I get a whole boxset

  • Omega63

    May 22nd, 2018 - 10:01pm

    I think it looks stunning. I mean, great value for money for a first time buyer, I don’t think I have the funds to invest in it though, after all I’m re buying the stories and committing to 26 Seasons of re-bought stories in excess of £900 altogether.

    And I hate to say it, I wish they’d have used the booklet cover as the main cover, I think the booklet cover artwork just looks stunningly modern. It works so well. Although, I get what they are going for with the larger image of the corresponding Doctors to make it a running set of multiple Seasons.

  • Gordon

    May 22nd, 2018 - 9:10pm

    The restoration team have done an absolute fantastic job on this release. New restoration work. 5.1 mixes. 13 hours of new extras plus 7 hours of extras from the dvds to make 20 hours full of extras. Expanded photo gallery’s over 2000 pdfs. Gorgeous packaging. Absolute top notch

  • Derek Dalek

    May 22nd, 2018 - 8:36pm

    I couldn’t make up my mind on this, as I already have all the stories on DVD, but these new images have sold it for me. It looks fantastic. I’ve just ordered from ZOOM as they are pre-ordering it at £36.99 and then got 10% off when I signed up for their news letter. For £33.29 I couldn’t say no!

  • Doctor Mysterio

    May 22nd, 2018 - 8:11pm

    I’m sure it’s very nice but it’s disappointing to see it packaged in a cardboard box.
    A shame, as the content would be something to treasure but the packaging will just end up looking tatty. It’s a premium price to pay again for a product I already own so was hoping for something more sturdy that would last.

    • The Mysterious Stranger

      May 23rd, 2018 - 7:28am

      Steve Roberts of the Restoration Team has confirmed it’s a sturdy cardboard box with plastic disc trays; that will last a very, very long time if you take care of it.

      I own similar box sets that are 10-15 years old and they’re all still in perfect condition.

      If it was cheap, flimsy cardboard with card sleeves for the discs then I might agree, but this is a proper high quality box set.

  • The Legend Doctor

    May 22nd, 2018 - 8:08pm

    I hope they adapt this design for Series 11 that would look sooooooo frigging awesome with Jodie!!!

    • Anonymous

      May 22nd, 2018 - 10:55pm

      Ummm no

    • Gordon

      May 22nd, 2018 - 11:38pm

      Probably not as the team behind this release are different to the people that work on the current blu rays. Probably not enough time for them to do both. I could see them maybe doing them once the well has run dry in about 2026-2027 but that’s years off

  • Omega63

    May 22nd, 2018 - 7:27pm

    It looks incredible!

    Although I’m not going to lie I think I’d have preferred the booklet artwork as the cover art. I get what they’re going for though, if they do more having a bigger image of the Doctor corresponding with each series makes sense.

  • Whovian4Ever

    May 22nd, 2018 - 6:36pm

    The artwork for this set is absolutely stunning! They’ve done an amazing job with it! Here’s hoping for more of the same for future boxsets! I can’t wait to get this and display it proudly amongst the rest of my Doctor Who collection!

  • Philip

    May 22nd, 2018 - 5:40pm

    I hope future box sets adopt the same style, especially the TARDIS enclosed booklet and stylised cover art…very nics.

    • Anonymous

      May 22nd, 2018 - 7:31pm

      Lee Binding has confirmed future sets will adopt the same style.

    • Gordon

      May 22nd, 2018 - 8:37pm

      He’s also said he’s got the next 4 planned he’s just waiting for the green light

  • Gordon

    May 22nd, 2018 - 5:38pm

    That looks amazing

  • Gordon

    May 22nd, 2018 - 7:22am

    Steve Roberts describes the uk packaging as:

    Re the UK packaging. It’s a hard, thick card case in the shape of a hardback book. The back and front covers are slightly oversize compared to the internal box, so it really does look like a book. When you open it, there’s a stack of transparent plastic DVD holders that open like the pages of a book. On the left hand side there are two TARDIS doors held shut with a velcro tab. When you open those, there are a similar set of flaps top and bottom and those unfold to reveal the booklet.

    It’s genuinely looks and feels like a high quality item.

  • McGann is The Doctor

    May 21st, 2018 - 11:53am

    I hate to tell you but a better art cover isn’t going to make Revenge of the Cybermen good

    • Philip

      May 21st, 2018 - 12:32pm

      It is poor but with the TARDIS trio of Tom’s Dr, Liz Sladen and Ian Marter make it. Shame Tom’s Dr never had a proper Cyberman story like Genesis of the Daleks…

    • Gordon

      May 21st, 2018 - 6:34pm

      But optional cgi might

    • Philip

      May 21st, 2018 - 9:20pm

      I can’t help cracking up when the Australian cyberman puts his hands on his hips and exclaims “Dactar”!

    • Mark

      May 22nd, 2018 - 11:29pm

      The actor’s Canadian, not Australian…

  • Paul Harrison

    May 19th, 2018 - 10:54pm

    The US packaging looks like crap compared to the digibook. Why do we always get cheated when it comes to Doctor Who?

    • Martin Snowden

      May 20th, 2018 - 9:45am

      Right because it’s not like in America you didn’t get the complete Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi eras on separate box sets whilst the UK have to get the box sets separately. Yeah, the US always get cheated for DW releases…

    • Gordon

      May 20th, 2018 - 7:32pm

      The us gets plenty of exclusives. They also got the 3D dark water/death in heaven release and the s1-7 blu ray set had stuff not included in the uk version. The s12 blu ray is aparently region free according to Steve Roberts so if your tv/blu ray set is 50hz compatible it should work

  • TigerMan1995

    May 18th, 2018 - 10:46pm

    The US Release is no longer a DigiBook. Finalized version just came out today to confirm it is a
    6-Disc Viva Elite Blu-ray Keep Case. Better put a slipcover or else I’ll be mad.


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