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March 18th, 2018 266 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 11th 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.

This set is listed in the USA on as Tom Baker: Complete First Season.

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  • Gordon

    April 20th, 2018 - 9:05am

    According to Richard bignall the pdfs will include:
    489 pages of production documentation
    1331 pages of script
    19 pages of BBC Enterprises sales information for Season 12
    47 pages of Radio Times cuttings
    45 pages of the Weetabix 1975 promotion
    42 pages of the Wall’s Dalek’s Death Ray
    12 pages of the Nestle 1975 promotion
    59 pages of the 1976 Doctor Who Annual

    so, that’s 2044 pages in total.

    • Type40

      April 21st, 2018 - 10:59pm

      That’s quite a list. Thanks for letting us all know.


    April 14th, 2018 - 11:23pm

    I thought the bbc would end up making box set seasons of doctor who… Hope they clear up the 60s doctor who and give it some colour and added effects!


    April 14th, 2018 - 11:22pm

    I thought the bbc would end making box set seasons of doctor who… Hope they clear up the 60s doctor who and give it some colour and added effects!

    • Gordon

      April 15th, 2018 - 12:35am

      I can see them improving colour in the Pertwee stories that was originally in colour but having Colour in originally b and w stories? Not going to happen. It isn’t the restoration team’s remit to colour originally broadcast b and w episodes. The budget would be better served in filling in the missing episode gaps. The budget on these sets won’t stretch to both

  • Tim M

    April 4th, 2018 - 5:35pm

    I wonder…If they were to release ‘Season One’ on blu-ray, they would consider naming the first three stories 100,000bc, The Mutants and Inside the Spaceship. I don’t like ‘Inside the Spaceship’ as a title, as I don’t regard the Tardis as a spaceship. The Edge of Destruction sounds better.

    • Type40

      April 4th, 2018 - 9:35pm

      Should that release happen, I think they’ll stick to the names as used on the DVDs.

    • Anonymous

      April 10th, 2018 - 9:41pm

      I love the mutants title more than the Daleks
      but then again there is a doctor who story called the mutants

    • 100,000 BC

      April 10th, 2018 - 11:40pm

      There’s already a ‘The Mutants’, with Jon Pertwee.
      I think ‘The Edge Of Destruction’ possibly has a better ring to it than ‘Inside the Spaceship’.
      As for the first story… there’s reasonable justification to the idea that it’s two separate stories, with episode one ‘An Unearthly Child’ having a different plot and setting to episodes 2-4, ‘100,000BC’ (despite being written by the same person and leading into each other plotwise – it’s like the way that Heaven Sent/Hell Bent are linked).
      If we are to say that it is one story, I guess the unearthly child appears in all 4 parts, whereas only 3 of the episodes are set in 100,000BC so again the existing DVD’s title wins.

    • Tim M

      April 21st, 2018 - 7:00pm

      Maybe ‘An Unearthly Child’ should be regarded as a one episode story like ‘Mission to the Unknown’, and the other three episodes regarded as ‘100,000BC’. A 3 parter like ‘Planet of Giants’. That would mean 30 stories and not 29 represent the Hartnell era, and more importantly, mess up the order of subsequent stories. So ‘The Pirate Planet’ would be story 100 instead of ‘The Stones of Blood’ for example. 🙂

    • Gordon

      April 21st, 2018 - 10:08pm

      An unearthly child was commissioned as a 4 part story

  • Mr DVD

    April 3rd, 2018 - 10:55pm

    Still not interested in buying this. Money for old rope.

    • Anonymous

      April 15th, 2018 - 4:52am

      Hey Mr DVD, if you aren’t interested in HD Blu ray, stick to old VHS/DVD quality.
      I won’t be living in the 70’s.

  • John Baker

    April 3rd, 2018 - 9:59am

    I honestly though they would have remastered the sontaran experiment to look like film as a what if

    • Gordon

      April 3rd, 2018 - 11:19pm

      All 5 stories have been remastered from the ground up

    • Anonymous

      April 10th, 2018 - 9:40pm

      Says upscaled and remastered
      That confuses me
      Was it upscaled then remastered
      or Remasted and upscaled

    • Gordon

      April 12th, 2018 - 11:27am

      with the original version of enemy and web I believe they were scanned/upscaled to hd then the restoration work was done and then downgraded back down to sd for the dvd. Could be similar without the downgrading. Not sure as the restoration team haven’t been 100 forward on how they are restoring it. I know Peter Crocker said on Twitter that the project took over 3 months of work so it wasn’t just a quick 5 minute job

  • Nick C

    March 23rd, 2018 - 8:51am

    Is there a specific place to comment on the use of the wrong logo?
    It will jar with the new rebrand, why have a logo on the box that never appears on screen on the contents?
    I wouldn’t say I was up in arms about it, I just don’t see the sense.

    • Anonymous

      March 23rd, 2018 - 10:00am

      A logo on the box that doesn’t appear on screen? You mean like the McGann logo being put on the boxes for the past twenty years?

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2018 - 12:13am

      I agree. Each set should use the logo that was appearing on screen at the time.
      It would be great if they could continue these on for the new series seasons as well. Perhaps with decent extras this time?

    • Yunie

      March 26th, 2018 - 10:54am

      I definitely agree that using the new logo doesn’t make sense.

      Although for slightly different reasons. The new logo is supposed to represent the upcoming series and new doctor. Using it with the classic series seems like it takes away from the promotion and reveal that came with the logo (i.e. using it elsewhere before the new season actually airs).

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2018 - 1:45am

      I like what they’re doing, using one logo for all eras helps the show seem like all ONE brand, not split up into all these differing logos, that can put people of due to lack of brand recognition. The entire show is unified under one brand, like a far better version of that ‘doctor who universe’ branding theyve been playing with in recent years.

  • Phillip

    March 23rd, 2018 - 12:40am

    This has dropped to $52.49 while it remains in “pre-order”! Amazon has this on sale, get those orders in

  • Jack Frost

    March 23rd, 2018 - 12:34am

    hey booboo swear I already put this but not sure was wondering if there will be a normal release with out Blu-ray like a started version

    • booboo

      March 23rd, 2018 - 7:15am

      I would doubt it to be honest

  • Paul parham

    March 21st, 2018 - 11:14pm

    If you already own the individual stories on dvd for this season and wish to upgrade them to blu-ray but keep them in the classic dvd cases, I wonder if there will be one blu ray disc per story including all the special features plus “The Tom Baker Years” on a separate disc as there are 6 discs in total?

  • Doctor Mysterio

    March 20th, 2018 - 8:44pm

    I hope this is properly packaged and not in the cheap looking cardboard style, like Capaldi’s Series 9 box set. That crease down the from doesn’t fill me with confidence… I’d be buying this as a premium upgrade of dvd’s I already own, so don’t want it looking tatty from the off.

    • Nicholas

      March 21st, 2018 - 11:25am

      the crease indicates it’s some sort of mediabook

    • When The Doctor Was Me

      March 21st, 2018 - 4:14pm

      I’m predicting a hard cover media book in a short sleeve. Much like a steelbook sleeve. I’m hoping for a hardback quality like the regeneration set

    • Omega63

      March 21st, 2018 - 5:52pm

      If the discs are held in cardboard I have to say that’d be the decider for me not getting this. I hope they’re held in plastic trays.

  • John Baker

    March 19th, 2018 - 8:29am

    Just want to know how this is going to look on Season 21 / Season 22
    Since the last episode ( twin dilemma) is a Colin Baker story
    Will it be included on Colin Baker: Season 1 or will they just make a complete collection

    • Darren

      March 19th, 2018 - 12:52pm

      I reckon if the UK keeps the season title then for season 21 TTD will be on it with a small photo of CB on it and a line saying including the 6th doctors first story or something like that but main photo of PD of course, as for America maybe that line I was on about will be added cause if its season box sets then TTD has to go on it in my eyes

  • Gordon

    March 19th, 2018 - 7:47am

    Makes perfect business to use tom’s name for the american releases seing as in America tom is by far the most popular classic doctor

  • Alex

    March 19th, 2018 - 1:00am

    Most interesting to see. I’m not quite a big fan of “Tom Baker Season 1”, but I can see the reason behind it. More interestingly, it seems we’re going to get more seasons.

  • Astrid

    March 18th, 2018 - 8:33pm

    Is this meant to be a steelbook? Or just a slipcase?

    • Gareth Pugh

      March 21st, 2018 - 12:46am

      Looks like it’s meant to be what is sometimes referred to as a ‘Book-pack’ or ‘Mediabook’ format – a hardback book style package with ‘page’ sized cardboard pockets for the discs (and sometimes a booklet bound in, too). Like Big Finish have used for some of their limited edition sets.

  • DalekAgent

    March 18th, 2018 - 8:08pm

    To be honest i think it should be “The Fourth Doctor: Season 1” instead

    • The Surgeon

      March 19th, 2018 - 7:56am

      I thought the same until I remembered there were some classic seasons which were split across two Doctors

    • John Baker

      March 19th, 2018 - 8:30am


    • DalekAgent

      March 19th, 2018 - 9:54am

      Oh yeah true but they could just name the season after The Doctor that has the most number of episodes in the season and have both Doctors on the artwork, for example “The Fifth Doctor: Season 4” (Season 21) because The Sixth Doctor only has one episode in that season and then the artwork could have a picture of The Doctor but one half will be The Fifth Doctor and the other half is The Sixth Doctor and then some sort of effect in the middle of them to seperate them so it dosent look too wierd and so it could look like hes regenerating and then all the enemies in the middle like this release. Im not complaining though its just an idea lol

  • funkadelicish

    March 18th, 2018 - 6:48pm

    Although it should totally say Season 12, I can understand why they might choose to put Tom Baker Season 1 for the less dedicated fan – they might be put off by thinking they’ve missed a bunch of seasons before this one, as opposed to realising this is the perfect jumping on point for his Doctor/Classic Who for many. Do you think it is the US release which will only say Tom Baker Season 1, or will it be the same here in the UK, too?

    • Anonymous

      March 18th, 2018 - 8:02pm

      It says SEASON 12 on the UK one. The Australian one is still unknown.

  • Pól O’Connor-Pryor

    March 18th, 2018 - 6:06pm

    The logo is wrong and it is season 12 not one! It nay be Blu-ray format but it can not be Blu-ray quality surely.

    • Dav

      March 19th, 2018 - 3:19pm

      yeah, i can’t believe they’re using the 2018 branding on classic merchandise

    • booboo

      March 19th, 2018 - 3:21pm

      better get used to it, any new range or line seems be carrying the new logo, even the Titan 7th Doctor Comics are

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2018 - 11:15pm

      I think its a good idea, it helps a casual viewer buyer realise immediately that this is the same brand, whereas in recent years, I feel the brand recognition has really suffered due to so many different logos/branding styles being in circulation. I like the 3rd and 8th doctor logo, but i feel the classic figure line, for example, may have done better if it continued to stick with the recognisable (to a general audience) RTD era logo, or even updating to the matt smith one, in order to keep a sense of uniformality.

    • Doctor Mysterio

      March 21st, 2018 - 11:49am

      Well the reason they have been branded differently in the past was because the later series have all launched as series 1-10 so it seems odd to try and brand them all together now.

  • Anonymous

    March 18th, 2018 - 5:12pm

    No, No, The whole things ridiculous
    Tom Baker, Season 1
    Can we just call every first doctor who Season for each doctor one

    I can’t wait to see how The Real Season 4 And Season 21 is like

    Peter Davison Season 3 (with an episode with Colin Baker)
    Patrick Troughton Season 1 (with two episodes with William Hartnell)

    Should have been Season 14 from the Get-go
    Now you are confusing everything

    • Anonymous

      March 18th, 2018 - 5:12pm

      Sorry Season 12

  • The real ADAM

    March 17th, 2018 - 9:44pm

    Will be nice to have this on blu ray…one of the greatest seasons…with the greatest dr


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