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May 22nd, 2018 471 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 2nd July 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.

The American and Australian sets available from and

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  • the4thdoc42

    June 22nd, 2018 - 10:04am

    A note to any US buyers (not sure if this applies to Australia/NZ release as well) apparently they couldn’t get a music clearance for something in the Doctor Who Times documentary so it was pulled from the US set. If thats somthing you’re intrested in, you should probably grab the UK version.

    • Gordon

      June 22nd, 2018 - 11:34am

      It was more to do with the pre orders in the us not being high enough that they couldn’t afford to clear the music for the release in North America according to Steve Roberts.

      There has also been an issue with subtitles missing and wrong on 1 of the discs but hopefully it will be sorted for the uk release.

      Lastly and most importantly there has been an issue with the audio of sontaran experiment part 1. The audio seems a bit off to some. Can’t say I noticed but enough people reported it that I do believe there is an issue with it. Mark Ayres and Steve Roberts have been scrambling yesterday to figure out what’s wrong with it. Have a listen:

    • the4thdoc42

      June 22nd, 2018 - 11:17pm

      Link isn’t working for me, what was the issue?

  • Mr Pessimistic

    June 21st, 2018 - 7:52pm

    Surely it isn’t too much to ask, but why isn’t the story titles on each disc. I know we can tell which story it is from the pictures on the disc. But surely ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ is a more worthy disc title than simply ‘Disc 4’ !

  • Phillip

    June 21st, 2018 - 4:39pm

    This is a massive improvement all around! Every episode is at least 20-25% better visually, this set is worth every cent…I purchased 2 copies and am getting rid of the DVDs

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    June 21st, 2018 - 1:40pm

    The date has been added back onto the listing on Amazon UK’s site for next Monday so hopefully this means there’s no more delays.

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      June 21st, 2018 - 3:30pm

      I meant to say the 2nd July not next week. Got my weeks mixed up.

  • Cymon

    June 20th, 2018 - 5:41pm

    I got the American version today, I live in the UK, it looks really good. The picture quality is an improvement on the dvd.
    I think it’s region free as I did not have to adjust my player to watch it

  • Gordon

    June 17th, 2018 - 10:42pm

    Russel Minton, producer of the Blu-Ray set on the possibility of more on Radio Free Skaro podcast: “Hopefully we should have some news fairly soon”.

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2018 - 8:46pm

      Wow, why have I never come across radio free skaro before, love it, thanks Gordon for mentioning it. Look forward to listening to more.

  • Gordon

    June 16th, 2018 - 10:58am

    Well the us release hasn’t been delayed. Some in the us have had shipping notifications. Has to be a packaging issue in the uk then

    • booboo

      June 16th, 2018 - 11:03am

      I would like to think its because they had to significantly up the production, I would imagine they only want to do a one off run

    • Anonymous

      June 16th, 2018 - 2:56pm

      I mean, it could still be because of increased demand, right? Particularly because of the different packaging? I’m from Region 1, but I refused to buy the Region 1 version when the UK Packaging is so much better, so bought from Region 2 instead. Maybe many others have done the same? Leading to increased Region 2 sales and decreased Region 1 sales?

    • Kirst

      June 18th, 2018 - 10:53am

      Well just had to cancel order as Amazon only told me today that it was delayed and it was for my partners birthday… also today.

      But if a poor bloody show. Now got to find something else for him.

      He was so looking forward to opening this today

    • Mr Pessimistic

      June 19th, 2018 - 12:44pm

      I prefer the American packaging. Sturdy plastic case and takes up less room when more come out. Which is surely more appropriate for such a growing collection.

    • Gordon

      June 19th, 2018 - 1:44pm

      Peter Crocker has mentioned on twitter that the delay is down to authoring issues for the uk discs. I’d rather wait a couple of weeks extra to get a correct version than get it now and it’s faulty. I like the simplistic us design. It saves so much space. If it wasn’t in 60i in the us I would have been tempted to import it

    • Nicholas Dickens

      June 19th, 2018 - 8:01pm

      Yes my friends shipped today I’ve been informed. 🙂

  • the4thdoc42

    June 16th, 2018 - 7:53am

    Looks like the dates been moved foward to July 2nd

  • Phillip

    June 15th, 2018 - 4:26am

    I viewed Genesis of the Daleks in theatres and can say there is a noticable difference between what I saw on the dvd the next day. Definitely not HD but an improvement none the less. I made mental note of very specific scenes and details. I imagine the home media to look slightly better than the projection on screen as well.

    • the4thdoc42

      June 15th, 2018 - 6:23am

      Good to know it’s noticeably better. Also, according to DWM the 90 minute version (the one that did the rounds in theaters) is HD but unrestored on the set, so unless they did decide to restore the 90 minute version the normal version should look even better 🙂

    • Gordon

      June 15th, 2018 - 7:34am

      The version showed in cinema was restored. The version that is on the blu ray is unrestored. The decision to do cinema screenings of the omnibus version was made after everything was delivered. The restoration team felt that the unrestored version would not show off the new remastering so with next to no budget they cut the restored version down to the omnibus length

    • the4thdoc42

      June 15th, 2018 - 8:02am

      oh, ok then

    • Anonymous

      June 17th, 2018 - 5:33pm

      Any chances of a release on it’s own, Gordon

    • Gordon

      June 17th, 2018 - 6:31pm

      Probably unlikely. They are only really seen as extras.

  • Doctor Mysterio

    June 14th, 2018 - 2:19pm

    Any news on a digital release for the new versions of these episodes?

    • Mr Pessimistic

      June 14th, 2018 - 9:42pm

      Any news when Season 12 on blu-ray is getting standard edition packaging?

    • Gordon

      June 14th, 2018 - 11:32pm

      The bbc ww/studios enquiry line states There are no plans currently to do Standard packaging in the uk.

      As for a digital version the enemy se got a digital release with extras so there is a chance s12 might get a digital release

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 20th, 2018 - 6:38pm

      Mr Pessimistic – Steve Roberts of the Restoration Team (2|entertain/BBC’s go-to team for making the DVD range and now the BluRay sets look great) answered this on Gallifrey Base the other day. It’s quite a long story. Here goes…

      It depends on 2 factors – apparently it’s not limited edition in the traditional sense of ‘by implication there is also going to be a standard packaging version coming out as well’ – there may never be a straight plastic box version for UK, or there may be.

      And he says it basically depends on 2 interlocking factors. Apparently, for this deluxe card box package there needs to be a minimum print run of 2000 copies each time they want to make a batch – below that it is not so cost effective to do this in smaller runs than it would be to make a generic plastic case edition (which he said could easily be done profitably at runs of 500). Basically, they would make a call at the time there was demand for a further run – (i) is there sufficient demand to make another 2000 (or more) in one go and then (ii) do they predict that those 2000+ would sell through quickly enough to ensure any margins would not get eaten up by warehousing costs for 2|entertain/ BBC before the likes of Amazon etc ordered more of that stock run in over time. If half of them are goIng to hang around so long unbought by retailers, the ‘rent’ paid in keeping these safely stored can tip the balance and mean a smaller cheaper plastic box run becomes the best way of making more copies available. He said that if the demand and likely speed of retailers buying stock made it viable, the future runs of season 12 would be made to the deluxe spec. So it’s not definitely ‘limited edition’ by a pre-set number this time. Hope that makes sense.

      Interestingly, he also said that one of the conditions of making this first classic BluRay set in this special packaging format was that they had to commit (to retailers presumably) to making all first runs (at least) of future classic DW BluRay sets in the same format for consistency of shelf (Matt finish card, internal pocket with posh booklet, high walls with a ‘clamshell’ closure) so it looks like we might look forward to a whole range in this style. Hope so!

  • Philip

    June 13th, 2018 - 7:31am

    While it’s good news it’s selling like hot cakes, and bodes well for future sales…we may get it in time for Christmas (currently July 9th)

    • Gordon

      June 13th, 2018 - 11:37am

      The us version is still being released on time though so i don’t think selling like hot cakes has any bearing on its delay. Could really be anything. It already got delayed once as the authoring took a lot longer than accepted. Most likely the packaging took longer to mass produce than anticipated I’d take a guess at.

    • Philip

      June 13th, 2018 - 5:01pm

      Perhaps they underestimated the demand and had to produce sigfificantly more…

  • The Flying Shark

    June 12th, 2018 - 8:01am

    Can you reserve a copy of the Infamy of the Zaross vinyl in store at HMV, or will you just have to go on the day and hope you get a copy? Also, are there any copies of Energy of the Daleks left in anybody’s Sainsbury’s stores?

    • booboo

      June 12th, 2018 - 11:35am

      not heard of anyone being able to reserve but only a phone call will sort that out

      would imagine Energy of the Daleks is few and far between now

    • MJS

      June 15th, 2018 - 7:25am

      It’s released as part of HMVs vinyl week, and their website states you cannot reserve a copy of any of the releases

  • Mark Belsom.

    June 12th, 2018 - 12:45am

    Just had an email from Amazon saying Fourth Doctor box set now due 9th-11th July.

    • TigerMan1995

      June 14th, 2018 - 7:07am

      2nd still.

  • Joe 90

    June 11th, 2018 - 8:00pm

    I have this on pre-order from Amazon and after several date changes last month from the original release date of 11th and then 18th June I have now just received an email this evening from Amazon to advise that the date has now changed again to 02/07.

    Upon checking the listing on Amazon tonight this has also been updated to reflect the new date.

  • Nicholas Brent

    June 11th, 2018 - 2:49pm

    July 2nd on Amazon now but my order still says it’s areiving on June 18… so I assume they’re extending the run.

    Didn’t the 50th set get an extended but unnumbered due to demand??

    • booboo

      June 11th, 2018 - 3:04pm

      yes it did, there are several stories going around as to the delay

    • MIKSK89

      June 11th, 2018 - 5:06pm

      Just received message from HMV that my ‘Click and Collect’ Order has now moved to 02nd July 2018. Looks like a problem with manufacturing for 18th June release…

  • Gordon

    June 11th, 2018 - 2:20pm

    Amazon now saying 2nd July. Looks like it has been delayed

    • Mr Pessimistic

      June 12th, 2018 - 6:09pm

      Indeed. It was looking that way. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s pushed back further.

  • dwdvdmad

    June 8th, 2018 - 4:57pm

    The release date now says July 2nd on Zoom and HMV, strange

    • Mr Pessimistic

      June 8th, 2018 - 5:33pm

      Looks like it’s been pushed back in the schedule.

    • Gordon

      June 8th, 2018 - 6:24pm

      Unless the us date is also changing I can’t see it getting pushed back till after the us gets it.

    • booboo

      June 8th, 2018 - 6:35pm

      from where i’m sitting demand for this release is very high

      it may be pushed back because they are having to do a much bigger run than expected or stagger stock despatches

    • Gordon

      June 8th, 2018 - 6:49pm

      maybe they are adding the restored version of the genesis omnibus as that version wasn’t made until after all the blu ray assets was delivered

    • Mr Pessimistic

      June 8th, 2018 - 8:00pm

      Perhaps they are reconsidering calling it ‘Limited Editions’ if more copies are being made. Not so limited then is it.

    • booboo

      June 8th, 2018 - 8:07pm

      Usually means limited to just one run, when it’s gone it’s gone

      This happened with the 50th anniversary set where the run was increased due to demand but still quickly sold out

  • Nicholas

    June 7th, 2018 - 4:44pm

    Appears to now be sold out on Amazon

    • The Mysterious Stranger

      June 8th, 2018 - 5:42am

      No it doesn’t.

    • Rick

      June 8th, 2018 - 5:28pm

      I’ve noticed it keeps on doing that, one minute it’s avaliable then the next unavaliable. Makes you wonder if this release is still happening.

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    June 6th, 2018 - 7:12pm

    Would have been better having the diamond Doctor Who logo appropriate for Tom Baker’s era on the box. Not keen on all merchandise having the ‘new’ logo. Classic series should still have a classic series logo.

    • Gordon

      June 6th, 2018 - 8:22pm

      There is no classic series though. With the rebranding It’s all under the same umbrella. Classic or new its all the same thing. Series 1 is only a couple of years off being being the same age as season 26 was in 2005 so it makes since to rebrand everything together. Plus for me it doesn’t matter what the logo is. It’s the content that matters

    • Anonymous

      June 11th, 2018 - 4:47pm

      If it isn’t two shows, Why is only classic who getting streamed on twitch and not with new who and Why is new who on Iplayer and not classic who. About the Diamond Logo, would be so much more appropriate, It’s a different era of the show

    • MIKSK89

      June 11th, 2018 - 5:09pm

      Thought about that and the argument could be said why not lump classic and new who together on Netflix or IPlayer. It could just be a case of what the are allowed to show, maybe a addition of 2005-2017 Who will be added after on twitch…

    • booboo

      June 11th, 2018 - 5:23pm

      to be honest its all about worldwide brand recognition moving forward from this point.

      in the last few years its been a complete mess and probably contributed to poor sales in many areas

    • Dav

      June 12th, 2018 - 12:01pm

      Yeah, I agree. I think the classic series should have kept its logo or even the ‘classic’ one that was used. the problem with using the ‘current’ one is that once it’s not current it’ll look out of date – which i guess gives an opportunity to sell another repackaged version.

  • Gordon

    June 2nd, 2018 - 1:40pm

    New cgi looks amazing

    • Nicholas Dickens

      June 4th, 2018 - 8:47am

      Looks amazing. I hope we still get the optimal CGI for The Ark in Space, my favourite story from that brilliant season. 🙂

    • TigerMan1995

      June 6th, 2018 - 8:05am

      They confirmed they ported that over to the Blu-ray set.

  • MIKSK89

    June 1st, 2018 - 4:31pm

    Got this on Click and Collect on HMV (though confusingly they still have the Release date as 11th June and not 18th…)

    Kind of a Late Birthday present and glad that BBC Worldwide are releasing Full Season Boxsets… good thing i only got Germany’s 7th Doctor Boxset, otherwise I might have missed this… here’s to hoping all of the Classic Run (Including Animated Reconstructions of Missing Episodes – Possibly Starting with Seasons 01 & 02)

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      June 6th, 2018 - 11:18am

      I’m not sure how they would release complete seasons of Hartnell’s and Troughton’s era’s for obvious reasons. Plus I’m not convinced many of the Pertwee seasons could be sufficiently upscaled due to the mixture of colour sources. Maybe Season 10 could be released with no major problems. Plus if they properly recolourised in full ‘Invasion’ (part 1 of ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’), then Season 11 could also be released on Blu-ray. Anything before Season 9 could be problematic.

    • Gordon

      June 6th, 2018 - 3:08pm

      Recons and animations can fill the gap in the hartnell and troughton eras

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      June 6th, 2018 - 7:09pm

      Pertwee’s first three seasons though will prove problematic.

    • Gordon

      June 6th, 2018 - 8:15pm

      Far from inpossible though. Probably be left off till the 2nd half of the range

    • Phillip

      June 7th, 2018 - 1:35am

      They really need to take advantage of David Bradley, I want lost Hartnell episodes as much as the next guy but they need to just refilm all the missing Hartnell episodes and use them until the odd episode is discovered if ever… Troughton’s episode’s should be re shot as well, only they should wait until they find an excellent look alike or cast Harry (Patrick’s Grandson) when he gets older…just to keep it in the lineage:)

    • Gordon

      June 7th, 2018 - 7:33am

      I just can’t see them doing that. It’s never going to replace the episodes no matter how hard they tried. Marco Polo for example has over 15 guest cast members to recast. Would be a nightmare to get at least 15 people that look sound and act exactly like the original cast members. Replicating effects would be cheap but hiring those to make those effects wouldn’t be. For costumes and sets on Marco Polo would be easy enough to replicate as there are telesnaps however in some stories where no telesnaps exist it’s going to be nigh on impossible to get it spot on. You would be cheaper and easier to pay an animation team to animate the episodes

    • MIKSK89

      June 7th, 2018 - 9:24am

      I agree with Gordon. People say now that you could remake it with David Bradley and a replacement actor for Patrick Troughtons Doctor, but then Fans would say that it was a travesty. I personally would be prefer Animated Reconstructions for missing episodes as they do well enough to complete stories that are either partially or completely missing from the archives – and considering that the lost episode Soundtracks go for Stupid Amounts on eBay and Amazon, I would be happy with just Animated Reconstructions to fill in the gaps.

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