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July 15th, 2019 272 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 23 Blu-ray

Available to order in the UK from www.amazon.co.uk

Also available to order in the UK from www.zoom.co.uk and www.zavvi.com

Available to order in the USA from www.amazon.com

BBC Studios announces Season 23 as the next installment in the DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION Blu-ray range

BBC Studios continues to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to build their own home archive on Blu-ray. The first jam-packed release for Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor, Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23, debuts on Monday 23rd September.

In 1985, Doctor Who was taken off the air for an 18 month hiatus. When it returned, it was with an ambitious fourteen-episode adventure, The Trial of a Time Lord. The epic story saw the Doctor on trial for his life, with the court examining his adventures with companion Peri (Nicola Bryant) and looking to his future escapades with new companion Melanie (Bonnie Langford).

This season saw the return of popular villain Sil, along with the Master, the towering robot Drathro and the plant-based Vervoid monsters. With the Inquisitor (Lynda Bellingham) overseeing the proceedings, it was the Valeyard (Michael Jayston) who proved the greatest threat, hiding his own sinister motives for wanting the Doctor’s downfall.

With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive special features which include:

  • Extended edits – of all fourteen episodes
  • Terror of the Vervoids – four-part standalone edition with updated Fx
  • Immersive 5.1 surround sound & isolated scores – on all 14 broadcast episodes
  • Behind the Sofa – new episodes with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bonnie Langford, Mark Strickson, Frazer Hines and Matthew Waterhouse
  • The Writers’ Room – Eric Saward, Philip Martin, Christopher H Bidmead & Waly K Daly discuss the ‘Lost’ Season 23
  • The Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited – brave cast members tackle their original recipes from the 1980s official cookbook
  • The Doctor’s Table – join Colin Baker and friends for dinner
  • In Conversation – Matthew Sweet chats to companion Bonnie Langford
  • Unseen studio footage
  • Rare archive treats
  • Convention footage
  • Blu-ray trailer
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs & more in the PDF Archive

The six-disc box set also includes hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.

DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION – SEASON 23 stars Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Bonnie Langford with Michael Jayston and Lynda Bellingham. Guest appearances include Anthony Ainley, Nalbil Shaban, Joan Sims, Christopher Ryan, Michael Craig, Honor Blackman, Tony Selby and Geoffrey Hughes.


Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD

272 comments

  • Anonymous

    July 3rd, 2019 - 1:03pm

    With every blu-ray released, they always had a favourite episode of mine, (S10 Three Doctors S12 Robot, S18 Meglos, S19 Earthshock) but this is disappointing for me, because I’ve never liked these episodes, i might pick it up, probably not though

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  • GuyTheZygon

    July 2nd, 2019 - 10:49pm

    Anyone know if there’s a similar zoom discount code for this Season 23 set? Thanks 😀

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    • Alvin Amey

      July 3rd, 2019 - 8:13am

      I’ve read that the SIGNUP10 has worked for some people who paid by paypal, however that means paying for it straight away rather than paying when it finally gets despatched.

    • GuyTheZygon

      July 3rd, 2019 - 9:13am

      thanks but SIGNUP10 was for Season 10, I wonder if SIGNUP23 might work!? It’s a great discount £35.09 instead of £56

    • booboo

      July 3rd, 2019 - 9:17am

      SIGNUP10 was actually a “new customer” code which worked over and over but they seem to have cottoned on to people using it multiple tones

  • The ergon

    July 2nd, 2019 - 7:31pm

    Just a question and slightly off topic. Would they incorporate the black and white additional cut footage of Kamelion and Tegans scene into colour and add to as part of that story for ‘The Awakening’ Season 21 Blu-Ray Release?

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    • Robert G.

      July 3rd, 2019 - 3:11pm

      I’d consider purchasing this if they dropped the price to say £25-27. They can’t justify £40 a pop for Baker’s 14 episode seasons. Really not on.

    • Anon

      July 3rd, 2019 - 3:25pm

      That’s the price they’ve all been so far.

    • dazzleshell

      July 3rd, 2019 - 6:34pm

      Robert G. Would you be happy to pay say £80 for Season 1 as that has 42 episodes?

      I think not. I hope they keep pricing as it is throughout the range. Some sets you might get more but overall it pays for the whole range.

    • Anonymous

      July 4th, 2019 - 11:40am

      Dazzleshell. Given that there is so much missing material from the Hartnell/Troughton years (much of which cannot be reconstructed from audio soundtracks) it is highly unlikely that we’ll see complete boxsets for those years. So that’s a bit of a false argument.
      I stand by my assertion that the season 23 set is overpriced. However you and others are, naturally, free to pay what you think is appropriate. Given that I have yet to own Trial in any form (I know, I know, and I call myself a fan? Lol) I may consider purchasing this if the price goes down a little. If not, then I think I’ll go for the dvd boxset which can purchased from amazon for around £13, and, when upscaled, probably won’t look that different video wise.

    • Robert G.

      July 4th, 2019 - 11:43am

      Lol. Please excuse. The above comment for dazzleshell is actually from me, not (yet) another anonymous.

    • Anonymous

      July 4th, 2019 - 12:28pm

      They have very openly stated they intend to do the Hartnell and Troughton series (there’s already more content in there than with McCoy, even in their current condition).

    • dazzleshell

      July 4th, 2019 - 1:29pm

      Robert G.

      I could have sold you my Trial dvd set. Already gone to the dvd graveyard that is CEX. You are missing out on a lot of great features from the orginal dvd and the new stuff that will be exclusive to the new set. And of course the improved picture quality.

      DVD’s upscaled still don’t look as good as a decent quality Bluray upscale though.

      As for my example when comparing Seasons. There are 9 episodes missing from Season 1 of Dr.Who. We will get all 42 episodes as no doubt they will put the soundtracks in the sets as they are the complete collection (with or without animation). If they don’t then with 33 episodes it still makes my argument valid. I’d rather pay £35 than say £80 if they priced them in relation to episode count.

      Seasons 24, 25 and 26 and then the rumoured ‘Wilderness Years’ sets will be overpriced too then, in your opinion as they have less episodes?

      Anyway. Each to their own. 21 Seasons to go…

  • I Cotterill

    June 26th, 2019 - 8:34pm

    If Richard Hartley was commissioned to recreate his score for ‘Mindwarp’ for this blu-ray set, is it possible we might also get a complete soundtrack CD of ‘Trial of a Time Lord’ at some point in the future?

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    • philip shaw

      June 28th, 2019 - 8:55am

      I hope so. The 6th Doctor soundtrack for Silva screen has yet to come out, lets hope it’s ‘mindwarp’ or ‘Trial of a Timelord’ 2 disc set.

  • Duncan Parsons

    June 26th, 2019 - 8:02am

    Can I ask where the rumour for a wilderness years set has come from? I heard that the movie was going to be on the season 26 set. So what would be on it?

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    • Kenny

      June 27th, 2019 - 8:31pm

      I had never heard it was going to be on Season 26, but I remember suggesting a while back (not necessarily here, but I may have) that a Wilderness Years set would make a lot of sense for upgrading a variety of DVD releases, like the TV movie, Scream of the Shalka, and other Wilderness era media that has been given DVD releases…but now I am seeing people say it is a rumor that may be true. Which I’d love!

      I honestly come here for most of my rumors on these releases, so i would also like to know if there are actual sources on that set. I think it makes a lot of sense, but I don’t know where it has been suggested in the real world.

    • Robert Sienicki

      July 11th, 2019 - 9:48am

      To be honest, I don’t see the “Wilderness Years” as a stand alone box, but season 26 has got only four stories, that’s four discs. Season 18 had 8 discs, so they could just enlarge the 26th boxset and cram the Wilderness stuff on the bonus discs there. I think it would make much more sense.

  • Kenny

    June 26th, 2019 - 2:52am

    Here is a question: when it comes to Season 21/22, would you rather they do the seasons as they originally aired, or would you be ok if they put Twin Dilemma on the Season 22 set. Personally I’d rather they just throw the first Colin Baker on with the rest of his first full season, and left Davison’s final season dedicated to him and his Doctor. I can see the view of purists, but if it all gets released, what does it matter?

    I feel the same about the transition from Hartnell to Troughton, add Hartnell’s final few stories onto Season 3 in order to focus in on his final years, and then let Season 4 showcase the launch of Troughton. Obviously those sets would be strange anyhow with so much still missing and needing to be reconned or animated. Though I can easily see the potential of talking about the transition by releasing the set as originally aired.

    At any rate I definitely prefer Twin Dilemma along with Season 22. It seems like it would just fit better there, as that story nicely leads into Attack of the Cybermen. Thoughts?

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    • Andrew R.

      June 26th, 2019 - 3:33am

      I would not mind splitting seasons to keep the Doctors together. I base my position on keeping the aesthetics of the box sets consistent. It may look strange to have so many box sets that look (in my opinion) very nice and only include one Doctor and various villains and then two box sets with multiple doctors squeezed on them. I would want 1-2 stories with their respective Doctors and change the wording of how the set is named potentially or just treat the extra episodes like bonus episodes (a la the K9 episode on Tom Baker’s final season). I think the wording change would be more feasible for the Region 1 sets (e.g., Colin Baker: the Complete Seasons 21 and 22).

    • Kenny

      June 26th, 2019 - 3:47am

      Yeah in the US they are labeled with “Tom Baker – Season 1” and “Tom Baker – Season 7” and so forth. To me this actually makes more sense then the traditional numbering system, especially as the revival confuses matters. Why not retroactively label each season by Doctor?

      This is another reason I would like it this way, as what I would purchase would be labeled “Colin Baker – Season 1” and in that I would want his debut story (as abysmal to watch as I find that particular story). I also think it may be what they do purely because in America they are labeling them this way. It almost makes less sense to call a set “Peter Davison – Season 3” and then have a Colin Baker story mixed in.

      They’d get away with it if they release 22 before they release 21, because if you release 21 without it’s final story of the season people would probably complain more, whereas if they did include on a previous set, they’d be less likely to howl at the moon over it. Though a howling many will do in any case probably.

    • Gordon

      June 26th, 2019 - 6:23am

      It’s been pretty much confirmed by those working on the sets that twin dilemma will be part of season 21/Peter Davison season 3rd season as it is still a part of peter’s 3rd season regardless of him not being in the story. All it needs is a sticker on the box saying includes Colin baker’s debut story and it’s good

    • Anonymous

      June 26th, 2019 - 6:35am

      All they need to do for covers is have half of each relevant doctors face to convey the regeneration. There is no point splitting up series just to make everyones life easier. Besides, extra features about series as a whole would not work if the series were split.

    • bushboy

      June 26th, 2019 - 11:15am

      I think definitely include The Twin Dilemma on the season 22 set.
      As far as the cover art is concerned simply use Peter Davison’s Doctor as the main image and include Colin’s Doctor in the smaller montage with the other characters and monsters from the season.
      Also as far as special features go, how about including a version of The Caves of Androzani part 4 with the proper closing title sequence for Colin’s era?
      The image of Colin’s face stuck over top of Peter’s in the broadcast version looks terrible and I’ve never understood why they didn’t just use the new version as presumably they had it ready for Colin’s first full episode the following week.

    • dazzleshell

      June 26th, 2019 - 12:26pm

      For me I’d prefer them to be as broadcast which as I understand is what we will be getting.

      Even with ‘The Twin Dilemma’ the Season 21 cover image should still be Davison as it is his full final Season. Colin might feature as smaller image though where enemies usually go.

      The same with Season 4. Although there are 2 Hartnell adventures it is Troughtons first full season.

      And if there is ‘The Wilderness Years’ set I hope the TV movie is included so we get another great cover featuring McGann as the main focus.

    • dazzleshell

      June 26th, 2019 - 1:34pm

      On back of my last comment things might be different for the USA releases. They might unfortunately have to wait a little bit longer due to the way they have numbered them.

      For example, if UK gets Season 21 first theirs will be missing ‘The Twin Dilemma’. So will have to wait for Colin Baker Season 1. If UK gets Season 22 first they may have to wait til Season 21 is also available in UK before USA gets Davison Season 3 and Colin Season 1.

    • Anonymous

      June 26th, 2019 - 2:49pm

      They’ve said numerous times that is not happening. The Twin Dilemma will be on the final Peter Davison set.

    • Lee

      July 5th, 2019 - 8:28pm

      Here is another question…?
      Will The Five Doctors be included on the end of Season 20, or the start of Season 21….?

    • Bushboy

      July 9th, 2019 - 10:17am

      Presumably The Five Doctor’s will be included with Season 20 as it is the 20th Anniversary Special.

  • Anonymous

    June 25th, 2019 - 6:15pm

    I actually can’t wait for season 24

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    • Bobby Davros

      June 26th, 2019 - 11:52am

      Of all the seasons….

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 11:08pm

      What’s wrong with that?
      Everyone’s Entitled to enjoy something

  • MadHatter

    June 25th, 2019 - 4:27pm

    So – what do you think the future of these sets would be like? Going on the rumours, I haven’t heard anything for them doing the new series, Sarah-Jane adventures or torchwood – all of which I would really love to see but for now- this I what I imagine it may look like (this is totally subjective)

    Thus far…
    2018
    July – Tom Baker s12
    Dec – Peter Davison s19
    2019
    March – Tom Baker s18
    July – Jon Pertwee s10
    Sep – Colin Baker s23
    FUTURE…
    Dec – Sylvester McCoy s26
    2020
    Feb/mar – Tom Baker s17 (based on lalla ward)
    Mar – Faceless ones
    Jul – Jon Pertwee s8 (teased in an announcement)
    Sep – Wilderness Years ( featuring Paul mcGann and scream of the shalka and all that stuff)
    What does everyone else think dec19 onward?
    Anyone one have any thoughts on a wilderness years, Sarah Jane , torchwood, new series sets??

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    • The Flying Shark

      June 25th, 2019 - 6:01pm

      The next Tom stuff is meant to be Season 14…don’t forget, they’re doing as many extras as they can whilst the actors are still with us so don’t take teasers about special features as confirmation that the season is coming soon. Remember, for the DVD range extras could be made years in advance (such as the Anthony Ainley commentary on Keeper of Traken, released in 2007 when he died in 2004).

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 6:13pm

      Maybe season 21 or 24 next year or the year after

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 6:16pm

      I’d really like to think that seasons 1 to 6 are left until animations are done and I don’t care how long it takes personally… the extras could be done beforehand with actors and crew members who are still with us like behind the sofas with William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Peter Purves, Maureen o’Brien, Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury especially!

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 6:17pm

      But I do understand and appreciate the reconstructions too and completely understand if they are done as an alternative to the animations

    • Rob W

      June 25th, 2019 - 6:44pm

      Much as I’d love Season 8, 14 of the episodes require a lot of improvement over the DVD versions, although some of those are 8 years old.

    • MadHatter

      June 25th, 2019 - 7:04pm

      I feel as though a Tom Baker and a Jon Pertwee set are inevitable next year along with the first black and white set and possibly the wilderness years

    • James

      June 25th, 2019 - 7:57pm

      I think a Wilderness years set is a couple of years off at least.
      Next year I think as we have had Tom’s first and last, I think we will get a middle season such as season 15 around Feb/March. I think we will get Season 21 from Peter in the middle of the year and Season 9 from Jon in the autumn, as that one will be relatively easy to restore for bluray. Only one that will cause a challenge really is The Time Monster. I think we’ll get Season 2 or 6 to bring the 60s to the range in December.

    • Gordon

      June 25th, 2019 - 8:34pm

      14 is the big rumour for after 26 and considering it came from the same sources that got previous sets right it’s hard to go against it.

      Enough time will have passed since season 19 to do another Peter Davison season. I’d go for 20 because 21 and 22 extras are so connected with Colin and Nicola extras will most likely get done at the same time and it will be probably too soon for another Colin.

      Next year will be Patrick troughton’s 100th birthday perfect time to have a set out at some point next year. Season 6 would be the obvious choice.

      Jon should be due another so I’d guess at season 11. Regardless of teaser season 8 is a long way off. After season 10 11 is the next easiest season to do.

    • The 14th doctor

      June 25th, 2019 - 9:56pm

      Personally I would love to see season 14 after 26 as it is my favourite season along with 10 and 7.

    • TigerMan1995

      June 26th, 2019 - 2:33am

      I personally don’t see Seasons 7-9 as soon. Season 11 is most likely at this point.

    • Anonymous

      June 26th, 2019 - 5:43pm

      Who is the source where people have heard season 14?

    • Ollie

      July 3rd, 2019 - 8:58am

      If Season 6 is the first Troughton boxset, I wonder what they will do with ‘The Space Pirates’…

  • The Flying Shark

    June 25th, 2019 - 7:22am

    Here’s a question-what other shows do you think deserve the “Collection” treatment, i.e. the same amount of love and care, commentaries, extras, behind the sofas, etc.?

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    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 7:36am

      Desperate housewives.

    • Iain

      June 25th, 2019 - 8:43am

      Fifteen to One

    • Duncan Parsons

      June 25th, 2019 - 8:58am

      Transformers, thundercats, dungeons and dragons, visionaries.

    • Rob W

      June 25th, 2019 - 9:26am

      Some episodes of Blakes 7 are crying out for some improved FX but they’ve missed the opportunity unfirtunatly.

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 10:03am

      Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures ofc

    • Gordon

      June 25th, 2019 - 11:32am

      Buffy with a proper remaster. The current hd masters are a disaster.

      Only fools and horses. New restoration and commentaries

      Blake 7. The dvds don’t look that great pq wise

    • Bobby Davros

      June 25th, 2019 - 5:36pm

      Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, Wonder Woman, Cracker, Quantum Leap, Starsky & Hutch, V.

    • Roland Deschain

      June 26th, 2019 - 5:50pm

      Red Dwarf definitely. Maybe not seasons per-say, I’d probably group them as:

      Series 1+2

      Disc One (series 1)
      Original and Remastered Series 1
      The End: Original Assembly
      ReDwarf Documentary
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      New Cast Commentary

      Disc Two (series 2)
      Original and Remastered Series 2
      Tounge Tied Extended
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      New Cast Commentary

      Disc Three (old extras)
      Bodysnatcher (original)
      The Beginning and It’s Cold Outside
      Raw Footage
      Other Extras from Season and Bodysnatcher DVDs

      Disc Four (new extras)
      Body-snatcher and Dad Recons (would be animated a la Shada)

      New Documentaries on Season 1+2
      A Behind The Sofa Style Extra
      New Interview with Chris

      Series 3+4

      Disc One (series 3)
      Original and Remastered Series 3
      Backwards – Forwards
      Cut Scene of Marooned (making release a 15)
      Emohawk and Can of Worms included in a sort of “complete polymorph disc” and Polymorph documentary
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode (not Emohawk or Can of Worms)
      New Cast Commentary

      Disc Two (series 4)
      Series 4
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      New Cast Commentary

      Disc Three (old extras)
      All Change and Built to Last
      Raw Footage
      Other Extras from Season DVDs
      Ace Rimmer
      Disc Four (New Extras)
      New Documentaries on Season 3+4
      Documantaries on Red Dwarf Books
      A Behind the Sofa Style Extra
      New Interview with Roger

      Series 5+6

      Disc One (series 5)
      Series 5
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      New Cast Commentary
      Fan Commentary on Back To Reality
      Special Extra on Back To Reality

      Disc Two (series 6)
      Series 6
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      New Cast Commentary
      Special Extra on Gunmen of the Apocalypse

      Disc Three (Red Dwarf USA disc)
      Original and “Cleaned up” Versions of both pilots
      Dwarfing USA Documentary
      New Documentary on USA
      Interview with American Red Dwarf Fans
      New Cast Commentary

      Disc Four (old extras)
      Heavy Science and The Starbuggers
      Raw Footage
      Other Extras from Season DVDs

      Disc Five (new extras)
      New Documentaries on Season 5+6
      A Behind The Sofa Style Extra
      New Interview with Danny

      Series 7+8

      Disc One (series 7)
      Series 7
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      New Cast Commentary
      Remastered Tikka to Ride
      Special Extra on Tikka To Ride

      Disc Two (series 8)
      Series 8
      Deleted Scenes
      Smeg Ups
      5-10 minute intros to each episode
      New Cast Commentary
      Special Extra on Only The Good
      Only The Good Alternative Ending

      Disc Three (Recons, Extended Cuts and Fanfilms)
      Recons of Identity Within and a Partial Recon of Only The Good, expanding the script and using alternative ending
      Extended Tikka To Ride, Oroborous, Duct Soup, Back in the Red and Pete
      Fanfilms (joint winning and possibly others)

      Disc Four (Red Dwarf Night)
      Can’t Smeg, Won’t Smeg
      Compilation Bloopers Show
      Universe Challenge
      The Red Dwarf A-Z
      Gunmen of the Apocalypse
      BBC Idents and Continuty
      Option to watch entire night as a whole

      Disc Five (old extras)
      Back From The Dead and The Tank
      Raw Footage
      Other Extras from Season DVDs

      Disc Six (new extras)
      New Documentaries on Season 7+8
      A Behind The Sofa Style Extra
      The Unmade Future Series Extra
      New Interview with Craig

      Thoughts?

  • Prof Horner

    June 24th, 2019 - 4:27pm

    If as suggested all the seasons are to be released on Blu Ray by 2025.Then surely they will what to release one sixties season a year. Then there is the question of how much sixties seasons will cost. There are 44 episodes in season 6 . Will they cost the same as season 10? I notice they season 23 is the same price as10, despite having 12 less episodes.

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    • Rob W

      June 24th, 2019 - 5:49pm

      The number of stories is 7? The Peter Davison Season 19 has 7 stories and was an 8 disc set priced around £39 to £40. So the short answer would be a “Yes” Prof.

    • dazzleshell

      June 24th, 2019 - 9:30pm

      I see the price per set remaining the same throughout the range even if 1 season has more episodes and another has less.

      This spreads the cost for the fans.
      Obviously we will get some people upset that a season they class as inferior is the same price as one of their favourites but that’s normal in Whoville.

  • TheWHOlegacy

    June 23rd, 2019 - 10:44pm

    Is the Doctors Revisited 6th Doctor going to be on this set, just like how the 4th Doctors was on the season 18 boxset?

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    • Gordon

      June 24th, 2019 - 12:16am

      It’s the logical place for it to go

  • Anonymous

    June 22nd, 2019 - 10:38pm

    If we get season 26 at the end of the year, are we likely to get 4 sets next year too?

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    • The 14th doctor

      June 22nd, 2019 - 11:34pm

      I would imagine so yes.

    • Prowl

      June 23rd, 2019 - 12:00am

      I’m hoping so, we could finish the classic series collection in 2025 if they do four a year.

    • Gordon

      June 24th, 2019 - 12:14am

      All depends on which seasons they tackle. Some require more work than others. Especially when it’s the black and white seasons that have 39 plus episodes a season. They might not have time to 4 seasons a year if 1 of them is a massive 40 episode season. The plan is to do 3-4 a year so I wouldn’t put it as a guarantee that it’s going to carry on as 4 every year.

  • TIM M

    June 21st, 2019 - 11:20am

    What version of the Doctor Who theme tune should be used for the stand alone version of ‘Terror of the Vervoids’? I think I would prefer the one used in Season 22.

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    • Gordon

      June 21st, 2019 - 12:00pm

      It will absolutely be Season 23

    • Anonymous

      June 21st, 2019 - 4:36pm

      will there be the regular version with it too?

  • Anonymous

    June 21st, 2019 - 1:28am

    Is it possible that we could get a collection release of the tv movie in a standard blu ray case with all the artwork and added extras that come with these releases, similar to how the American collection box sets are packaged?

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    • The Flying Shark

      June 21st, 2019 - 7:43am

      There are rumours of a Wilderness Years collection set with the Movie, Scream of the Shalka, etc.-there’s certainly a lot to pack the discs.

    • Prowl

      June 22nd, 2019 - 9:01am

      I hope we got a box set that has the TV moive, night of the doctor and maybe some of the Big Finish Audio Adventures. I’d buy it.

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2019 - 6:49pm

      I’d have also thought that if they were going to continue these into the new series, then it would make much more sense to have a release with McGann on the spine. The alternative would be him being bundled in with McCoy in season 26 meaning a complete collection with the new series would skip straight from 7 to 9 on the spines which I would have thought would be less attractive to collectors.

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2019 - 7:03pm

      They don’t need to do the new series, we have steelbook for them

    • The Flying Shark

      June 23rd, 2019 - 8:18pm

      They really do-it’s not just the packaging, it’s the content. When they finish the classics in 2025 (I heard this as a realistic estimate), Series 1, and the extras from it, will be 20 years old. There are a lot of retrospective pieces they could do on it, with cast and crew who couldn’t/didn’t want to speak back then, plus they can be less biased as the BBC would never have allowed such a big show to be released with individuals being critical in the extras. There are lots of extra news pieces, continuity and programmes that can be included (full length Confidentials at last?) and not to mention that, from Series 5 on, it cannot be denied there have been less effort put into the extra features. We could have the next time trailers restored! Personally, I want commentaries, behind the sofas and a making of for every new series episode, but perhaps that’s just me. They deserve the love and respect of the 20th century series.

    • Robert Sienicki

      June 24th, 2019 - 11:17am

      I think they won’t do TV Movie. It’s not a season, and they already did a 2 disc Blu-Ray edition on it few years ago, so they won’t have much more to add. They will most likely only focus on season 1-26 and that’s it. The New Who is released on Blu-Ray in standard version and in Steelbooks and I feel like that is enough.

    • TheWHOlegacy

      June 24th, 2019 - 2:13pm

      I think they’ll end up doing a wilderness years boxset. Probably be released if there’s a major gap between the releases of the season box sets. Could have it include; TV Movie, More than 30 years, scream of Shalka, Doctor who @ 40, Doctor Who night, Curse of the Fatal Death, Paul McGann Shada, Realtime and the other early animated webisodes

    • Gordon

      June 24th, 2019 - 2:50pm

      The 2 disc blu Ray was in the wrong speed and upscaled wrong. The 2nd disc wasn’t even a blu ray disc. It gives the restoration team the chance to right the wrongs of the blu ray release (they weren’t involved in the original blu Ray release). They could do a documentary covering the actual story with the original cast. Seven year itch is good but doesn’t really cover the story that much. A documentary covering Paul’s big finish work. A Matthew sweet in conversation with Paul. Behind the sofa. There is plenty they can do

  • Exdalek

    June 20th, 2019 - 10:11pm

    I know it’s only a mock up picture, but the picture of the discs spread out are all different – except they are all disc one!

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    • MJS

      June 24th, 2019 - 11:35am

      It’s a matrix glitch!!

  • MattJ

    June 20th, 2019 - 6:41pm

    I’ll be putting my S12, 18, 19, 10 and 23 DVDs on EBay shortly. It kills me to let them go but these releases are pushing them off my shelves quickly. I only completed the DVD collection last summer but I can’t pass on these. A collectors dream!

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    • Daniel

      June 20th, 2019 - 8:30pm

      I’ve sold my DVDs for Season 12, 18, 19 selling Season 23.

    • dazzleshell

      June 20th, 2019 - 10:29pm

      Might as well put Season 26 up too.

      Sold mine a while back. I kept the booklets though. I just went to CEX though.

    • BeeversMaster

      June 21st, 2019 - 5:21pm

      I am keeping hold of the DVDs because I don’t want to get rid of them and plus some of them are signed so I wont be selling them anyway and it would look odd to have only signed ones on my shelf so I might as well have the whole set.

    • GeorgeP

      June 22nd, 2019 - 6:21pm

      How much would you be offering for 12? That’s the only one I’ve missed out on, and the prices online for it are on average probably £250+

    • Anonymous

      June 22nd, 2019 - 6:29pm

      He’s not selling the bluray

    • Lee

      June 23rd, 2019 - 1:49pm

      I’m keeping mine for now. It took me so long to collect them all from the very first release back in 1999 that I’m struggling to let get of them! 😀 I’ve still got some of the VHS boxsets, Trial of a Time lord and The Daleks both came in a nice tin, which I’ve always kept. Although I did get rid of the individual story VHS tapes.

      I probably will sell the DVDs eventually though.

    • Lee

      June 23rd, 2019 - 1:50pm

      *Let go of them! Flipping fingers!

  • Ollie

    June 20th, 2019 - 11:58am

    I love the idea of an edited four part version of Terror of the Vervoids as a stand-alone story. It’s by far the best story in the season. I only hope that when they come to release Season 17, they release a version of Shada featuring all six cliffhangers. I loved the recent animated release of Shada but I am a purist and I do love Doctor Who cliffhangers.

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    • King Yrcanos

      June 20th, 2019 - 1:01pm

      It will be good to see ‘Terror of the Vervoids’ devoid of it’s ‘Trial of a Time Lord’ trappings.

    • King Yrcanos

      June 20th, 2019 - 4:02pm

      ‘Terror of the Vervoids’ is Pip and Jane Bakers best script for Doctor Who in my opinion. Chibnall criticized Pip and Jane’s Vervoids story back in 1986. But I’d get more enjoyment watching a Vervoid story than a Pting story.

    • Anonymous

      June 20th, 2019 - 5:08pm

      Will the vervoids still be in the trial format too

    • The Flying Shark

      June 20th, 2019 - 6:04pm

      Yes, this set contains the original edits of every episode, the extended editions of every episode plus a Trial free edit of Vervoids. So you get three different versions of the story in this set.

  • Yakki Yeti

    June 19th, 2019 - 10:39pm

    Occurs to me Id like to see Colin have a crack at playing Rumpole of the Bailey…Leo McKern made the part his own but watching Colin in that clip I think he’d be great….and as he trained for the legal profession….

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    • The ergon

      June 19th, 2019 - 11:27pm

      It is a real shame he never got many TV parts,even more so after Doctor Who. Hes a fine actor and he has played the judge role before, I think i saw him on one of those daytime soaps or something. Hes as good as Peter Davison and ‘He’ has never been short of Tv work over the years (all Creatures, A very Peculiar Practice, Campion, At home..Braithwaites and more recently Gentleman Jack). Maybe she should ask him for his Agents number. Hes wasted years in the acting wilderness. But he,ll always be old sixie and has done so much good audio work for Big Finish.

    • Anonymous

      June 20th, 2019 - 11:30am

      Mr Baker has done quite a lot of tv,more single episodes of dramas, but he also done a lot of very good theatre work, along with with Pantomimes. (Been lucky enough to see a few of these). Also big finish and other doctor who spin offs , so may be it was more out of choice to juggle lots of different things than just a drawn out drama that would tied him down. He’s a very great and versatile actor, as he shown through the years.

    • The ergon

      June 20th, 2019 - 1:08pm

      I think some of the stuff he has done has been simply just to keep the money/work coming in regardless of choice. If the phones ringing in showbusiness you can,t afford to turn down anything and its a case of ‘I,ll do it’. Peter Davison once remarked he was a very frustrated actor. Its a shame he doesn,t do something more prolific, but he is a good all rounder and i agree he does do a lot of theatre which hes probably more comfortable with. A very fine actor.

    • The ergon

      June 20th, 2019 - 3:51pm

      By ‘frustrated actor’ i was referring to a reference once made by peter Davison about colin Baker

  • David

    June 19th, 2019 - 10:17pm

    I’m sure this has been asked too much already, but does anyone have a guess/idea about how they’ve stretched it to 6 discs? 4 just like the dvd and a 5th for bonus features. Would the 6th host the new version of Terror of the Vervoids?

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    • Gordon

      June 20th, 2019 - 1:35am

      Disc 5 will probably be the new version of vervoids and disc 6 will be the special features disc. Trying to fit 3 different versions of terror of the vervoids might make the disc compressed so it works out better to spread the content out.

  • Sons of Skaro

    June 19th, 2019 - 9:24pm

    My first memory of Doctor who was the Mysterious Planet. This season holds a special place in my heart. Will definitely be getting this.

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    • Sons of Skaro

      June 19th, 2019 - 9:33pm

      “In all my travellings throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here! The oldest civilisation, decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core!
      Ha! Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen, they’re still in the nursery compared to us. Ten million years of absolute power, that’s what it takes to be really corrupt.”

  • Anonymous

    June 19th, 2019 - 3:01pm

    This was my least favourite season of classic who. Probably my least favourite overall as well

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  • Garrett

    June 19th, 2019 - 2:09pm

    With regards to the studio footage and archive treats does anyone know if it’ll include the following? The Temps X piece, the Mindwarp studio tape that’s on YouTube (about an hour long), also on YouTube the short 30 second piece titled slaps and kisses from the same story, and finally Nicola Bryant Janet Fielding & JNT from Breakfast Time from 20.10.86? I’d been hoping for some of this back when the DVD box came out but this will really be the last chance to get this stuff on disc. If anyone knows I’d appreciate it.

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  • Anonymous

    June 19th, 2019 - 8:34am

    I usually don’t get these as they don’t really interest me, however this is my all tine favourite series, I cannot pass this one up!

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    • Tim M

      June 19th, 2019 - 2:49pm

      One of my all time favourites too from the 1980’s especially.

    • Bobby Davros

      June 19th, 2019 - 4:49pm

      It takes all sorts to make a world doesn’t it?

  • Kenny

    June 19th, 2019 - 5:39am

    Hasthere been any real explanation for the delay on Season 10 and now no preorder or date for this set yet in North America? I can’t figure out the reasoning behind it.

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    • TigerMan1995

      June 20th, 2019 - 1:57am

      Season 10 is still 8 July / 15 October. (7 Aug for Aussies) What are you talking about?

    • booboo

      June 20th, 2019 - 8:08am

      think they mean they mean “delay” between when the UK and USA get it

    • TigerMan1995

      June 20th, 2019 - 10:08am

      It’s still being listed on Amazon for 15 October and is still up for pre-order. Yet, it is not on the BBC Shop.

    • booboo

      June 20th, 2019 - 10:14am

      not sure how the BBC shop use work, do they normally put stuff up for pre – order that far in advance

    • Kenny

      June 20th, 2019 - 8:54pm

      Yeah what I mean is why are the delaying the release in the USA, as opposed to keeping it closer to the UK release date. This has, in turn, seemed to have left this Season 23 set (or Colin Baker – Season 2 as it is likely to be labeled here in the US) not even available for pre-order yet. No release date or anything. It is sure to come here, but I find it odd that they are delaying the US blu-rays now.

    • dazzleshell

      June 21st, 2019 - 12:07pm

      They might be delaying them so if UK fans notice any disc errors they can be corrected before USA release. As would save them money. Shame you have to wait but they are all coming.

    • Rob W

      June 21st, 2019 - 7:25pm

      Yes, ai think I agre with you on that one dazzleshell.

  • Anonymous

    June 18th, 2019 - 10:38pm

    What’s Colin holding in his hand, on the cover?

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    • philip shaw

      June 19th, 2019 - 7:29am

      It might be the list of Gallifreyan officials the Valeyard has invited to the trial that he is going to kill…

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2019 - 8:35am

      Someone asked the artist on twitter and he said it was the Valeyards list!

    • Rob W

      June 19th, 2019 - 3:26pm

      His P45?

    • The ergon

      June 19th, 2019 - 3:32pm

      They ought to have had both the Valeyard and Michael Grade looming over him.

  • TARDIS Traveller

    June 18th, 2019 - 9:21pm

    So glad I can watch terror uninterrupted, the main reason I’m buying this, wish they had done the same for mysterious planet too.

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    • philip shaw

      June 19th, 2019 - 7:31am

      Only trouble with ‘mysterious planet’ is that they have that bleeped out bit towards the end about the ‘matrix’ which is kept quiet until the end of the series, how could they show it without the bleep.

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2019 - 7:43am

      Go back to the original videotape and make something

    • Gordon

      June 19th, 2019 - 12:26pm

      You also have the whole time lord involvement in moving the planet and the unanswered questions that mysterious planet leaves you with. I’m not so certain a trial-Less version of mysterious planet would be workable in all honesty

    • TARDIS Traveller

      June 19th, 2019 - 6:24pm

      I thought about the matrix bit and they could always redub that or use the original mix and honestly I think the trial sequence has no impact on the individual story unlike Mindwarp besides the set up and works well as an separate story that sets up the larger plot

  • Rob W

    June 18th, 2019 - 9:17pm

    Q. Are/will the extended scenes be time-coded inserts? Thanks for any help from any of you knowledgable whovians…

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  • Gordon

    June 18th, 2019 - 9:01pm

    Finally got round to watching the trailer for it. Absolutely superb. Hilarious and the Nicola Bryant cameo had me in stitches. Was wondering how they would be able to top the dvds in terms of overall package and personally I feel they absolutely smashed it.

    Extended versions of all 14 episodes.
    14 5.1 mixes and also 14 isolated scores.
    The mindwarp score re-recorded.
    A trial-Less vervoids with new effects
    The writers room: lost season 23
    The doctor who cookbook with narration from India fisher (very fitting as she does the narration for masterchef)
    The doctors table
    In conversation: bonnie Langford
    Behind the sofa x4
    Convention footage
    Studio footage
    Other bits and pieces
    Lots of PDFs
    The original bonus material

    It looks a fantastic set and well worth upgrading

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  • Peter ward

    June 18th, 2019 - 8:55pm

    Why are fans being virtually forced to buy blu-ray in order to enjoy certain features? Why aren’t these releases made for DVD too, which ascfar as I am aware, is still the more popular format?

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    • Anonymous

      June 18th, 2019 - 9:01pm

      Because the stories are already out on DVD and the new features don’t justify another DVD release.

    • Gordon

      June 18th, 2019 - 9:09pm

      The blu ray box set budget pays for these features and the people involved with these sets make the new extras in hd and it to specifically to be seen in hd

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2019 - 12:24am

      I am pretty sure that there is a much higher demand for bluray than dvd. Dvd is a format which has been around for 20 odd years and it is on it’s last legs I feel. The picture quality on dvds on big tvs of 50inch and above is generally terrible even with upscaling when compared to that of bluray so I do not think dvd will be around for much longer. It’s definitely not the most in demand format of the two

    • Kenny

      June 19th, 2019 - 5:44am

      The truth is DVD still outsells blu-ray, but neither is selling like they once did. Blu-ray is pivoting into a collector’s market really. Most people stream or just buy digital copies, so to sell physical media they have to make it worthwhile for the hardcore collectors that are really who will be the main market going forward. Blu-ray offers superior sound and video on media that can be HD.

      While classic Doctor Who is rarely going to look HD, the larger capacity space on the discs mean they can fit more information on a blu-ray disc than a DVD. So to get all those extra features jammed on, and minimize shelf space, blu-ray makes more sense.

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2019 - 7:45am

      Made in HD for HD?. So is Every single movie and tv show ever made since 2011 and that still gets a DVD

    • The ergon

      June 19th, 2019 - 10:50am

      There are only certain instances where the picture quality isn,t that great on DVD but that was how these were shot originally anyway and upscaling on these from what i,ve seen, are improved slightly as one would expect but hardly groundbreaking. You can watch the DVDs on any HD TV in original 4:3 scale by simply altering picture mode on a standard remote. The seller are those extras. Those updated SFX and updated perspectives on these stories make the sales worth buying for hardcore/New collectors. The Blu-Ray series has just come too late in the game for me and all the problems from 12 onward that occured turned me off. I think maybe the next step would be to stream these in the future with added content should it become available to buy this way.

    • Bobby Davros

      June 19th, 2019 - 4:55pm

      On the OP’s logic we’d still be buying reissues on VHS.

    • Anonymous

      June 19th, 2019 - 5:46pm

      It’s worth noting that the audio quality is far better on Blu Rays than DVDs, so there is still benefit to upgrading even if the visuals are limited. It isn’t quite the same as just playing a DVD on an HD TV.

    • Rob W

      June 19th, 2019 - 8:26pm

      This was (mostly) shot on tape so may also look more consistent than the previous sets.

    • The ergon

      June 19th, 2019 - 9:30pm

      I may succumb and buy season 26 if they can massively improve on the picture quality on Ghostlight which really was a letdown on DVD.

    • Rob W

      June 20th, 2019 - 9:15am

      Yes, a combination of low lighting, the cameras used and the videotape used I think.

  • MJS

    June 18th, 2019 - 8:27pm

    Extended versions of EVERY episode!? How exciting! New “Trial-free” cut of Vervoids? Awesome! Cannot wait.

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