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March 13th, 2018 153 comments

Doctor Who Series 3 Blu-ray Steelbook (Revised Artwork)

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This boxset comes with exclusive cover artwork by Claudia Caranfa and comes packed with extras.

From the moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha Jones he changes it forever. In Elizabethan London, they meet William Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre while back in present day London 76-year-old Professor Lazarus recaptures his youth with consequences that threaten Martha’s entire family.

And, the Doctor’s sworn enemies, the Daleks, who have been hiding in 1930s New York, return with a terrifying plan for humanity.


  • 13 x Doctor Who Confidential (Cutdown)
  • Music And Monsters – Children In Need concert
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Commentaries on all episodes
  • Freema’s Tour Of The Studio
  • David Tennant Video Diaries
  • Easter Egg and And More!

All 14 episodes from the third series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, starring David Tennant as the latest incarnation of the legendary Time Lord. In this series, the Doctor is joined by new companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) as he encounters old enemies including the Daleks and the Master (Derek Jacobi). The episodes are: ‘The Runaway Bride’, ‘Smith and Jones’, ‘The Shakespeare Code’, ‘Gridlock’, ‘Daleks in Manhattan’, ‘Evolution of the Daleks’, ‘The Lazarus Experiment’, ’42’, ‘Human Nature’, ‘The Family of Blood’, ‘Blink’, ‘Utopia’, ‘The Sound of Drums’ and ‘Last of the Timelords’.

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  • TheDoctor

    May 8th, 2018 - 6:31am

    So does anyone know if the US is getting a release like series 1 and 2 steelbook did? Also is the UK version region free? Helppp I must have this!

    • booboo

      May 8th, 2018 - 7:40am

      Region B/2: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand

      USA has never got any of the steelbooks in the past that i know of, they tend to get complete years sets instead

    • TheDoctor

      May 8th, 2018 - 12:55pm

      I have both series 1 and 2 blu ray steelbook and both are region free US releases, so I assumed you guys would have the same for 3. Pleasee someone tell me I can buy this somewhere

  • James A

    May 6th, 2018 - 7:43pm

    Anyone received their copy yet?

    • MJS

      May 7th, 2018 - 10:49am

      Not yet. Although my first email said I’d have it tonight, it now says tomorrow

  • Omega63

    March 28th, 2018 - 11:53am

    This just makes me ridiculously saddened.

    • Anonymous

      March 28th, 2018 - 1:42pm

      These are the most beautiful things ever

    • Jackson Lake

      March 29th, 2018 - 4:25am

      1. I hope they learnt from this and go to Binder for S4+
      2. Lee was right, S3 does look better in orange than green.

    • Anonymous

      April 10th, 2018 - 5:15pm

      I never really like Lee Binding but Oh my god that is amazing
      I honestly Can’t believe the bbc didn’t pick it

  • Anonymous

    March 17th, 2018 - 2:44am

    They should made a separate disc for the Confidentials.

  • Mr DVD

    March 16th, 2018 - 4:02pm

    The biggest issue surely is the quality of the upgrade to Blu-ray. Considering these stories weren’t made in HD. If it’s anything like the series 1 discs, then it’s pointless anyway. The DVD’s are better quality of series 1 – 4.

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2018 - 1:08am

      The Blu Rays are better quality than the DVD’s. It’s no where near as good as content filmed in HD, but there is definitely an upgrade in quality.

    • Will Melbourne

      March 29th, 2018 - 5:43pm

      You seemingly don’t understand how video works. Please stop talking about it.

  • Omega63

    March 13th, 2018 - 5:04pm

    Personally I can’t help but just not like the choices made. The positioning of the Master feels so tacked on. And his head seems really close to the top. The Doctor and Martha feel less prominent than they should be, and the swirly purple effect doesn’t blend well with them as before.

    It’s better than before, but I just don’t like the direction of the artwork in general this time out.

    • Doctor Who Big Finish Reviewer

      March 13th, 2018 - 7:00pm

      Look, people are losing money over complaints like this because of delays. It’s fine how it is

    • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

      March 13th, 2018 - 7:43pm

      It always will look tacked on the change WAS made in such short notice

    • Omega63

      March 13th, 2018 - 9:31pm

      I love how people complain about people giving an opinion on whether they like a bit of artwork, I’m fully entitled to not like it, it’s subjective.

  • LastOfTheSonics

    March 13th, 2018 - 4:10pm

    That looks a thousand times better. Thank you to the artists for redesigning it.

    Why are people still complaining? You should be grateful that they even listened and redesigned it in the first place. You’re all asking for different things on the cover, they’re not going to change it every time an individual moans. Accept this for what it is.

  • Anonymous

    March 13th, 2018 - 3:58pm

    Series 1 – the daleks
    Series 2 – the cybermen and the daleks
    Series 3 – the master, possibly one of them lenticular art cards showing the transformation from Jacobi to simm, like series 10s
    Series 4 – davros, Caan destroyed
    Specials – all the baddies
    Series 5 – the pandorica and crack
    Series 6 – the silence , maybe some headless monks in the background to represent the first half
    Series 7, the whisper men and dr Simeon. Would of been a better place for a few angels as well, they are more important this series as they kill the ponds.
    Smith specials – zygons as the main big image and then all the baddies from time of the doctor in the bottom smaller than the zygons , eg the daleks, cybermen and sontarans.
    Series 8 – missy and the new cybermen
    Series 9 – ashielder or me, and the time lords, basically a really good hell bent trilogy poster.
    Series 10 – a mondasian cyberman and maybe the patients behind it
    The front covers will have the doctors and companions on, apart from the specials which will have just the doctor on, matt smiths will have war and ten on as well

    • Anonymous

      March 21st, 2018 - 8:37pm

      In series 3 you forgot the weepig angles

  • Anonymous

    March 13th, 2018 - 3:53pm

    Um, is it better

    Yes, It’s just a simple fixm, but it is better

  • Alex

    March 13th, 2018 - 2:47pm

    Wait are people still complaining? I mean they essentially fixed people’s biggest gripes with it, and I think it looks great now!

    • Merlin

      March 13th, 2018 - 2:49pm

      It looks fine, can’t complain personally

  • dziadeck

    March 13th, 2018 - 2:41pm

    Working artists work to spec. The artist is talented. The direction has issues.

    The main change still needed is to make this release region-free — features and extras.

    And, please, bring back the iconic S1-4 DW logo. I know BBC is pushing the new logo for the new Who but please respect the iconic logo for the iconic series.

    Thank you.

    • Jackson Lake

      March 13th, 2018 - 2:58pm

      Series 1-4 is classic Who now in the eyes of the BBC, so this release will feature the Third Doctor-era logo, as per all classic merchandise AND the Series 1-2 steelbooks. They can’t break the trend now.

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2018 - 3:51pm

      Well they can, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. But I hope not.

  • Star Lord

    March 13th, 2018 - 2:31pm

    I’m delighted with the updated cover, much more in keeping with the Doctor & companion on front/TARDIS & villains on back style of the Series 1 and 2 releases.
    New design is a lot less busy and much more striking as a result.

  • MJS

    March 13th, 2018 - 1:33pm

    Well, they do say “be careful what you wish for”!!!

  • DoctorFan

    March 13th, 2018 - 1:11pm

    that’s better but I would still have liked to have seen jack on the front.

  • platon29

    March 13th, 2018 - 11:33am

    I think it could have done without the angel in the foreground on the back, would look a bit better IMO.

  • Doctor Stu

    March 13th, 2018 - 11:31am

    Sooooo we’ve kept all of the irrelevant Angels and just popped the Master in the background looking like some sort of Angel overlord job done. Tick.

    Keep the image of the Angels rocking the TARDIS, keep the master and maybe throw in some gridlock cars or toclafane in the background. Replace the Series 5 Angel with either a scarecrow, Actual Dalek version of Sec not the human version or maybe throw Korean in there or something

    The whole cover just feels like it’s saying ‘oh series 3 is old now so throw some angels in there to link it to the new series’

    • Doctor Stu

      March 13th, 2018 - 11:31am

      Korwin not Korean oh dear

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    March 13th, 2018 - 10:37am

    That definitely looks a lot better than it did before.

  • Pip

    March 13th, 2018 - 10:37am

    That is a much better.

  • Omega63

    March 8th, 2018 - 8:08am

    New release date 7th May. Surely means the new artwork has been made and is going through checks.

    • booboo

      March 8th, 2018 - 8:26am

      yes they said the release date would move, hopefully we will see the updated artwork soon

    • K.B.O

      March 12th, 2018 - 3:25pm

      On zoom the release date has changed but nowhere else.

  • Phillip

    March 3rd, 2018 - 1:41pm

    Chances are they will just drop the master and re center the Doctor and companion with a slight expanding of the image… Sadly the piece is far inferior to its predecessors. The artwork looks like it was done by an excellent high school student. It’s equivalent to someone picking up a guitar and playing a song they learned rather badly instead of composing an original masterpiece. Think puddle of mud instead of Nirvana.

  • Jackson Lake

    March 1st, 2018 - 2:53pm

    Excellent, so can we expect a S3 Master / no Angels / green or orange background / Lee Binding’s work? Im asking for too much aren’t I (also I wouldn’t put Jack on the back as he was merely a guest character in the final story.

    • DoctorSong2016

      March 1st, 2018 - 4:07pm

      It’ll probably just be a Master change and perhaps colour change at a push.

    • Pip

      March 1st, 2018 - 4:59pm

      Definitely the Master, following comments by the artist on Twitter quite possibly the colour too. I’m hopeful that the large Angel on the back (the Big Chief figure) goes but I’m doubtful. Put it this way, the longer we wait the more has been changed.


    February 27th, 2018 - 8:50pm

    We need jack and vote Saxon signs.

  • Reece

    February 27th, 2018 - 7:04pm

    Excellent news! The Who Customer is always right. Will defo be ordering once that Master has been fixed. Thanks for taking note BBC WW! Mwah!

  • Jordan Scott

    February 27th, 2018 - 6:32pm

    Thank god, I doubt they’ll change much and it still won’t be on the level of Lee Binding’s artwork but at least it’ll be acceptable.

  • Omega63

    February 27th, 2018 - 5:26pm

    I’m genuinely amazed they listened, very good of them and good job everyone, proves we still have a say in the quality of products we buy.

    As for how many changes, I have a lot of problems with this design but I do think it will just be a case of swapped Masters, even though I’d love for a complete reshuffle, the Master on the back with the split sky and Toclafane. And Jack on the front. That will never be the case, but at least we’re getting the right Master. I’m excited to see how it looks and relieved I’ll be somewhat happier buying it to fit in with the rest.

    • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

      February 27th, 2018 - 5:35pm

      I’m surprised they listened too as I thought they would dismiss the criticism and just release it as it is. Other than changing the image of The Master, I don’t know how much of the design will be changed because I can imagine anything that’s changed would make it a massive task that would further delay it’s release. I agree with what you said about The Master and the Toclafane as that would suit the design better and it would be cool if they changed the colour of the design to be green or orange, but I don’t think they will.

    • Moodbeam

      February 27th, 2018 - 5:54pm

      I’m not too surprised. I think they could see how much it was going to affect the sales. It helps that the artist responsible also got involved, she said on Twitter that she would go back to the BBC and ask them to let her change it.

    • Omega63

      February 27th, 2018 - 8:59pm

      To be honest, even with the change I think I’ll be disappointed. Nothing against the artist, she’s clearly very good in other sectors, but also clearly also didn’t research into the Series and her art suffered. Purple colour palette? No Jack? Angels as the main feature of the Series? No blue suited 10th Doctor? And really just a rather boring composition, no nebula effect of the previous two which just suited the Steelbook releases so well.
      I also hate how her style has tried to imitate Lee Binding’s superior Series 1 and 2 Steelbook styles, when elsewhere her style is quite clearly very different. Either go with a new artist and a new style, or stick with the same one. Don’t venture down the middle. Plus the Angels just look, odd? One of them is licking the TARDIS.

    • Alex

      February 28th, 2018 - 8:42am

      The artist was aware of the issues and tried bringing them up before. She wasn’t responsible for picking what was on the boxart, she simply drew the various elements.

      And you could say no Jack but it’s not like Jack was on Series 1 either. Purple palette? Why not? No blue suited 10th Doctor? Again, why does that matter?

    • DoctorSong2016

      February 28th, 2018 - 9:23am

      Well clearly it does matter otherwise they wouldn’t have brought issue to it.

    • Omega63

      February 28th, 2018 - 10:06am

      They may not matter to you but all of these elements are quintessential reflections of the series, and elements that make it iconic. Art is subjective yes, but personally, I wasn’t a fan of this piece, no matter how much input the artist had on the choices.

    • Alex

      February 28th, 2018 - 3:20pm

      But how in the hell is the fact that it’s purple mean it’s not imitating the series. The Doctor wore Green and Blue suits in the show so how does that make the art piece not be reflecting a “Quintessential reflection”. That and putting a blue suit on blue background is asking for trouble.

    • Alex

      February 28th, 2018 - 3:27pm

      And I only mentioned the Artists choices because it seems a unfair and disingenuous to criticise the artist for putting things in and leaving them out when it was stuff that wasn’t actually up to her.

    • Jordan Scott

      February 28th, 2018 - 3:40pm

      Just want to point out that the whole “it wasn’t the artists fault – she was forced to use that image” argument is false (as can be seen on Twitter), she was only told to use John Simm – however the many inaccurate images used were chosen by her.

    • Anonymous

      February 28th, 2018 - 3:52pm

      Although the inaccurate images were chosen by the artist, they still passed the stages of BBC approval.

    • booboo

      February 28th, 2018 - 4:45pm

      thought she said they told her to use the master “in that form” ie that pose / costume?

    • Anonymous

      February 28th, 2018 - 5:11pm

      No Booboo, that was false information, the artist herself said so on twitter, also mrtardisreviews on youtube did a video on that whole situation.

    • booboo

      February 28th, 2018 - 5:31pm

      so she retracted that then or said it wasn’t true? because I’m sure that what i read

      bottom line is though BBC approved this regardless

    • Pip

      February 28th, 2018 - 7:25pm

      She has since explained that ‘in that form’ refers to the Simm regeneration. It worries that how little she seems to know about the show despite also doing quite a few Titan comics.

    • DoctorSong2016

      February 28th, 2018 - 8:30pm

      The way she worded it in the original tweets, it implied that they had let her do what she wanted but strongly hinted to use the End of Time Master over the Series 3 one.

      However she’s now given clarification that she was sent reference photos for both Simm and Jacobi, to which the BBC strongly hinted she use Simm, then she made the costume mistake herself and no one at the BBC picked up on it.

    • booboo

      March 1st, 2018 - 8:21am

      right i see, so it was which master rather than which series

  • Anonymous

    February 27th, 2018 - 5:17pm

    Good Going
    The master sucked
    Change the colour
    Make the tardid better
    and please change it to orange or red

  • Star Lord

    February 27th, 2018 - 5:16pm

    Great news, just slightly conflicted over whether I should pre-order now or wait for a new release date announcement.

  • Anon

    February 27th, 2018 - 5:06pm

    So the moaners and groaners get there way again while the ones that like the art get ignored.

    • booboo

      February 27th, 2018 - 5:11pm

      the BBC should be congratulated for taking criticism on board – especially if it effects sales which it very clearly was and puts future releases in jeopardy

      one would imagine the vast majority welcome the change the negativity was overwhelming

    • Moodbeam

      February 27th, 2018 - 5:52pm

      It’s the errors that are the problem, not the actual artwork itself. The front would be great if the Master was altered to the correct one (or better still moved to the back) and the back would be much better if they either replaced the Angels with the Master or at the very least removed the huge Angel acting as a backdrop which is actual an image of a Big Chief figure as opposed to being from the show itself.

    • Merlin

      February 27th, 2018 - 9:06pm

      While I welcome the change, I personally hope it doesn’t reinforce the unnecessary negative attitudes which have become so apparent since the introduction on the new Doctor. Nor would I hope for this to reflect too harshly on the artist. It pays to complain, but some genuinely take it too far.

    • Anonymous

      March 10th, 2018 - 5:02pm

      You actually like them using the wrong master?

  • Pip

    February 27th, 2018 - 2:08pm

    The BBC have said via Facebook that they will amend the artwork to correct it however this will mean delaying the release.

  • WouldYouLikeAJellyBaby?

    February 27th, 2018 - 2:06pm

    The BBC’s official Doctor Who Facebook page have just said this: “Hi all, thanks for your feedback and pointing out your issues with the artwork. We will correct the artwork for the final release, which unfortunately means we will have to delay the release date. We’ll let you know once the new date is confirmed! Thanks for being on point always.”


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