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September 6th, 2019 201 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 26 Blu-ray

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On Saturday 23rd November, the BFI Southbank will be screening Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (from the Special Edition Blu-ray) and holding a Q&A with actor Sophie Aldred and script editor Andrew Cartmel. Tickets are available from the BFI on the following dates:

  • Monday 16th September – BFI Patrons and Champions
  • Tuesday 17th September – BFI Members
  • Tuesday 24th September – public booking

Season 26 features four epic adventures traversing a future Britain invaded by inter-dimensional knights, a strange Victorian house haunted by ghosts from Ace’s past, an alien world populated by Cheetah People and a 1940s army camp under siege from monstrous vampires.

With guest stars including Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Anthony Ainley (The Master), Jean Marsh, Nicholas Parsons, Anne Reid, Ian Hogg, Sylvia Syms and comedy duo Hale & Pace, this fondly-remembered set of stories saw the end of an era for Doctor Who, and set the stage for its hugely successful revival.

Doctor Who: The Collection Season 26 contains several special features, including:

Rare Restored Extended Cuts

  • The Curse Of Fenric VHS Extended Version
  • The Curse Of Fenric DVD Special Edition
  • Battlefield VHS Extended Version
  • Battlefield DVD Special Edition

5.1 surround sound & isolated scores

  • On all 14 broadcast episodes, plus 5.1 sound on all extended versions of The Curse Of Fenric and Battlefield.

Behind the Sofa

  • New episodes with Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, plus companions Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Anneke Wills and Jodie-Whittaker-era writers Pete McTighe & Joy Wilkinson.

Showman – the Life of John Nathan-Turner

  • A feature-length look at the life and career of Doctor Who’s longest-serving producer, who fought to keep the programme on-air during the 1980s. Contributors include Peter Davison and Colin Baker.

Making ‘The Curse of Fenric’

  • A brand new documentary featuring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Tomek Bork, Nicholas Parsons, Cory Pulman, Marek Anton, Ian Briggs, Andrew Cartmel, Mark Ayres and Ian Collins featuring unseen behind-the-scenes footage and photographs.

In Conversation

  • Matthew Sweet chats to companion Sophie Aldred.

The Writers’ Room

  • Ben Aaronovitch, Marc Platt, Ian Briggs, Rona Munro and Andrew Cartmel discuss their work on Season 26.

Becoming The Destroyer

  • Actor Marek Anton and prosthetics designer Stephen Mansfield recall the creation of one of Doctor Who’s best ever monsters.

Blu-Ray trailer

  • Sophie Aldred back in character as Ace.


  • Brand new Ghost Light extended workprint
  • Unseen studio footage
  • Rare archive treats
  • Convention footage
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files
    and other gems from our PDF archive

And lots more!

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD


  • Bobby Fackrell

    October 10th, 2019 - 8:03pm

    So what is the difference between the VHS extended versions and the DVD special editions please is there much more footage on the VHS ones?


    • Gordon

      October 10th, 2019 - 10:00pm

      The vhs versions are extended episodes. The special editions are feature length movie versions of the episodes

    • MIKK89

      October 10th, 2019 - 10:32pm

      If i remember correctly having owned both stories on both VHS and DVD at one point in time, the VHS episodes were released as a sort of extended edit akin to what they Did with Season 23 only deleted/alternate scenes added. The DVD versions of both had had standard transmission versions of the two serials on DVD 1 and DVD 2 featured a feature-length extended version that included more deleted and alternate scenes, swapped some stuff round to help narrative flow more fluidly and new visual effects and music. Plus optional 5.1 Surround Sound. Hope this helps.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      October 11th, 2019 - 5:42am

      Thanks I’ve seen the DVD versions I was specifically wondering about the content; are there any deleted scenes on the VHS versions which were not on the DVDs or are they essentially the same?

    • Bobby Fackrell

      October 11th, 2019 - 10:02pm

      Thanks MIKK89 it helps a lot, so no real benefit in the VHS versions I think I shall watch the DVD special editions on blu ray on my Christmas Eve binge! Can’t wait love series 26 fond childhood memories of it

    • MIKK89

      October 12th, 2019 - 1:04am

      Can’t entirly remember with ‘Battlefield’ as the length of the extended episodes was similar to the feature-length DVD version and only seemed to rearrange scenes and add new CGI. But ‘The Curse of Fenric’ included scenes not in either Original Transmitted Version or VHS Extended as well as CGI. It was done to Director Nicholas Mallets original plan to Release COF 1993 on VHS (akin to The VHS release of ‘The Five Doctors: Special Edition’) however due to certain problems that never really surfaced never came to fruition, and then Nicholas Mallet Passed in 1997. The Feature Length COF was re-edited was overseen by Mark Ayres using his and Nocholas’s Notes…

  • anonymus

    October 7th, 2019 - 7:38pm

    Any update on the discovery of some missing episodes by Paul Vanezis?

    • Anonymous

      October 7th, 2019 - 9:18pm


  • BtsR

    September 29th, 2019 - 1:28am

    Do you think its likely well see “Dimensions in time”, “death comes to time” web animation and
    “more than 30 years in the tardis doc” in this set somewhere ?
    Seems like the best places to put them or 30years doc on silver nemesis/season 25. One thing I’d say to Russell minton is yes new documentaries are nice but give us some stuff that never got released too.

    • Gordon

      September 29th, 2019 - 10:25am

      Dimension in times is unlikely to be cleared. Tons of red tape plus the rights holders are asking an extortionate amount to use the footage. Death comes to time and more than 30 years will most likely appear on a potential wilderness years set

    • David

      September 29th, 2019 - 11:56am

      They are unlikely to be on this set – certainly “Dimensions in Time” is very unlikely to be released at all, given the contracts in place and cost of clearing the material through “Children in Need”. There has been speculation that there might be a “Wilderness Years” collection including the TV Movie, “More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS” and other material such as the “Doctor Forever” documentaries which appeared on some of the later Special Edition DVD releases.

  • Anonymous

    September 25th, 2019 - 7:44pm

    what story per season do you think is going to get the cgi treatment?

    • Gordon

      September 29th, 2019 - 10:51am

      Season 1. The Daleks
      2. The chase
      3. The ark
      4. There is nothing complete
      5. Tomb of the cybermen
      6. The mind robber
      7. Spearhead
      8. Autons
      9. Sea devils
      11. Dinos (new models would work better than cg imop )
      13. Zygons
      14. Robots of death
      15. Underworld
      16. Pirate planet
      17. Nightmare in Eden
      20. Snakedance
      21. Warriors from the deep
      22. Timelash
      24. Paradise
      25. Remembrance

    • Anonymous

      October 5th, 2019 - 1:20pm

      Gonna have to disagree with you Gordon, I reckon season 24 will be time and the Rani and season 25 will be silver nemesis

  • Seth

    September 25th, 2019 - 6:48am

    Would Season 8 possibly be saved for the last of the Pertwee seasons? I was wondering because it is packed full of 3’s most famous story’s.

    • The Flying Shark

      September 25th, 2019 - 8:06am

      Perhaps 7 will be saved for last as the seven parters have very poor colour quality apparently and will need a lot of work, plus it will be tricky to make new extras as the main cast have all passed on. Season 8 has some colour issues too so that will probably be second to last-either 9 or 11 for Pertwee will be next, I bet 11 as Sarah Jane will be a big selling point to new who fans, plus it’s been demanded for a long time to get new CGI on Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

    • The 14th doctor

      September 25th, 2019 - 10:59am

      Season 11 would be fantastic!!!!!!
      So if the rumours are correct then we should be getting: season 14, season 6 ( hopefully), season 21 and season 11!!!
      We are in for a good year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      September 25th, 2019 - 2:02pm

      Season 9 next for Pertwee as they’ve been to the location for the sea devils.

    • The 14th doctor

      September 25th, 2019 - 5:39pm

      Even better!!!

    • Pete X

      September 25th, 2019 - 9:27pm

      I reckon that season 8 will be released in 2023 (the 60th anniversary year) as well as seasons 1, 16 and 20.

    • Anonymous

      September 26th, 2019 - 12:35am

      Swap 16 for season 25

  • Anonymous

    September 22nd, 2019 - 12:13pm

    has anybody heard any other rumours about other classic blue ray boxset like season 26?

    • Gordon

      September 22nd, 2019 - 4:05pm

      14 is rumoured for February. Anything beyond that is guesswork

      I do guess we will get a 60s set. 2 or 6 is my guess. 2 is most ready but with it being Troughton’s 100th birthday 6 has a small possibility

      We should be due another Davison so either 20/21

      Another pertwee will probably happen as well. Either

    • Gordon

      September 22nd, 2019 - 4:32pm

      Either 9 or 11 for pertwee

    • Anonymous

      September 22nd, 2019 - 4:51pm

      There’s rumours that Season 14 is next, but there’s also rumours that Season 6 is coming for Patrick Troughton’s 100th birthday which would have to be next to actually meet the date in March.

    • Gordon

      September 22nd, 2019 - 7:49pm

      It doesn’t need to come out on his birthday to be part of his 100th birthday celebration. That can still come out in the same year. I fully expect the faceless ones to be released on his 100th birthday so I don’t think it needs to have season 6 come out exactly on his birthday

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