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November 28th, 2018 153 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 18 Blu-ray

Available to order from www.amazon.co.uk

Also available to order from www.zoom.co.uk

Available to order from www.amazon.com

BBC Studios announces Tom Baker’s final series as the next instalment 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. Following the sell-out success of Tom Baker’s debut season, his seventh and final series will be released on 25th February as Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 18.

Tom Baker’s final year saw the programme undergo radical changes in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.

Producer John Nathan-Turner revamped the series with new writers, new directors, a new title sequence and theme arrangement, glossy production standards and – throughout the course of the season – a brand new regular cast. Over seven classic adventures the Doctor and his companions encountered the Foamasi, Meglos, the Marshmen, vampires and Tharils, building to a final deadly showdown between the Doctor and his arch nemesis the Master.

As a special bonus this set also includes the 1981 K9 & Company Christmas pilot episode, plus hours of brand new material.

Starring alongside Tom Baker are Lalla Ward as Romana, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Anthony Ainley as the Master, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah-Jane Smith and John Leeson as K9.

Special Features exclusive to this set include:

  • New Making-Of documentary and updated special effects for Logopolis
  • Revealing new 2019 commentaries moderated by Matthew Sweet (Tom Baker on The Leisure Hive, Lalla Ward & Rachel Davies on State Of Decay)
  • Surround sound mix for Warriors’ Gate
  • Rare behind-the-scenes footage from The Leisure Hive, Full Circle and Logopolis
  • Eight more editions of Behind The Sofa
  • Brand new documentaries The Writers Room and Weekend With Waterhouse
  • New interview with K9 & Company’s Ian Sears
  • Another dip into the Panopticon convention archives with Tom Baker
  • HD photo galleries plus scripts, production files and rare documentation provided as PDFs
  • The eight-disc box set also includes hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.

All material has been remastered for Blu-ray by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres. Lee Binding has provided stunning packaging and new series writer/content consultant Pete McTighe has written another extensive booklet. Russell Minton is Executive Producer.

Blu-ray trivia: when filming took place for Logopolis (1980), Tom Baker’s last adventure, the intention was to shoot at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. Instead, production took place at Crowsley Park with the team using model shots.

For the brand new Blu-ray, almost 40 years later, BBC Studios received permission to film at Jodrell Bank with a drone. Offered as an alternative viewing option, fans will now be able to experience the finished product just as it was originally intended.

DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION – SEASON 18 includes the following stories from 1980/81:

  • The Leisure Hive (four episodes)
  • Meglos (four episodes)
  • Full Circle (four episodes)
  • State Of Decay (four episodes); Warriors’ Gate (four episodes)
  • The Keeper Of Traken (four episodes)
  • Logopolis (four episodes)
  • plus K9 & Company – A Girl’s Best Friend.

RRP: £56.16


Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD, Featured

153 comments

  • Jon

    January 22nd, 2019 - 8:02pm

    Forgive me for asking a question about season 12 but it seems this thread is more active and likely to get a response than the season 12 thread. I have made my peace with the fact that they will never re-release the season 12 boxset and will refrain from expressing my anger again! My question is what would be the best option for a UK viewer that has missed the physical UK release? Would it be to buy the US Blurays (60i) or to buy the Amazon streaming version which I assume would be 50i (but de-interlaced as it is delivered on the web). Any opinions?

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    • Ben

      January 23rd, 2019 - 9:33am

      If you can get the Australian version, its exactly the same, except for the certification on the cardboard. The discs inside are the UK discs, and play on UK Bluray players

    • Jon

      January 23rd, 2019 - 5:29pm

      Unfortunately that isn’t an option. I can’t find any Australian copies apart from in Australia that refuse to ship to the UK. If anyone knows how to lay their hands on an Australian copy in the UK that isn’t being sold at over £300 (as most of them seem to be – lol) that would be great!

    • Phillip C Niethe

      January 24th, 2019 - 12:10am

      You can always scan Doctor who forums and Blu-ray forums in the trade sections. I suggest Blu-ray.com/ Blu-ray forum/ trade section.

  • Anonymous

    January 14th, 2019 - 10:51am

    Is it worth upgrading to these from the dvds?

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    • Darren Clarke

      January 14th, 2019 - 11:17am

      For me yes i really like them i did sell my dvds of season 12 and 19 and made the money to cover the price for them , some dvd box-sets i will not sell like season 16 The Key to Time Collection , but the has been some great new extras like behind the sofa .

    • Phillip

      January 21st, 2019 - 11:13pm

      Yes, most definitely. Definitely upgrade to the Blu-ray:)

    • Borusa

      January 23rd, 2019 - 11:51am

      The original format video tape recordings are very primitive by todays standards and have not been improved much in restoration to blue ray.
      I think the upscaling on the blue rays is marginal imo and i was quite disappointed in the results when compared to the remastered dvds. The upside is Blue ray discs are more hardy and likely to last longer in storage. At current collectors prices, poor value imo and spend your money wisely on other things.

  • David

    January 14th, 2019 - 10:22am

    Apologises for the silly question, I know it’s the case with any online delivery, but is Zoom pretty reliable, with regard to how good a condition an item is in through post upon arrival ?

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    • Gordon

      January 14th, 2019 - 10:36am

      I’ve never had an issue in all honestly

    • MIKSK89

      January 14th, 2019 - 10:50am

      I pre-ordered season 19 from zoom and not only was it it in good condition, it arrived the friday before it was due for release…

    • David

      January 14th, 2019 - 11:15am

      Ahh sounds brilliant, I’ve just never used Zoom before that’s all, but deciding to purchase season 18 from them as I was reading about the listings on this site, thanks guys!

    • Exdalek

      January 15th, 2019 - 12:43am

      I must just have no luck – my Zoom order of Red Dwarf Blu-ray box set hasn’t even arrived on release day, never mind early. I ordered it at the same time as Enemy of the world dvd was released. My pre-order of season 18 is with Amazon so we’ll see how that goes. Although as an Amazon prime member I did receive season 12 on release day, but it was 10.45 p.m.

  • Anon

    January 13th, 2019 - 10:23pm

    Can some one give me an honest answer. Is it worth getting these sets? Apart from a few new extras and a pretty box I can’t see much difference to the dvds.i missed out on season 12 and if I want it it’s going to cost approximately 250 quid to get it and the BBC have no plans to rerelease it as it’s limited edition.(I got that answer directly from the BBC before anyone asks). I have all the dvds.so I’m not missing out on a particular story. So is it worth it?

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    • Anonymous

      January 13th, 2019 - 10:50pm

      Not for £250, but if you see it around its normal price certainly go for it.

  • Dr. 1963

    January 12th, 2019 - 10:45pm

    Hello, as HMV has filed into administration, will they still honour pre-orders such as this even if they do close, thanks.

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    • Gordon

      January 12th, 2019 - 11:30pm

      As things currently stand hmv aren’t getting ANY new stock in. Unless things change they won’t have stock to honour preorders. Suppliers are still negotiating with the administrators. They never got any new releases this week

    • Dr. 1963

      January 13th, 2019 - 7:08pm

      Thanks Gordon, you should have this as a full time job

  • Flo

    January 12th, 2019 - 5:20pm

    Preordered this when it was 39.99p on Amazon but now it’s 56.16 !

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    • Gordon

      January 12th, 2019 - 5:45pm

      Probably down to hmv quite potentially not getting anymore new stock. Had this feeling that with hmv gone and them being amazons biggest competitor amazon may try and bump up their prices

    • Anonymous

      January 12th, 2019 - 6:01pm

      Yep you must be right Gordon. I preordered it 39p so I’ll be charged 39£. Right ? 🙂

    • Lee

      January 13th, 2019 - 11:45pm

      Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee means you’ll get it at the price you ordered it for at the time or lower if it gets reduced before release.
      But Amazon will never charge you more than what you’ve pre-ordered it for.

      As for it being £56 – Amazon’s prices sometimes jump up massively for a few days. I’ve noticed it before, but they’ll go back to normal. I have a blu-ray boxset on my wishlist which was £17.99 but then suddenly jumped up to £30. Within a week it was back down to £17.99 though. I think Amazon’s automated pricing systems just go a little crazy at times! 😀

      It’ll probably go back down to £39.99 soon.

    • Lee

      January 19th, 2019 - 3:00pm

      I just looked on Amazon today and their prices are still ridiculously high, so Gordon is probably right about them hiking their prices. I’ve seen their prices occasionally go up ridiculously for a day or two, but they usually go back down after that.
      The Macra Terror steelbook is currently up from £24.99 to £40.99. Amazon must be nuts if they think people are going to pay that, when they can just go to sites like Zavvi or Zoom and pick it up for around £25.

  • GRAPHICAL_ABOMINATION

    January 8th, 2019 - 5:17pm

    Hi, ive used this site for doctor who things a while now but ive only just decided to use this as my user name. Ive been collecting these box sets since they started and think the artworks beautiful so i decided to design my own cover for series 10. Could you check it out, its on my instagram GRAPHICAL_ABOMINATION. Boo boo id like to know your opinions too.

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  • Phillip C Niethe

    January 7th, 2019 - 1:17am

    Totally purchasing this on the release day, Loved the first two releases. Keep them coming, you can have all my hard earned cash:)

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  • David

    January 4th, 2019 - 5:41pm

    Fantastic sets, yes this is only the third of a possible 20/26 but I do love them as treasure troves of love and fandom. I love this season one of my favourites, one thing I noticed is The Dalek Tapes documentary on the Genesis DVD wasn’t in season 12 anyone have any thoughts on which set it could be ported over to potentially?

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    • Gordon

      January 4th, 2019 - 8:31pm

      1 or 25 is my bet.

    • David

      January 4th, 2019 - 9:28pm

      That does sound logical, if you don’t mind me asking Gordon as you post so many insightful comments, which season are you desiring the most in these box sets? After 18 I’d say either 17 or 20 for me.

    • Gordon

      January 5th, 2019 - 9:02am

      Most desired I’d probably go for some of the pertwee seasons. That’s my favourite era. 7 8 9 and 11 will probably be a while due to them trying to improve the colour in the likes of ambassadors, mind of evil, invasion of the dinos etc. At least season 10 is in good enough nick that it should be out pretty early. This year if rumours are true. I’d also like to see seasons 3-5. Not so sure they will have time to animate everything by the time they get on to it but there is still is a massive gap of extras and making ofs that could be filled

    • David

      January 5th, 2019 - 4:51pm

      The Pertwee years do have some fine moments, and as for the beginnings of the show, I could see them maybe releasing season 2 early-ish as it is one of the seasons with the least amount of missing episodes and probably easiest to animate I imagine. But yeah anything of the black and white days remastered even just a little bit would be amazing! For the many new features like you said that could be made and put together for the sets alone, plus I’d love to see what Lee Binding would do with the covers for the 1st and 2nd doctors. Something special indeed.

  • jim

    January 4th, 2019 - 9:27am

    any risk that preorders for this from HMV may not be fulfilled now?

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    • booboo

      January 4th, 2019 - 9:30am

      some one said all pre-orders had been cancelled and the items marked out of stock?

    • jim

      January 7th, 2019 - 2:29pm

      should we have received notification of cancellation? As far as I can see, my order is still on my account…

    • Gordon

      January 7th, 2019 - 8:11pm

      at the moment administrators are negotiating with suppliers. No new stock of anything is coming in at present. I’d cancel any pre orders just in case any money gets taken off and they don’t have the stock

  • Tariq Persaud Parkes

    January 3rd, 2019 - 6:01pm

    Any news on a season 12 re-release?

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    • booboo

      January 3rd, 2019 - 6:14pm

      don’t think there will be one

    • Prof Horner

      January 3rd, 2019 - 8:53pm

      Well I have just got a Blu-ray player today. Got season 19 From hmv, last one. So I am really hoping they release 12 again. It’s seams strange to me that they would spend money on new extras just to release it once.

    • Anonymous

      January 12th, 2019 - 6:14pm

      The US Version is still available
      I would buy that

    • Lee

      January 13th, 2019 - 11:54pm

      I don’t think it’ll get a re-release now. A few people have emailed the BBC and they said it was only going to be a limited run.
      If you really want it, your best bet is to go for the U.S. version.

      To be honest, my season 12 disc trays have come unglued already, so the limited edition packaging isn’t really all that impressive. The artwork is nice, but it’s not a deal breaker for me – it’s still just cardboard at the end of the day. The disc contents are more important to me, and the extras are definitely worth it.

  • anonimus

    January 1st, 2019 - 7:35am

    If you try to scan the 16mm film of the telerecording, what will it be?
     

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    • Anonymous

      January 1st, 2019 - 2:42pm

      A digital copy of a film copy of a television screening. You aren’t going to magically invent details through scanning it. A television only has so much resolution.

    • anonimus

      January 1st, 2019 - 8:20pm

      Thank you!

  • Prof Horner

    December 25th, 2018 - 5:10pm

    Do you think season 10 may be released in July. Given July would have been the great Jon Pertwee’s 100th birthday.

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    • Gordon

      December 26th, 2018 - 11:14am

      I’m thinking may. 3 months between the original release date of 19 and season 18.

  • James

    December 24th, 2018 - 6:31pm

    Got the latest DWM special edition today. Russell Minton says they are hoping to release all 26 seasons and that seasons 1-6 won’t be the final 6 releases so i reckon we’ll get seasons 1, 2 and 6 sooner ratherjmes than later

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    • Anonymous

      December 24th, 2018 - 10:31pm

      While that is good to hear, just remember to be careful with our expectations.

      Season 6 is probably a safe bet in the near future, the others will be risks and depending on the release rate and the fate of a particular episode we may very well see Season 5 fully animated before Seasons 1 or 2.

    • Gordon

      December 24th, 2018 - 11:43pm

      With the rumours of fury and wheel next year would not surprise me if 5 was also coming sooner rather than later

    • Anonymous

      December 25th, 2018 - 10:08am

      I think that time frame is far too optimistic. I have no doubts the animation team wants to do The Wheel in Space next but ultimately it is in the BBC’s hands as to whether or not they commission it or go for something else entirely. Saying that, I expect a Season 5 release to be quite far off given the unfortunate situation with The Web of Fear.

      It is also worth noting this collection will take several years to complete, so there is plenty of time to get through Seasons 1, 2, 5 and 6.

    • Gordon

      December 25th, 2018 - 11:02am

      That’s not what the rumours suggest. It’s fury that’s being animated next not wheel. Considering they got it spot on about macra and the blu ray season release order so far I think it’s a good chance that it will be next. It also fits in with previous missing stories (completely missing). Sure they animated 10 minutes of wheel for the bfi but if the plan is to animate the rest why animate Jamie with the wrong costume? Surely they would have to redo a good chunk of it when they get round to doing the 4 eps in full.

    • Anonymous

      December 25th, 2018 - 2:27pm

      Because there’s a difference between what the animation team wanted to do given a bit of extra free time (The Wheel in Space short) and what the BBC wants (which is apparently Fury from the Deep).and ultimately it’s the BBC paying for it.

      I just advise caution in the time frames. If we get something else next year then that’s brilliant, but I’m expecting early 2020 for the next project.

    • Moonfall777

      December 26th, 2018 - 11:17pm

      If you don’t mind my asking, what are the rumors about Fury and Wheel, exactly? Are they planning to animate them, or is the word on the town that they’ve found something? I’d be over the moon if they found anything from Fury, and Wheel would be welcome too.

    • Moonfall777

      December 26th, 2018 - 11:20pm

      OK, I see now it’s an animation rumor. That’s cool, but I still hope they’ll find some actual missing episodes. Still, I’m eagerly anticipating Series 18 and The Macra Terror’s release in the States.

    • MadHatter23.2b

      January 12th, 2019 - 11:26am

      Hope they do the new series in the exact same way with lots of glorified extras – as the new dvds lack the special feature repertoire the classics have. I also would really like Sarah Jane Adventures split over two releases and Torchwood over two as well – that would be the icing on the dr who cake

    • Doctor whom

      January 12th, 2019 - 11:47am

      Maybe in the future but I think they are focusing on the classic series for now.

  • anonimus

    December 18th, 2018 - 10:34am

    Season 10 have parts filmed on film?

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  • anonimus

    December 16th, 2018 - 7:44pm

    There is a list with all the location film for all 26 seasons?

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    • Rob W

      December 18th, 2018 - 6:40pm

      You could try the Doctor Who Restoration Teams website for loads of information.

      http://www.restoration-team.co.uk

    • anonimus

      December 18th, 2018 - 7:13pm

      Thank You!

    • Rob W

      December 18th, 2018 - 8:27pm

      You’re vey welcome.

  • doctor whom

    December 13th, 2018 - 4:33pm

    i think the art work is better on season 19 but this is better than season 12

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  • Anonymous

    December 4th, 2018 - 6:28am

    Any news on what the next one will be?

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    • Gordon

      December 4th, 2018 - 9:23am

      Probably 10

    • The 14th doctor

      December 20th, 2018 - 2:32pm

      17 would be nice.

  • anonimus

    December 2nd, 2018 - 8:36am

    Does this season have parts filmed on film?

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    • TigerMan1995

      December 2nd, 2018 - 10:09am

      Most likely, yes. Season 19 has film segments, I suspect 18 does too.

    • Gordon

      December 2nd, 2018 - 11:51am

      It has the title sequence and the Brighton beach segment exists. Not sure about any others

    • DasBjoern

      December 3rd, 2018 - 2:40pm

      Some of the motorway scenes from “Logopolis” do still exist and all model and effect scenes from “State of decay”. Plus the aforementioned beach scenes

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