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November 28th, 2018 234 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

234 comments

  • Dr. 1963

    February 20th, 2019 - 10:30pm

    Hey guys, does anyone know when HMV will continue their online store as currently, is offline, thanks.

    Reply
    • Gordon

      February 20th, 2019 - 10:56pm

      They said they hope to have the online store up and running again in the next few weeks but that was a few weeks ago.

    • Dr. 1963

      February 20th, 2019 - 11:04pm

      Cheers Gordon.

    • Rob W

      February 21st, 2019 - 9:06am

      HMV Glasgow Braehead, Fopp Glasgow Byres/Fopp Bristol, Bluewater and HMV Meadowhall have re-opened as the new owner has renegotiated rents and terms of the leases.There are plans to try to re-open some of the other stores including their flagship London store.

  • Gordon

    February 19th, 2019 - 8:49pm

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Aaroonio/status/1097861852858601473

    Seems like hmv are cancelling and refunding those that have preordered or paid for season 18

    Reply
    • Rob W

      February 19th, 2019 - 9:17pm

      £38.99 with free standard delivery from Zoom. £1.25 1st class delivery. 10 percent off your first order if you sign up to their newsletter…

    • Gordon

      February 19th, 2019 - 10:05pm

      Use SIGNUP10 and it works for 10 percent off and you can use it as many times as you want

  • Anonymous

    February 17th, 2019 - 7:07pm

    It might be a stupid question. But can you buy portable blu ray players?

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      February 17th, 2019 - 8:44pm

      Yes, they are fairly expensive though. If you have an HD laptop an external Blu Ray drive may be a more economic option.

    • TigerMan1995

      February 18th, 2019 - 12:04am

      There’s a cheaper Wal-Mart version of an expensive one for 120 something US. NTSC only I think.

    • Rob W

      February 19th, 2019 - 11:43am

      I’d snap one up ASAP given “Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market.”.

  • the 14th doctor

    February 17th, 2019 - 6:23pm

    dvd’s i would like to see:

    2019:
    the wheel in space (animated)
    season 10 blu-ray
    season 25 blu-ray
    web of fear SE (with episode 3 animated)

    2020:
    the faceless ones (animated)
    the crusade (animated)
    season 17 blu-ray

    2021:
    the highlanders (animated)
    evil of the daleks (animated)

    2022:
    the daleks master plan (animated)
    season 14 blu-ray

    Reply
    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2019 - 9:38pm

      Personally I think animated version of web 3 will be an exclusive to a season 5 blu ray set if they don’t find the ep first.

    • Anonymous

      February 17th, 2019 - 9:55pm

      They must animate the underwater menace too their DVD release of it was criminal

    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2019 - 11:21pm

      I don’t think that would be a big seller in all honesty. It’s got a horrendous reputation. The recon was admittedly by all involved was terrible but in terms of restoration of the 2 episodes and extras it was a good release. The only real change would be the animation of 1 and 4. The only extra they could add would be the behind the sofa and I could see them holding that off until the s4 box set. The animation wouldn’t make the story any less naff than it already is. There are 16 stories that haven’t had a stand alone release that should be tackled before web and underwater menace as those already have dvd releases whereas the likes of macra etc have never had 1

    • James

      February 18th, 2019 - 7:16pm

      Nice choices but my list would differ slightly.
      I think the releases for this year are going to be Season 10, 22 and 26 on Bluray. And I recall people mentioning that the next animation is likely to be Fury From The Deep.
      If that is true, my list for 2020 would be:

      Season 17 bluray
      Season 20 bluray
      Season 23 bluray
      The Abominable Snowman animation
      The Evil of the Daleks animation

      2021
      Season 15 bluray
      Season 21 bluray
      Season 25 bluray
      Marco Polo animation
      The Crusade animation

      2022
      Season 16 bluray
      Season 24 bluray
      Season 11 bluray
      The Dalek’s Master Plan animation
      The Faceless Ones animation

      2023
      Season 14 bluray (Tom Baker era complete)
      Season 9 bluray
      A B&W season bluray

      I think 2023 is the earliest we’ll get a black and white season on bluray (unless they decide to animate a story and not release it individually first which could happen but I think it is unlikely as they will be able to get more money for a serial if they release it individually a year or two before the relevant bluray is released).

    • Anonymous

      February 18th, 2019 - 8:26pm

      Animations are incredibly time consuming and expensive. There’s no way they are jumping up to two big releases a year and I especially don’t see them taking on three of the most complex projects one after another (Marco Polo The Crusade and The Daleks’ Mastef Plan).

    • Anonymous

      February 18th, 2019 - 8:53pm

      Am I the only one in the whole world who actually doesn’t want to see any more fully missing episodes animated

      The off air recordings with the narration are the best way to enjoy the episodes

    • Gordon

      February 19th, 2019 - 3:05pm

      I don’t think it has to be 1 or the other. There is room for both. They both have their advantages. Recons can incorporate the original surviving footage and use original telesnap stills where available. Animation can be far more visual and easier to watch. Some animations I’ve really liked and some I haven’t. I’d welcome a recon on the Macra Terror if it is included. Same can be said for recons. Do I think every story will be animated for the season box sets? No seeing with the rate of 3-4 box sets a year they will run out of time to animate everything by time the seasons get to that point in 2023-2025. I can see it being a mix of animations and recons in all honesty unless they get more animation teams working on stories. 1 release a year isn’t going to get them all animated in time. I can see possibly having recons on the blu ray sets covering the non animated stories as stop gaps for stories not yet animated yet and you can replace it with the animated version when it gets released or I could see empty gaps being left for the animated stories that are not yet released. The bond films did similar with the 50th anniversary set leaving a gap for skyfall

  • Duncan Parsons

    February 17th, 2019 - 3:22pm

    I’ve read that the other releases this year will be seasons 10,17 & 26. I’m hoping this is true.

    Reply
    • David

      February 17th, 2019 - 5:10pm

      Same! Al brilliant seasons but I’d love to see what kind of special features get put on to season 26 with certain features being ported over to the relevant sets, and if anything from the wilderness years will be included (like pre-movie and anything that isn’t already on the TV movie Blu Ray) or if that is included too

    • Anonymous

      February 17th, 2019 - 5:44pm

      They have confirmed they only have two sets in development at the moment beyond Season 18.

      They are banking a lot of interviews at the moment because the cast and crew won’t be around forever. A lot of the reports about interviews are meaningless because they are just covering themselves for releases in the far future.

    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2019 - 6:20pm

      10 and 26 has been rumoured for ages and is pretty much an open secret at this point. I will actually be shocked if it isn’t season 10 next in all honesty. Not so certain about season 17. It’s true that lalla has recorded extras for city of death but it could just be that they are banking her extras before she heads to Hong Kong.

  • Danny

    February 17th, 2019 - 2:51pm

    Does anyone know the reason for the release being delayed to the 11/03/2019? Is there a problem with the release?

    Reply
    • Rob W

      February 17th, 2019 - 4:47pm

      Amazon say only that the release date was changed by the supplier so it’s anyones’ guess…

  • Anon

    February 17th, 2019 - 10:36am

    Apart from a pretty box and a few new extras that I’ll never watch more than once, I really can’t see much point in upgrading.

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      February 17th, 2019 - 11:32am

      The audio quality on these has been superb. I wouodn’t be paying the extreme prices some upsellers are charging but if you can get it forma reasonable price it is definitely worth it.

    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2019 - 1:49pm

      Far Better encodes. For sequences that Film elements that exists they can be scanned in full hd. Uncompressed picture quality unlike the compressed dvds and the audio is in actual hd unlike the dvds which is limited to ac3. About 20 hours of new extras per release so it’s hardly just a few new extras. When you take what you are getting with new restorations the large amount of new extras and the amazing presentation If you get it at normal price it’s an absolute steal. Especially when you compare how little work went into the s11 Blu Ray in comparison.

    • Rob W

      February 17th, 2019 - 2:47pm

      My reason to by is that these sets Look to Bec the last chance to buy the stories in the best picture and sound quality. The sets are good value and are collectors items too…

    • Anon

      February 17th, 2019 - 2:52pm

      I did buy the season 19 set because everyone has been saying how good these sets are and I have to say I wasn’t that impressed. For all people say how good the picture quality is I didn’t see that much improvement. And I’m not that bothered about watching people in the studio redoing takes and fluffing lines.

    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2019 - 4:51pm

      Even the gorgeous looking film elements that was scanned in hd? I get that some thought that it looked a bit grainy but that’s natural film grain. The only way you would get rid of that would be dnr it and then people would look like waxwork which if you look at the original predator blu ray is a no no. The studio stuff is locked at 625 vertical lines. There is only so far that restoration techniques can take that footage. Most of the improvements that the blu ray has are technical improvements that the dvd format does not posess. It’s not going to look night and day better but I still think it’s visable enough. It’s going to be as close to the original bbc masters that you are going to get. Far better job than the recent red dwarf and hitchikers guide blus. You also also have far more space to give more extras. Not just space for more studio stuff but more space to breath for the making ofs and other documentaries. Before they would have roughly a 20-30 Minute limit for a making of in some instances. For the blu ray they don’t really have that issue anymore. They can make it as long as they feel the documentary needs. Case in point Chris chapman posted on twitter earlier this week that he is currently editing a documentary that is aiming for a 70 min runtime. There simply wouldn’t be space on that the original dvd. The blu rays also give them the opportunity to do making ofs for story’s that didn’t have them and gives them the opoprtunity to do documentaries that they simply didn’t have the budget or time to do. For the k9 and company disc on the blu ray they traveled to America and filmed in la. The budget for the dvd would never have allowed that. In 2012 chris chapman did an documentary called living with Levine and he wanted to do more like it however with the dvd range nearing its end he never was able to but with the blu range we are now getting a sort of sequel to that with weekend with Waterhouse and I’m certain he has others in mind too. If you are happy with your dvd it’s ok but these are the last definite versions for classic doctor who in physical media. There probably won’t be another go around

    • Anonymous

      February 17th, 2019 - 5:37pm

      Who on earth was promotng it on the picture quality? There’s a handful of scenes that could be genuinely improved (you can easily spot them, it is quite a difference in those scenes especially given the rest is upscaled SD as direct comparison) but that was not the selling point of these sets.

  • Gordon

    February 11th, 2019 - 9:21pm

    Full list of extras for those that haven’t seen the list yet

    Disc 1

    The Leisure Hive

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Lalla Ward, Christopher H Bidmead and Lovett Bickford
    ■ A New Beginning – making-of documentary
    ■ From Avalon to Argolis
    ■ Synthesizing Starfields
    ■ Leisure Wear
    ■ Blue Peter extract
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Optional 5.1 surround sound mix
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Coming Soon: Meglos

    New Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Tom Baker and Matthew Sweet
    ■ Behind the Sofa: The Leisure Hive
    ■ Studio footage
    ■ Clean opening and closing titles
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    ■ Production subtitles
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 2

    Meglos

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Lalla Ward, Christopher Owen, John Flanagan, Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell
    ■ Meglos Men
    ■ The Scene Sync Story
    ■ Jacqueline Hill: A Life in Pictures
    ■ BBC News report
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Coming Soon: The E-Space Trilogy

    New Special Features

    ■ Behind the Sofa: Meglos
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    ■ Production subtitles
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 3

    Full Circle

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Matthew Waterhouse, Andrew Smith and Christopher H Bidmead
    ■ All Aboard the Starliner – making-of documentary
    ■ K9 in E-Space
    ■ E-Space – Fact or Fiction?
    ■ Swap Shop extract
    ■ BBC News report
    ■ Nationwide extract
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Revised production subtitles

    New Special Features

    ■ Behind the Sofa: Full Circle
    ■ Studio footage (mute)
    ■ A Weekend with Waterhouse
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 4

    State of Decay

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Matthew Waterhouse, Terrance Dicks and Peter Moffatt
    ■ The Vampire Lovers – making-of documentary
    ■ Leaves of Blood
    ■ The Blood Show
    ■ The Frayling Reading
    ■ BBC News report
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Film trims (mute)
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Revised production subtitles

    New Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Lalla Ward, Rachel Davies and Matthew Sweet
    ■ Behind the Sofa: State of Decay
    ■ Pickwick Talking Book: State of Decay
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 5

    Warriors’ Gate

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Christopher H Bidmead, Paul Joyce and Mat Irvine
    ■ The Dreaming – making-of documentary
    ■ Extended and deleted scenes
    ■ Lalla’s Wardrobe
    ■ The Axe Man
    ■ Prime Computer adverts
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Revised production subtitles

    New Special Features

    ■ Behind the Sofa: Warriors’ Gate
    ■ Swap Shop extract (featuring Mat Irvine)
    ■ Optional 5.1 surround sound mix
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 6

    The Keeper of Traken

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Anthony Ainley and Jonny Byrne
    ■ Being Nice to Each Other – making-of documentary
    ■ The Return of the Master
    ■ Swap Shop extract
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Revised production subtitles

    New Special Features

    ■ Behind the Sofa: The Keeper of Traken
    ■ Part Four commentary overruns
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 7

    Logopolis

    Four episodes

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Tom
    Baker, Janet Fielding and Christopher H Bidmead
    ■ A New Body at Last
    ■ Tomorrow’s Times: The Fourth Doctor
    ■ Stripped for Action: The Fourth Doctor
    ■ Doctor Who Stories: Tom Baker
    ■ Entropy Explained
    ■ The Five Faces of Doctor Who trailer
    ■ BBC1 continuity
    ■ Isolated music score
    ■ Revised production subtitles

    New Special Features

    ■ Hanging on a Thread – making-of documentary
    ■ Optional updated special effects
    ■ Behind the Sofa: Logopolis
    ■ Studio footage
    ■ Audio restoration
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Scripts
    ■ Radio Times cuttings

    Disc 8

    K9 and Company/ bonus material

    Existing Special Features

    ■ Audio commentary with Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Linda Polan and Eric Saward
    ■ The K9 Files – making-of documentary
    ■ A Dog’s Tale
    ■ Pebble Mill at One extract
    ■ BBC 1 continuity and trailers
    ■ Revised production subtitles

    New Special Features

    ■ Behind the Sofa: K9 and Company
    ■ Brendan and Company – Ian Sears interview
    ■ The Writers’ Room
    ■ The Fourth Doctor Revisited
    ■ 50th Anniversary Archive – Matthew Waterhouse interview from 2013
    ■ The Panopticon Archive – Tom Baker interview from 1993
    ■ Commercial Break – New Zealand ads
    ■ ‘Happy Christmas’ trailer
    ■ Galactic Glitter Tours trailer for the Season 18 Blu-ray box set
    ■ Studio clocks
    ■ Photo gallery in HD
    PDFs
    ■ Production paperwork
    ■ Script
    ■ Radio Times cuttings
    ■ Doctor Who Annual 1982
    ■ K9 Annual 1983
    ■ The Adventures of K9 (four books)
    ■ BBC Enterprises sales documents

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  • Anonymous

    February 11th, 2019 - 8:10pm

    Feared this would happen, can see all the coming releases of the boxsets eventually going this way, the glue on my series one tardis box has dried out and has completely fallen a part, bit annoying!

    Reply
  • anonimus

    February 11th, 2019 - 4:14pm

    The glue of my season 19 has melted and as a result has detached the plastic part (tearing part of the head of peter davison)…

    Reply
    • elthomas

      February 11th, 2019 - 6:15pm

      Welcome to my life. My boxset has very little finger-space on the right side of the discs and as I was trying to reach in there to turn the disc over… There goes the discs, and the face 🙁

    • Gordon

      February 11th, 2019 - 9:13pm

      Can’t say either of those things have happened to me. Both my sets are still as good as new

    • MIKSK89

      February 11th, 2019 - 9:19pm

      Same, though i tend to keep the case itself at a good enough angle to allow the discs tonbe accessible, without damaging the artwork or tye box

    • Lee

      February 12th, 2019 - 1:47am

      Same thing has happened to my Season 12 boxset unfortunately. The glue has dried out on mine too. And I keep them all at normal room temps. Not too hot or cold. Not sure what type of glue they’re using, but can’t see it lasting long. Haven’t had any other boxsets where the glue has just stopped sticking like that. I still have DVD boxsets from early 2000 and those haven’t had the trays come unstuck. A little disappointing for limited edition packaging. :/
      Hopefully it won’t happen to the others too.

    • Exdalek

      February 14th, 2019 - 11:21pm

      My sets are fine, but perhaps that’s because they are in a room with my books that sees no daylight and is the (overly) warmest room in the house.

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