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July 3rd, 2019 110 comments

Doctor Who The Specials Limited Edition Steelbook

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BBC Studios to release the Doctor Who: David Tennant Specials on limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook.

Fans can re-live the action of David Tennant’s five Doctor Who specials on limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook featuring new and exclusive artwork. It will be released on Monday 2nd September and is available now for pre-order.

Broadcast between 2008 and 2010, the ‘specials’ bridged the gap between the fourth and fifth series of Doctor Who, marking the end of the era of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Russell T Davis as the lead writer and showrunner.

They included the appearances of a number of one-off companions played by David Morrissey, Velile Tshabalala, Michelle Ryan, Lindsay Duncan and Bernard Cribbins along with returning cast members Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, Noel Clarke, John Barrowman, Elisabeth Sladen and John Simm.

The specials are:

  • The Next Doctor
  • Planet of the Dead
  • The Waters of Mars
  • The End of Time, “Part One”
  • The End of Time, “Part Two”

The Blu-rays also the following special features: commentary with cast & crew, deleted scenes, exclusive David Tennant video diary, Doctor Who Confidential, Doctor Who at the Proms, Doctor Who at Comic Con and more.

This limited edition Steelbook contains a bonus disc including two animated episodes: Dreamland and The Infinite Quest.

The Steelbook features bespoke artwork created by illustrator Tom Webster.

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD, Featured


  • Izza Jane C. Pe Benito

    January 29th, 2021 - 2:02am

    I Like that Steelbook of Series 4 Specials Of Doctor Who, The Final Chapter Of Tenth Doctor will leave this adventures *sniff* Heartbroken.

  • Gary H.

    September 12th, 2020 - 4:44pm

    Just arrived today, great little book.

  • Coleman

    September 7th, 2020 - 5:43pm

    Just bought this, cost £70. Bit expensive but I’m trying to get most of the steelbooks.

  • Coleman

    September 7th, 2020 - 11:42am

    Just bought this off eBay today. Payed £70 for it, expensive but I’m trying to collect all of the steelbooks.

  • Richard

    February 13th, 2020 - 1:49pm

    Is this or the Series 4 Steelbook still available anywhere?

    • Coleman

      August 26th, 2020 - 7:55pm

      Sorry for the late reply, NO.

  • Seth

    October 25th, 2019 - 10:39pm

    I was glad to add this and make it the final price in my new who collection. Since the classic series is having its last physical run does anyone think when Whitaker is finished she would get any physical releases because I’m holding out for a complete thirteenth doctor collection. Any thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    October 21st, 2019 - 12:43pm

    Has anyone’s amazon copy been delayed?

    • Andrew

      October 21st, 2019 - 2:34pm

      Got mine today

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2019 - 8:06pm

      Hhhhmmm I call foul here, Amazon have delayed dispatch until 25th October so doubt anyone has theres. Mine was a day 1 pre order also

    • booboo

      October 21st, 2019 - 8:13pm

      Amazon have sent some stock out

    • dazzleshell

      October 21st, 2019 - 10:08pm

      I’m guessing it depends if you are a Prime Member or not. Mine was day 1 pre-order when it was listed but yet to be dispatched and expected on 28th. I’m not on Prime.

      Zoom usually gets my money but I had a voucher.

    • Prowl

      October 22nd, 2019 - 12:43am

      Haven’t gotten my shipping notice from amazon either, but these don’t immediatly sell out like the classic blueray sets do either, so I’m not really worreid, I’m sure it will ship in the next couple of days. If for some odd reason amazon doesn’t have enough stock i can get it a few other places too.

    • Prowl

      October 22nd, 2019 - 8:11am

      Just got my shipping notice!

  • Andrew

    October 20th, 2019 - 8:26pm

    Has anyone heard any rumours of any steelbooks for the Matt Smith era?

    • Anonymous

      October 21st, 2019 - 1:00pm

      Dunno but they had better get Alice x Zhang to do the series 8 steel book, and I hope we get steelbooks for day&time of the doctor and twice upon a time

  • MickeySmith07

    October 19th, 2019 - 10:37am

    Mine just arrived! Ordered from Zoom and it’s lovely. I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram later of it

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    October 18th, 2019 - 8:45am

    Just had my dispatch email from HMV! Can’t wait!

    • Dalek9946

      October 19th, 2019 - 11:12am

      Mine has arrived from Zoom!

  • MJS

    October 16th, 2019 - 7:21pm

    CONFIRMED! the wedding of Sarah Jane Smith parts 1&2 are indeed added to this set!

    • Anonymous

      October 16th, 2019 - 11:08pm

      Best news all day!.

    • Anonymous

      October 16th, 2019 - 11:11pm

      Where does it say this?

    • The Flying Shark

      October 17th, 2019 - 8:04am

      It’s an advert in the new DWM. It also includes the new David Tennant interview from the US End of Time cinema screening and complete Tenth Doctor box set, so that’s exciting too! This, of course, is the first time Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith has been on Blu-Ray, same for the animations in the UK (although they have had a German Blu-Ray release previously).

    • dazzleshell

      October 20th, 2019 - 1:19pm

      This is great news as now does indeed complete the 10th Doctor TV episodes on Bluray.

      Someone on the Digital Spy Forum also confirmed it. Whoop!

  • Andrew

    September 15th, 2019 - 1:15am

    Showing currently unavailable, let’s hope this is due to sales rather than another delay.

    • Prowl

      September 15th, 2019 - 9:42am

      It’s been bouncing back and forth between avaiable and unavailable on amazon UK for a while now.

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2019 - 2:35pm

    The specials would have released today.

  • dazzleshell

    July 31st, 2019 - 6:23pm

    Just had email from Amazon.

    Release now delayed.

    Coming 21st October instead.

    • Anonymous

      July 31st, 2019 - 7:35pm

      I wonder why they did that?

    • Anonymous

      July 31st, 2019 - 7:50pm

      I’ve not had that email off zoom as of yet.

      I’m thinking there could be a few reasons.

      1: That they want to stagger the release considering Season 23 releases in September 2019

      2: They’re adding Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith on the release.

    • dazzleshell

      July 31st, 2019 - 8:09pm

      I’d love if if they did add SJA to the bonus disc but unlikely.

    • Prowl

      July 31st, 2019 - 9:22pm

      I’ve also gotten the amazon notice about October 21st. Very frustrating.

    • Rob W

      August 4th, 2019 - 10:53am

      The Season 18 replacement Blu-ray disc has yet to be delivered, not to mention any Season 19 issues being confirmed.

  • flo

    July 10th, 2019 - 7:52am

    Any idea if they’ll keep doing this for Smith era ?
    I don’t mind if they don’t as they finished with my favorite doctor 😉

    • Anonymous

      July 10th, 2019 - 8:21am

      I hope they can get Alice X Zhang to do the series 8 steelbook and possibly twice upon a time if it gets a steelbook release to keep the consistency of the Capaldi steelbooks- my favourite doctor!

    • Billy

      July 11th, 2019 - 2:04am

      I hope they do a 50th steelbook, like the collectors set but steelbook so I can have the Tennant and Smith specials. I didn’t get S1-4 but getting this, I feel like I have to have something like this for my fav doctor!

  • The ergon

    July 6th, 2019 - 10:29am

    I think i would have prefered they did the classic run in steelbook rather than the flimsy card they come in. The artwork on these are sublime.

  • Lee

    July 6th, 2019 - 9:22am

    Haven’t been collecting the steelbooks of NuWho, only the classic series. Considering picking this one up though as it has the bonus disc.

    • Lee

      July 9th, 2019 - 8:35am

      Considered no more…. Pre-ordered! 😀

  • Anonymous

    July 5th, 2019 - 12:54pm

    What does everyone think about the stories in this Steelbook?

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:12pm

      Next doctor was alright, I found planet both fun and slightly annoying (the malcolm character), waters is great but I really couldn’t get away with end of time. Most of it is ok but simm was never convincing as the master for me. And he seems to turn into a marvel supervillain in this. Rassilon and wilf were great but I just didn’t like it overall. Quest is a lot of fun but I found dreamland’s story to a bit rushed.

    • booboo

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:39pm

      The Next Doctor, but then i saw lot of it being filmed which i think makes you a bit more appreciative of what work goes into these episodes.

    • dazzleshell

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:51pm

      Although it is all over the place I still enjoy the End Of Time. Glad Moffat brought Sim back as a calmer Master eventually. And the ending to round off the RTD years was lovely. Just a shame we didn’t get another special single episode or two throughout the year.

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 9:53pm

      I did think he was better in the doctor falls episodes, as you say much calmer. Incidentally dreamland is fine, yes I think the story is a rushed but actually it’s more the animation that lets it down for me

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