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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


  • Star Lord

    July 4th, 2019 - 12:32pm

    Never pre-ordered something so fast in my life. Slightly mad that they changed artist yet again, nevertheless that front cover is absolutely stunning. Also delighted with the inclusion of the bonus disc, very nice touch.

    • Anonymous

      July 4th, 2019 - 2:59pm

      Webster’s work is usually awful too, I’m surprised at how good this one looks.

    • TARDIS_H63

      July 4th, 2019 - 3:58pm

      Thats not very nice… I am a big fan of his work

    • The Flying Shark

      July 4th, 2019 - 4:31pm

      I agree, he’s a marvellous artist and that comment verged on the nasty. I think he’s come under fire for using some over-used publicity pics but that’s not his fault, there just aren’t that many available.

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:14pm

      It’s the old target covers problem, limited photo references. Artwork looks fine me.

  • David

    July 4th, 2019 - 9:21am

    I’d love to get this but I’ve not got any of the others, probably can’t get the rest now. And I know people have said it’s not likely to happen but would they ever do the new series in “collection” style packaging. Because that makes me want to hold off anyway, even though I’ve pretty much missed out so far..

  • Doctor 909

    July 4th, 2019 - 8:33am

    My poor bank account! Fortunately these don’t sell out straight away unlike the Marvel steelbooks which go within 12-24 hours on Zavvi and cost £10 more! Anyway still looks amazing one of the best so far, if not the best. So glad Zoom lowered their prices -couldn’t recommend them enough!

  • Prowl

    July 4th, 2019 - 5:09am

    I think the back has a bit too much going on, but I love the use of colors, the steelbook art really pops. Got my pre-order in already, so happy to see this coming so soon after Series 4. Hope it sells well so we can get Series 5 soon too!

  • Judooning

    July 3rd, 2019 - 11:32pm

    Didn’t even read the description…saw the artwork and pre-ordered instantly haha

  • Melody

    July 3rd, 2019 - 10:39pm

    I just love the artwork for this steelbook, pre-ordered straight away!

  • Alvin Amey

    July 3rd, 2019 - 6:41pm

    I wasn’t originally gonna order the Specials steelbook as I have the standard bluray version, however now that I see it has ‘Dreamland’ and ‘The Infinite Quest’ animated adventures I decided to order it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    July 3rd, 2019 - 6:33pm

    Right, I already own the specials on blu Ray and the artwork is a bit weird around David Tennants head

    but It saves me from buying the animated stories themselves straight from Germany so I am happy

    • TigerMan1995

      July 4th, 2019 - 12:17am

      The artwork shows that he is regenerating. So it’s not weird.

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    July 3rd, 2019 - 5:26pm

    I’ve not been collecting these but this artwork and the fact that the bonus disc to then get infinite quest and dreamland has made me pre-order. Beat cover yet!

  • Shane

    July 3rd, 2019 - 3:42pm

    Is this the first steelbook with an exclusive bonus disc or exclusive features?

    • Rob W

      July 3rd, 2019 - 4:16pm

      The Shada and The Macra Terror Steelbooks also had a bonus disc mate.

    • MJS

      July 3rd, 2019 - 5:14pm

      It’s the first of the new series steelbooks to have an extra exclusive disc. The animated episodes Infinite Quest and Dreamland have never been released on blu ray in the UK before.

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 5:18pm

      We need a blu ray release of an adventure in space and time in the UK too

    • dazzleshell

      July 3rd, 2019 - 6:18pm

      An Adventure In Space and Time was released with very limited 50th set. I can see it being on there again if they re-release it on Steelbook.

      We might eventually get Twice Upon A Time included with Series 10 if we get it on Steelbook again too.

    • JK

      July 3rd, 2019 - 7:08pm

      Here’s hoping. That 50th anniversary set needs a standard dvd/blu-ray edition.

  • The 14th doctor

    July 3rd, 2019 - 3:29pm

    So whats everyone’s favourite DVD/ Blu-ray release so far this year?????
    Mine would be the macra terror or the season 10 Blu-ray (even though it is not out yet I know it’s going to be amazing!!!)

    • doctor whom

      July 3rd, 2019 - 3:59pm

      season 10 or 18 for me

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 6:47pm

      Series 11 DVD

    • Robert Sienicki

      July 5th, 2019 - 11:06am

      I think it’s the Macra Terror, because it was really well done and it brought me Patrick Troughton (favourite classic Doctor of mine) in a story I haven’t seen before. So I already preordered “The Faceless Ones” and I hope they will keep them coming.

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:15pm

      Have to say it’s series 11 for me

  • Anonymous

    July 3rd, 2019 - 2:49pm

    Zoom have updated their price! Definitely gonna order form them now!

    • Rob W

      July 3rd, 2019 - 4:22pm

      Andthey’ve updated this to a SIX DISC set too. As you may know products should be as described, so once Zoom rectify this you could ask nicely for a partial refund as the product is not as described.

    • MJS

      July 3rd, 2019 - 5:16pm

      The original blu ray set is on 5 with a special extra disc this should bring it up to 6

    • Rob W

      July 3rd, 2019 - 6:00pm

      Ah yes, my ability to count properly needs some work I think!

  • Anonymous

    July 3rd, 2019 - 1:35pm

    God this one looks great. And a rally short wait since Series 4. Due to episode count I’m sure but it’s still really great

  • Moodbeam

    July 3rd, 2019 - 1:22pm

    Have to say I’m not see keen on the artwork on this one… The last few have done a great job at looking a little bit abstract, like an oil painting. Not quite hit the mark on this one for me. I think my main problem is the back cover. Also wishing they had rebranded these as ‘The Tenth Doctor Specials.’ This would have lead us nicely into ‘The Eleventh Doctor Specials’ with Day and Time included. I’ll still buy it though and I hope they move quickly on to Matt’s era now.

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 7:25pm

      To be fair, that is the issue with using different artists each release (with the exception being Series 1 and 2) – everyone’s styles are different.

  • Shane

    July 3rd, 2019 - 1:04pm

    Are Dreamland and Infinite Quest the same as the German Blu-ray release with Dreamland being true HD and IQ being upscaled?

  • Sambot22

    July 3rd, 2019 - 1:03pm

    Also available to order on HMV and zavvi. The price on HMV is £24.99.

    • booboo

      July 3rd, 2019 - 1:56pm

      Not impressed with hmv’s communication thus far

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 2:30pm

      They are currently rebuilding the hmv website, it’s not going to be fully up and running for a while

    • Rob W

      July 3rd, 2019 - 7:21pm

      HMV website is up and running, although not working properly on my browser (again)…

    • booboo

      July 3rd, 2019 - 7:33pm

      I have asked them 2 perfectly straight forward questions and got a nonsense reply to both that was nothing to do with what i actually asked.

      Although i stand to loose a lot of money because of their demise i’m quite happy to support them again if they reply with some sense which they have not done so so far.

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:17pm

      If you don’t mind boo boo, what were you trying to ask them?

    • booboo

      July 5th, 2019 - 6:37pm

      something to do with the site and their T&C’s.

    • Anonymous

      July 5th, 2019 - 8:50pm

      I only ask as I was in hmv yesterday. They said that the site should be back up in full by hopefully Sept but definitely by the end of the year. In terms of preorders they still only take money on dispatch and it’s still free delivery on orders over £10.

  • The 14th Doctor

    July 3rd, 2019 - 12:54pm

    this looks great, might get it when it comes out! i won’t pre order as my local HMV still has series 3 so there is no rush to get this one straight away

  • Peter Burns

    July 3rd, 2019 - 12:17pm

    Are we going to get a series 5 Steelbook

  • Daz

    July 3rd, 2019 - 11:37am

    I was wondering why James Bond was on the back for a second, I totally forgot Timothy Dalton was in Doctor Who it’s been flippin ages since I’ve watched these specials. I got the normal Blu-ray set which I’m totally happy with as my body is metal and steelbooks just stick to me which is really annoying.

    • Daz

      July 3rd, 2019 - 11:38am

      My body is magnetic not metal…well I messed that joke up.

      Carry on…

  • DalekAgent

    July 3rd, 2019 - 11:12am

    “The darkness heralds only one thing… THE END OF TIME ITSELF” I cant wait for this and that artwork is absolutely beautiful

  • Rob W

    July 3rd, 2019 - 10:53am

    The Next Doctor is upscaled from Standard Definition, The Infinate Quest is also SD? Dreamland was shot in HD?

    • dazzleshell

      July 3rd, 2019 - 11:04am

      I hope for the animations it is the bluray that Germany got with the making of stuff too.

  • Anonymous

    July 3rd, 2019 - 10:53am

    Lovely but please no! Not end of time! Anything but that train wreak lol. Still looks nice.

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 10:59am

      But I like the end of time.

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 12:40pm

      I didn’t like any of the John simm stories with Tennant.

  • Anonymous

    July 3rd, 2019 - 10:52am

    If the specials was originally a 5 disc set, and they’ve added a 6th disc, could they do the same with series 7 and add day and time of the doctor onto a 6th disc?

    • dazzleshell

      July 3rd, 2019 - 11:02am

      I imagine they would still do the 50th Set seperate from Season 7 again as original was strictly limited.

  • Omega63

    July 3rd, 2019 - 10:16am

    Wow. Now THAT is stunning. Probably even better than 1&2 because of its incredible use of colour and variation!

  • TardisLover7

    July 3rd, 2019 - 10:15am

    I love this art didn’t think we would get this this year

  • J45ON96

    July 3rd, 2019 - 9:43am

    Tom Webster, one of Big Finish’s finest artists! What a cover!


    July 3rd, 2019 - 9:12am

    Wasn’t expecting this so soon. And surprised that it is cheaper on Amazon than Zoom at the moment.

    The artwork is stunning.

    • Anonymous

      July 3rd, 2019 - 9:50am

      Do we think the price might drop at all on Zoom?

    • booboo

      July 3rd, 2019 - 9:56am

      might do but probably inline with Amazon

  • BIGD

    July 3rd, 2019 - 8:55am

    Reckon we’ll keep going through Smith’s and Capaldi’s era? Surprised they’ve carried it on this long, but really loving these so much!

    • booboo

      July 3rd, 2019 - 8:57am

      as long as the sales numbers add up, although series 5 has already had a steelbook

    • dazzleshell

      July 3rd, 2019 - 9:28am

      I’ve got Series 5 Steelbook but no doubt I’ll buy it again if the artwork is worth it. I’m already invested in buying all of them again now.

      With me collecting the Seasons and buying Nintendo Switch stuff September is gonna be an expensive month.

    • Ash

      July 3rd, 2019 - 11:48am

      Next spring it’ll be ten years since Series 5 first aired so that’d be the perfect time for a steelbook release I think.

  • Tocoflane

    July 3rd, 2019 - 8:36am

    Oh wow that artwork is beautiful

    • Col

      July 3rd, 2019 - 8:52am

      Amazing isn’t it 🙂

      Loving this steel book range

  • The Silent Silent

    July 3rd, 2019 - 8:32am

    Beautiful !!!!


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