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December 3rd, 2011 178 comments

Doctor Who “Unit” files DVD Box Set

Doctor Who Classic DVD “Unit” files

Doctor Who – Invasions of the Dinosaurs and the Android Invasion Unit Box Set DVD

Released on January 12th 2012.

Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Starring: Jon Pertwee , Elisabeth Sladen , Nicholas Courtney

Directed by: Paddy Russell
Produced by: Barry Letts
Written by: Malcolm Hulke

Returning to London, the Doctor and Sarah Jane find a city almost completely devoid of life. The civilian population has been evacuated in the wake of an unimaginable event: somehow dinosaurs have returned to terrorize the Earth.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary
• People, Power and Puppetry
• Deleted Scenes
• Now and Then
• John Levene’s Commentary
• Doctor Who Stories: Elizabeth Sladen Part 1
• Billy Smart’s Circus
• Photo Gallery
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
• Production Note Subtitles
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

The Region one covers – The UK DVDs are the same artwork…

Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

Starring: Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen
Directed by: Barry Letts
Produced by: Philip Hinchcliffe
Written by: Terry Nation

When the TARDIS lands in the sleepy English village of Devesham, Sarah Jane thinks the Doctor has finally got her back home. But all is not as it seems – the village is unusually deserted and deadly white-suited spacemen patrol the countryside. When the dead begin to come back to life, the Doctor decides to contact UNIT. But their UNIT friends are also dangerously changed.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary
• The Village That Came to Life
• Life After Who – Philip Hinchcliffe
• Tie-in Weetabix commercial
• Photo Gallery
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, Weetabix packet promotions
• Production Note Subtitles
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

The original VHS Cover for The Android Invasion…

When the TARDIS materialises just outside a sleepy English village, it appears the Doctor and Sarah Jane are nearly “home” at last.

But all is not as it seems in rural paradise. White suited, gun wielding guards stalk the countryside, while the village itself is eerily deserted.

As the Doctor and Sarah look on, a UNIT member leaps over a cliff to his death and, as the clock strikes twelve, the local pub is suddenly filled with strangely robotic villagers.

The UNIT member is amongst them, very much alive. What exactly is happening here?

The Doctor is mystified, setting off for UNIT HQ in search of the answers. There, with the Brigadier away, Senior Defence Astronaut Guy Crayford holds court.

But just who is his shadowy master, the Thraal, Styggron? Indeed, who are the Thraals and what have they got in store for the Earth? Why has the TARDIS dematerialised seemingly of its own accord?

The Doctor must move quickly to find the truth, for the very future of mankind hangs in the balance… Originally transmitted 22 November -13 December 1975, this four part story starring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Elizabeth Sladen as his assistant, was the last UNIT adventure for fourteen years, until “Battlefield” with Sylvester Me Coy in 1989.

The original VHS Cover for The Invasion of The Dinosaurs…

Arriving back on modern-day Earth, the Doctor and Sarah discover London is deserted and under martial law.

They eventually find an army patrol, but are arrested as looters, and are sent to a detention centre as prisoners.

But as their journey begins, their transport comes under attack by a tyrannosaurus rex. Dinosaurs have invaded London!

UNIT has been called in to assist the army with the running of the city, and to try and find a solution to the problem.

Released from captivity, the Doctor takes up his old role of UNIT’S scientific advisor in order to help try and discover why dinosaurs keep appearing and disappearing from London’s streets.

The Doctor suspects a deliberate plan is causing the dinosaur menace, but who is behind the scheme?

Who amongst his allies can be trusted? And when Sarah vanishes, just how does she find herself on a spaceship carrying hundreds of people in suspended intimation towards a new life on a distant new earth. This story was broadcast on BBc1 between 12th January and 16th February 1974

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  • The Master

    February 1st, 2012 - 8:31pm

    Does anyone know where I can get it cheep from

    • @SirRoundSound

      February 1st, 2012 - 8:33pm

      It has just recently come out so its very unlikely that you will find it much lower than the RRP, but in a month or two it could be slightly reduced

    • booboo

      February 1st, 2012 - 8:33pm

      £18.97 at asda is cheapest i can see

    • Anonymous

      February 4th, 2012 - 4:40pm

      The unit box set is £19.99 from Asda stores.

    • The Master

      February 6th, 2012 - 7:56pm

      booboo is Invasion of the Dinosaurs Part 1 black and white?

    • Gordon

      February 10th, 2012 - 11:31am

      @the master. The default version of Episode 1 is in black and white but episodes 2 to 6 are in colour. There is a colour version of episode 1 which you can turn on through the extras menu

  • Anonymous

    January 24th, 2012 - 5:21pm

    when does come out

  • McGann is The Doctor.

    January 22nd, 2012 - 3:38pm

    Trying to win the Android Invasion on ebay, man is it proving hard.

    While there is alot of this story being sold individually, there is so much demand for it, it’s almost impossible to get the winning bid !

    Hope I do win it eventually though, just like I won Snakedance, and the Awakening on DVD. 😉

  • The Wooden Prince (Previously Admiral Icktheus)

    January 16th, 2012 - 7:41pm

    Got it today!! Cannot wait to watch it!

    • dalekdrone

      January 22nd, 2012 - 4:28pm

      How much did it cost?

  • Doc3Pertwee

    January 15th, 2012 - 7:54pm

    I think it would be really good to have a Sarah Jane figure from ‘The Android Invasion’ because then it could come with a removeable face. Maybe an Android Invasion figure set would be nice with a kraal, android, doctor and Sarah Jane.

    • McGann is The Doctor.

      January 22nd, 2012 - 3:40pm

      I hear they’ve made a set for the Seeds of Doom, which contains no companion, but a Doctor and Krynoid figure !

      Will get it if they have done anything different to the Doctor figure, such as a different scarf scult (like the one from City of Death) or a different face.

      Maybe a better colour scheme to make the Jacket more screen-accurate. 🙂 ❗

      But if it’s exactly the same as the figure from 11 Doctors set, forget about it character, no deal. 😡 ❗

  • Radburn

    January 14th, 2012 - 1:29pm

    When this first came out on TV back in the day; I have strong memories of this being rather creepy, when the spaceship wasn’t really a spaceship. RAAARRGH! Help! Help! A t-Rex . . . Having watched it again now, I wet myself laughing with that T-Rex & Brontasaurus fight. RAAARRGH! Happy days . . .

  • gary

    January 13th, 2012 - 4:58pm

    I’ve seen Android Invasion before and it’s amazing but I hadn’t seen Invasion of the Dinosaurs properly before and I absolutely loved it!! It had a beginning, middle and end and was brilliant!!!

    • booboo

      January 13th, 2012 - 5:01pm

      definitely 2 of my favourite stories

    • Anonymous

      January 13th, 2012 - 5:07pm

      I feel the sequence of events is wrong though, really they should have just ignored the Doctor’s storyline until the reveal that they were not actually on the spaceship. Kind of wrecks the suprise.

  • Doctorpond393

    January 10th, 2012 - 9:42pm

    Got this today at my local asda store the episodes are cool never seen them properly but now I’ve seen them I’ll be watching them again soon!

  • gordon

    January 9th, 2012 - 11:35am

    Having seen the colour version of episode 1 of invasion of the dinosaurs i can say its fantastic.I can see why it wasnt the default version as Its not perfect and its not as good as the previous recolourisation of ep3 of planet of the daleks but its still amazing to watch.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 9th, 2012 - 11:37am

      It’s good, yes, and the story is qutie good aswell but I really want the Android invasion, anyone wanting to sell me on ebay ? 🙂

  • Handbot Scott

    January 8th, 2012 - 8:49am

    In DWA it says it came out on Monday 2nd January 2012.

    • wayne

      January 8th, 2012 - 3:34pm

      out this monday (tommorrow) i believe got delayed a week

  • gordon

    December 30th, 2011 - 12:37pm

    Been hearing some australian shops have been selling this already.

    • Tim M

      January 5th, 2012 - 6:43pm

      How come the Aussies get this DVD release before us in the United Kingdom. Surely that hasn’t happened before has it?

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 9th, 2012 - 11:37am

      Oh yes, it happens all the time with DW merch, they seem to sell it to Australia and America first. Must be business ?

    • CatManWho

      January 14th, 2012 - 2:56pm

      It does not happen often with DVD/video, but here are two occasions:-

      The Deadly Assassin was released on VHS in the States before the UK had it.

      The Key to Time was available for years in the States before we had it. I bought mine on a trip there in 2003. When they did release in the UK, they limited it to 15000 and it sells out, ironically resulting in a slightly different re-release.

  • Nicholas

    December 29th, 2011 - 11:16am

    i want it on blu ray but it is only available on DVD

    • gordon

      December 29th, 2011 - 11:40am

      The cost of restoring it for blu ray is more than the money 2e would make on selling it. Plus Picture quality cant be improved much over the dvd version and Its not financially viable and prohibitly expensive so it probably wont happen.

    • Anonymous

      January 12th, 2012 - 10:13am

      At the moment there are no classic stories on blu ray yet

  • benlroberts

    December 22nd, 2011 - 1:32pm

    Gods sake dam you! you really want my money thid year dont you bbc? eeeeeek!

  • gordon

    December 22nd, 2011 - 9:43am

    I am so looking forward to getting hold of invasion of the dinosaurs. I know that the dinosaur effects are pretty bad by 1974 standards but its a fantastic story that stands up today. Not so much looking forward to android invasion. Android invasion starts off well and the effects are good for its time but there are far too many plot holes that ruin my enjoyment of it.

  • McGann is the Actor.

    December 16th, 2011 - 12:19pm

    I want “The Android Invasion” ! 🙁 Hurry up and sell this episode on ebay someone !!


    • gordon

      December 22nd, 2011 - 9:25am

      Or you could just buy the boxset and save you waiting for it to go on ebay.

  • Sammywho01

    December 12th, 2011 - 7:11pm

    Ive Just Looked On Amazon And Seen The Unit Files, The Sensorites,And Revisitations 3 Covers!
    If Im Honest It Was Uncalled For.

    • Sammywho01

      December 12th, 2011 - 7:12pm

      And Alsoo Only The Sensorites Dvd Cover Looked Good.

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2011 - 8:45am


    • Doctor Who DVD Collector

      December 11th, 2011 - 8:48am

      Sorry that was me!

  • McGann is teh (THE) Doctor

    December 8th, 2011 - 10:19am

    I had a good look at this Invasion of the Dinosaurs story, and quite liked it. However, I still won’t be getting the story, the Dinosaur effects are mostly quite poor, and Jon Pertees venusian Karate at the story’s conclusion is just too over the top. (

    The Android Invasion I will be trying to get on ebay, no matter how long, no matter how many attempts it takes, I will get it, just like the Awakening. 😉


    December 3rd, 2011 - 11:24pm have 2nd of Jan for this which makes sense given that the 12th is a Thursday which is wehn DVD’s don’t get released.

    • King of the weevils

      December 4th, 2011 - 9:30am

      Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released on Friday just gone and Alice In Wonderland was released on a Friday But yeah Monday is the normal UK release date for DVDs (and blu rays) and CDs and Friday is the normal UK release date for games (mostly). I’m not too sure about the 2nd January considering it falls right after new years day and all that. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see then. 🙂

    • McGann is the Actor.

      December 5th, 2011 - 9:25am

      We didn’t ask about Harry Potter and the deathly hallows, this is DW page ! :O

    • gordon

      December 21st, 2011 - 3:26pm

      amazon and play have been playing up with the releases of unit files. It Is supposed to be the 9th.

  • the TARDIS

    December 3rd, 2011 - 9:16pm

    These are two great stories and I love them both. Unfortunately, this comes out on my birthday so I have no chance of getting this on time unless my mum buys it from BBC Shop and so it may just come on the day.
    By birthday falling on a monday means I have to wear the damned barthday hat in English. God help me.


    December 3rd, 2011 - 3:10pm

    i want to rent this on lovefilm, is sj in the robot one? i want to watch all sj eps

    • dalek99

      December 3rd, 2011 - 6:23pm


  • Daniel Bury

    November 5th, 2011 - 10:01pm

    I belive that ‘Ark In Space’ and ‘Praymids of Mars’ should get a re-release in a REVISITATIONS 4, With some DVD’s being held back another year

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      November 7th, 2011 - 11:42am

      Why ?

      The DVDs of those episodes are fine ! The Robots of Death/Vengeance on Varos and TombOTCM don’t even have the same image of their Doctor’s face as the other DVDs because they’re so old ! ❗

    • Doctor Who DVD Collector

      November 11th, 2011 - 6:06pm

      Tomb of the cybermen does

    • lewis

      November 23rd, 2011 - 8:00pm

      Just wondering what dates the doctor who unit files boxset of dvd’s in January 2012?
      Thankyou Very Much Lewis,

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    October 25th, 2011 - 7:29pm

    Can you do a page for ‘The Sensorites’ DVD release?
    we Know what the Special Features are:

    *Audio Commentary
    *Looking for Peter
    *Vision On
    *Secret Voices of the Sense Sphere
    *Photo Gallery
    *PDF materials
    *PTS (Production Note Subtitles)
    *Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

    Plus this is the DVD cover:

  • gordon

    October 21st, 2011 - 8:57am

    Info on the sensorites dvd extras and cover:

    Audio Commentary
    Looking for Peter
    Vision On
    Secret Voices of the Sense Sphere
    Photo Gallery
    PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, original design drawings
    Production Note Subtitles
    Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

    • gordon

      October 21st, 2011 - 11:52am

      Thats the usa cover btw

    • Doctor Who DVD Collector

      October 21st, 2011 - 7:05pm

      looks alright I guess.

  • gordon

    October 19th, 2011 - 12:47am

    Some info from dan hall on the classic doctor who twitter page

    1. Return to devils end wont be on the daemons dvd

    2. Daemons rough artwork signed off and here is a preview

    3. Artwork for face of evil signed off but no preview

    And also one of the documentaries director ed stradling confirmed that zygons is his last commision. Seeing as dan hall confirmed it for 2013 there is a chance that it could maybe be the last release

    • Simon

      October 19th, 2011 - 4:54pm

      Cover for daemons looks fantastic really looking forward to that dvd release!!

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      November 7th, 2011 - 11:44am

      Same here !

  • gordon

    October 18th, 2011 - 12:33pm

    As classic doctor who twitter page confirmed teror of the zygons isnt coming out in 2012 (it was only rumoured for 2012) there has been a twitter page set up to try and get it released in 2012.!/ZygonsDVD2012

  • Simon

    October 16th, 2011 - 5:24pm

    here is the cover for this story:

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    October 16th, 2011 - 11:53am

    It has been anounced that this boxset is called ‘The U.N.I.T. Files’ and it is a 3-disc set.

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    October 15th, 2011 - 10:27am

    I have a 3DS and I think that there should be a ‘Doctor Who Classic DVD Trailer’ in Nintendo Video for the U.N.I.T Boxset!!

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    October 15th, 2011 - 9:07am

    Guess what?
    A DVD is in production for the documentary ‘More then 30 years in the TARDIS’!
    100% official!

    • Doctor Who DVD Collector

      October 15th, 2011 - 9:14am

      by the way the source is at the bottom of this page here under the subtitle ‘Still to be released’

    • lewis

      October 15th, 2011 - 9:47am

      Hello Again,
      the doctor who the unit box set dvd on the 9th of January 2012 now, Invasion of the dinosaurs and the Android invasion dvds in January 2012?
      Thankyou Lewis,

    • gordon

      October 18th, 2011 - 12:22pm

      I just want to point out Just because wikepidia lists something doesnt make it fact or official. Wikepidia can be edited by anybody and ive lost count the ammount of times its been wrong.Its only been listed because the director has said on the galifrey base forum he is getting it ready for a possible dvd release. There are rights issues and paperwork to be sorted with the director and 2/e first before it can go into production. And if it does go ahead it will possibly paired with shada.

    • gordon

      October 18th, 2011 - 12:27pm

      And i am hoping 2e manage to do a deal so we get ian lavines animated version he recently finished. Either that or we will be stuck with the vhs version of it. No offence to tom but him narrating the gaps just put me off.

    • Doctor Who DVD Collector

      October 18th, 2011 - 8:09pm

      Its Wikia, not Wikapedia, and it has been confirmed!!

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2011 - 12:15am

      Wikia is more or less the same as wikepidia except different people invented it. And the source that wikia have for listing it is the same post from galifrey base forum that i quoted from

      From kevin davies Quote:I am reding it for a dvd release but with at least 18 months to go, it’s still very much at the discussion stage.documentaries are a nightmare to clear I only hope that 2E’s contacts in the BBC can do the necessary paperwork for the proposed ‘30 Yrs’ DVD in time!

      I would say that is not 100 percent official

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