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Doctor Who The Celestial Toymaker Animated Blu-ray

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BBC Studios continues to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to extend their collection by announcing the latest release Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker on DVD and Blu-Ray. The two-disc set contains the third season story as well as special features. This classic series stars the First Doctor, William Hartnell and companions Peter Purves as Steven Taylor and Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet, with Michael Gough as the Toymaker.

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Fans of Doctor Who have long lamented the loss of the original 1966 master recordings of all except one of The Celestial Toymaker. BBC Studios have carefully created an animated presentation of this lost classic story using off-air audio recordings of the missing three episodes.

The Celestial Toymaker sees the Doctor and companions separated when they come up against The Toymaker. While the Doctor plays the Trilogic Game, Steven and Dodo are forced to play seemingly childish but ultimately dangerous games with the aim of being reunited and getting back to the TARDIS.

All episodes have been animated in both colour and black and white and include original film elements which have been fully restored.

Special features include:

Disc One

  • Episodes 1-4 – Animation – Black and White
  • Episodes 1-3 – Reconstruction
  • Episode 4 – Original 1966 Episode newly restored
  • New Audio Commentaries

Disc Two

  • Episodes 1-4 – Animation – Colour
  • Making The Animation
  • Doctor Who Escape Room – Team First Doctor
  • Sylvester McCoy Introduction for episode 4 as per the original VHS release
  • Photo Gallery
  • PDF Material including camera scripts

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD



  • Glenn

    March 23rd, 2024 - 12:39am

    Any word on a release date?

    • Gordon

      March 23rd, 2024 - 9:14am

      Not yet but I’m sure they will announce it when it’s ready

    • GA

      April 11th, 2024 - 11:16am

      10th June as per HMV

    • Ian Cotterill

      April 12th, 2024 - 10:03am

      Amazon also gives 10th June as the release date.

  • Gordon

    February 17th, 2024 - 7:27am

    The blu ray cover is up on the American Amazon website. The tardis has the St John ambulance sign on it. Just why?

    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2024 - 7:28am

    • Anon

      February 17th, 2024 - 10:02am

      Well that is a dreadful cover…

    • Gordon

      February 17th, 2024 - 10:18am

      I don’t think it’s a terrible cover per say as I think it’s better than almost any of the 2016 onward animated covers (power and web special editions excluded) but considering how bad they normally are it’s not a high bar. I’m just absolutely baffled they got the tardis wrong. Was there nobody at all checking that?

    • SV7

      February 17th, 2024 - 10:51am

      The St. John Ambulance logo is on the TARDIS in the trailer as well.

    • Rex F

      February 17th, 2024 - 11:51am

      It also has square new series panels.

    • Rob

      February 17th, 2024 - 11:57am

      Dreadful cover, looks nothing like Gough. More like the Joker, is that what they are aiming at?

    • Gordon

      February 18th, 2024 - 3:43pm

      Apparently it was there in the original episodes but the tardis was so dirty at this point it was barely visible. Rob Ritchie has fixed the badge off the cover on twitter which does improve things slightly.

    • Bobby Davros

      April 11th, 2024 - 9:48pm

      Oh dear, eating your words there, Gord. The badge wasnt painted over till the last episode of the War Machines when the white window frames were blued out for the rest of the props life.

  • David Minter

    January 20th, 2024 - 2:46pm

    It appears that in the North American market, the Blu-Ray is the ONLY option for The Celestial Toymaker. At least thus far, the Blu-Ray is the only option for purchase on No DVD offering as of now.

    • Sofia Fox

      January 21st, 2024 - 1:29am

      This has been the case since Galaxy 4.

    • David Minter

      January 21st, 2024 - 8:40pm

      I hadn’t really paid attention since The Evil Of The Daleks was the last animated reconstruction I bought and that was released on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

    • Sofia Fox

      February 17th, 2024 - 5:49pm

      Evil of the Daleks was only on DVD in North America.

  • Time Agent

    December 10th, 2023 - 10:30pm

    If people continue to complain about the animation then the makers will think is it worth the effort.
    A lot of work goes into these releases.
    You do not have to buy them
    .But please don’t ruin it for others who are very grateful for something we may never get otherwise. Time Agent

    • Rory

      December 11th, 2023 - 11:13am

      I agree to an extent.

      Money matters, and if the sales justify it then they’ll keep making the animations. As has been said before, how many other TV shows get this much merchandise? The animations, the Collections, the novelisations, unlimited rice pudding, etc. etc.

      While fandom has sometimes influenced products, such as getting the right version of the Master onto the S3 steelbook, it will ultimately be the money that decides.

    • Rob

      December 11th, 2023 - 11:28am

      People can complain, it’s their hard earned money that they chose to spend.

      I will probably buy yes, but I don’t feel it looks very good. Many I know are on the fence about buying it.

    • Rex F

      December 11th, 2023 - 12:07pm

      None of the animations have been great, but clearly enough people are still buying them new to make it financially viable. Pointing out the (obvious) shortcomings has absolutely no effect, so stop worrying – it’s all about the cash, not hurt feelings. They don’t even take notice of the regular complaints about the arms always being too long.

    • Gordon

      December 11th, 2023 - 12:36pm

      I don’t think there has been any animation where there has not been things people have complained about. Even invasion, moonbase and evil which were the most critically acclaimed got things people complained about. As long as they remain profitable they will continue. Only 10 to go. 11 if you count mission as an individual story.

    • D84

      December 11th, 2023 - 4:00pm

      I quite agree Time Agent, surely anything is better than nothing right?

    • Rex F

      December 11th, 2023 - 7:50pm

      D84: So it is worth me pitching my idea for sock puppet reconstructions? Sock puppets have no problems rendering tartan.

    • More then 2 alphabets

      December 13th, 2023 - 3:53pm

      BBC and those working on it don’t care about comments/blogs – its all about the sales.

      All those haters will still buy it and those that actually want to enjoy it will buy it. It will get streamed on iPlayer/ disney+

      contrary to belief, the 2% of keyboard warriors have no impact on this or anything else they elect to trash

    • Robert

      December 13th, 2023 - 9:05pm

      More then 2 alphabets

      It’s not about “hating” or “keyboard warriors”. It’s about the disappointment of the quality of the animation in the trailer. I buy all the range, but I am still entitled to an opinion on my purchases.

    • Duncan

      December 16th, 2023 - 11:42am

      Well, I never hand over my hard earned without reading reviews or checking out You Tube videos about the product. Do that with everything- records, CDs, Blu rays. I can’t say I like what I see in the one clip so may end up sticking with the soundtrack CDs. Ive got to be honest with myself- if I bought this I know Id watch it once and that would be it so I suspect Ill either keep my £s or buy something else. Alternatively this may be praised to the Heavens in which case Id probably bite.
      My personal feelings are that they’re so far into the animation range now, its not a good time to start experimenting. First time I watched the clip I immediately thought of a 90s computer game that I used to play. I think it was called Little Big Adventure? The character had a similar look if I remember correctly. Ill look forward to hearing what you guys say about it as and when.

    • Duncan

      December 16th, 2023 - 11:44am

      So, everyone is welcome, but not people who have a different opinion to yours ? Hmm.

      Yep. It’s definitely still 2023.

    • Gordon

      December 19th, 2023 - 12:18pm

      My opinion is we haven’t seen enough of it yet. 30 seconds of footage and a handful of stills is all we have seen. There is still 97 minutes of soundtrack in which we haven’t seen anything from. Those 30 seconds of shots are only 7 shots and only 2 of those look like consecutive shots. We don’t know how the animation is when flowing from scene to scene. It doesn’t really give us much of a feel how the animation is going to work in actual scenes. Reign of terror looked great but let’s not forget the constant cutting was highly criticised. People have already prejudged this as terrible despite only seeing 30 seconds. Ian Levine has already posted a review on it on Amazon. Personally I feel reviews are pointless on there. I don’t think is them experimenting. I feel the 3d style was deliberately chosen as it feels like a better way of telling the story and especially as they aren’t exactly going to be faithful to the sets. Considering how cheap the original sets were I’m very open to doing their own thing on this one. Plus let’s not forget this 3d style is supposed to make the ones that are supposedly too expensive and time consuming easier. Personally I feel they need to really up their game before they go anywhere near Marco Polo, crusade or the massacre

    • Rob

      December 19th, 2023 - 10:29pm

      At the time I saw Reign of Terror at Riverside and had a chat with Dan Hall afterwards about the range. He took my aside opened his Mac to show me some footage of Tenth Planet 4 and I was more blown away, some of that footage didn’t make it to the release and it was incredible. Hope they can include it when it comes to the boxsets. It’s funny because I think this was the same event that Ian Levine tried to press a copy of the animated Evil of the Daleks 7 into Dan’s hand.

      I will always try to be constructive about the releases, as I know many of the people who work on are fans and without them they range wouldnt be as good. We are so lucky that Who fandom has people in all professional services with audio, video, production and animation skills. All are fans, working within a budget and I am sure if I had a skill I would love to contribute to the range for nothing. But that 3D animation on Web 3 was awful and I thought they’d leave that way of doing things well alone.

    • Gordon

      December 20th, 2023 - 10:06am

      Ian Levine trying to get the bbc to take animations that they didn’t ask for or commission. Some things never change.

  • David

    December 10th, 2023 - 9:42pm

    There’s some animation of TCT on YT by Dinopuff that’s far superior to this.

    • Time Agent

      December 10th, 2023 - 10:31pm

      Watch that instead then.

    • Gordon

      December 11th, 2023 - 9:15am

      I like dinopuff’s version but it’s only part 1 that was done and even then it was split into 2 episodes and had bits cut out. We aren’t getting the rest. YouTubers can take as much time as is necessary to get it right but the official animations are on a strict deadline. If they run out of time on a shot or a section well tough. They have to move on to the next bit.

      I know some have said why didn’t they get dinopuff in to finish/oversee his version but being realistic that was never going to happen. Firstly the official animation was already commissioned paid for and was quite well on in production by the time they had even heard of dinopuff and second of all he was 17 at the time of making his version and was still at school with zero professional animating experience under his belt. An impressive achievement but they aren’t going to hire school kids with zero professional animation experience to oversee giant productions like this no matter how good or professional it looked.

      Secondly these animations are team led and despite what you think of the likes of Chloe grech and Anne Marie Walsh’s work they had a bunch of experience in other roles before they were given the reigns the chance to lead and oversee it.

      Once he builds up his cv with professional jobs like a meeting on the common he just did for vworp magazine they might hire him and he can maybe work his way up from there

    • Rob

      January 12th, 2024 - 3:09pm

      if you like dino puff his work is on the dvd free with fanzine Wvorp Wvorp 6, it’s amazing and so it the magazine.

  • Kenny

    December 8th, 2023 - 3:31pm

    Love this.
    Hope it’s out soon

  • davidhhh

    December 8th, 2023 - 12:17pm

    Have we gotten a date for the download/streaming release yet?

  • The unknown Timelord

    December 7th, 2023 - 6:53pm

    This looks awful, surely they can at least get the animation to look like the characters

  • Rob

    December 7th, 2023 - 2:51pm

    I wish they’d work more on the faces to make them like the characters.


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