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April 11th, 2024 91 comments

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Doctor Who The Celestial Toymaker Animated DVD

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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.

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

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  • James

    June 25th, 2024 - 10:15pm

    So there were a few brief clips in The Giggle of colourised Celestial Toymaker and the Doctor. Did they do thr full colourization of episode 4 for the release? Or just the brief clips for the 60th episode only?

    • The Unlicensed Physician

      June 25th, 2024 - 11:33pm

      Clips only.

  • Bellal

    June 25th, 2024 - 8:26pm

    Have watched and enjoyed everything, but am curious. Was the remaining epsiode 4 restored in any way or is it exactly the same as from the lost in time dvd?

    • Prowl 1701

      June 25th, 2024 - 9:57pm

      I believe it has been remastered.

    • Gordon

      June 25th, 2024 - 10:00pm

      Newly remastered for this release

    • Bellal

      June 25th, 2024 - 10:05pm

      Thanks. Audio obviously far improved, wasn’t sure of the picture.

    • The Unlicensed Physician

      June 25th, 2024 - 11:35pm

      The previous version was Vidfire mark 1 (juddery) and had some poor painting out of boom shadows that fell on the robot (looked like water damage).

  • Tom Williams

    June 12th, 2024 - 6:24pm

    Anyone after the standard copy without worrying on ordering online Asda have them at only 14.99 in store went too one in Peterborough and had two copy’s remaining

  • Bellal

    June 12th, 2024 - 12:02am

    Got the dvd for the spine (completionary reasons). Will eventually get season 3 bluray in god knows however many years.

    Love loose cannon recons and mainly watch these more often than the animations. Cleaned up audio and overall recon presentation great to see.

    The real surprise was the color animation. I was thoroughly impressed. Usually I like keeping to source material with maybe having larger sets/ backgrounds, for added scale. This completely does its own thing and I think it is great. Yes, to nitpick, facial movements could be better and improved, but I absolutely love the sheer imagination of the story realised. Was like watching a brand new story for the first time. This more than any other can be realised is such a uniquely interesting take. I have to say a real treat watching and was pleasantly surprised at how certain tasks were tackled. Perfect for fantasy world and fascinating to watch.

    Extras good overall as well. I think, despite its flaws, this is one of the most interesting attempts and it’s clear to see the thought that went into it. Probably best this style is kept for this alone, certainly to this extent, but a real delight to have this on the shelf at last. Both the ‘proper’ version and this reimagining.

  • F D R

    June 9th, 2024 - 9:28am

    got mine yesterday not bad at all i have only watched the black and white version i like the animation more then i thought i would the body movements are a lot better then the web of fear though the faces of the regulars are a bit,,,,, the other characters and the background are good the dvd extras are nice too if it had a making of for the original episodes it would be good bit that is me being picky

    • Anon

      June 12th, 2024 - 8:39pm

      Not sure there were enough people left to do a making of the original story. Peter purves, one of the dancing dolls (single episode, no lines) but I think that’s it in terms of the actors. Not many production team left either.

  • Anon

    June 7th, 2024 - 11:11am

    Mines been dispatched

  • Bellal

    May 31st, 2024 - 1:50pm

    Haven’t gotten DWMagazine for a few years. I think there was a piece on this. Was anything interesting talked about or revealed?

    • Gordon

      May 31st, 2024 - 2:28pm

      It was a review. Nothing really much of note revealed in it

    • Bellal

      May 31st, 2024 - 3:01pm

      That’s grand. Thanks Gordon. Not long now to wait

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