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March 24th, 2021 68 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 12 UK Standard Packaging Release

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The Collection range of Doctor Who will be re-issued in standard packaging! The first titles to join this range will be Season 12 and Season 19, which are available to pre-order now.

Releases within the new, standard packaging Doctor Who: The Collection range will feature a standard, plastic Blu-ray case inside a slipcase, with a condensed, standard-printed 12-page booklet featuring disc-breakdowns and selected illustrations. The new range will include all of the watchable content and special features included in the Limited Edition Packaging release.


The Fourth Doctor’s classic first season – all 20 episodes newly restored for Blu-ray, packed with bonus material.


Special Features:

  • TOM BAKER IN CONVERSATION – A brand new candid one-hour interview with the Fourth Doctor
  • BEHIND THE SOFA – Classic clips, viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Sadie Miller
  • NEW MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARIES For The Sontaran Experiment and Revenge Of The Cybermen
  • IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIXES For The Ark In Space and Genesis Of The Daleks
  • GENESIS OF THE DALEKS – TV-MOVIE VERSION – Unseen since broadcast in 1975
  • DOCTOR WHO TIMES – 1970s TV context documentary
  • PDF PRODUCTION MATERIAL – Rare files from the BBC Archive



Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD, Featured


  • the ergon

    June 1st, 2021 - 3:05pm

    Both 12 and 19 delivered. Its what i expected being just standard packaging. It does have its pros and cons. It doesn,t say season 12 and 19 on the front of the inner casing just on the side. On the plus side it does seem to have all the content, it is more compact, takes up less space and isn,t prone to the fragile wear and tear of the cardboard.
    If these two sets are monthly then with any luck we should get season 24 by october. fingers crossed,.

    • Rob W

      June 1st, 2021 - 7:52pm

      And icertified as carbon nuetral too, probably just the packaging that is.

    • daz

      June 1st, 2021 - 10:08pm

      I looked at comparison video’s on YouTube and although it is great for those who have not got the Ltd versions, I’m so glad I don’t need them.

      The booklet only having on average 1 page per story is obviously lacking a great deal of information and artwork. Smaller and missing artwork from the main box and the Console Room picture hidden due to the discs is also a shame.

      The Blu Ray blue banner on the cardboard box really spoils it too.

      But yeah, the ergon, you might have them all by Christmas. I’m hoping the Series 9 and 10/TUAT Steelbooks will be out by then too.

    • the ergon

      June 2nd, 2021 - 1:12am

      Just to be clear i did own all the limited editions to date but sold them off as soon as i knew these were coming. I do miss the artwork a little and the information is lacking but as i say they take just a fraction of the room and i don,t have to be as careful when taking the discs or booklets out. I did save some of the DVDs due to some of the trims and the disappointing upgrades on certain scenes, especially on the ones shot on film which were sometimes not as clear and the tracking shots were blurry. I think they may hit the same problems when upgrading stories like The Silurians, Inferno and Dinosaurs.
      However I would like to see the collection through to the 2005 series to present.

    • Acefan2005

      September 23rd, 2021 - 10:20am

      Anyone else find that the audio & picture are out of sync?

    • Gordon

      September 23rd, 2021 - 11:51am

      Can’t say I’ve noticed any audio out of sync

  • mick

    May 30th, 2021 - 6:57pm

    anyone had this dispatched from amazon yet

  • Anonymous

    May 29th, 2021 - 8:13pm

    Huh, looks like the inner art of the TARDIS (booklet container) and the Doctor’s face hasn’t been ported over to these versions, behind the discs is an image of the 3D console room

    • Valeyard

      June 1st, 2021 - 10:53am

      I love the elegant TARDIS (booklet container) artwork, but probably quite right it should be restricted to the Limited Edition versions. All the Standard Edition discs are identical in content to the Limited Editions, right down to the missing updated CGI shot in Part Two of Revenge of the Cybermen.

    • Whofan44

      June 1st, 2021 - 12:53pm

      I thought they have fixed the issues with CGI effects on Revenge of the Cybermen before?

    • Valeyard

      June 1st, 2021 - 12:58pm

      They missed one even on the corrected discs. It’s as it should be on the US set.

    • Whofan44

      June 1st, 2021 - 3:36pm

      Well thats rather annoying.

    • Rob W

      June 1st, 2021 - 4:47pm

      The booklets now edited to down 12 pages.

  • Anonymous

    March 31st, 2021 - 9:20pm

    does any body keep the dvds after they buy the blu rays

    • booboo

      April 1st, 2021 - 7:19am

      yes and the VHS, i see them all as part of our collection

    • daz

      April 1st, 2021 - 8:14am

      I sold all my DVD’s in early 2020 at CEX as they will never be watched again. Even as I wait for more Seasons to be released.

      The money made per Season helps towards the BR sets although I know CEX don’t offer as much now.

      Kept the booklets though and trimmed them to fit in the BR box.

    • Lee B

      April 1st, 2021 - 12:41pm

      I’ll be selling my DVDs once I have all the Blu-rays. These seem like the definitive releases to me, so I don’t see the point in keeping them in multiple formats. It’s just more clutter in the house, and I don’t have unlimited storage space.

      I started buying the DW VHS from when the very first ones were released, but I haven’t owned a VHS player for over 10 years, so got rid of all my VHS tapes (except for a couple of limited edition boxsets) a long time ago.

      The only thing about the DVDs that I do prefer is that each story has its own separate release and booklet. The season boxes work better for the modern series, but for the old multi-episode stories l actually prefer them all in their own separate releases. It’s not enough for me to keep onto them though. The Blu-rays will be the only ones I keep when they’re all out. I’ll probably just keep the booklets from the DVDs.

    • Coleman

      April 2nd, 2021 - 12:55pm

      Yes, i keep DVDs when I buy BluRay.
      It’s part of your collection really.
      Like most collections overtime they grow and grow.
      I don’t like parting with anything really.

    • Coleman

      April 2nd, 2021 - 1:00pm

      I understand space is an issue for most people, so I understand people’s reason for parting with merchandise. But it’s not for me.

    • Neill Stringer

      April 25th, 2021 - 4:58pm

      I place the DVDs up in the attic, in some cases I have given DVDs away to friends when I have upgraded DVD.

      I sometimes feel sentimental but the DVD never gets watched again once I have the blu ray.

      With Doctor Who, friends are also getting the blu rays so no point giving them DVDs. I gave a Superman boxset to a friend when I got the blu ray edition as everything was included. I feel sentimental as it was a Christmas present 15 years ago but space is a premium. I prefer giving to friends as you don’t get anything for DVDs.

    • Gordon

      April 26th, 2021 - 12:25am

      I got my who DVDs still. But considering how much non stuff I’m currently buying alongside the collection and animation ranges there probably will be a decision I will need to make in the next year or so. I don’t have infinitive space sadly.

    • Neill Stringer

      April 26th, 2021 - 4:20pm

      I am moving DVDs into the attic as I buy the box sets.

      These days the only DVDs I watch are the ones not upgraded to blu ray.

      Once you see TNG on blu ray, you can’t go back as the remastering is beautiful, but the sad thing is its looking like DS9 and Voyager will not be remastered, so those shows I stick with DVD. It’s how I am doing Who. Other formats take up space and they do become a paperweight and take up space, but everything is ported over.

      I kee my Star Trek The Motion Picture DVD with the films on blu ray, simply because Paramount does not seem to be pushing for a 4K HD version of the Director’s Cut, which is only ab=vaulable on a DVD you cannot get now.

    • Neill Stringer

      April 27th, 2021 - 7:44pm

      correction to my last paragraph

      I kept my Star Trek The Motion Picture DVD with the films on blu ray, simply because Paramount does not seem to be pushing for a 4K HD version of the Director’s Cut, which is only available on a DVD you cannot get now.

    • Sa5

      April 27th, 2021 - 11:39pm

      I kept the sleeve inserts from VHS for the art, put the dvds in the loft and have the blu rays out. I can wait a bit to watch the episodes on bluray, I’ll have forgotten some of the details by the time the collections come out. I also have star trek the motion picture director’s cut on dvd because they didn’t bother to do a bluray. Dr who, star trek and bond have been bought on VHS, dvd, bluray and will no doubt be upgraded again as technology moves on. Long live physical media.

    • Lee D

      May 4th, 2021 - 8:44pm

      Yes I’m afraid, I keep everything. The VHS the dvd, and the few laser discs that were produced.

  • Doctor Blu

    March 27th, 2021 - 11:33am

    I’ve been buying the U.S releases that come in standard Blu-ray cases. But now that in the U.K we will be getting re-releases of the original box set releases in cases, I will be buying them instead.

  • JonVic

    March 26th, 2021 - 8:55am

    This is great news. I sold all of my limited edition boxsets as i was fed up of the mad scrabble and silly prices if you missed one. I’m not going to pre-order these as the only way I will buy is if they are made commercially available all the time. For me this will mean they sit in shops available anytime and no pre-ordering and mad scrabbling required (basically like the old DVD availability). If this is the case I will start buying them.

    • Auton

      March 26th, 2021 - 9:32am

      Yes, they aren’t limited so you can buy them whenever

  • Lachlan

    March 25th, 2021 - 10:56pm

    Will these be available in Australia? I wasn’t initially going to get these (I vividly remember picking up the limited edition of Season 12 instores and decided against it as I have the DVD range) but now that I see how much restoration the team are doing and how much better the aspect ratio is on a 4K TV I’m tempted to get these.

  • Tardis

    March 25th, 2021 - 2:49pm

    This is such good news.I thought I’d never get series 12 blu ray as prices were too much everywhere.

  • James

    March 25th, 2021 - 1:19pm

    Will these standard Blu Ray sets be perfect? So far each release has had something wrong. (Disc art, picture/sound errors, booklets misprinted, wrong disc content).

    • Auton

      March 25th, 2021 - 3:39pm

      It’s more likely too be and easier to get replaced and less likely to break so yes hopefully it will be

    • Gordon

      March 25th, 2021 - 3:45pm

      Only releases that had issues was 12, 19,18 and for a small percentage of buyers season 8. Seasons 10,23 and 26 and 14 had nothing wrong with them. Saying every release had something wrong is a bit of an exaggeration. As far as I’m aware none of the discs had wrong disc content on it.

    • James

      March 25th, 2021 - 6:28pm

      Gordon: just going by people’s comments on here. Background sounds, pictures jumps, boxes needing reglueing. Pretty sure one of the early sets some people received the correct disc art but wrong content, not many but a few

    • Bobby Fackrell

      March 25th, 2021 - 7:36pm

      Mine have all been perfect and I’ve got them all

  • Lee B

    March 25th, 2021 - 10:34am

    Now this is good to see! Never was a fan of the flimsy cardboard limited edition packaging tbh! It’s the one thing that let’s the boxsets down for me. Plus, the disc trays on two of my boxsets has already come unglued.

    I’ll probably start buying these releases instead, especially as they’re still including the booklet! Good move from the Beeb.

    • Auton

      March 25th, 2021 - 11:02am

      The booklets for these standard releases are cut down versions of the ones on the limited editions

    • Lee B

      March 25th, 2021 - 3:04pm

      Cutdown as in what though? Less info? Smaller size? I’m not too bothered about that tbh. So long as it isn’t just a pathetic single sheet of paper, like the ones that come with some BBC releases, it’s all good with me!

      I’ve never been a fan of the cardboard packaging on the limited edition boxes. It just always felt like the only thing that let these boxsets down for me. Too easy to get damaged.

    • Auton

      March 25th, 2021 - 3:21pm

      I’m guessing the cutdown versions of the booklet will just have what’s on each disc not all the information and pictures that the full version has

    • Gordon

      March 25th, 2021 - 3:50pm

      It’s 12 pages unlike the original season 12 booklet which had 24 pages

  • James T

    March 25th, 2021 - 8:34am

    Oh this is fantastic news for me as I have the entire collection so far but missed this very first release.
    Really pleased I can finally fill that annoying gap!

  • Auton

    March 25th, 2021 - 6:58am

    Is there going to be a limited pressing of these like the limited versions or are they getting a unlimited pressing?

    • booboo

      March 25th, 2021 - 7:17am

      doesn’t say they are limited anywhere

    • Auton

      March 25th, 2021 - 7:38am

      Thank you

  • Dominic

    March 24th, 2021 - 2:33pm

    Dose this mean when the next box set gets announced it will get released along a normal edition

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2021 - 3:15pm

      Possibly. They’re gonna have to catch up with the current releases, still Seasons 18, 10, 23, 26, 14 and 8 to go

  • Haza14

    March 24th, 2021 - 1:33pm

    Oh wow, these leave me with a dilemma! While great for people who missed out, and a way to possibly reduce number of sets that go to scalpers initially, I wish they had given the standard option from the start, or at least stated it was coming (although I guess they did always say that only the packaging was limited)! I don’t think prices of the limited edition sets on eBay will come down much as collectors will still want them.

    The limited edition packaging is lovely! But also it’s quite flimsy and I worry that in a few years all the plastic trays will be loose in some sets! So these standard editions might be a better bet for longevity.

    Ultimately I think the inclusion of the full booklets will mean I keep going with the limited editions. But it does make the errors and occasion lack of quality control on the packaging of the limited edition sets even more annoying!

  • Luke Foord

    March 24th, 2021 - 1:28pm

    I purposely avoided buying the limited sets waiting for these. Worth it!!

    • Haza14

      March 24th, 2021 - 1:34pm

      Possibly a very good call in the end! Patience is a virtue! Haha

  • daz

    March 24th, 2021 - 1:10pm

    Great news for fans who have less space or missed out on original sets.

    Personally I prefer the limited edition versions with the full sized artwork and the full booklet.

    But I display mine with cover facing outwards without the J-card so it will look like one large piece of artwork eventually.

  • Star Lord

    March 24th, 2021 - 1:07pm

    Now these I like! Great that it still includes the booklet despite the slimmed down packaging.

  • Whofan44

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:45pm

    This is great news. I have not been able to afford The Collection sets yet but this will make it much easier to get them when I can afford it.

  • Kevin Megannety

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:45pm

    So these are going to kept in production and have no limit on production numbers? Wonder if this will reduce the demand/rush to get the limited edition packaging editions.

  • Hi

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:42pm

    Will these still be limited

    • booboo

      March 24th, 2021 - 12:53pm

      doesn’t say they are

  • Jordan9364

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:30pm

    If anything, these versions will be more consistent packaging wise (graphic errors will likely be fixed from previous releases, ratings symbols will all be the same). Seems more streamlined and desirable than the “limited edition packaging” in general, though I have all of those so far – so this has stumped me.

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2021 - 12:56pm

      Yeah? Have a look at both blu ray spines. Haha.

    • Anonymous

      March 27th, 2021 - 2:54am

      They match…?

  • Prof Horner

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:28pm

    So this excalty like the American version .

    • Peter Knapp

      March 24th, 2021 - 12:30pm

      The American versions stopped including slipcovers and inserts after the first few releases.

    • Coleman

      March 24th, 2021 - 12:31pm

      These will probably do the same.

    • Bobby Davros

      March 24th, 2021 - 12:48pm

      The US versions also do not have unique artwork on each disc.

    • James Turner

      March 24th, 2021 - 1:36pm

      No. These have booklets, a slipcase and disc art.

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2021 - 2:31pm

      And these might even keep all of Lee Binding’s art on the sleeve of the Blu-ray case. The Doctor Who logo isn’t on the front of the actual case, so the scene with the TARDIS in the vortex or something might be on the back of the case, and the Doctor’s face from the intro and the “booklet holder” TARDIS image might be on the other side of the sleeve, behind the discs. That’s just going off the fact that the Doctor Who logo isn’t on the case

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:26pm


  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:23pm

    I think this is great. As someone who owns all the collection box sets so far, it’s nice that those who missed out have the opportunity to own all the same content, whilst the original boxsets will still maintain their collectibility. I do wonder if this will stop scalpers, or whether demand for these sets will go up due to rarity though…

    • Rory

      March 25th, 2021 - 10:17am

      Limited editions will still be sought after. Look at the steelbooks. Mostly straight repackages of the already existing BR sets, but they command high prices on the resale market.

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2021 - 12:19pm

    I own the originals but I’m glad they are doing this for fans who missed out and want a slim version.

    I want a slim version


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