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May 27th, 2021 44 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 18 UK Standard Packaging Release

Available to order from and

The Fourth Doctor’s classic final season – all 28 episodes plus the one-off special.

  • The Leisure Hive
  • Meglos
  • Full Circle
  • State Of Decay
  • Warriors’ Gate
  • The Keeper Of Traken
  • Logopolis
  • K9 And Company

K9 And Company – all newly restored for Blu-ray and packed with bonus material including:

  • New Audio Commentaries Tom Baker On The Leisure Hive, Lalla Ward On State Of Decay
  • Optional Updated Special Effects For Logopolis
  • New Logopolis Making-Of Documentary
  • The Writers’ Room Season 18’S Writers Discuss Their Work
  • A Weekend With Waterhouse Toby Hadoke Spends A Weekend With Matthew Waterhouse
  • Behind The Sofa New Episodes With Tom Baker, John Leeson, June Hudson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton & Wendy Padbury
  • Rare Behind-The Scenes Footage From Logopolis
  • New & Rarearchival Interviews With Tom Baker, Matthew Waterhouse & Ian Sears
  • Immersive 5.1 Surround Sound Mix For Warriors’ Gate
  • Production Archive Material Rarities From The Bbc Archives (PDF)

Special Features previously released on DVD include:

  • Documentaries
  • Featurettes
  • Surround Sound Mixes
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Rare Footage
  • Production Information
  • Subtitles
  • Isolated Music Scores And Much More

Also includes 12-page booklet detailing disc contents.

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD


  • Valeyard

    August 9th, 2021 - 9:20pm

    Interesting… I note that Andrew McCulloch’s name has been corrected on the Meglos disc for the standard packaging version of S18.

    • Bushboy

      September 2nd, 2021 - 3:31am

      Does anyone know if there are any other faults corrected in the standard edition versions that made it onto the limited edition sets?

  • Doctor Blu

    July 9th, 2021 - 5:25pm

    When can we expect the next standard Blu-ray re-releases to be revealed.

    • Gordon

      July 9th, 2021 - 9:41pm

      I read a comment somewhere that hmv have said the next 2 aren’t due till the end of September. Seeing as evil is out then I can see it moving to October. Maybe revealed in august then

    • The Loiterer

      July 9th, 2021 - 11:45pm

      They probably want to keep a gap to make the initial boxes remain most desirable. That, and there are queues for the pressing plants and the like.

    • daz

      July 10th, 2021 - 3:00am

      I agree. Might end up being 4 a year so that
      the standard sets don’t catch up to the limited releases so soon.

    • the ergon

      July 10th, 2021 - 10:19am

      I think they will space them out but the next two seasons 23 and 26 would make six this year. Since these are already on sale i cant see it making that much difference if people are wanting these as standard but alternate DVD/Bluray could slow these releases down. There is only 8, 14 and 24 to go. Unless they decide to release these as single to allow the limited Editions to keep in front.

  • Lee D

    June 7th, 2021 - 6:25pm

    Do think these sets are a great idea.

    • Auton

      June 7th, 2021 - 7:15pm

      Yes, 100% a good idea as it gives more doctor who fans the chance to experience these box sets and the newly made special features and tons of behind the scenes stuff

    • The Loiterer

      July 9th, 2021 - 11:41pm

      And more profit means more incentive to continue and keep putting money into the releases. So many lines end up cutting back as revenue falls.

  • Anonymous

    May 30th, 2021 - 12:54pm

    These always gonna be available?

    • Auton

      May 31st, 2021 - 7:18am


    • The Doctors Recorder

      June 3rd, 2021 - 3:26pm

      Well, available until Blu-Rays are eventually deleted and obsolete.

  • Chris

    May 30th, 2021 - 8:37am

    I bought the season 12 when it first came out but have not got any more since because on all the TVs and Blu Ray players I tried playing it on, even with changing the play settings. I could not get it to play in full screen, it had two black bars down each side of the screen. does anyone know how to play it so the picture fills the screen? thanks

    • Vortexsurfer

      May 30th, 2021 - 3:10pm

      That is full screen for something made in the 1970s. Your Blu Ray player is auto-adjusting the TV screen to match the aspect ratio of the original episodes. Most TVs today are widescreen but in the 1970s they were square and so the episodes were made with a square picture. You should be able to adjust the aspect ratio to widescreen by changing the settings on the TV. There will be a button on the remote, probably a square with arrows inside it, but that will give a distorted picture with everything stretched wider than it should be.

    • Bicky

      May 30th, 2021 - 3:59pm

      I had the same problem. Then I discovered a button on my tv remote that can change the screen aspect. On my remote it is a button with a tv symbol with a cross with arrows, like compass points. Hope this helps.

    • Philip Shaw

      May 30th, 2021 - 4:08pm

      This was how they were originally transmitted in 4.3 ratio, they are not meant to be squashed out to widescreen.

    • Vortexsurfer

      May 30th, 2021 - 8:03pm

      It’s a personal preference. I don’t mind the black bars, I just ignore them, and prefer to watch it in the correct ratio. If you find the bars more distracting that a stretched image, that’s up to you.

    • Philip Shaw

      May 30th, 2021 - 8:17pm

      Trouble is when stretching a 4.3 picture it loses resolution the more you zoom in, and stretching it sideways makes everyone look 40 stone!

    • kone112

      May 30th, 2021 - 10:24pm

      Play them on a PlayStation or Xbox usually does the trick.

    • Chris

      May 31st, 2021 - 9:54am

      thanks for the replies. I tried changing the settings before but it zoomed it in too much but I’ll have another look. thanks everyone

    • Anonymous

      June 5th, 2021 - 11:50am

      That hurt to read when you said you stopped buying them after you couldn’t get it to be fullscreen.

  • G

    May 28th, 2021 - 2:23pm

    Finally can enjoy the bonus features of these boxsets without paying the extortionate prices of the limited edition sets! Woo-hoo!

    • daz

      May 28th, 2021 - 11:16pm

      Got to say that with the Ltd Edition ones being between £1 and £7 more expensive than the standard price (as long as you get your pre-orders in when they are announced) they are hardly extortionate.

    • Auton

      May 29th, 2021 - 8:20am

      I think the person meant ebay prices

    • Dalekz

      May 29th, 2021 - 2:19pm

      Not everybody can afford to pre order every single boxset as the are announced.
      Sometimes you want to pick them up when you want to buy them even if it’s months later which you can’t do with the limited edition versions as they sell out quickly only to end up on eBay for more.
      The Limited Editions may not cost much more but the Limited nature of them makes them harder to buy on a budget.

    • Philip Shaw

      May 29th, 2021 - 2:42pm

      I tend to order the Limited editions on Amazon, which are months in advance, then buy gift cards and knock it off the price. When they come out it is paid for.

    • Gordon

      May 30th, 2021 - 5:26am

      £45 in 1 go can seem a lot however it is the equivalent of £3.75 a week for 12 weeks (about the same price as a coffee or 1 pint a week if you are drinking out). Just cut out 1 small thing a week and it can be easily affordable

    • Philip Shaw

      May 30th, 2021 - 9:13am

      Amazon doesn’t charge until dispatch, unlike some other sites when you pay by PayPal and your charged immediately. I do this sometimes knowing I’ll be skint the month it comes out.

  • Dalekz

    May 28th, 2021 - 10:48am

    Normal editions are great, I want the episodes in HD Blu-Ray quality in a box that protects them and looks nice for a price that is reasonable.
    I do not need extra cardboard and paper to make it more special, if you like that sort of thing that’s great keep buying the other versions everybody lives! I mean Wins!

  • Scott Carrick

    May 27th, 2021 - 5:39pm

    Ever get the feeling you’ve been swindled – again 🙁 ?

    • Jeremy Phillips

      May 27th, 2021 - 6:30pm

      No, because a) no one’s holding a gun to your head, and b) if you have the limited set there’s no incentive to buy the standard one.

    • Scott Carrick

      May 27th, 2021 - 6:42pm

      But is there any incentive to buy any more of the Limited Edition Sets now if you know they are going to be released fairly rapidly thereafter in better (albeit not as elegant ) packaging and exactly the same Disc Contents? Feel that the Standard Editions shouldn’t include the Extra Disc to make the Limited Editions more special. Sorry, just my personal whinge apologies if I offend anyone 🙂

    • booboo

      May 27th, 2021 - 6:56pm

      Core collectors will “want it now” and will not be interested in waiting a several months for something that’s “standard” and few pounds cheaper.

      The originals were only ever advertised as Ltd edition packaging, not content. If you want to wait a few months and save a few £1’s that’s up to you.

    • Anonymous

      May 27th, 2021 - 7:07pm

      Months afterward, people are unable to buy the limited edition versions unless they’re filthy rich. So taking the bonus disc away from these standard editions wouldn’t be fair on those people who missed out.

    • Gordon

      May 27th, 2021 - 7:22pm

      Not everyone wants the basic packaging. I might be in the minority I personally prefer the limited edition packaged box sets plus as I’ve purchased all 8 previous sets and have season 24 on order there is an incentive for me to carry on buying the limited edition versions. Not all seasons will include a bonus disc. Season 18 had k9 and company as it’s last disc season 23 had extended versions of 9-14 of trial and season 24 has the extended version of dragonfire on it. If they excluded those there would be a riot by fans

    • daz

      May 27th, 2021 - 9:06pm

      The Ltd Ed packaging to me is so much better. Bigger artwork. Full booklet rather than just half of it. Internal Tardis artwork too.

      Looking forward to seeing side by side comparisons of ltd and standard soon. I’m sure someone on YouTube who gets review copies for free from BBC will do it.

    • Anonymous

      May 27th, 2021 - 10:51pm

      I think the internal artwork with the TARDIS and the Doctor’s face from the limited edition packaging will most likely be transferred to the standard ones too – probably on the other side of the sleeve behind the discs

    • ThatBloodyWhovian

      May 28th, 2021 - 7:57am

      Personally I’m willing to pay $15 more (Australia) just for the SUPER extensive behind the scenes info in the booklet. It fascinates me to no end and I’m happy to be paying extra for it.

    • Anonymous

      June 4th, 2021 - 3:41pm

      I stand corrected – the inside of the cases just have an image of the 3D console room. Still nice though.

    • Doctor Blu

      June 5th, 2021 - 9:44pm

      Very happy with the standard packaging. The outer cardboard is fairly sturdy too surprisingly. Will definitely be sticking with these re-releases. Was never that keen on the bulky limited edition releases because you could only really obtain one by pre-order. But these re-releases, whilst being somewhat slimmer in packaging, don’t need to be pre-ordered as they are always available, so any disappointment is avoided.

  • daz

    May 27th, 2021 - 4:43pm

    Thought we’d get a Series 9 Steelbook announcement before these 2 re-release.

    Guessing August for that then.

    • Mr Martin Snowden

      June 12th, 2021 - 4:26pm

      I have actually been wondering about that, all Doctor Who Series from Series 9 Onwards had A Steelbook release like the re-releases of S1-8 and the 2009-10 and 50th Anniversary Specials Sets, and with one small exception being 2017’s XMas Special all specials are included in the steelbooks… So maybe they arent in a rush to do 9 and 10 just yet

    • Mr Martin Snowden

      June 12th, 2021 - 4:29pm

      You could say that series 5 has had 2 steelbook releases which is true but the original (Crack in Time on a silver background) was quite thick and took up alot of room.

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