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January 24th, 2020 425 comments

Doctor Who The Collection Season 26 Blu-ray

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On Saturday 23rd November, the BFI Southbank will be screening Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (from the Special Edition Blu-ray) and holding a Q&A with actor Sophie Aldred and script editor Andrew Cartmel. Tickets are available from the BFI on the following dates:

  • Monday 16th September – BFI Patrons and Champions
  • Tuesday 17th September – BFI Members
  • Tuesday 24th September – public booking

Season 26 features four epic adventures traversing a future Britain invaded by inter-dimensional knights, a strange Victorian house haunted by ghosts from Ace’s past, an alien world populated by Cheetah People and a 1940s army camp under siege from monstrous vampires.

With guest stars including Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Anthony Ainley (The Master), Jean Marsh, Nicholas Parsons, Anne Reid, Ian Hogg, Sylvia Syms and comedy duo Hale & Pace, this fondly-remembered set of stories saw the end of an era for Doctor Who, and set the stage for its hugely successful revival.

Doctor Who: The Collection Season 26 contains several special features, including:

Rare Restored Extended Cuts

  • The Curse Of Fenric VHS Extended Version
  • The Curse Of Fenric DVD Special Edition
  • Battlefield VHS Extended Version
  • Battlefield DVD Special Edition

5.1 surround sound & isolated scores

  • On all 14 broadcast episodes, plus 5.1 sound on all extended versions of The Curse Of Fenric and Battlefield.

Behind the Sofa

  • New episodes with Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, plus companions Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Anneke Wills and Jodie-Whittaker-era writers Pete McTighe & Joy Wilkinson.

Showman – the Life of John Nathan-Turner

  • A feature-length look at the life and career of Doctor Who’s longest-serving producer, who fought to keep the programme on-air during the 1980s. Contributors include Peter Davison and Colin Baker.

Making ‘The Curse of Fenric’

  • A brand new documentary featuring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Tomek Bork, Nicholas Parsons, Cory Pulman, Marek Anton, Ian Briggs, Andrew Cartmel, Mark Ayres and Ian Collins featuring unseen behind-the-scenes footage and photographs.

In Conversation

  • Matthew Sweet chats to companion Sophie Aldred.

The Writers’ Room

  • Ben Aaronovitch, Marc Platt, Ian Briggs, Rona Munro and Andrew Cartmel discuss their work on Season 26.

Becoming The Destroyer

  • Actor Marek Anton and prosthetics designer Stephen Mansfield recall the creation of one of Doctor Who’s best ever monsters.

Blu-Ray trailer

  • Sophie Aldred back in character as Ace.


  • Brand new Ghost Light extended workprint
  • Unseen studio footage
  • Rare archive treats
  • Convention footage
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files
    and other gems from our PDF archive

And lots more!

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD


  • Gordon

    January 27th, 2020 - 9:38pm

    Been waiting nearly 15 years for a fenric making of and it didn’t disappoint. Real labour of love

  • Anonymous

    January 27th, 2020 - 9:35pm

    Gordon. Just started looking through the set. Top notch set as the rest are. But can you explain why Battlefield extended literally has copyright and the old bbc logo straight from the vhs. It feels like a rip and an upscale straight from the vhs with no editing. Thanks

    • James

      January 29th, 2020 - 9:32pm

      It is intended to be for nostalgia for fans who collected these stories on VHS in the 90s.

    • Gordon

      January 29th, 2020 - 11:04pm

      To quote mark ayres: People requested the vhs versions as is so we gave them exactly what they wanted

  • Type 40

    January 27th, 2020 - 12:44pm

    Amazon has delivered. Wicked!

    • Timelord63

      January 27th, 2020 - 6:21pm

      Didn’t get my copy today thanks to useless Amazon

  • MjsB

    January 27th, 2020 - 11:44am

    Preorderd awhile ago on zoom, yet it still hasnt come today. I cant understand why. Never had a problem with zoom or getting the set the day before release date, but it seems not even on the release date. Wondering if it’s worth calling up about so I dont go on a wild chase waiting for it like Gordon did with s23.

    Anyone else had there copies today ? From zoom etc.

    • Anonymous

      January 27th, 2020 - 3:16pm

      Im the same as you. Ordered from Zoom months ago and has not arrived. Usually I get the release on the Friday or Saturday before

    • Gordon

      January 27th, 2020 - 6:01pm

      I’d contact them if it’s not here by Thursday or Friday to make them aware. They won’t do anything till after 10 days of dispatch though. If it still hasn’t arrived after 10 days they will offer a replacement or refund. Season 23 was still readily available after 10 days so I expect 26 will be too

    • Anonymous

      January 27th, 2020 - 6:04pm

      I ordered from zoom and it arrived on Saturday. If you go into your zoom account it should tell you if the order is despatched or not.

    • James

      January 27th, 2020 - 6:06pm

      Ordered mine on the day. Parent came out Tuesday and arrived Saturday

    • MjsB

      January 27th, 2020 - 9:48pm

      Cheers Gordon, I’ve been emailed on Friday telling me its been despatched so I was quite surprised to see it not turn up on saturday as I’ve ordered within the last few days before release date and its arrived. I just hope that I wont lose out on this set due to something as silly as this. Hopefully it arrives and I can get a copy, it’s the set I’m wanting the most.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      January 27th, 2020 - 10:28pm

      What is Janet Fielding’s problem with the titles?

      They are an important part of my childhood and no Davison’s were not better!

    • Antonio Zambonini

      January 28th, 2020 - 3:01am

      Is very odd then I thought it was unavailable on amazon a while back and ordered with zoom off eBay instead and paid upfront and they posted it and came Saturday

  • Ryan

    January 27th, 2020 - 11:44am

    My copy finally arrived yesterday and it’s been amazing! In regards to The Wilderness Years, in addition to the TV Movie, Scream of the Shalka, Real Time, as well as the various documentaries and TV events, is it possible that it could include Dimensions in Time and Curse of Fatal Death or is that an impossibility? Also, when Season 17 gets the blu-ray treatment, will all the different versions of Shada be included or is that one just confined to its own seperate release?

    • Danielc

      January 27th, 2020 - 1:18pm

      I think More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS and Thirty Years in the TARDIS with be on the Wilderness Years set

    • dazzleshell

      January 27th, 2020 - 1:53pm

      I hope Dimensions In Time is included just to have it. Even if it was a quid extra so that the money goes to Children In Need.

      But if not I already burned a copy to dvd from YouTube along with Behind the Scenes video a few years back so will just slot the disc into the set.

      I definitely want The Curse Of Fatal Death and anything else. Even a feature on stuff in 2004 leading to the 2005 series.

    • Anonymous

      January 27th, 2020 - 3:21pm

      Dimensions in Time is impossible, Curse of Fatal Death may be difficult but isn’t as bad as the other one was.

    • Gordon

      January 27th, 2020 - 6:11pm

      Dimensions has a 60 k clearance fee and tons of legal tape. I’d be suprised if it will ever get released. Curse might as it did get a vhs release.

      Regarding shada in s17 I think there is a possibility that both the 1992 and 2017 versions will be included and maybe even a 6 part version of the 2007 shada. As for the mcgann shada it should be on the wilderness years set

    • Anonymous

      January 27th, 2020 - 9:33pm

      Here’s a great idea what if we all donate money for the clearance fee. Is it possible

    • Anonymous

      January 28th, 2020 - 7:37am

      I think the BBC once said that they would consider releasing TCOFD on DVD towards the end of the range, so I’d imagine it’ll be included.

    • Gordon

      January 28th, 2020 - 11:28am

      Even if the money could be raised to pay the clearance fee there is still plenty of legal tape that would need to be crossed off before it would even be considered for release. Due to agreements at the time with equity as people worked on it for free Dimensions in time cannot be commercially released for any profit. Not even for charitable purposes. It would also needed to be agreed by everyone that worked on it and if 1 person can’t be tracked down or does not want it released the whole thing won’t happen. Trying to track down everyone that worked on it would cost a lot of time and money also

    • Anonymous

      January 28th, 2020 - 11:17pm

      Way to be a downer. I wish I could be downer on these sets. I swear there’s some loophole around it. Dimensions in time in HD is all we need. also 3D blu Ray. Could you imagine.

  • Negative Matter

    January 27th, 2020 - 12:46am

    Any word on the re-release of Tom’s first season ?

    • Joe 90

      January 27th, 2020 - 7:30am

      Potentially March or April according to a previous post on the recent Colin Baker release

    • Gordon

      January 27th, 2020 - 10:24am

      Doubt it’s either March/April. March already has series 12 (the current series) and the faceless ones and April has season 14. They probably won’t want any clashes so I can’t see it happening till may

    • DrWhoFanJ

      January 27th, 2020 - 8:16pm

      Especially considering series 12 and season 12 could be very easily confused!

  • Ian Cotterill

    January 26th, 2020 - 9:29pm

    I notice the ‘Search Out Science’ and ‘Destiny of the Doctors’ features seem to be absent from this set. An indication perhaps of a future ‘Wilderness Years’ box set?

    • Gordon

      January 26th, 2020 - 9:42pm

      Think it’s pretty much a guarantee at this point

    • Prowl 1701

      January 27th, 2020 - 12:19am

      Hearing this from Gordon gives this so much more weight to me. He always seems to be in the know about things. I really hope we get a wilderness set sooner then later.

    • Gordon

      January 27th, 2020 - 1:07am

      Nothing official has been confirmed but the likes of who peter part 2 the doctor forever series destiny of the have to go somewhere and in the season 26 booklet it mentions that the seventh doctor would return briefly in a 1993 charity spoof dimensions in time and then in a 90 minute 1996 telemovie staring Paul McGann. But that is another story…..

  • Type 40

    January 26th, 2020 - 9:08pm

    I wonder if it would freak out the postman if I slept outside the house tonight waiting for him to deliver this? I’m so excited!

  • John Heeley

    January 26th, 2020 - 7:03pm

    Just watching survival, anyone else get some issues with picture, specifically when in shop with Hale and pace

  • The Ergon

    January 26th, 2020 - 6:38pm

    Why is there a copyrighted watermark on the extended workprint of Ghostlight? Its spoilt it.

    • Gordon

      January 26th, 2020 - 6:45pm

      It’s the only copy that’s available. There isn’t a non watermark version in existance That’s why it’s called a work print

    • Philip Shaw

      January 26th, 2020 - 6:59pm

      Its the time clock

    • The Ergon

      January 26th, 2020 - 7:05pm

      I just thought it was just a cleaned up extended copy of the original. Must do my homework. So is it all the unused scenes?

    • The Ergon

      January 26th, 2020 - 8:24pm

      So to include any other unused scenes, say from ‘The awakening’, the only way it could include those scenes with Kamelion would be with the watermark covering the time clock?

    • Gordon

      January 26th, 2020 - 9:40pm

      Pretty much all the extra scenes but 1 scene where the doctor wakes the inspector. The dialogue is repeated in another scene so it felt unessasary to have both scenes saying the exact same thing so it was dropped. Pretty much there is nothing else they can do as the time stamp is burned in to the vhs copy and that is the only copy of it in existence

    • The Ergon

      January 26th, 2020 - 10:17pm

      Ok thankyou for clarifying that.

  • Graham

    January 26th, 2020 - 4:54pm

    Yay just had mine delivered from Amazon

    • Anonymous

      January 26th, 2020 - 6:46pm

      Got mines today from amazon. So happy

  • Gordon

    January 26th, 2020 - 3:03pm

    Three hours of studio scenes for ghost light. 2 hours and 45 minutes of studio location fx and Water tank footage for battlefield. I haven’t even looked at fenric or survival yet. Good grief

  • Antonio Zambonini

    January 26th, 2020 - 2:43pm

    Glade it came yesterday wasn’t expecting it until at least Tuesday but really happy to see it now only four more blu rays too go for delivery

  • Dean Wells

    January 26th, 2020 - 8:42am

    Got mine yesterday and went straight for the Ghost Light work print.
    It’s fabulous stuff!
    Boxset a thing of real beauty, as always.

    • Philip Shaw

      January 26th, 2020 - 6:00pm

      Loved Ghostlight anyway but the workpring gives it chance to breath…and I finally worked it all out! Love Victorian Dr Who…

    • Philip Shaw

      January 27th, 2020 - 8:47pm

      Forgot how brilliant The Special edition of ‘The Curse of Fenric’ was…

  • Gordon

    January 25th, 2020 - 10:42pm

    Watching battlefield and it looks great for being 1” analogue tape. It’s never going to wow but it’s probably the best it’s ever going to look.

  • Anonymous

    January 25th, 2020 - 7:35pm

    I ordered from HMV online this time around. It hasn’t arrived today. But I have had a text to say it’s coming Monday!

    • dazzleshell

      January 26th, 2020 - 5:16pm

      Just wondering how do you put a picture up on your replies? Think it’s about time I had one as I comment so much.

    • booboo

      January 26th, 2020 - 5:28pm upload the image you want connected to you email address and it will show up on all your posts (can take a while)

  • Nick

    January 25th, 2020 - 5:55pm

    Have any of the special effects been updated for this Blu Ray release? Seen the BFI promotional video and it says updated effects for Curse of Fenric or are these the same as the DVD special release?

    • Gordon

      January 25th, 2020 - 9:39pm

      These are the same as the dvd special edition

  • James

    January 25th, 2020 - 5:41pm

    Got mine today. It’s ace. I like the seventh doctor era

  • Negative Matter

    January 25th, 2020 - 4:50pm

    Interesting I was contemplating the idea of using my nectar points at Argos – but they dont seem to be stocking this. Wonder why ?

    • Rob W

      January 26th, 2020 - 9:01am

      There’s a link here:-

      £40 mate.

    • Negative Matter

      January 27th, 2020 - 12:44am

      Thanks Rob thats a new addition there were only three dvds sets when I posted. I could get it for twenty quid now.

    • Rob W

      January 27th, 2020 - 9:23am

      Bargsin mate. Happy viewing!

  • Anonymous

    January 25th, 2020 - 2:52pm

    Definitely ordering from zoom again.

  • Anonymous

    January 25th, 2020 - 2:32pm

    What is the latest, today, it can arrive by.

  • The Sons of Skaro

    January 25th, 2020 - 1:01pm

    It’s arrived! That’s the rest of my day sorted. 🙂

  • the 14th doctor

    January 25th, 2020 - 12:40pm

    got this today!
    was going to wait for my birthday in april but i didn’t!

  • David Havers

    January 25th, 2020 - 12:24pm

    Great boxset, got my copy yesterday.

  • Gordon

    January 25th, 2020 - 12:13pm

    My copy turned up.

    • Anonymous

      January 25th, 2020 - 1:44pm

      Glad your copy has arrived & that you won’t have to wait, unlike the last time

    • dazzleshell

      January 25th, 2020 - 1:45pm

      That’s good news Gordon after the trouble you had with Season 23.

      Got mine today too. It is a thing of beauty!

    • Gordon

      January 25th, 2020 - 9:38pm

      Yeah I’m relieved that it turned up. It’s gorgeous

  • Cosmicjellybaby5269

    January 25th, 2020 - 11:25am

    I was originally going to get one of these boxsets for each doctor but because I have been really impressed by them, I’m going to get half of all the boxsets and put them into my classic DVD collection.

  • Shaun

    January 25th, 2020 - 11:14am

    Hurrah – mine’s just come – off to indulge in a couple of hours of joy now…

  • Cosmicjellybaby5269

    January 25th, 2020 - 10:36am

    Just got mine, looks amazing.

  • Judooning

    January 25th, 2020 - 10:17am

    Wow, mine just arrived. Completely forgot about it truth be told haha. And I only ordered it from zoom a couple weeks ago after having to cancel from HMV so I’m surprised mine has arrived amongst the first shipment

  • Ryan

    January 25th, 2020 - 10:02am

    Ordered mine from Amazon and it still hasn’t been dispatched yet. With me, they usually arrive either on the Sunday of the Monday, but so far, there hasn’t been any word from them. Does anyone know what time they usually start getting ready for shipping?

    • Stephen

      January 25th, 2020 - 11:27am

      My Amazon order hasn’t shipped yet but they have taken the money from my bank account so I assume it’s despatch is imminent.

    • kevin225

      January 25th, 2020 - 9:27pm

      Still no sign of any Amazon dispatch. I had the payment amount as a pending transaction in my bank account this morning. I guess not looking likely that it will arrive tomorrow now.

    • MJS

      January 26th, 2020 - 1:11pm

      I’ve got an “arriving tomorrow” on my open order notifications

    • Kevin225

      January 27th, 2020 - 6:51am

      Eventually got a revised dispatch date of Wednesday! Having preordered within minutes of the original announcement- what is the point of that? Have cancelled and now ordered from Argos. A 4pm collection today apparently. Having missed this for Christmas, I’m hoping not to miss this for my Birthday (tomorrow) too!

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