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Doctor Who The Daleks in Colour Ltd Edition Steelbook

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Originally transmitted from December 1963 to February 1964, The Daleks introduced one of the Doctor’s most formidable and enduring foes.

The story follows the very first crew of the TARDIS as they land in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor (William Hartnell) leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover danger at every corner and what will become his deadliest enemy, the mutant Daleks.

The seven original 25 minute episodes have now been colourised and weaved together into a 75 minute blockbuster. With brand new sound and a new score – created by Mark Ayres – The Daleks has been gloriously updated, whilst ensuring the original classic story remains as thrilling as it was when it was first seen back in 1963.

This release also includes the original seven episodes on DVD in black & white, as they were first broadcast plus a 15 minute exclusive featurette and all special features from the previous release.

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD



  • Snowman

    February 19th, 2024 - 5:43pm

    My Steelbook from Amazon came today. Lovely looking and in Excellent Condition. (Came in a Cardboard box).

  • Gordon

    February 16th, 2024 - 8:11am

    Seen someone on twitter/x has a blu ray copy and the dvd disc is just the 2007 disc

    • D84

      February 16th, 2024 - 8:04pm

      We’re we expecting a new restoration on those B&W episodes?

    • Gordon

      February 16th, 2024 - 8:31pm

      They never clarified if it was going to be a new restoration or not for the black and white version but many suspected it would not due to it being a dvd. This confirms not only is it the same restoration it’s also the same dvd that came out in 2007.

    • Gordon

      February 18th, 2024 - 1:16pm

      It does not have a reversible cover on the dvd version either

  • SV7

    January 18th, 2024 - 9:42pm

    Release date has moved to February 19th.

    • D84

      January 19th, 2024 - 1:45pm

      Yes my Amazon pre order delivery date has slipped too

      Seems to be the case with most Who releases for a while now

    • Snowman

      February 13th, 2024 - 2:11pm

      My Delivery date from Amazon was the 17th of February for ages, but that’s Saturday so I can’t see that being Correct. They usually come out on a Monday.

  • MJS

    December 22nd, 2023 - 10:29am

    The cover is good, but could have been better. Given the whole USP is the Daleks in Colour, this should have been the most colorful cover ever!

  • I’m Batman

    December 21st, 2023 - 2:25pm

    Artwork has been released.

    • D84

      December 22nd, 2023 - 9:42am

      Not the best I’ve seen, but I still feel its nice and will look great amongst the collection on the shelf

    • Snowman

      December 22nd, 2023 - 5:33pm

      I think the normal Blu ray cover looks much better, if they could have transferred that picture or similar onto the Steelbook that would have been much better.

  • Jake E

    December 21st, 2023 - 2:15pm

    I’ve just seen the Steelbook cover reveal and I’m not very impressed. It’s ok but I think I might cancel my order.

    Just a Dalek on the front isn’t very impressive and it’s also got very muted colours. I thought they might want to make it bright and colourful. The back of the Steelbook is maybe marginally more interesting.

    What’s your thoughts on the cover?

    • Dylan Goodfellow

      December 21st, 2023 - 3:36pm

      I like it a difference to the usual tardis pic for every animation if they had a version without the awful music choices I’d buy it season 1 set

    • Gordon

      December 21st, 2023 - 11:58pm

      I think the blu ray cover is pretty poor. Looks like a quick 5 minute lunchtime job. Pick a colour photo. Photoshop 2 daleks in. Job done. Steelbook is better but it’s a bit in the plain side. Doesn’t feel very special.

    • Prowl 1701

      December 22nd, 2023 - 1:37am

      Yeah, neither one are really doing anything for me.

    • D84

      December 22nd, 2023 - 9:42am


      They’re fine – but not wowing me

    • Anon

      December 23rd, 2023 - 3:09am

      The bluray cover also gives the impression the daleks are in the tardis at some point in the story!

    • Alanoffthefence

      December 26th, 2023 - 4:53pm

      Just cancelled my order for this, l like to have 1 or 2 steelbooks on display at a time, but this l just wouldn’t have had out. For me l find it somewhat ironic that in colourising and modernising the story, that they decided that a 60’s psychedelic cover was the best way to market the steelbook, especially for the new audience they hope to gain, so I’ll just wait until the complete Season Box Set is released as to be honest l would rather watch the original anyway.

  • More then 2 alphabets

    November 23rd, 2023 - 9:03pm

    10/10 for colour and effects

    10/10 for effort, they really tried to give a more friendly version for 2023 audience

    7/10 sound, new music great but frankly I had a headache by the end as the mono sounds were there overlapping, new music a little too loud.

    6/10 for the edit, so much chopped out it made it very confusing. Didn’t really showcase the doctor.

    I think it wasn’t the best story to do this for but it was still fun.

    • D84

      November 23rd, 2023 - 9:27pm

      Just finished watching and I thought they have done a fabulous job.

      I do feel it was a little rushed – around 5 mins more to allow the pace to slow here and there and it would have been perfect to my taste

      But 10/10 to everyone involved

      Did any of us ever think we would see 60’s who in Colour outside of Animation – I certainly didn’t


      It very much feels like “Who” is back in business, cannot wait for Saturday

    • Lee D

      November 25th, 2023 - 12:45am

      I thought the Daleks coloured, was Amazing!! Even the music and editing. Makes a great alternative to watching this story in colour and lovely to have something a bit differently done. 10/10 from me!

    • daz

      November 25th, 2023 - 10:35am

      I still think the original plan was for AUC but when the rights issues came to light they moved onto The Daleks.

      I still think an hour version of AUC with the first episode in full followed by the rest edited down would be great in colour in the future (hopefully).

      As for The Daleks, it was nice to see in colour but editing, especially in the last 25 mins was ridiculous. Too much. It could have been a good 15 mins longer. The music was too loud in places as it overpowered the dialogue and inappropriate for what was happening on screen.

      I’m still glad it exists though and hope it does get younger children watching.

      The War Games is rumoured to be next.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      November 25th, 2023 - 12:38pm

      No don’t do The War Games Its a classic, leave it how it is

    • Anon

      November 25th, 2023 - 1:32pm

      What difference does it make if its colourised? Its not like you cant watch it in its original form. Its an option.

    • DPHill

      November 25th, 2023 - 5:02pm

      War games is likely next as power doesn’t exist and they couldn’t do an unearthly child for legal reasons so daleks is number one legally now so doing the last second doctor they could do a previously of the surviving second doctor stories like they did with the kinda next time on the daleks

      Just watch the original if you don’t like colour, lots of people love it as do i but also I love the originals!!

    • Scotel

      November 25th, 2023 - 5:23pm

      Most people don’t have a problem with the colourisation, the thought of trying to edit The War Games down to 75 minutes though is rather ludicrous (and thankfully looks to be just nothing more than a rumour). People want a good product, just saying the original is still there is completely unhelpful if much better candidates exist. Constructive criticism and feedback is important, especially with a brand new range starting up.

    • Prowl1701

      November 25th, 2023 - 7:36pm

      I don’t need a condensed version of war games, unlike the Daleks which I have always thought dragged on, I find the war games well paced for a ten parter.

    • DPHill

      November 25th, 2023 - 8:05pm

      I do think war games cannot be 75min, at least close to two hours, even then that’s a lot to cut!

    • daz

      November 25th, 2023 - 11:01pm

      Nothing has been said that the coloured versions have to be 75 minutes though.

      They Daleks might have been longer for example but they had to make the timing decision so it could be finished in time for the 60th.

    • Bobby Fackrell

      November 27th, 2023 - 1:26pm

      Now now all for healthy debates and differences of opinions but don’t go down the ‘don’t watch it then’ route with me, I’m entitled to my shilling’s worth just as much as the next Unearthly Child

  • Unemployed Sink Plunger

    November 22nd, 2023 - 8:44pm

    Will definitely be ordering this as the state of the Collection releases in Australasia looks uncertain (and expensive). Collecting the individual Steelbook releases is the next best thing for time being.

    • Rex F

      November 22nd, 2023 - 11:22pm

      Aren’t Madman doing them? It seems odd to take on BBC and Who and not do the collections.

  • Bobby Fackrell

    November 20th, 2023 - 5:51pm

    I’m always unsure with colourising I love 60s Doctor Who and Black and White is part of the charm and condensing a three hour classic to 75 mins worries me, another great thing about the 60s show was the long scenes and slower pace I think Daleks works great as a 7 parter

  • The Time Lord 1944

    November 12th, 2023 - 10:22am

    Has anyone seen the New York Post article about the two missing Hartnell episodes? A collector called John Franklin claims to know the location of two missing Hartnell episodes but he says those in possession of them are elderly and too frightened to hand them over to the BBC for fear of having the episodes seized or fear of prosecution.

    • Gordon

      November 12th, 2023 - 10:47am

      Already been debunked:

      My statement:
      ‘Sadly, this article is a misrepresentation of the conversation between myself and the journalist, and most unhelpful. I’ve ask for it to be removed.
      reiterate, 99% of the conversation with the journalist was orientated to ‘Film is Fabulous!’ and the issues facing film collectors with vulnerable collections. It is clear that these issues do not appear in the article. What a pity!
      If I knew the article was to be completely orientated to Dr Who, about which I know very little, I’d have referred the journalist to Paul Vanezis, as was the case with the journalist from The Independent, who also contacted us for comment.
      Please do not place any emphasis on the content. The misquotes are glaring. I sincerely hope that this does not affect the ‘Film is Fabulous!’ initiative.
      John Franklin

    • The Time Lord 1944

      November 12th, 2023 - 11:06am

      Gordon thank you for the information. I don’t know how these journalists get away with it.

  • Gordon

    November 11th, 2023 - 11:26pm

    Was in two minds but decided to buy the steelbook. Yes I feel it’s over priced for what I’m getting but it will bug me if I don’t get the steelbook. I get it will probably be on season 1 whenever it will come out. However there is no guarantee that other colourisations will make collection sets especially if the season has already been released like season 2. I don’t see them rereleasing it just because dalek invasion earth or the time meddler got colourised. Considering how long it’s taking just to do 1 story and how Russell seems to have long term plans for colourisation I suspect these colourisations will be ongoing long after the collections are complete and released and buying the steelbook means that it’s uniform. I also suspect they will not wait on them either and financially they will need to release them separately to recoup costs for a set period before including them in a collection set (same set up as the animations).

  • Paul Yarwood

    November 10th, 2023 - 8:18pm

    So the new 75 minute colourised version is on blu-ray, but the original 7 parter is just dvd? Any extras?

    • Gordon

      November 10th, 2023 - 9:58pm

      Suspect it will just be the same extras as on the original dvd plus 1 new feature

      original dvd extras:

      Episode 2 commentary: Verity lambert and Christopher Barry. Moderated by Gary Russell

      Episode 4 commentary: William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Christopher Barry. Moderated by Gary Russell

      Episode 7 commentary: William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Richard Martin Moderated by Gary Russell
      Production subtitles
      Creation of the Daleks (17:11)
      Photo Gallery (5:11)
      Pdf files

  • Gordon

    November 10th, 2023 - 2:51pm

    Can’t help but feel the dvd featuring the original episodes is just the original dvd from the beginning box set.

  • Bobby

    November 10th, 2023 - 2:06pm

    “The seven original 25 minute episodes have now been colourised and weaved together into a 75 minute blockbuster.”

    Does that mean all 7 eps have been colourised and will be on this release, or just the 75 compilation version?

    • Philip Shaw

      November 10th, 2023 - 2:10pm

      Sounds like they have weaved a 75 minute compilation first…then colourists that.

    • daz

      November 10th, 2023 - 2:12pm

      It’s 75 mins. It premieres on BBC4 on 23rd November.

    • D84

      November 10th, 2023 - 2:23pm

      I would imagine only the condensed 75 min version has the colour

      To be fair, whilst its great – this story in 7 part from drags a bit so if they have cut out the “filler” it should be a good watch

      We’ll find out on Doctor Who day i guess

    • Louise Wade

      November 20th, 2023 - 9:46am

      @D84 Although a cutdown colour version already exists, but with Peter Cushing.

  • D84

    November 10th, 2023 - 2:06pm

    Instant pre order – amazing

  • MJS

    November 10th, 2023 - 11:46am

    Fastest I’ve ever pre-ordered anything

  • Judooning

    November 10th, 2023 - 11:46am

    They know how to make their money, don’t they.


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