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May 10th, 2020 20 comments

Doctor Who Tom Baker Complete Season Three ( USA )

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In 1976, Doctor Who took a dramatic new turn, electrifying audiences with changes in format, companion and appearance of the TARDIS. Season 14 saw the departure of the Doctor’s long-term companion Sarah Jane Smith, and the introduction of Leela. The season contains some of Tom Baker’s most iconic serials, with intrepid investigations in Victorian London, deadly robots in a murderous whodunit, a return to the Doctor’s homeworld, and one of the saddest goodbyes in Doctor Who history.


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20 comments

  • Doctor Blu

    August 18th, 2020 - 7:14pm

    Just a short message to reassure anyone interested in purchasing the U.S release of Tom Baker Season Three (or season 14), that it is indeed region free. I have purchased this Blu-ray and can confirm it works perfectly.

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  • Things that go bump in the night

    May 14th, 2020 - 9:30am

    I have a technical clarification to ask of these classic Doctor Who Collection season sets, given the various ways the new series has been previously handled on blu ray. Of course, I ask this of anyone who knows for sure…

    Are the Blu Ray discs in this US set fully mastered for 1080p24?

    Are the Blu Ray discs in the UK limited edition fully mastered for 1080i50?

    In other words are there two separate mastered assets, or is one of the releases a conversion from a single asset?

    I think it’s common knowledge that many of the new series UK Blu Ray sets used a single 1080p24 asset that was standards converted for UK 1080i50 releases resulting in ‘speed up’ and the audio had to be pitch corrected.

    And I believe this was done because the vast majority of US televisions can only handle 60Hz or 24p frame rates – given the US was considered the larger market therefore this was the preference to save costs to prepare only a single master asset.

    Therefore, does anyone know for sure that these ‘The Collection’ sets are the true ‘original’ run time in the UK sets, as well as being separately mastered for the US TV handling needs?

    Thank you

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    • TrixieTiger1995

      May 15th, 2020 - 7:36pm

      The US sets are 1080i60 I believe, They definitely aren’t 1080p.

    • Rob W

      May 19th, 2020 - 12:25pm

      The U.K sets aren’t 1080p either, they’re 1080i/50. It’s about frame rates/fields. The sets use the existing DVD masters, aditional work is carried out and and the run times may be a few frames longer because of this.

  • Doctor Blu

    May 13th, 2020 - 2:24pm

    It would make sense to include updated ‘loose cannon’ type photo reconstructions of the missing episodes/stories for the season 1 – 6 boxsets. Where there is animation, include them as well as including a photo reconstruction.

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  • Ross Baker

    May 12th, 2020 - 12:04pm

    I wonder how they’re going to market season 4 and season 21.

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    • Doctor Blu

      May 12th, 2020 - 12:19pm

      Patrick Troughton Season One (with two additional William Hartnell stories). Peter Davison Season Three (with one additional Colin Baker story).

    • TrixieTiger1995

      May 15th, 2020 - 7:37pm

      It’s obvious how they’re going to market them. And Twin Dilemma won’t move to S22 and Smugglers/Tenth Planet won’t move to S3. It’s not possible.

  • Master of M

    May 10th, 2020 - 11:56pm

    No word yet on season 20?

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    • Anonymous

      May 11th, 2020 - 4:55am

      Not yet. We know it’s happening (Janet/Peter/Sarah mentioned it on stage, and Mark Strickson has mentioned doing recording in Amsterdam for documentaries), but we really don’t know when it’ll be out, if it’s even this year. It could be the next one, but as multiple sets get worked on at the same time, it’s possible we’ll have another set to come out beforehand. (The heavily rumoured ones are Season 2, 6, or 11, but there really isn’t much evidence to indicate those).

    • Andrew

      May 11th, 2020 - 6:28pm

      I’m hoping for either season 1, 2, or 11 if they’re planning to leave space for animations later down the line or for discs with any available telesnap versions or what have you. I’m hoping these are more likely considering discussions I’ve seen of Marco Polo and some other historicals costing too much to animate and thus not taking top priority. I’d rather have complete collections that are going to get animated episodes to fill in gaps be waited on to have all episodes available in either format (animated or the actual video episodes).

  • Tardis7k

    May 10th, 2020 - 8:10pm

    How come the USA comes with 7 discs and the Uk has 8 ???

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  • NX-74205

    May 10th, 2020 - 8:10pm

    Only 7 discs in that version, whilst the UK version has 8. So what will be missing?

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    • Gordon

      May 10th, 2020 - 9:34pm

      Nothing is missing as it’s actually an 8 disc release. The cover got the disc count wrong. Same thing happened with the McCoy season 3 set. Listed as a 5 disc on the box art but actually ended up being 7 discs.

  • Doctor Blu

    May 10th, 2020 - 7:38pm

    These are the Blu-ray releases I get. So far, all the U.S releases I’ve purchased have been region free. Plus whilst the cardboard U.K packaging looks better, I prefer the official plastic Blu-ray packaging of the U.S releases.

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    • Henrik V

      May 11th, 2020 - 11:11am

      ARE they actually region free? If so, then I’d definitely venture into buying some of the sets I think of as “lesser” Doctor Who seasons (which made me skip their Limited releases). There’s always a few decent episode in each season.

    • Doctor Blu

      May 11th, 2020 - 4:24pm

      Yep. All of the releases so far up to McCoy season 3 (season 26 in the U.K) have been region free. I know. As I have a blu-ray player which isn’t multi-region that plays them.

  • Moodbeam

    May 10th, 2020 - 7:33pm

    If we do get an announcement soon of more collector’s copies then I may have to get this just so I have it in some form.

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