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BBC Studios announces Tom Baker’s final series as the next instalment in the DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION Blu-ray range

BBC Studios continues to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to build their own home archive on Blu-ray. Following the sell-out success of Tom Baker’s debut season, his seventh and final series will be released on 25th February as Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 18.

Tom Baker’s final year saw the programme undergo radical changes in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.

Producer John Nathan-Turner revamped the series with new writers, new directors, a new title sequence and theme arrangement, glossy production standards and – throughout the course of the season – a brand new regular cast. Over seven classic adventures the Doctor and his companions encountered the Foamasi, Meglos, the Marshmen, vampires and Tharils, building to a final deadly showdown between the Doctor and his arch nemesis the Master.

As a special bonus this set also includes the 1981 K9 & Company Christmas pilot episode, plus hours of brand new material.

Starring alongside Tom Baker are Lalla Ward as Romana, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Anthony Ainley as the Master, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah-Jane Smith and John Leeson as K9.

Special Features exclusive to this set include:

  • New Making-Of documentary and updated special effects for Logopolis
  • Revealing new 2019 commentaries moderated by Matthew Sweet (Tom Baker on The Leisure Hive, Lalla Ward & Rachel Davies on State Of Decay)
  • Surround sound mix for Warriors’ Gate
  • Rare behind-the-scenes footage from The Leisure Hive, Full Circle and Logopolis
  • Eight more editions of Behind The Sofa
  • Brand new documentaries The Writers Room and Weekend With Waterhouse
  • New interview with K9 & Company’s Ian Sears
  • Another dip into the Panopticon convention archives with Tom Baker
  • HD photo galleries plus scripts, production files and rare documentation provided as PDFs
  • The eight-disc box set also includes hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.

All material has been remastered for Blu-ray by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres. Lee Binding has provided stunning packaging and new series writer/content consultant Pete McTighe has written another extensive booklet. Russell Minton is Executive Producer.

Blu-ray trivia: when filming took place for Logopolis (1980), Tom Baker’s last adventure, the intention was to shoot at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. Instead, production took place at Crowsley Park with the team using model shots.

For the brand new Blu-ray, almost 40 years later, BBC Studios received permission to film at Jodrell Bank with a drone. Offered as an alternative viewing option, fans will now be able to experience the finished product just as it was originally intended.

DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION – SEASON 18 includes the following stories from 1980/81:

  • The Leisure Hive (four episodes)
  • Meglos (four episodes)
  • Full Circle (four episodes)
  • State Of Decay (four episodes); Warriors’ Gate (four episodes)
  • The Keeper Of Traken (four episodes)
  • Logopolis (four episodes)
  • plus K9 & Company – A Girl’s Best Friend.

RRP: £56.16

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD


  • Trenzalore

    June 10th, 2020 - 12:20am

    One on eBay for £62 if you’re quick, managed to get season 14 for the same price from the same seller, very fair prices!

  • Stuart Higgins

    February 6th, 2020 - 12:53am

    Anyone know if there are plans to do another run of Season 18 as they have with Season 12 ?

    • Your Child

      March 23rd, 2020 - 8:08pm

      Don’t think so, as season 12 had less stock made, so this re-release is to bring the number in line with the rest. Season 18 had the correct stock, so it seems impossible for them to re-release.

    • dazzleshell

      April 15th, 2020 - 10:19pm

      One on ebay for £50 starting bid now. But only 16 hour auction.

  • the 14th doctor

    October 9th, 2019 - 5:04pm

    re watching the leisure hive on this set and i have just noteiced it has some of the best lines from to baker in it!:
    the doctor: hello how are you?
    man: who are you?
    the doctor: i don’t know you ask him!

  • Anonymous

    October 5th, 2019 - 12:41pm


    Just found out about the replacement disc’s

    bought the set on release day

    if I email

    will they still send out replacements

    thank you

    • Rich

      October 6th, 2019 - 12:04pm

      yep- got mine about 2 weeks ago. They never reply to the emails but the disc arrived in about a week 🙂

    • Anonymous

      November 7th, 2019 - 11:36am

      I emailed asking for the replacement disc for season 18, it took 8 days to get to me!!!!

  • OllieOz

    August 16th, 2019 - 10:24am

    Just Received my Replacement Disc for Leisure Hive Hope all of yours arrive soon!

    • Rob W

      August 16th, 2019 - 10:41am

      Got mine this morning to pal. It’s in a clear plastic wallet, posted 2nd class in a white Jiffy bag.

    • Jamiouse

      August 16th, 2019 - 11:54am

      Got mine too, it seems odd their sending these out in plain white jiffy bags when the Season 12 discs where in sturdy cardboard packages.

    • Lee

      August 16th, 2019 - 12:50pm

      Just received mine today. I actually prefer them sent this way. The last time they sent them in a box with a tiny amount of bubblewrap and the discs weren’t even wrapped in it, so they were just rattling around loose in the box. I’m surprised mine weren’t scratched to pieces. They’re less likely to become loose and get scratched in these jiffy bags and wallets.

      And Rob. W, see I told you they’d turn up! You just have to have some patience when dealing with BBC replacements. Don’t expect to get them all quickly. It won’t happen unless they’re discs which have already been printed. I’ve had to wait longer for replacements before, but they always show up eventually.

    • Anonymous

      August 16th, 2019 - 1:04pm

      Forgot to send off for the discs, what’s the email address again and will I still be able to?

    • Rob W

      August 16th, 2019 - 1:37pm

      Hello Lee, point taken and fingers crossed these are the corrected discs pal. The disc no is the same, maybe the play side has V2 around the centre hole then? Magnifying glass needed here.


      You need proof of purchase or photo of your boxset with your name and address clearly visible. Now just waiting on any news for the Peter Davison boxset…

    • dazzleshell

      August 16th, 2019 - 1:45pm

      Got mine too. I never noticed any issues with original disc but thanks to this Site and those who did.

      Packaging is fine too for replacement.

      For those who need it…

      You need to provide proof of purchase.

    • dazzleshell

      August 16th, 2019 - 3:10pm

      Original has A0103138885-B911

      Replacement is A0103182613-B911.

    • Rob W

      August 16th, 2019 - 3:32pm

      Around the inside edge of the playing side? A pity they just couldn’t have put V2 at end of VFB10031. Thanks for that but I’ll have to take your word for it mate as I’m a little short sighted given my aged years…

    • dazzleshell

      August 16th, 2019 - 4:29pm

      No probs Rob W.

      Yeah would have been easier.

      I’m hoping they officially reveal Season 26 soon. I just want to see the cover artwork.

    • Anonymous

      August 16th, 2019 - 6:52pm

      any news on season 19 as i read they was looking into it ?

    • Lee

      August 16th, 2019 - 7:22pm

      I’ve had very few replacements which have just had v2 at the end, a couple, but not very often. They often come with completely different manufacturing/production numbers, as dazzleshell showed.

      If I remember correctly, the replacements on the S12 discs came with completely different numbers on too.

    • Rob W

      August 17th, 2019 - 8:23am

      Replacement discs for Indicator/Powerhouse BDs have V2 at the end of the catologue/BBFC number on the play side. Hopefully, BBC haven’t sent out the same disc as I believe has previously happened, Season 19 clarification is awaited.

    • Lee

      August 17th, 2019 - 7:38pm

      I didn’t say none of them would, just that not all do. Not sure what powerhouse or indicator has to do with these discs? My BTTF replacement discs had v2 on them, but again, nothing to do with these discs/releases. They’re all manufactured differently, and have different production/manufacturer codes for different reasons. S12 replacements didn’t have v2 on them, so why would these?

    • Lee

      August 17th, 2019 - 8:10pm

      Quote from the page 13 post number 244 of the blu ray forum S18 disc thread:

      “OK, I’ve had a proper look at the new disc and the audio on the first episode is definitely mono now if you select that option.”

    • TigerMan1995

      August 18th, 2019 - 4:53am

      Would a Region A NTSC disc need to be replaced like the Region B PAL one? Or am I good?

    • Rob W

      August 18th, 2019 - 8:55am

      My point Lee was that the discs would be a lot easier to identify with V2 clearly visible on the play side.

  • Anonymous

    August 7th, 2019 - 1:29pm

    Are there still problems with discs if I buy a new copy of this box set?

    • Rob W

      August 16th, 2019 - 1:38pm

      See previous post above fella…

  • the 14th doctor

    June 25th, 2019 - 9:30am

    what would you say the best collection release is so far???
    by the way thats not including season 10 or 23 as they haven’t been released yet.
    mine would be season 18 as i think that one has the best artwork.

    • Doctor whom

      June 25th, 2019 - 10:57am

      I agree with you then, season 18

  • Bushboy

    June 14th, 2019 - 12:21am

    Anyone had any news about replacements for the faulty discs yet?
    I Emailed Roadshow in Australia about this and they said they were waiting on a shipping date from the BBC. That was some time ago and I’ve heard nothing since.

    • Rob W

      July 9th, 2019 - 1:47pm

      I posted on The Collection Season 10 forum and here mate, just got this:-

      “Dear Rob

      Thank you for your email.

      The Disc 1 from Season 18 is being worked on.

      We will despatch to all customers we have noted details for once the corrected disc is available.

      We are awaiting further details with regards to Season 19.

      BBC DVD Support”

    • Bushboy

      July 10th, 2019 - 12:00am

      Thanks for that update Rob W.

  • Keiren Kavanagh

    April 28th, 2019 - 8:31pm

    Does anyone know what each Blu Ray set budget is roughly

    • Lee

      May 2nd, 2019 - 12:03pm

      I don’t know, but probably not a lot! 😀

  • Keiren Kavanagh

    April 25th, 2019 - 3:21pm

    Got a email from bbc support

    Dear Keiren

    Thank you for contacting BBC DVD Support.

    We will be offering replacements for Disc 1 from the Doctor Who The Collection Season 18 release, with corrected audio for The Leisure Hive episode 1.

    The timeframe for the replacement disc to be made available is approximately 6 weeks.

    Please email us your proof of purchase in the form a receipt from the retailer, including your full name and postal details.
    All proof will be noted, and we will only respond if there is an issue with your proof at this stage.

    Season 19 is being looked at and we will come back to you just as soon as we have completed our investigation.

    We thank you for your continued patience in this matter.

    BBC DVD Support

    • Lee

      April 25th, 2019 - 9:46pm

      Thanks Keiren, I must admit that I hadn’t noticed any audio issues with the episode, but as they’re offering the replacements I have emailed them anyway.

      Just wondering what’s actually wrong with the audio?

      Thanks for the updated info.

    • Bushboy

      April 25th, 2019 - 11:29pm

      What about the faults with the other discs? Meglos and Logopolis?
      I’m not overly bothered about Logopolis I guess as the problems are not with the broadcast version. But I do at least want the writers credit on Meglos corrected.

    • Keiren Kavanagh

      April 26th, 2019 - 12:36am

      No problem lee anytime and from what’s going around online There is a sound fault on Episode 1 of the The Leisure Hive meaning the mono version is missing.

    • Gordon

      April 26th, 2019 - 3:20pm

      I doubt the spelling mistake in meglos is major enough to be considered for a replacement. Sure the spelling mistake should have been avoided however the spelling mistake doesn’t effect the episode quality themselves and only appear for 2 seconds per episode. Issuing replacement discs is expensive. I doubt the cost of replacing a disc just for a spelling mistake would be justifiable. There needs to be other issues with it before it can be seriously considered.

    • Rob W

      April 26th, 2019 - 7:37pm

      The 5.1 mix on Leisure Hive part 1 was mixed down to mono.They are still looking in to Season 19 and The U.S version has the wrong PDFs on Logopolis I believe. They are also replacing 2 of the Red Dwarf BDs…

    • Lee

      April 26th, 2019 - 9:37pm

      Heard about the Red Dwarf blu-rays. Pretty silly mistakes on that one.

      I didn’t upgrade from the DVDs though, didn’t see the point as they haven’t even added any new extras on the new boxset.

      Might pick it up when it’s cheap, but didn’t see the point paying full price when they won’t be much different to the DVDs. And I’ve been watching Red Dwarf since the 1st series was broadcast.

    • Ollie

      April 27th, 2019 - 5:35pm

      The Meglos spelling mistake needs correcting, costly or not. I personally feel it’s a bit disrespectful to the writer to not correct it given all the hardwork he put into writing it.

      I can already see it now on the Season 10 boxset; they going to misspell it ‘JOHN PERTWEE’ on atleast one of the discs.

    • Gordon

      April 28th, 2019 - 12:50am

      They will not spend as much as 10 thousand quid on replacing a disc that does not have any technical errors on it. It’s a spelling mistake. Nobody went out of their way to deliberately misspell the writers name so I’d hardly call it disrespectful that they don’t replace it. It’s just business. The s2 red dwarf blu ray has one of the episodes wrongly spelled and that’s not getting replaced. Most likely it will be corrected for any future pressings of it. The version of s12 in the USA now has the fixed discs so I’d imagine the same issue will be the same here. There is plenty of other media like records and dvds that have spelling errors on them and due to their mistakes actually become rare expensive collectors items.

    • Ollie

      April 28th, 2019 - 8:26am

      Gordon, surely there has got to be a point where you say “enough is enough; that’s one mistake too many.” I agree with you that the blu rays are superior sets to the DVDs but they can’t keep on making these mistakes.

    • Rob W

      April 28th, 2019 - 9:51am

      Given the release dates for all the boxsets were pushed back with no explanation whatsoever, it does make me wonder whether they knew about some potential errors. Ten Thousand pounds to repress/replace one disc? How many £40 boxsets do they need to sell to cover those costs? I really am considering cancelling the next Boxset especially if the release date is put back.

    • Gordon

      April 28th, 2019 - 11:10am

      I don’t see a spelling mistake as a major issue as it’s a brief blink and you miss it thing and it doesn’t effect things technically on the disc. The mistake does not is not effect the sound and picture quality of the disc. The sound issue on leisure hive 1 is far more pressing and urgent and replacement worthy. 10,000 quid to do a replacement disc is a rough estimate. You would need to pay someone to fix the error, pay to repress thousands of discs and pay postage for thousands of discs. It all adds up. It’s a lot just to change a couple of letters. I’d be surprised if the release date of season 10 will be changed. It’s due for release the day after pertwee’s 100th birthday. I don’t think they would want to change that

    • Bushboy

      April 28th, 2019 - 12:20pm

      Perhaps they should simply re-release the Box Sets with all the faults corrected in standard Blu-ray cases.
      As stunning as the limited edition packaging is, it’s not entirely practical and I for one would have preferred the option to purchase them in standard cases. Especially for those of us who have purchased the Australian releases as they have already made changes to the packaging that have already ruined the uniformity of “The Collection”

    • Lee

      April 28th, 2019 - 4:15pm

      Ollie, mistakes have been happening on DVDs ever since the format was introduced in the late ’90s. I’ve had to email various studios about replacements many times. Not just from The Beeb, but also Universal, Rhino, and a few others. It’s just the nature of digital media, these mistakes happen.

      I’ve seen much more serious issues than the ones on these boxsets. These are pretty minor issues compared to some I’ve had to have replaced. Google “Back to the Future boxset DVD framing issues” that’s one example of a big mistake that was missed, there are many others.

      I’d love to get every DVD/Blu-Ray Release issue free, but it often doesn’t happen.
      If they’re replacing the discs it’s a minor convenience to us. It’s more of a cost to the studios making these mistakes. That’s their problem though, at least they’re correcting the issues. But, small mistakes often don’t get fixed on DVDs no matter how much we want it.

      It sucks, I agree. But is a spelling mistake really going to stop you from enjoying the boxset?

    • Lee

      April 28th, 2019 - 4:25pm

      *Minor INCONVENIENCE I meant to write 😀

    • Rob W

      April 28th, 2019 - 5:09pm

      Talking of framing issues, I believe that is one concern on Season 19s Time-flight episode four?

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2019 - 7:36pm

      Problems with season 19 box set
      Castrovalva: UK continuities. They’ve extended the Baker regeneration and amount of end credits for each episode, but it’s using the old audio track and goes progressively out of sync. The US version seemingly is just the DVD version, so the audio track matches. In the UK the fixed version will be added to the S18 set.
      Castrovalva Part 1: There’s a cutaway shot of the sky when Adric is pointing the way to E-Space, but the cutaway lasts for for an extra second so by the time we cut back to Adric and the Guards, the Ambulance is halfway off the screen. (The DVD was correct)
      Episode 1 also has a scanner error @ 4:10. The scanner door no longer opens, and it’s just open from the start, an oversight that came with the newly added film sequence.
      Three lines of production subtitles are missing from episode 4, as the crew approaches the Tardis at the end. It is part of the story of Mathew Waterhouse vomiting, which is told in the commentary, and just about every other feature on the disc!
      The US version has an audio sync issue for a few minutes in one episode.
      Four to Doomsday – No errors reported.
      Kinda – Mostly fine. There’s a ‘masking’ error on the right side during one of the first (reprisal) shots of episode 2. For these sets, black bars are composited on the sides to hide the analogue edges, and it blips out here. Very minor.
      Visitation – Episode 3 scanner shot has two versions overlaid, the transmitted one, and the HD film, with opacity reduced (surely to line them up, but left that way).
      Studio shot of switches missing from episode 2, as the axe man and other villagers are ‘activated’ by the alien threat.
      Black Orchid – Part 2: The shot of the Tardis materializing at Cranleigh Hall starts a second too early so you can still hear the Studio Sound from the previous scene at the very start. The DVD was like this as well.
      Earthshock – Nothing reported yet.
      Timeflight – Film perforations not blanked in at least one shot from episode 4. Missing studio shot from episode 1 @ 1:02.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2019 - 8:39pm

      Why are we all sitting and complaint about a spelling error, on a title sequence. The writer is credited on the booklet. To be honest there are worse things out there to complain about. Like CGI effects being wrong or Audio problems. Or a massive screen error, Those are the only times I will ever send an email. We are complaining about a writers mistake in the title sequence, Does it matter the episode isn’t ruined. You aren’t gonna sit and complain cause, they misspelt someone’s name. You should enjoy the story. But I somehow believe that they need to have better quality control considering this is the definitive set. Man. Just take time for these sets, and don’t rush it. Season 10 is gonna end up delayed at this rate. And there’s no use in using dvds had mistakes as an excuse and a point, because this is (or should be) the definitive collector’s range.

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2019 - 8:59pm

      Do you think it’s worth it to ask for a replacement? If so does anyone know what the email address is to contact the BBC and what I should ask them for?

    • Rob W

      April 28th, 2019 - 9:05pm

      Anonymous who posted at 7:36pm, if they re-scanned the original 16mm location films, they cut away/vision mixed the film/studio footage too early or late?

      I cannot see any problems (on my TV and with my ageing eyesight) with ‘masking’ or film perforations. My TV is a 7 years old Panasonic with all additional processing/sharpening etc set off.

    • Rob W

      April 28th, 2019 - 9:11pm

      The Season 19 issue is yet yo be confirmed. For Season 18 replacements, email (U.K.)

      You need to provide proof of purchase, I’d guess they’d accept a photo of your Boxset with your details included in the picture.

    • Lee

      April 28th, 2019 - 9:14pm

      DVDs or Blu-rays, it’s the same thing
      I’m talking about physical media. You’ll always get mistakes on some releases.

      It isn’t an excuse for anything, but it does happen. People have to accept it and wait for the replacements or stop buying them, if it’s really annoying them that much.

      Even VHS had mistakes. The difference was you didn’t get the luxury of replacements unless you wrote by hand to the studio, and I don’t remember anyone doing that. You’d either have to accept it, or take the VHS back to the shop for a refund. And I did take some back if the transfer was poor quality or some other issue.

      Nobody is saying it’s an excuse, just that it’s been happening for decades, and isn’t going to change now.

      It’s the “definitive” range, but doesn’t mean there won’t be mistakes. I’d expect this won’t be the last replacement in these boxsets, there will most likely be more in future. I personally don’t care as long as they’re issuing replacements.

    • Ollie

      April 28th, 2019 - 9:39pm

      As I’ve said before on the forum, mistakes happen, I accept that, but that doesn’t mean they should. The whole point of making a mistake is that you learn from it. Didn’t Russell Hinton say recently in an interview for Radio Free Skaro that there is just one person who checks everything extensively before the discs go to wholesale production? Well clearly one person isn’t enough, especially if it’s gonna cost thousands to rectify the mistakes afterwards. And if the team repeatedly read comments on here like “I don’t mind the odd spelling mistake” or “I didn’t notice the sound error” or “It doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story”, then they’ll keep on making the same mistakes and we’ll keep on commenting on them on this forum!

    • Tim M

      April 30th, 2019 - 7:40pm

      For the amount of money the BBC want from us buying these blu-ray releases, is it not too much to ask that at least ‘one’ release will be free of errors? Makes me think they are rushing these releases before blu-ray becomes obsolete. They should have started releasing the seasons on blu-ray a few years ago. Blu-ray has already been well established. The BBC are a bit late to the party. I’m only glad I kept the DVDs and didn’t bother with the blu-rays. Standard Definition is absolutely fine for me.

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2019 - 10:52pm

      The problem about having the blu ray sets earlier was there was nobody really in charge of the doctor who dvd range in between late 2013-2017 to champion such a release at the time. Regardless of how good an idea is doesn’t matter if there is no one there to champion it. I do feel sorry for the person that has to check it. You have so much to check even for 1 disc. You have to check the episode with normal subtitles then the episode with production subtitles. If there is a 5.1 mix it needs to get checked and isolated audio as well. If there is alternate effects that needs checked as well with subtitles and production subtitles. Commentaries need checked as well. Some stories would need to get watched at least 6 different times and that’s before adding on the extras on the discs. Could easily take 50-60 hours to watch everything on the discs. They are also human. Regardless of how good they are at spotting errors there may also be some that could get missed. Take the season 18 errors for example. There are plenty of people not noticed an issue with the audio of ep 1 of leisure hive. If the person checking them isn’t clued up on the names of the writers of Meglos Its so easy to miss the wrong spelling of his name.

    • Bushboy

      May 1st, 2019 - 12:10am

      I accept that there is a lot of work involved in checking these sets but most of us will be buying them for the episodes (as broadcast) themselves.
      Surely someone could spare the time to watch them through and at least check for any obvious mistakes, including the credits.
      I’m sure there would be many fans out there who would be happy to preview these releases if they haven’t got time to do it themselves, perhaps in return for a free copy of the finished set.

    • Rob W

      May 1st, 2019 - 5:40pm

      Great idea mate. Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to check the discs. Count me in…

    • Anonymous

      May 14th, 2019 - 7:09pm

      Anybody heard back from the bbc about season 19 ?

    • Rob W

      May 15th, 2019 - 3:49pm

      As of 25 Aptil “Season 19 is being looked at and we will come back to you just as soon as we have completed our investigation.”.

  • the 14th doctor

    April 24th, 2019 - 1:56pm

    yes! i can now watch this as i now have a blu ray player!!!!!!!
    K9 and company first i think.

  • The Jamie

    April 10th, 2019 - 9:55pm

    Just to ask here do we know whats happening with the series 4 steelbook because if its not happening i might make a custom one

    • Anonymous

      April 10th, 2019 - 11:35pm

      You’d think that series 4 would have more selling points even if it’s just a rerelease of the bluray with a nice steelbook case (as long as Lee binding does the cover art)

    • Daz

      April 11th, 2019 - 10:40am

      Nothing as yet. I hope it is still coming as I sold my dvds in preparation for it.

      I do wonder if fact series 1 to 10 is on Netflix and I-player how sales have dipped since.

      I still like to own the Films/TV shows I love even though I might still watch them on Streaming platforms to save a few seconds loading up a bluray.

  • john

    April 8th, 2019 - 7:30pm

    Are there issues with the season 19 boxset ? do you need to send off for replacement discs ?

    found this (#258) not sure if its true or not ?

    • Rob W

      April 8th, 2019 - 8:22pm

      The response I got on 26 March 2019 was:- “Thank you for taking the time to contact BBC DVD Support.

      We will come back to you just as soon as we have a resolution and can advise of the next steps.”

      There is also 2 potential faults with the Season 18 boxset too…

    • John hogg

      April 15th, 2019 - 6:30pm

      No issues with this box set

  • Bushboy

    April 3rd, 2019 - 10:51pm

    Can anyone explain to me why we are getting very few of these new releases in New Zealand?
    I have to order them from JB HI FI in Australia and it literally takes weeks for them to arrive after the release date.
    Previously I was able to order them online from Mighty Ape and receive them on the day of release.
    Annoyingly I purchased Series 11 here on Blu-ray but had to buy the New Year Special from Australia as it was only released here on DVD. Frustrating considering it is basically the finale for Series 11 and should have just been released in the Series 11 Box Set.
    Even if we had to pay more I’d rather that than a separate release.

  • James

    April 3rd, 2019 - 12:03pm

    No news of the next set in the latest DWM so it’s anyones guess when the reveal will actually happen. I am doubtful that it will be released in June though because all the other sets has a pre-order period of 3 months so I epect if it is announced soon it will be released in July.
    But at this rate, I don’t think there will be 4 releases per year….

    • Rob W

      April 3rd, 2019 - 2:10pm

      Maybe because of the problems with the last bixset then? The soundmix on The Leisure Hive (wrong PDFs on disc 7?), “We will come back to you just as soon as we have a resolution and can advise of the next steps.” Is the response I got. Second Tom Baker set with errors and I ca’t say I’m happy about this.

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2019 - 6:40pm

      What was wrong with the pdfs? I haven’t looked at them yet

    • Rob W

      April 3rd, 2019 - 7:06pm

      U.S sets have the Earthshock PDFs, I’ve not checked my U.K set yet. It’s just so annoying given any replacements take weeks to send out, costing goodness knows how much money.too…

    • Lee

      April 3rd, 2019 - 7:29pm

      How the hell did they get the Earthshock PDFs on this boxset? That’s a bizarre error as they’re not even from the same season.

      Honestly, I’ve just accepted that’s how things are when it comes to BBC DVD/Blu-ray. I can’t tell you how many of their releases I’ve had to exchange or get replaced over the years since I started buying DVDs in the late ’90s, but it’s quite a few.
      As long as I can get replacements I’m not too bothered anymore.

      I’ve had DVDs/Blu-rays from a lot of other studios that have had faults/errors and needed replacing too. Just had to email Universal about one last week and they’re sending me a replacement.

      I took back some VHS tapes back in the day if I didn’t think the quality was up to scratch. Just comes with this type of media unfortunately.

    • Ollie

      April 3rd, 2019 - 7:59pm

      They misspelt Andrew McCulloch’s name on each episode of Meglos. If I was the writer of a story and they got my name wrong, I wouldn’t be happy about that. Little things like that really annoy me so hopefully they’ll do some replacement discs.

    • Gordon

      April 4th, 2019 - 10:18am

      I think the promotion for Macra Terror is still ongoing. There was a news piece on bbc points west just 2 days ago. It should have its time in the sun. I doubt the errors are delaying any future announcements. The discs for the next set are probably not even at the authering stage yet and the errors for the last ones are dealt with different people than would be announcing the sets. All they are doing is putting out a press release with trailer so I doubt any disc faults are holding the announcement up. I don’t think the fact it hasn’t been anounced yet doesn’t nessesarly mean that it’s not coming out until July. It could still be anounced in the next week or so and still have a 2 and a half month preorder window which is still plenty of time. Series 18 originally was due just under 3 months from announcement to the original date before it was pushed back.

    • Neill Stringer

      April 6th, 2019 - 1:01pm

      I don’t think a replacement program is going to happen for season 18.

      Apart from a spelling error, why make a big deal. The X Files remasters have typing errors

    • Rob W

      April 6th, 2019 - 3:09pm

      So the U.K sets do contain the correct PDFs for Logopolis then? And the Leisure Hive soundmix is OK? That being the case that’s fine, it’s just that the release dates are put back and then mistakes come to light. The X-Files remasters also had a problem with the gamma levels on some of the episodes and replacement discs were issued…

    • Lee

      April 7th, 2019 - 7:20pm

      Haven’t checked the PDFs yet. What’s meant to be the issue with the sound on The Leisure Hive? I’ve listened to it through headphones and can’t say I’ve noticed any sound issues. I’m no audio expert, but it sounded fine to me.

    • Rob W

      April 7th, 2019 - 7:31pm

      Possibly some of the effects in the soundmix are ‘missing’, not sure whether it’s the 5.1 or the mono mix though.

    • Lee

      April 8th, 2019 - 9:57pm

      Haven’t noticed it myself. The way I look at it is if it doesn’t spoil my enjoyment of watching it, then I’m not concerned.
      You’re never going to get a perfect DVD/Blu-Ray release from the BBC. I learnt that years ago. 😀

      Again, I’m not a big audiophile though, and I don’t watch old shows like this in 5.1 anyway. It doesn’t seem natural to me for a show that was originally broadcast in mono or stereo. 5.1 mixes always seem a little forced and artificial on old programmes. That’s just my personal preference though.

      No disrespect to Mr. Ayres of course, I’m sure he does a stellar job on the mixes.

  • James

    April 3rd, 2019 - 12:02pm

    No news of the next set in the latest DWM so it’s anyones guess when the reveal will actually happen. I am doubtful that it will be released in June though because all the other sets has a pre-order period of 3 months so I epect if it is announced soon it will be released in July.
    But at this rate, I don’t think there will be 4 releases per year…

  • MJS

    April 1st, 2019 - 4:37pm

    Saw a season 23 cover over on twitter. Dunno how genuine it is

    • Robert Sienicki

      April 1st, 2019 - 5:38pm

      Care to share a link?

    • booboo

      April 1st, 2019 - 5:55pm

      can only find this one which is fan made unless they saw something else

    • Robert Sienicki

      April 1st, 2019 - 6:09pm

      Somebody did a decent job, but ues – definitely fan made. But I expect the reveal to hit the web tomorrow, when the preorders will arrive.

    • Rob W

      April 1st, 2019 - 7:00pm

      Today’s date is..?

  • James

    March 31st, 2019 - 6:21pm

    Ok, so Season 10 is pretty much guaranteed to be announced this week (either tomorrow or in this weeks issue of Doctor Who Magazine) so I’ve been thinking about thenext few releases.
    I think we’ll get Season 22 next followed by Season 26 around December time which will mean that every Doctor except for William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton has at least one season released on bluray by the end of 2019.

    Next year I think we will likely get another Pertwee set (I’m guessing Season 11 as the majority exist in their original PAL format), a Tom set (I’m guessing Season 17), a Davison set (I think Season 21) and a McCoy set (Season 24).

    In 2020 I think we will get another Tom (possibly Season 15), Colin’s final season, Season 9 and either Season 20 or 25.

    Then heading into 2021 and beyond we will only have a few more Tom seasons for release as well as the Pertwee seasons that require more work (7 and 8) and the B&W seasons, which again will take more work depending on animations and recons.

    • Exdalek

      March 31st, 2019 - 11:17pm

      Aren’t next year and 2020 the same?

    • Gordon

      April 1st, 2019 - 12:55am

      I think having 18, 10, 17 and 26 would feel right and varied

      This is how I would release it.

      2020 should bring another tom season (probably 17) another pertwee season (probably 11 but I can see them maybe doing 9 if they want more time to work on dinos ep 1) another Davison (21) and possibly a hartnell (2). They already have said the black and white seasons won’t be left till last and 2 seems the most ready especially if those involved with the animations have ruled out the crusade at present.

      2021 Should be due a hinchcliffe era tom (14) another pertwee (9) a McCoy (24) and a Troughton (6).

      2022 season 15 for tom, c Baker (23), McCoy (25) and Troughton (5)

      2023 being the 60th aniversary should be a special year.tom (13), pertwee (7) Davison (20) and hartnell (1)

      2024 tom (16) pertwee (8) Troughton (4) and hartnell (3)

      If they did decide to incorporate the new series


      Eclestone (1) Tennant (4) Smith (5) capaldi (10)

      Tennant (3) Smith (6) capaldi (9) Whittaker (11)

      Tennant (2) Smith (7) capaldi (8) Whittaker (12)

    • Anonymous

      April 1st, 2019 - 10:52am


    • Anonymous

      April 1st, 2019 - 10:59am

      Right I genuinely think that the next season after Season 10 and possibly 26 is Definnetly 17. It’s got marketablitly. Tom Baker (which always sells the best), Douglas Adams (which is also sells) and It’s the most watched season of Doctor Who. People are going to remember it. Also I would just like City of Death to be remastered because it would look gorgeous

    • James

      April 1st, 2019 - 11:43am

      I don’t think we’ll get 17 this year. I think it is most likely next years set. Noticing comments on here and other sites, some people are only interested in buying sets for Doctors 1-4 as they don’t like 80s Who. Therefore if the people behind the range want to space them out over about 5 years and they have stated that they want to do every season, it makes sense to space out the more “popular” Doctors such as Tom to make sure they keep getting enough sales to ensure they can fulfil this.
      If we are getting 4 releases per year, that means we will have 20 seasons left after 2019 ends. That would be 5 years exactly. I honestly don’t think we’ll get more than one Tom season per year. If we get one per year, there will be 5 Tom seasons left, one to release each year until 2024.

    • Chris

      April 1st, 2019 - 1:45pm

      I wonder if they did do the new series of Who if they would do it as Series 1 or if they would carry on so ecclestone would be series 27 and so on.

    • Anonymous

      April 1st, 2019 - 3:02pm

      Replying to Chris

      Nope. I genuinely think that The New Series should be considered in a completely different. They are two shows with the same name. Personally just label it as Series 1

    • Lee

      April 1st, 2019 - 3:36pm

      Even though it’s a continuation of the same series, the new series has always been named Series 1, 2, etc, so that’s how they should keep it IMO. Calling it Season 27, etc might just confuse some newer fans who are just discovering the show.

      Plus, there was such a big gap between the two, that I think calling it Series 1, 2, etc made sense. It felt like something new with the whole post time war “last timelord” premise.

    • Exdalek

      April 2nd, 2019 - 11:10pm

      I personally don’t think they will do New who as a continuation of these sets. They are all available as Blu-ray already and with good extras (not including series 11 in that, as it sucks extras wise) and can be bought fairly cheaply (again not including series 11 and the New year special rip off prices). Some people are still hoping for steelbooks of new Who to continue, so having bought the ones released so far, might at least be annoyed if they started releasing them in another style.

    • The Flying Shark

      April 3rd, 2019 - 7:21am

      Although the extras are good, there’s a lot missing from them so I hope they do get the Collection treatment. The extras are mostly video diaries and confidentials-what about news extracts, special programmes like Blue Peter episodes, etc.? With Blu-Ray allowing more on a disc, we could finally get full length Confidential, seasons of Totally Doctor Who or even special editions of episodes! Plus, after the Tennant era not every episode had commentary, and very few with the Doctor, so there’s a gap. Not to mention being released at the time means views in those extras are obviously bias. Imagine an honest look at Fear Her twenty years later-in fact, imagine a making of for every episode like the classics! Point is, although there’s already a lot on those discs, there could be a lot more, and I wouldn’t feel like I had a definitive collection like this range promises until I got them.

    • Gordon

      April 3rd, 2019 - 9:00am

      Series 1-4 in the uk was released on blu ray in the wrong speed and suffered from slowdown. It could absolutely benefit from being at the correct speed

    • Lee

      April 3rd, 2019 - 2:03pm

      That’s the reason I still haven’t upgraded my Series 1-4 DVDs to Blu-ray yet. Still hoping they get re-released at the correct speed sometime in the future. Haven’t felt the need to double dip with the new series yet.

      I’ve only bought Series 5-9 on blu-ray, as I didn’t originally buy them on DVD anyway.
      Haven’t even bought Series 10 or 11 yet, as I wasn’t that impressed with them tbh (just shielding my head from the rocks that are about to fly my way).

      I’ll pick them up as some point though. I’m more interested in these classic blu-rays right now anyway.

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2019 - 4:43pm

      Personally they should do new who sets. I would buy them. Upscale and remaster them. Take some of the stuff done in 35mm (Tooth and Claw has some stuff). Optional Redone special effects. New looking back and nostalgia pieces. and lots of other stuff from the classic dvd range down for new who doctors. Also Doctor Who Confidenitals in full (SD though) on the bonus disc

  • Lee

    March 29th, 2019 - 5:31pm

    Just watching through the bonus disc.
    It’s been years since I’ve watched K9 & Co. I remember not liking it when it was broadcast, and I didn’t even manage to get through it on the DVD release. But forced myself to watch through it all on this blu-ray.

    The Behind the Sofa for it is far better than the actual episode. At least it had Liz Sladen in, who is always a joy to watch. But the episode definitely hasn’t improved with age. 😀

    • Anonymous

      April 1st, 2019 - 2:59pm

      Right I genuinely think that the next season after Season 10 and possibly 26 is Definnetly 17. It’s got marketablitly. Tom Baker (which always sells the best), Douglas Adams (which is also sells) and It’s the most watched season of Doctor Who. People are going to remember it. Also I would just like City of Death to be remastered because it would look gorgeous

    • Anonymous

      April 1st, 2019 - 2:59pm

      Sorry wrong comment

  • Anon

    March 28th, 2019 - 9:40pm

    Reserved a copy from argos. Cant wait to pick it up in the morning. Missed out on season 12 but got 19. Going to get all the rest when they get released.

  • anonimus

    March 28th, 2019 - 10:36am

    In summary, what is all the information we know about the box sets that will be released in the future?

    • Gordon

      March 28th, 2019 - 12:45pm

      What we do know officially the next season is due to be announced soon possibly even as soon as next week. Most are expecting it to be season 10. Hmv had on their wall of upcoming releases in my local store season 10 listed for 24th June. Whether or not that date is correct I haven’t a clue. Documentary maker Chris chapman said at galifrey 1 that he has 2 documentaries for this set 1 of which is a looking for peter sequel and is about a director.Katy manning was filming back in November for locations for green death and as Chris chapman was also filming in wales on those same days it’s a good chance that is the other documentary is for that. Ed stradling has filmed and just completed something outside unit headquaters with Matthew sweet which could easily fit on season 10 and is the longest documentary he has ever done.

      Beyond season 10 Chris chapman has got 3 documentaries for the next 1 and a further 2 for the 1 after that which should take us to the end of the year. The later is expected to be season 26 as 1 of the actors of curse of fenric has Said in an interview that season 26 would be out at Christmas.

      As for the season inbetween 10 and 26 there has been a couple of seasons branded. 17 has and Lalla Ward has done a city of death commentary but I feel it could be a case of banking extras as she is moving to Hong Kong shortly.

      Season 22 or 23 has also been mentioned. Terry molloy has been filmed for a documentary involving the doctor who cookbook. It could really fit on either season as it was released inbetween 22 and 23 however terry was in season 22 twice so i feel it fits better being there. Chris Hamilton bidmed said on twitter that he was filming something about the unmade season 23 story he did. Seeing as timeline wise it works to put it on the tail end of season 22 it could just as well be on season 23.

      As for next year chris chapman says he has documentaries for 3 different sets that are in the very early stages of production.

    • anonimus

      March 28th, 2019 - 1:21pm

      Thank you very much!

    • James

      March 28th, 2019 - 11:02pm

      Thanks for the information Gordon. You’re the source of info for most of us on here!
      I really hope it is going to be season 22 or 23 released this year in between 10 and 26 as I love Colin’s Doctor. And it would also mean that every Doctor from 3-7 has at least one season released on bluray by the end of this year which makes sense if they are going to spread each Doctor out equally. I think if we get Season 17 it wil be the Tom Baker set for 2020, and 3 other sets. Probably another Davison, a second Pertwee and another McCoy.
      I think we’ll see the first B&W bluray season release in 2020. Possibly season 6 as that one will be relatively easy for them to release even if they don’t animate Space Pirate’s missing episodes.

    • Rob W

      March 29th, 2019 - 8:16am

      Season 17 would be great. Five stories (6 with Shada?).

    • Alex Sutton

      March 29th, 2019 - 7:24pm

      Personally, I think it’s a shame the first pertwee boxset is most likely going to be season 10. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fine season, but I would have preferred season 8, as I, honest to god, have not even got 1 story from that season. It would have been neat to go from missing the entire series to having the entire series in one swoop.

    • James

      March 29th, 2019 - 10:51pm

      I think it is because the footage from Season 10 is of a better quality than the other Pertwee seasons so they will take longer to get the other seasons looking as good as possible for bluray.

    • Gordon

      March 30th, 2019 - 12:02am

      Yeah James is spot on. Everything in season 10 exists in its original pal format with 1 exception planet of the Daleks ep 3 which was a mixture of computer coloured and colour recovery and looks almost as good as the original pal masters. Season 8 is one the worst quality of the colour seasons. The only episodes that exists in their original pal masters is claws of axis ep 1 and 4 and daemons episode 4. Mind of evil ep 1 is in good condition as it’s hand coloured but the rest of the season is a mix of off air colour pal recordings mixed with black and white ntsc recordings for Autons 2,3 of axons, colony and 1-3,5 of daemons and colour recovery for 2-6 mins of evil. Mind 2-6 would be the biggest work to get up to standard for blu ray.

  • Billy

    March 27th, 2019 - 6:20pm

    Got mine today, looks beautiful next to Season 19. It feels more secure and the ‘door’ doesnt slide back like Season 19. Now all I need is for a Season 12 re-release and the other 23 Seasons!

  • Anonymous

    March 25th, 2019 - 11:47pm

    I wonder if they’d ever release these again in 4K

    I also would like to see the 1st and 2nd Doctor episodes colourised as an extra.

    • Anonymous

      March 26th, 2019 - 6:08am

      Too expensive

    • Gordon

      March 26th, 2019 - 7:39am

      At most spearhead as it was completely shot on film. Everything else wouldn’t be any further benefit. The blu rays already take it the sd footage as close to the bbc archives masters that it can get. As for colourising it would take too long (about 18 months per ep to hand do) and be very expensive. Would rather they spent that time improving the colour on the pertwee releases. Amabassadors 2-7, mind 2-6 and invasion of the dinosaurs 1 immediately spring to mind. Not saying the colour in those stories look terrible but they will need touching up if they want to look good on Blu Ray

    • Lee

      March 27th, 2019 - 5:47pm

      Completely agree with Gordon. 4K for videotape SD programmes would be a complete waste of time and money, for zero benefit. Other than slapping a 4K logo on the box, I doubt there would be any noticeable difference, if at all. Remember the BBC and team are working to a strict budget.

      They should put that money towards better restorations, such as the episodes Gordon mentioned. I’d much rather see those.

    • Robert Sienicki

      March 28th, 2019 - 3:19pm

      Those Blu-Rays alone are not really in Blu-Ray standards apart from few scenes in whole season. So I don’t think they can do anything more than BD with what they’ve got. I feel like this might be the definitive collection.

    • Anonymous

      April 1st, 2019 - 5:30pm

      Right HD is as far as your going to get with Classic Who. Even though most of it requires Upscaling. There was some 16mm stuff that is Pure HD. The only stuff in classic Who that would even be pure 4K is the opening to trial of a time lord as that was shot on 35mm which is 5K resolution. And the TV movie. Which was shot on 35mm which should just get a 4K release when they get the materials for it. Include the opening t TOATL as an extra

    • Gordon

      April 2nd, 2019 - 12:22am

      They don’t have access to the TV movie assets and there is no guarantee that the original assets may not exist so a 4K scan is probably unlikely

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