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February 19th, 2013 71 comments

The Visitation Special Edition DVD

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dvd-visitation-special-edThe Visitation Special Edition DVD

It’s 1666, and medieval England is in the grip of the Great Plague.

But when the Doctor and his companions arrive, they discover an even greater threat: the entire planet is in danger.

As the Grim Reaper stalks the countryside, the Doctor uncovers an alien menace intent on wiping out humanity and claiming our planet for themselves.

The Terileptils have arrived – and only the Doctor can stop them…

Release dates

Region 1 – 6 May 2013
Region 2 – 6 May 2013
Region 4 – 24 April 2013
(Please note: release dates are provisional and subject to change)


  • Commentary with Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and director Peter Moffatt.
  • Grim Tales – Brand-new 45-minute documentary. Former companion Mark Strickson takes Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton back to the original filming locations while other cast and crew discuss their memories of the story.
  • The Television Centre of the Universe: Part One – Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Janet Fielding return to BBC Television Centre and meet up with old friends and colleagues to reminisce on their time in the iconic building.
  • Doctor Forever: The Apocalypse Element – Examining the world of Doctor Who on audio. Including interviews with Colin Baker, Russell T Davies, Mark Gatiss and many others.
  • Film Trims Shots and sequences cut from the finished programme
  • Directing Who: Peter Moffatt
  • Writing A Final Visitation
  • Scoring The Visitation – Interview with composer Paddy Kingsland
  • Subtitle Production Notes
  • Radio Times listings and BBC Sales Sheet
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming soon trailer
  • Isolated Music Score
  • Easter Egg
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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  • Buy me

    December 30th, 2013 - 1:37pm

    I have heard a lot of people get annoyed at the end part one so what happens

    • Trenzalore

      December 30th, 2013 - 1:43pm

      Nothing to make me annoyed, I liked it, it’s one of my favourite Peter Davison stories.

  • Radburn

    May 8th, 2013 - 3:24pm

    What I would really like is people to stop knocking Matthew Waterhouse continually in Interviews & Features – It’s starting to get very tiresome….

  • Scott the Raptor

    May 6th, 2013 - 3:50pm

    I got this from Asda this morning and I am three quarters of the way through part four.

    • drjakeyoung

      May 6th, 2013 - 4:04pm

      even know i pre ordered this from BBC shop months ago it still has not been delivered. Very annoyed.

    • Scott the Raptor

      May 6th, 2013 - 4:17pm

      I know how you feel! I preordered Day of the Daleks from Amazon and it didn’t come until 3 weeks after the release date.

    • drjakeyoung

      May 6th, 2013 - 5:40pm

      Really annoys me!

    • matparks08

      May 6th, 2013 - 10:50pm

      Won’t have been any post today anyway – hope it gets to you by tomorrow!

  • matparks08

    May 1st, 2013 - 10:15pm

    Got my copy today. Think it’s the earliest I’ve ever had a pre-order arrive. Must have shipped them early so no delays over bank holiday.

    • drjakeyoung

      May 1st, 2013 - 10:19pm

      was it from BBC shop? I still haven’t got an email to say they have dispatched it! If it gets here on Saturday, when should i expect an email?

    • matparks08

      May 2nd, 2013 - 1:32pm

      Galaxy4, not bbc shop 🙂

  • Dr in the TARDIS

    March 17th, 2013 - 12:04am

    I’ve only read the novelisation, and haven’t actually seen the story. I love the cover, and might get this one!

    • josh smith

      March 18th, 2013 - 7:43am

      i am i have never read or seen the story

  • McGann is The Doctor

    March 15th, 2013 - 5:02pm

    Anyone feel kindof dissapointed there is no forest on the cover ? Still a great cover but, no forest 🙁

    • doctorwhofandom

      March 17th, 2013 - 9:56am

      Love the cover would have been better with a forest tho

  • Dalekdan12345

    February 23rd, 2013 - 9:16pm

    sorry, what actually are special editions? i know it has remastered sound and picture quality. but does it still have all the original footage? and does it have the original trasnmission version in it to?

    • Gordon

      February 23rd, 2013 - 9:56pm

      In most cases it has all the original footage but in 1 or 2 cases there is an odd ocasion where a documentary has rights that have expired and getting the clearance to put it on the new edition isnt possible. Tombwatch on tomb of the cyberman and Panopticon 93 footage on three doctors to name 2. All special editions are as transmited

    • drjakeyoung

      February 24th, 2013 - 12:12am

      and the Jon Pertwee news thing on the original movie release.

    • Gordon

      February 24th, 2013 - 1:27am

      Its just a 2 second mention of his name at the end of the movie if i remember right

    • drjakeyoung

      February 25th, 2013 - 5:47pm

      wasn’t there a news article on the original movie release that was an Easter egg?

    • drjakeyoung

      February 25th, 2013 - 5:48pm

      forgot to put my avatar up 🙂

    • drjakeyoung

      February 25th, 2013 - 5:52pm

      i thought there was an Easter egg on the original release that let you see a news clip of the announcement that he died?

    • Gordon

      February 26th, 2013 - 1:31am

      Just double checked. You are right about it being an easter egg but its just a dedication caption rather than a news item

  • The Greater Intelligence

    February 23rd, 2013 - 2:08am

    This release has just been put on for pre-order for anyone who is interested about different stores carrying it in advance.


    February 22nd, 2013 - 5:27pm

    Love the android from this story and the terileptils are one of my favourite 80s aliens. looking forward to the upgraded picture quality and extras. So glad it got the re-release.

  • The Greater Intelligence

    February 22nd, 2013 - 2:48pm

    I think I’m the only one to notice this, but did anyone else realise that the London Fire is behind and under The Doctor. It’s almost like it’s consuming him, but not the Terriliptel or android. Very cool way to imply the results of the story.

    • drjakeyoung

      February 24th, 2013 - 12:14am

      SPOILER! I haven’t seen it yet! lol

    • The Greater Intelligence

      February 24th, 2013 - 1:19am

      Sorry, but you have to admit it does sound more intruiging after what I said, doesn’t it.

    • drjakeyoung

      February 25th, 2013 - 5:49pm

      yes OK it does! I really want to see it now!

    • The Greater Intelligence

      February 26th, 2013 - 1:02am

      You are welcome

    • McGann is the Doctor

      March 1st, 2013 - 11:53am

      What do you mean Greater Intelligence ? I have seen the story and don’t understand what you mean ? ❓

  • The TARDIS

    February 20th, 2013 - 4:43pm

    This story definitely needed a rerelease. The special features were… Sparse, at best. And the new cover is a serious improvement!

  • AlzieWhozie

    February 20th, 2013 - 4:12pm

    This looks like a SE well worth getting – to think a few years ago that Janet Fielding wouldn’t give a “to-camera interview” and now here she is doing interviews, Big Finish stuff, etc. Seeing PD, SS, MS and JF all together again on screen will be well worth it. And for me The Visitation was the story where I thought “yup, Peter Davison IS the Doctor”.

  • Ryan

    February 20th, 2013 - 11:25am

    Love the story, and, yeah, this did need a special edition! I’d love to see much more special editions this year, only a few mind; An Unearthly Child in November with an Adventure in Space and Time on of course, Horror of Fang-Rock (a making of), Earthshock (it’s rumoured), The Two Doctors (picture quality and making of), Ghost Light (picture quality) and The Curse of Fenric (making of, even though it was packed with features, so, probs not) And THAT cover… WOW…

    • celestial toymaker

      February 20th, 2013 - 11:50am

      it would be absolutely awesome if there were to be 50th anniversary se’s of the 5 doctors and the 3 doctors

    • McGann is the Doctor

      February 20th, 2013 - 12:49pm

      I really don’t think the Five Doctors or 3 Doctors need a rerelease, the latter has been recently rereleased and the former has a VERY substantial rerelease from 2008.

      I have heard that unfortunately, Ghost Light is as good looking as it ever will be, though I hope they can improve it somehow.

      An Unearthly Child DEFINITLY needs a rerelease because the original DVD was pink. That’s right, the glorious first ever episode of Doctor Who, has a pink cover. What a disgrace ❗

      Give me a Two Doctors rerelease with a better cover soon ❗

    • josh smith

      February 21st, 2013 - 9:16am

      no they dont re realese things becasue of cover i like the pink cover

  • Connor

    February 20th, 2013 - 9:51am

    Does anyone know if this is the last 5th doctor DVD to be released? I really want this to be the last but at the same time I want a Earthshock special edition as it in my opinion I’s the only one needed to be special editioned for Peter Davison range.what’s you’r thoughts do u think this will be the last 5th doctor DVD release?

    • celestial toymaker

      February 20th, 2013 - 11:31am

      probably not i hope for an earthshock se

    • McGann is the Doctor

      February 20th, 2013 - 12:50pm

      Not to mention Arc of Infinity getting a rerelease, and maybe give Castrovalva a CGI rerelease ? 😯

    • celestial toymaker

      February 27th, 2013 - 2:58pm

      castrovalva definitely wont be cgi i can tell you that now

  • kiwi63

    February 20th, 2013 - 8:56am

    wow, this DVD cover makes me want to do something I’ve never done before… want to watch the story

  • drjakeyoung

    February 19th, 2013 - 8:57pm

    you know, because this is the last year of the classic series DVDs (bar SE’s, animations etc etc)i am going to buy all of them that come out this year including the 2 dalek movies being re- released as special editions and on blue ray, scream of the shalka, and similar to the dalek movies, spearhead from space blue ray.

  • drjakeyoung

    February 19th, 2013 - 8:52pm

    that cover really is very good!

  • Lachlan

    February 19th, 2013 - 8:34pm

    Awesome! glad l didn’t buy The Visitation a few months back or i would probably have regretted it, this release looks great! i think it’s wise that there sorta trying to release something from every doctor in a way 🙂

    • drwhobob

      February 21st, 2013 - 11:33am


  • eddy

    February 19th, 2013 - 8:23pm

    i really love this episode, but i don’t really see the point of releasing another one, but do like the cover

    • gordon

      February 19th, 2013 - 8:29pm

      Better picture quality and better extras

    • eddy

      February 19th, 2013 - 8:50pm

      oh ok, thanks may buy it, not sure

  • Fezmeister

    February 19th, 2013 - 8:15pm

    The cover is very nice indeed. There’s something really appealing about it.

  • Connor

    February 19th, 2013 - 8:11pm

    Great cover! I so want to get this story it will be amazing! This cover art though is better then original relase though I wish it showed the robot in the grim reaper suit and the city behind it, but still a great cover! Does anyone know the special features yet? This story is one of the best Peter Davison story’s and it’s got the awesome villains the tetraps with there brilliant costumes and the setting in the Black Plague and the fire of London is great! This relase is coming out in May so thats very close. Have they released a trailer yet?

    • matparks08

      February 19th, 2013 - 8:20pm

      The special features are listed under the picture of the cover

    • Blake

      February 20th, 2013 - 3:01am

      It’s weird cause us region 4 people are getting it first in April.
      Janet fielding must have done it lol

    • Connor

      February 20th, 2013 - 4:59am

      Yea that must be true! Lol

    • gordon

      February 20th, 2013 - 9:13am

      Wouldn’t surprise me if the dates got changed. Can’t see it being released in Australia 2 weeks beforethe UK and the USA date is pretty much always been the 2nd Tuesday of the month

    • celestial toymaker

      February 20th, 2013 - 11:34am

      no they will not have released a trailer yet

    • celestial toymaker

      February 20th, 2013 - 11:36am

      lol janet fielding doesn’t even work for the bbc good joke tho

    • gordon

      March 5th, 2013 - 11:15am

      There is a few australian websites listing it as due 15th may. Just as I suspected the 24th April release date was mistake

    • Scott the Raptor

      May 6th, 2013 - 5:28pm

      The tetraps were in Time and the Rani. The terileptils are the villains in this episode.

  • gordon

    February 19th, 2013 - 7:44pm


    • Some bloke

      February 19th, 2013 - 7:54pm

      it’s great, lee binding always does an amazing job!!

    • gordon

      February 19th, 2013 - 8:28pm

      Yeah. He is normally very good but he does do the occasional poor cover. Looking forward to see his inferno mind and zygons covers.

    • Some bloke

      February 19th, 2013 - 9:03pm

      I know what you mean by the occasional poor one, i didnt really like his ‘greatest show… one’. Looked a little like an a piece of early 90’s vhs cover artwork, but oh well, its grown on me! cant wait for those, three, they’ll look amazing!! (I hope)

    • Ben Roberts

      February 20th, 2013 - 12:19am

      I often tweet Lee Binding about his artwork. He himself described Inferno as ‘sexy’ 😀

    • celestial toymaker

      February 20th, 2013 - 11:38am

      yeah and me

    • So it started like this

      January 26th, 2014 - 10:43am

      Ya gotta love Raymond though

  • TheMysteryLiker

    February 19th, 2013 - 7:42pm

    An interesting choice for a special edition. Never got this first time around so I may buy this. Grim Tales sounds great!

  • Some bloke

    February 19th, 2013 - 7:31pm

    love the cover! and the story isn’t that bad, I quite like it

  • josh smith

    February 19th, 2013 - 7:07pm

    yay since i never got the original release ill be buying this 🙂

  • matparks08

    February 19th, 2013 - 6:59pm

    Always exciting to see a new cover – and seems an age since we’ve seen a Davison one. Not a fan of this story though.

  • Adipose333

    February 19th, 2013 - 6:41pm

    Love the cover


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