Doctor Who Collection range discussionBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
An interview has been released online featuring Chris Chapman, one of the main contributors to the ongoing range of Doctor Who seasons being released on Blu-ray. The producer/director chatted about the challenges of creating fresh features and insights for the stories previously released on DVD, including those on the latest release, Season 14, and hinted about existing/potential developments planned for the future of the range.

The interview is available courtesy of Fantom Events.





Power Of The Daleks: special edition details discussedBookmark and Share

Monday, 4 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Animation director and producer Charles Norton appeared as a guest on last weekend's Time Space Visualiser convention organised by Fantom Events online, during which he discussed the new special edition of The Power of The Daleks with Toby Hadoke. The interview is available to watch online from the Fantom Events YouTube channel.


The Power of the Daleks: Special Edition is due to be released in July.





Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks – Special EditionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Power Of The Daleks - Special Edition (Credit: BBC Studios) The Power Of The Daleks - Special Edition (Credit: BBC Studios) BBC Studios have announced a Special Edition of the animated story The Power of the Daleks will be released on 6th July 2020.

An updated version of Patrick Troughton’s first story as the Second Doctor will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray

While no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived the purge of the BBC’s archive in 1975, fresh animation in high definition breathes new life into this much-loved story.

The six animated episodes replace the 2016 physical and digital release, with new and improved animation and authentic black and white visuals. The latest release also showcases a vast array of exciting new special features, in addition to all of the VAM on the 2016 release.

New additional material includes:
  • Two new documentaries about Power of the Daleks
  • 1993 BBC audio version of The Power of the Daleks narrated by Tom Baker
  • Raw incidental music
  • Photogrammetry Featurette
  • Whicker's World - I Don't Like My Monsters to Have Oedipus Complexes
  • Daleks - The Early Years: A 1992 documentary presented by Peter Davison
  • Robin Hood - 1953 Episode: Patrick Troughton’s earliest surviving TV appearance
  • BBC archive footage from BBC regional news, BBC Breakfast, Blue Peter and Newsnight
  • Previously unreleased animation trailers and animatics
  • Easter Eggs
And old favourites including:
  • Audio commentaries by Anneke Wills on each episode
  • Animation test footage
  • Photo Gallery, including previously unreleased and rediscovered full colour on-set photos from 1966.
  • Servants & Masters - The Making of The Power of the Daleks
You can pre-order the release from Amazon UK on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Update: the press release erroneously listed The Highlanders as an extra, but it has now been confirmed that this was originally planned as an audio track but couldn't included owing to space limitations.




#SaveTheDay with Doctor Who around the worldBookmark and Share

Saturday, 21 March 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
#SaveTheDay (Credit: BBC)Today at 7:00pm GMT, Doctor Who fans (and anybody else who wants to join in!) all around the world are invited to join in a special global viewing of the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who adventure, The Day Of The Doctor!

Organised by Doctor Who Magazine writer, Emily Cook, the idea is to bring some cheer during the current global pandemic by fans watching episodes simultaneously and sharing their views together as the stories unfold. Back in 2013, The Day Of The Doctor achieved a world record for the number of viewers globally, and this story has been chosen to kick off this new shared experience, using the hashtag that promoted the anniversary, #SaveTheDay.

To join in, simply pop in your DVD or Bluray disc, or access a streaming service such as BBC iPlayer or Netflix, and then hit play at 7:00pm GMT/3:00pm ET/6:00am AEDT/8:00am NZDT and share your viewing experience!



If successful, further shared viewing days could follow, with provisional ideas including the 21st Century Doctor Who premiere Rose on 26th March to celebrate its 15th anniversary, and the eleventh Doctor opener The Eleventh Hour on 3rd April in celebration of its 10th anniversary!






Doctor Who The Faceless Ones AnimationBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who The Faceless Ones Animation (Credit: BBC Studios)The BBC has released more details about the March release of the Doctor Who missing serial The Faceless Ones.

The story will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and SteelBook on 16th March 2020 and is now available to pre-order now from Amazon.

The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, the story concerns a sinister race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.

Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives with snippets of footage and still images existing from the other four. Fortunately, off-air recordings of the soundtrack also still exist, making the animation of a complete serial possible once again.

The six new animated episodes are being made in full colour and high definition and will include the following exclusive special features:
  • Photographic reconstruction of the story, including surviving footage of episodes 1 & 3
  • Audio commentary on episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • ‘Making of the animated series’
  • Camera script PDF’s
  • Surviving film fragments from the story
  • x5 ‘Easter Egg’ surprises
  • Coming Soon Fury from the Deep trailer




Season 14 Bluray releaseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Studios have announced that Season 14 will be the next instalment in the DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION Blu-ray range, now available to pre-order from Amazon:

Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 14 (pack shot) (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who fans will be delighted to hear that BBC Studios is releasing Season 14 on Blu-Ray. Tom Baker’s third series as the Doctor will debut on Monday 20th April, and is available to pre-order now.

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 14:
  • THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA
  • THE HAND OF FEAR
  • THE DEADLY ASSASSIN
  • THE FACE OF EVIL
  • THE ROBOTS OF DEATH
  • THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG
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.

Producer Phillip Hinchliffe led Doctor Who through a creative high, joined by Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Louise Jameson as the Doctor’s captivating new companion Leela and guests stars Tim Pigott-Smith, Stephen Thorne, Peter Pratt, Pamela Salem, David Collings, Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter.

With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive special features which include:
  • Immersive 5.1 surround sound - The Deadly Assassin
  • Brand new audio commentaries - Tom Baker and Matthew Sweet on selected episodes of The Face of Evil and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
  • Behind the Sofa - New episodes with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Philip Hinchcliffe, plus companions Sophie Aldred and Peter Purves.
  • Our Sarah Jane – Elisabeth Sladen Tribute - A feature-length look at the life and career of Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen.
  • Whose Doctor Who Revisited - Toby Hadoke meets the producers and grown-up stars of the very first Who Documentary.
  • In Conversation - Matthew Sweet chats to producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
  • Blu-Ray trailer - Louise Jameson has trouble with her new home assistant.
  • Brand new interviews
  • Rare archive material
  • Convention footage
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files and other gems from our PDF archive
The eight-disc box set also includes hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.






Doctor Who: Series 5 Steelbook announcedBookmark and Share

Monday, 16 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Studios have announced the forthcoming release of Doctor Who's fifth series of adventures for the 21st Century in a limited edition Steelbook:

Doctor Who: Series 5 Collection Steel Book (cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)Transport yourself back in time and space with Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series on Steelbook Blu-Ray.

Series Five welcomed the arrival of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his new friend, Amy Pond.

After his explosive regeneration, the Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash. Pulling himself out of the wreckage, he comes face-to-face with Amy Pond and promises to take her on a journey to the stars. Boarding the TARDIS, Amy and the Doctor embark on a series of adventures that will change her life forever.

Executive Produced by Steven Moffat, the series features Arthur Darvill as Amy’s fiancé Rory Williams and guest stars including Olivia Coleman, James Cordan, Bill Nighy, Ian McNeice, Annette Crosbie, Helen McCrory, Lucian Msamati, Alex Price, Sophie Okonedo, Nia Roberts, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Bonus features include two ‘Meanwhile in the Tardis’ additional scenes, four ‘The Monster Files’, a three-part video diary, thirteen ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ cut-downs, six in-vision commentaries, out-takes and over twenty teasers and trailers.

The Steelbook will feature new and exclusive artwork.
Doctor Who Collection: Series 5 Steelbook (front cover) (Credit: BBC Studios) Doctor Who Collection: Series 5 Steelbook (back cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)

The steelbook is due to be released on 10 February 2019, and is available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon.




Fury From The Deep animated teaser releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 27 October 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Fury From The Deep - Steelbook (artwork tbc) (Credit: BBC Studios)BBC Studios have announced that the next missing Patrick Troughton story to receive the animated treatment will be Fury From The Deep, the penultimate adventure from the fifth season which features the departure of travelling companion Victoria.

The release was announced on the Animations Panel at this weekend's London Comic Con, and as well as all six missing episodes being animated in high definition in both colour and black and white it will also include the surviving clips from the serial, a new Making-Of, and other features still be be announced.

The story is due to be relesed on DVD and Blu-ray (including as a steelbook edition) during 2020, following on from The Faceless Ones, which was announced earlier this year, also for 2020.






Double dose of Sil for NovemberBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 October 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media have announced two new releases for 4th November, both of which feature the unscrupulous reptilian businessman Sil, as played by Nabil Shaban.

Sil and The Devil Seeds of Arobor (Credit: Koch Media)Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor
Produced and directed by Keith Barnfather
Format; DVD/Blu-ray; Runtime: 100 mins plus 50 mins special features (order from Amazon UK)

An original drama from the world of BBC TV’s Doctor Who, featuring Sil, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from planet Thoros Beta, who first appeared in classic Colin Baker-era Doctor Who episodes Vengeance of Varos and The Trial of a Timelord, and is once again played by actor Nabil Shaban.


Sil is worried. Very worried… which doesn’t keep his reptilian skin in the best condition! Confined in a cold detention cell on the moon, awaiting a deportation hearing while on trial for drugs offences committed on Earth, he faces a death sentence if the application is successful and he is found guilty. His powerful employers at the Universal Monetary Fund aren’t too pleased about that. Not at all…

As time runs out and friends desert him, Sil must use all of his devious, vile, underhanded, ruthless, and amoral business acumen to survive. Can he possibly slime his way out of this one?



Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor is produced and directed by Keith Barnfather (Mindgame), written by Sil’s creator and original episode writer Philip Martin, and stars Nabil Shaban, reprising his role as Sil, and Christopher Ryan, reprising the role of Kiv (The Trial of a Timelord) along with Doctor Who stars Sophie Aldred (‘Ace’ 1987-1989), Janet Henfrey (The Curse of Fenric, Mummy on the Orient Express), and Sakuntala Ramanee (Survival).

The Doctors: More Monsters! (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: More Monsters!
Produced by Keith Barnfather
Format: DVD; Runtime: 330 mins (order from Amazon UK)

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of unsung heroes who sent you "behind the sofa" by bringing the monsters in Doctor Who to life!

These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with:
  • Nabil Shaban (Sil - The Trial of a Timelord, Vengeance of Varos)
  • Christopher Ryan (Kiv - The Trial of a Timelord)
  • Stephen Thorne (Omega - The Three Doctors, Azal - The Daemons, Eldrad - The Hand of Fear)
  • Terry Molloy (Davros - Remembrance of the Daleks / Resurrection of the Daleks)
  • Stuart Fell and Jon Davey (who have both played monsters too numerous to list, including Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen!)
For all Doctor Who fans, this 2-disc special collector’s edition is 5-hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series.

Presented by Robert Dick and “voice of the Daleks” Nicholas Briggs. Includes special introduction by Nicholas Briggs & ‘The Doctors’ Producer Keith Barnfather.




Mission to the Unknown ReconstructionBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
A recreation of a long lost Doctor Who episode is to be released on the official Doctor Who YouTube channel, exactly 54 years after it was first screened in the UK.

Mission to the Unknown was first screened on BBC One on Saturday 9th October 1965. Sometimes known as The Dalek Cutaway it was a prequel to the upcoming 12 part story The Dalek Masterplan and is the only Doctor Who episode in history in which neither The Doctor or any of his companions are featured.

The original episode was destroyed by the BBC many years ago, but the story has been faithfully recreated by a team of students, graduates and staff of the University of Central Lancashire.

The new production will be premiered on the Doctor Who YouTube channel at exactly 5.50pm BST on the 9th October to mark the anniversary of the original broadcast of the episode.

The project was masterminded by Andrew Ireland, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Digital and Creative Industries at the university, and brought together a dedicated group of students from a wide range of disciplines including film and television, acting, fashion, music, design and dance to recreate the episode from the original script as authentically as possible, carefully researching and reproducing as faithfully as possible the original 1960s production techniques to re-create the classic look of the series.

The recreation caught the imagination of several Doctor Who luminaries including Nicholas Briggs, who has provided the Dalek voices for the recreated episode, and stars including Peter Purves, who played 1960s companion Steven Taylor, and Edward de Souza, who played Marc Cory in the original episode, visiting the new set to lend their support.

The episode will be followed by a making-of documentary short created by YouTuber Josh Snares.

Luke Spillane, Digital Publishing Manager for Doctor Who at BBC Studios, said:
I’m delighted that we will be bringing the story of Space Security agent Marc Cory to our 1.3 million subscribers on the Doctor Who YouTube channel as it is such a fantastic recreation, made lovingly with real craft and expertise by everyone at the University of Central Lancashire. I hope audiences around the world can imagine that it’s tea time on the 9th October 1965 as they rather excitingly watch a black and white episode of Doctor Who premiere on their television sets, mobile phones and tablets.
Andrew Ireland, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Digital and Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, said:
It is such a loss to our cultural heritage that so many episodes of 1960s Doctor Who are missing from the BBC archives. This project presented us with an exciting opportunity to address that, to explore a new way of bringing these missing slices of TV history to life, and in the process, help students learn their craft by comparing contemporary production methods with historical approaches. The project gave so many people great experiences, and it is wonderful to see the Daleks menacing a black and white jungle once more.




Competition: The Paul McGann YearsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 15 September 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Readers in the United Kingdom have a chance to win of a copy of the latest DVD release from the Reeltime Pictures archive, The Doctors: The Paul McGann Years, courtesy of Koch Media UK:

Reeltime Pictures: The Doctors: The Paul McGann Years [order from Amazon UK

The Doctors - The Paul McGann Years (Credit: Koch Media)This is the definitive set of interviews with the team who brought the Paul McGann era of Doctor Who to life. These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor), Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway), Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee), Eric Roberts (The Master), Philip Segal (Producer) and Geoffrey Sax (Director) ever undertaken. Presented by Sophie Aldred, Robert Dick and the voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
To be in with a chance to win a copy of the set, simply answer the following question:
Who was Paul McGann's agent at the time he was cast as the Doctor?
Please send your answer along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-mcgannyears@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "At least Freud would have taken me seriously". Open to readers within the United Kingdom only. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Sunday 29th September 2019.




Season 26 Blu-ray ReleaseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Season 26 (Credit: BBC Studios)BBC Studios have announced that Season 26 will be the next instalment in the DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION Blu-ray range

Released on Monday 23rd December is the acclaimed final season from the series’ original run, starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred:

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 26
  • BATTLEFIELD
  • GHOST LIGHT
  • THE CURSE OF FENRIC
  • SURVIVAL
In 1989, Doctor Who was on a creative high, with the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace revitalising the programme for a new generation. Season 26 featured 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.

With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive 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.
The seven-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD.

Pre-order on Amazon.

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




Doctor Who: The Collection: Season 23Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Collection: Season 23 boxed set (Credit: BBC Studios)BBC Studios have announced that the next instalment in their collection of remastered Blu-ray Doctor Who boxed sets will see the Doctor on trial as Colin Baker's last season is released on 23rd September 2019.

In 1985, Doctor Who was taken off the air for an 18 month hiatus. When it returned, it was with an ambitious fourteen-episode adventure, The Trial of a Time Lord. The epic story saw the Doctor on trial for his life, with the court examining his adventures with companion Peri (Nicola Bryant) and looking to his future escapades with new companion Melanie (Bonnie Langford). This season saw the return of popular villain Sil, along with the Master, the towering robot Drathro and the plant-based Vervoid monsters. With the Inquisitor (Lynda Bellingham) overseeing the proceedings, it was the Valeyard (Michael Jayston) who proved the greatest threat, hiding his own sinister motives for wanting the Doctor’s downfall.

The six disc Blu-ray collection includes all four of the stories comprising this season, features previously available on the original DVD releases, plus a range of new material:


The collection is available for pre-order in the United Kingdom from our Amazon Shop.



* - the original soundtrack for Mindwarp is missing, but sound supervisor Mark Ayres has confirmed the original composer Richard Hartley was commissioned to re-record his score for this release.




The Faceless Ones - New Animated ReleaseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Faceless Ones (Credit: BBC Studios)
BBC Studios has announced that The Faceless Ones will be the next animated Doctor Who release.

The release follows the success of The Power of the Daleks, Shada and The Macra Terror. The Faceless Ones will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and as an exclusive steelbook next year.

The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season in Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, the story concerns a race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.

The story is the last to feature Michael Craze as Ben and Anneke Wills as Polly.

Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives with snippets of footage and still images existing from the other four. Off-air recordings of the soundtrack also still exist, making the animation of a complete serial possible once again.

The six new animated episodes are being made in full colour and high definition and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2020. The DVD/Blu-ray release will also include surviving archive material from the original 1967 production.

The Faceless Ones is available for preorder as Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook.