Brian Minchin Appointed As Co-Executive ProducerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Brian Minchin has been made executive producer on Doctor Who alongside showrunner and lead writer Steven Moffat with immediate effect, it was announced this afternoon.

He replaces Caroline Skinner, who stepped down last month to join BBC Drama Production in London.

Minchin is an executive producer for BBC Wales's drama department, where he has been working on The Game, a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse for BBC One, and Wizards vs Aliens, the Russell T Davies and Phil Ford co-creation for CBBC. He has also worked as BBC executive producer on Dirk Gently - based on the novels by Douglas Adams - and Being Human (another Whithouse creation).

He has been a script editor on Doctor Who and was a producer for spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as the UK sections of Torchwood: Miracle Day, and was assistant producer on Torchwood: Children Of Earth.

Having grown up in Aberystwyth, Minchin joined the BBC Wales drama department in Cardiff in 2005 as a script editor working on the BBC One Wales production Belonging, before moving to network dramas Doctor Who and Torchwood in the same role.

He said:
I'm thrilled and excited to be joining Steven Moffat on a show that has meant so much to me over the years. I've watched in awe as Steven has taken Doctor Who to wild and imaginative places and I can't wait to get started on many more adventures with the Doctor.
Faith Penhale, the head of drama at BBC Wales, said:
I've no doubt Doctor Who will enjoy a very exciting time with Brian at the helm working alongside Steven. Since joining BBC Wales in 2005, he's proved he has a fantastic eye for story and a sharp awareness of what makes a drama like Doctor Who unmissable.
And Moffat added:
When I first took over Doctor Who, Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then - but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who in his new role of executive producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.




Next Time: The Crimson HorrorBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This weekend's adventure for the Doctor and Clara will be The Crimson Horror, written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Saul Metzstein. The episode will premiere on BBC One in the United Kingdom on Saturday at 6:30pm.

The Crimson Horror: Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Adrian Rogers)There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people.

There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!

The Doctor - Matt Smith
Clara - Jenna-Louise Coleman
Mrs Gillyflower - Diana Rigg
Ada - Rachael Stirling
Jenny - Catrin Stewart
Madame Vastra - Neve McIntosh
Strax - Dan Starkey
Angie - Eve de Leon Allen
Artie - Kassius Carey Johnson
Edmund / Mr Thursday - Brendan Patricks
Amos - Graham Turner
Effie - Olivia Vinall
Abigail - Michelle Tate
Urchin Boy - Jack Oliver Hudson

Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Produced by Marcus Wilson
Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Some minor changes to the schedule this weekend. The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins continues to follow on BBC One, but on ITV, Britain's Got Talent shifts to 7:15pm, no longer overlapping with Doctor Who; it is preceeded by You've Been Framed! Top 100 Weddings. BBC Two presents Dad's Army at 6:30pm followed by World Snooker at 7:00pm, Channel 4 has the news followed by Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses also at 7:00pm, and the Channel 5 movie for this week is Stone Cold.


Internationally, The Crimson Horror will be broadcast in the United States and Canada on BBC America and SPACE respectively at 8:00pm ET the same evening, and then on Sunday it can be watched in Australia via ABC at 7:30pm, Poland via BBC Entertainment at 6:00pm, and South Africa via BBC Entertainment at 7:00pm. Meanwhile, New Zealand viewers will see Hide this Thursday on PRIME at 8:30pm.

See This Week in Doctor Who for more details on scheduling and repeats.

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Campaign To Save Studios RenewedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Campaigners are renewing their efforts to save film studios that have close links to Doctor Who.

Bray Studios, near Maidenhead in Berkshire, are probably most famous for the Hammer horror films that were made there, including some starring Peter Cushing, but they have also hosted TV work as well as band rehearsals.

Doctor Who used the facilities for six stories between 1972 and 1979 - namely, Frontier In Space, The Invisible Enemy, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Power of Kroll, and City of Death - and the studios were also used by Gerry Anderson for his shows.

The now-dilapidated site, owned by showbusiness agent Neville Hendricks, is set to be turned into seven executive homes but the Save Bray Studios campaign, headed by Robert Simpson, aims to halt the bulldozers in their tracks.

Mr Simpson told Doctor Who News:
Over the years the studios have been home to hundreds of films, television productions, including model work for Doctor Who, and music. They are now set for demolition and conversion into housing following a successful planning application, but the campaign is looking into halting this and exploring any options that would allow them to continue functioning as studios.

Director Terry Gilliam and Rocky Horror's Richard O'Brien have now lent their support publicly, and other big names are in the wings.
An online petition has been launched, which can be signed here.




Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS AI:85Bookmark and Share

Monday, 29 April 2013 - Reported by Marcus

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS had an Appreciation Index, or AI score, of 85.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

Doctor Who scored higher than most of Saturday's output. The highest scoring programmes of the day were Casualty with 87, Dad's Army with 88 and Law and Order with 89.




Australian overnight ratings for Journey to the Centre of the TARDISBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 April 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk



Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS has debuted in Australia, averaging 725,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the ABC's top-rating drama of the day and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall. These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




Sounds from the Inferno: limited copies still availableBookmark and Share

Sunday, 28 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Signum Books have a limited number of their special vinyl release of John Smith and the Common Men: Sounds from the Inferno available for order from their website.

The record - which featured Three Guitars Mood 2 from An Unearthly Child and music from The War Machines - was released for this year's Record Store Day, and is limited to 1000 copies.

Copies are on a first-come, first-served basis, and Signum Books will ship to the UK, Europe and the United States.


(with thanks to Marcus Hearn)




Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: Overnight AudienceBookmark and Share

Sunday, 28 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS achieved an overnight audience of 4.9 million viewers, a share of 26.7% of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was third for the day, beaten by the usual suspects for the evening. Its final quarter hour overlapped the day's highest-rated show Britain's Got Talent on ITV, which was top for the day with 9.3m (9.8m with +1) watching, capturing a 43.9%(46.4%) share of the audience. The BBC's talent show, The Voice, on later in the evening, was watched by 8.0 million (35.5% share).

Final ratings will be released next week, which normally sees a substantial increase in Doctor Who's audience once those who timeshift the programme are factored in.





Harvest Of Time Book Details ReleasedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 27 April 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
BBC Books has released details of the forthcoming adventure Harvest of Time featuring the Third Doctor and the Master as well as UNIT.

Announced in July 2011, it has been written by Alastair Reynolds, who won a British Science Fiction Association award in 2001 for his novel Chasm City.

After billion of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own . . .

On Earth, UNIT is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun when something even stranger takes hold: the Brigadier is starting to forget about UNIT's highest-profile prisoner. And he is not alone in his amnesia.

As the Sild invasion begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must face his arch-nemesis – the Master.

The 386-page book, which has an RRP of £16.99, will be published on Thursday 6th June and is available to pre-order.

Reynolds gained a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency before becoming a full-time writer. His book Revelation Space was short-listed for both the Arthur C Clarke and BSFA Awards, while House of Suns was short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award.




The Robots of Death and City of Death on UKTVBookmark and Share

Saturday, 27 April 2013 - Reported by Paul Scoones

UKTV

Sunday 28th April sees the broadcast of two four-part Tom Baker stories, The Robots of Death (1977) and City of Death (1979) on Australian and New Zealand television. The two stories, screened back-to-back, are the 17th and 18th instalments in the 50th Anniversary season of Doctor Who stories on the UKTV channel.

The stories are scheduled in New Zealand at 2:30pm and 4:10pm, and in Australia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm respectively. New Zealand has an additional screening on Monday 29th April at 2:20am and 4:00am.

The Robots of Death was first broadcast in Australia in 1978 and in New Zealand in 1979. Both countries saw City of Death in 1980.


The UKTV billing describes the stories as follows:
The Robots of Death The Fourth Doctor & Leela land in the cargo hopper of a sandminer, whose crew are being murdered one by one. Suspicion falls on the two visitors, but they are freed by Poul.
City of Death The Fourth Doctor & Romana sense that someone is tampering with time. Who is the mysterious Count Scarlioni? & how many copies of the Mona Lisa did da Vinci paint?
UKTV is showing stories throughout the year in the lead-up to the anniversary in November. The Robots of Death and City of Death are the last in a set of six stories featuring Tom Baker's Doctor broadcast during April.

Next month showcases Peter Davison's Doctor, with six of his stories scheduled: Kinda (5 May), Earthshock and Snakedance (12 May), Frontios and Resurrection of the Daleks (19 May), The Caves of Androzani (26 May).

Up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV's Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.





AudioGo: May releasesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 27 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
May will see the release by AudioGo of the next encounter for the Doctor in their ongoing 50th Anniversary series Destiny of the Doctor, this month reaching his fifth incarnation. Meanwhile, the latest audio adaption of the Target novelisations takes listeners on a trip to Peladon with the Third Doctor. Plus, readers also enter our competitions to be in with a chance to win copies.

Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors
Starring Janet Fielding, with Tim Beckmann

The Doctor answers a psionic distress call sent from England in the 1920s. There, in the environs of a fairground, he is reunited with an old friend: Harry Houdini. To Adric and Nyssa the name means very little, but to the Doctor's companion Tegan he is a legend. Escape artist extraordinaire, Houdini's reputation will last for decades. But how does Houdini know so much about Tegan herself? Is it really just guesswork, as he says? Is Houdini right to be concerned about the fairground's fortune teller, who claims to have supernatural skills? Both he and the Doctor suspect an alien influence may be at work.

What neither the Doctor nor his friends realise is that, somewhere in the shadows, a sinister and all too familiar presence is lying in wait for them...

Doctor Who: Smoke and Mirrors (Destiny of the Doctor 5) is an original adventure by Steve Lyons, a prolific writer of Doctor Who fiction, and is available as a CD or download from 2nd May. It’s performed by Janet Fielding, who played Tegan in the original TV series, and Tim Beckmann. The series is produced for AudioGO by Big Finish Productions.

To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Smoke and Mirrors courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
As mentioned above, Harry Houdini is an old friend of the Doctor's, and he recently featured in a festive online tale alongside the Eleventh Doctor - what was the name of that story?
Please send your answer to smoke-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Now get out of that!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon, read by David Troughton (Credit: AudioGo)Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon
Written by Brian Hayles
Read by David Troughton

When the TARDIS materializes on the primitive planet Peladon, the Doctor and Jo become embroiled in political machinations. What is the secret behind the killings on the planet, and how are his old enemies the Ice Warriors involved?

Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon! The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

What is the secret behind the killings on the planet of Peladon? Is Aggedor seeking revenge because the King of Peladon wants his kingdom to become a member of the Galactic Federation? Will the Doctor escape the claws of Aggedor and discover the truth?

Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is Brian Hayles’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published in 1974 by Target Books. It is read by David Troughton, who played King Peladon in the original BBC TV episodes. It is based on the original 1972 TV serial of the same name, featuring the 3rd Doctor (as played by Jon Pertwee). Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is available as an audiobook from AudioGO, on CDs or as an audio download, from 2nd May.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of The Curse of Peladon courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
David Troughton played Peladon in the tale, but this wasn't his first appearance in Doctor Who - name his first role.
Please send your answer to peladon-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "By the spirit of Aggedor!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

In addition, AudioGo have also released an audio adaptation of the latest adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, Plague of the Cybermen:

Plague of the Cybermen (Credit: AudioGo)Plague of the Cybermen
Written by Justin Richards
Read by David Warner, with Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen

When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned ...

The Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the situation.
 

To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Plague of the Cybermen courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Plagues, viruses and Cybermen go hand-in-hand, but in which story did they spread 'infection' through the use of sugar?
Please send your answer to plague-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "You know our ways!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.




DVD Update: The Green Death (SE)Bookmark and Share

Friday, 26 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Green Death. Photo: BBCThe BBFC have now classified the special features that are to appear on the forthcoming special edition release of The Green Death, currently scheduled for the 5th August in the United Kingdom.

00:11:38:12 VISUAL EFFECTS (FEATURETTE)
00:07:40:04 (STEWART BEVAN INTERVIEW)
00:05:38:01 WHAT KATY DID NEXT (FEATURETTE)
00:06:49:21 (ROBERT SLOMAN INTERVIEW)
00:10:51:09 GLOBAL CONSPIRACY? (FEATURETTE)
00:02:27:21 (WALES TODAY) (ARCHIVAL TV FOOTAGE)
00:00:38:18 (EASTER EGG NO. 2)
00:09:49:23 THE GREEN DEATH - PHOTO GALLERY
00:23:07:06 DR. FOREVER! - THE UNQUIET DEAD (FEATURETTE)
00:26:21:18 THE ONE WITH THE MAGGOTS - MAKING THE GREEN DEATH
00:01:23:10 ORIGINAL CONTINUITY ANNOUNCEMENTS -
SATURDAY MAY 12TH 1973 TO SATURDAY JUNE 16TH 1973 - 5.50PM BBC1
(EASTER EGG NO. 1)
00:02:43:03 REPEAT CONTINUITY ANNOUNCEMENTS -
SUNDAY JANUARY 2ND 1994 TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6TH 1994 - 12.00PM BBC2
(EASTER EGG NO. 1)

Features that are new to this DVD release are highlighted above.



Since the previous update, the current series finale The Name of the Doctor has been classified for its DVD release as part of the Series 7 Part 2 boxed set in May, with a running time of 44m 26s.




An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV LegendBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 April 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Journey into the Unknown
The ninth in our series of features looking at events leading to the creation of a true TV legend.

The story so far: Initial planning has taken place on a new science-fiction series to run on BBC television on Saturday evenings, filling the gap between Grandstand and the pop music show Juke Box Jury. Following a meeting on 26th March 1963, chaired by script department head Donald Wilson, the script writer Cecil Edwin "Bunny" Webber produces an initial character and set-up plan, while his colleague Alice Frick writes up a report of the meeting, outlining ideas on transport, communication, themes, and format.

It was in April 1963, 50 years ago this month, that BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman, the man who had commissioned the new series, considered the initial programme suggestions. The reports, which exist in the BBC's written archives, show Newman making a number of handwritten comments showing his thoughts on the proposals. He was not keen on the idea of a flying saucer, saying it was "Not based in reality - or too Sunday press", and he dismissed the idea of a team of troubleshooters with the one emphatic word "No". Newman was keen to get a youngster involved in the action. "Need a kid to get into trouble" he wrote, and "make mistakes". In addition, he gave short shrift to Webber's thoughts on villains - the possibility of a recurring one, perhaps a politician or industrialist, or "ad hoc villains for each story, as needed" - bracketing the whole section of the plan "corny".

Overall, Newman thought the proposals from the team were too unimaginative and highbrow. He was trying to bring fresh thinking to the BBC and was worried the idea was too safe, too derivative of other BBC dramas. He felt a better model for the series would be Pathfinders - three serials he produced at ABC - where a strong storyline was followed each week with a dramatic cliffhanger in much the same way as the classic cinema serials such as Flash Gordon had done. Indeed, the BBC had produced similar serials, such as Stranger From Space, The Lost Planet, and Return To The Lost Planet. (Stranger From Space - part of the children's programme Whirligig - can lay claim to being Britain's first TV sci-fi cliffhanger serial. It ran for two series in 1951 and 1952 and included in its cast Valentine Dyall and Peter Hawkins.)

One thing of which Newman did approve, though, was the idea of a time machine. He later recalled:
How wonderful, I thought, if today's humans could find themselves on the shores of England seeing and getting mixed up with Caesar's army in 54BC, landing to take over the country; be in burning Rome as Nero fiddled; get involved in Europe's tragic Thirty Years War; and so on.
Newman was happy with the proposal of a handsome young man hero to lead the action, alongside a well-dressed heroine aged about 30. As noted above, he wanted a young teenager to join the action, to be a link with the many children he expected to be watching. However, it was with the third character outlined in the report - the maturer man aged 35 to 40 "with some 'character' twist" - that he had the most influence, and he set out his thoughts on this in a memo to Wilson, replacing Webber's maturer man with somebody quite different . . .

Although now lost from the archives, Newman's memo detailed the character who would lead the show and become its focus. Newman wanted a grumpy, frail, old man to be the centre of the series, a man on the run, cut off from his own faraway planet and highly advanced people from whom he had fled, stealing a time machine in the escape. Newman even gave the character a name, and in doing so, 50 years ago this month, he created one of the most iconic characters in television history. This man would simply be known as the Doctor.

By now, the script department had made way for the serials department, of which Wilson was in charge, and it was this new department that would be tasked with making the new show.

While planning the basic set-up of the series, a number of decisions were being made on a more practical level, detailing just how the series would be made and how it would be resourced. The new series had been allocated Studio D at Lime Grove. The BBC had bought the Lime Grove studio complex in 1949 as a stop-gap to provide studio space in central London while the new Television Centre was being built at White City. The studios were built for film, where they were home to the Ealing comedies and the famous British film The Wicked Lady. Converted for use by television, they became home to many productions in the 1950s, including the famous dramatisation of Nineteen Eighty-Four starring Peter Cushing, as well as the comedy series Steptoe and Son (whose title music was composed by Ron Grainer) and the early soap opera The Grove Family, which took its title family from the studios, was created and written by Jon Pertwee's father and elder brother, Roland and Michael, and whose cast included Peter Bryant.

In a memo sent on Friday 26th April 1963, exactly 50 years ago today, Drama Group Administrator Ayton Whitaker set out the plans for the new series. The memo gives an intended transmission date of the end of July, some four months before the series would eventually appear. It sets out the budget - £2,300 per episode - and notes how facilities such as back projection and inlay would be needed.
I understand that facilities are available for recording the Saturday serial weekly in Studio D on Fridays, starting from 5 July (Week 27), the first transmission to be in Week 31 on Saturday 27 July.

The serials, which will in all run for 52 weeks, will average six episodes and every serial will require one week's filming at the Television Film Studios. For the most part this filming will be confined to special effects, but artists, with therefore attendant wardrobe and make-up facilities, will be required on occasions. The first two serials are each of four episodes.

. . .

Moving and Still BP [back projection] will be required in the studio on all recording days, so there should be a block booking for 52 weeks, starting on the Friday of Week 27. Inlay and overlay will also be required as a regular facility.

The series will cost £2,300 per episode, and an additional £500 will be needed to build the space/time machine which will be used throughout the 52 weeks.
He is subsequently told that the design department should be able to cope with the new series, so long as no more than 500 man-hours on the first episode and 350 man-hours per successive instalment are needed.

Next EpisodeNothing At The End Of The Lane
Compiled by:
Marcus and John Bowman
SOURCES: BBC Archive - The Genesis of Doctor Who; The Handbook (Howe, Walker, Stammers; 2005); Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction (Fulton; 2000); BFI Screenonline





Fundraising in memory of Caroline JohnBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Ben Beevers, the son of the late Caroline John, is fundraising in his mother's memory:

Caroline John (Credit: Big Finish)Last year, Caroline John - who played Liz Shaw, the Third Doctor's assistant - passed away after a long battle with cancer. During her illness Caroline and her family received amazing support from the Princess Alice Hospice.

On 4th August 2013 her son, Ben Beevers, will be cycling the London-Surrey 100 (a 100-mile cycle ride through London and Surrey!) for Help for Hospices in memory of Caroline.

Ben said:
The Princess Alice Hospice cared brilliantly for my Mum and this care allowed her to spend more time with us as a family and come back home in the final few weeks. We will always be grateful for those last days with Mum and so we are attempting to raise money for the hospices, particularly Princess Alice's. We want to give something back and continue to give others the support they need at the most difficult of times, making the unbearable that little bit easier.

If you can spare anything please visit Caroline John’s Just Giving page, or you can text MUMM71 (followed by the amount you want to donate, e.g. £5) to 70070
 

(with thanks to Big Finish)




DVD Update: Doctor Who: RegenerationBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who: Regeneration - R2 DVD Cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The BBC have finally confirmed that the Regeneration set that has been listed on Internet sites such as the BBC Shop and Amazon will indeed be released in June.

As the title implied, this release deals with the Doctor's regenerations, and will be presented as a limited edition, "coffee-table" book which will include six DVDs covering the adventures associated with the change of actor - and includes the premiere of the newly animation-enhanced The Tenth Planet on DVD.

The full list of stories are: The Tenth Planet, The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis The Caves of Androzani, Time and the Rani, Doctor Who: The Movie, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, and The End of Time.

Regeneration will now be released on 24th June and not 10th as originally scheduled.