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April 2014 North America Doctor Who DVD Release

2013 saw the return of almost two complete, previously thought lost forever, Doctor Who stories: The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.

While The Enemy of the World, the complete story, has seen release on DVD already (except in the United States as yet – sorry American friends!), The Web of Fear has finally had its North American DVD release date announced as April 22, 2014. The iTunes release of The Web of Fear, the second story to feature the Yeti and the recently-returned Great Intelligence, of course had a reconstruction for its missing Episode 3; it seems the DVD release will have the reconstruction again despite other recent Classic Doctor Who releases having some episodes animated.

In fact, like The Enemy of the World, no extras are likely be included with the DVD release of The Web of Fear, though Warner has yet to formally announce that information. No final artwork is yet available, though it will be based on the above design by Tea-Lady Design.

MSRP for this single-disc release will be $19.98. Click on the above artwork for a larger version, and read more details at!

March 2014 North American DVD/Blu-ray Release: The Time of the Doctor

New York – December 18, 2013 – BBC Home Entertainment announces Matt Smith’s final appearance in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 4, 2014. With over 60 minutes of sensational bonus features including an hour long special celebrating Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, this is a must-have for any Doctor Who fan’s collection.

Bonus features include:

· “The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens” – It’s Christmas! A time for peace and goodwill to all. But hang on, its Doctor Who, surely it can’t be that simple? We take a peek behind the lens on this cracker of a Christmas special. The tinsel is out at the Oswald’s and we meet a familiar enemy in a new form. The Doctor comes face to face with the enigmatic Tasha Lem and makes a new friend. With Matt Smith, Orla Brady, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Danny Hargreaves, Jack Hollington, Sheila Reid, James Buller and Elizabeth Rider.

· “Farewell to Matt Smith” – Narrated by Alex Kingston (River Song), This compelling, hour-long special looks back at Matt Smith’s extraordinary tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, featuring highlights from the show and copious interview footage with Matt, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and celebrity Doctor Who fans.

· “Tales from the TARDIS” – A look back at the full, 50-year history of this iconic series. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and past Doctors David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison and Tom Baker tell what it was like to be the Doctor, how they got the job and how it changed their lives. With companions Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and more, this truly insightful special offers a unique insight into the world’s longest running sci-fi series.

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And among them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. Orla Brady (Fringe, Mistresses) guest stars as Tasha Lem.

Lead writer and executive producer Steve Moffat commented: “It’s his final battle and he’s been fighting it for a while. The Doctor is facing the joint challenge of a mysterious event in space that has summoned lots of aliens to one place and helping Clara cook Christmas dinner. There are also elements from every series of Matt’s Doctor, which will come to a head in this special. Things that we’ve laid down for years are going to be paid off. “

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor premieres Wednesday, December 25 on BBC AMERICA at 9:00pm ET in the US and on SPACE at 9:00pm ET in Canada.

December 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

The Doctors Revisited series on BBC America has been a great way to introduce NuWho viewers to the different characterizations of The Doctor as well as giving them a glimpse into the Classic Series; the DVD releases of these episodes conclude on December 3 when the third volume hits store shelves.

Along with the documentaries highlighting each of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, the set will include the new series episodes Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways for Eccleston’s Doctor, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End for Tennant’s Doctor and lastly The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon for soon-to-be-departed Matt Smith’s Doctor.

A week later, on December 10, folks on this side of the Atlantic can also lay their hands on the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. The Blu-Ray version will be an all-encompassing Blu-Ray/DVD/3D Blu-Ray release, making it a pretty cool value if you can actually view it in 3D. Doctor Who Explained, previously referenced on Radio Free Skaro, will be included as a bonus; other extras have yet to be announced, though scuttlebutt says An Adventure in Time and Space may be amongst those final extras.

MSRP for the 3-disc The Doctors Revisited: 9-11 will be $39.98; The Day of the Doctor will have an MSRP of $24.98 for the DVD release and $29.98 for the Blu-Ray release. Check for more details (use this link for The Day of the Doctor details) and click on the artwork for a larger version!

November 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Release

With the Regenerations box set, perhaps rightly, bypassing North America, those of us in Region 1 will be looking forward to November 19 for a pre-anniversary treat. The Tenth Planet, a seminal story in Doctor Who’s history, will see its DVD release on this side of the Atlantic.

Bonus materials, aka VAM, included on the release naturally mirror those of the Region 2 release and include the reconstruction of Episode 4 that appeared on the VHS release early last decade, the eagerly-awaited William Hartnell interview, commentary and more – and of course this features the animated version of Episode 4 previously released with the Regenerations box set version. UPDATE: have released the full details of the release! Read about it here.

A bumper 2-DVD set, MSRP for The Tenth Planet will be $34.98. Check for more details!

Doctor Who Series 7 North America DVD Release

One week after North America gets The Ice Warriors and Scream of the Shalka on DVD, on September 24, those of us on this side of the Atlantic will be able to buy the complete Seventh Series of Doctor Who on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The release, set to include both Christmas Specials (The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe and The Snowmen) and the other 13 episodes from this most recent series, will have bonus features such as episode prequels, behind the scenes featurettes, some content from The Nerdist and several specials including Pond Life. Audio commentaries are also included, but the information we’ve got at this point doesn’t say how many episodes have commentaries; don’t be surprised if commentary isn’t included for every episode (but soon enough the Radio Free Skaro commentaries for Series 7 will all be available!).

MSRP for the DVD release is $79.99 while the MSRP for the Blu-Ray release is $89.99; click on the artwork above for a larger image. Check TVShowsOnDVD.comfor more details!

October 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

October 8, as expected, will see another batch of Doctor Who DVD releases here in North America.

Terror of the Zygons has now been officially confirmed for that date, and will see extras such as a commentary, Douglas Camfield retrospective, part three of The UNIT Family and more. The DVD will also contain the recently recovered extra scene, meticulously recoloured by Babelcolour.

Volume 2 of The Doctors Revisited, including both the BBC America series of that name as well as the related stories appearing alongside the specials for the Fifth through Eighth Doctors, will hit store shelves the same day. Those stories are of course Earthshock, Vengeance on Varos, Remembrance of the Daleks and The TV Movie. This marks at least the third DVD release for each of those titles other than Earthshock, so this may be appropriate only for completionists.

MSRP for Terror of the Zygons, a 2-disc release, will be $34.98; MSRP for the 4-disc Doctors Revisited is $39.98. Click on the artwork above for a larger image. Check TVShowsOnDVD.comfor more details!

September 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

Breaking the trend – unless the initial information proves to be incorrect – of the second Tuesday of the month seeing new Doctor Who DVD releases, September 17th will see two stories prominently featuring animation.

The Ice Warriors, missing two episodes which have been animated for its DVD release, will see the light of day on this side of the Atlantic. The second Patrick Troughton release to feature animation, extras will include audio commentary, the links produced for the VHS release, part 2 of Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines and more.

A purely animated story, featuring the second appearance of (the iconic) Richard E Grant as The Doctor, Scream of the Shalka is Paul Cornell’s web-based contribution to the show’s 40th Anniversary. Six (albeit shorter than the usual) episodes comprise this story also featuring contributions from Sir Derek Jacobi and David Tennant before their prominent roles in the revised TV series. Shalka extras will include commentary, making of documentaries and production notes.

MSRP will be $34.98 for The Ice Warriors and $24.98 for Scream of the Shalka. Click on the package art for larger versions. Check for more details!

Terror of the Zygons – North America DVD Cover Art

Terror of the Zygons, a long-anticipated DVD release, doesn’t have a formal release date in North America, but cover art has been made available for the upcoming 2-disc set.

Zygons has a September 30, 2013 release date in the UK; it would not be surprising to have the North American release hit store shelves on October 8, the usual second-Tuesday-of-the-month release slot.

Until a formal release announcement is made, enjoy the cover art! Click on the above image for a larger version.

August 2013 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

August 13 brings to North America two Doctor Who releases from the Jon Pertwee era, including the first (and only) original series story to be released on Blu-Ray.

The Green Death gets the Special Edition treatment, and will hopefully include Death of the Doctor, the Sarah Jane Adventures story, which will appear on the region 2 release. Full extras for Region 1 have yet to be announced. This post will be updated when details are known, and also when proper artwork is available. Extras will include dual commentaries, an interview with Robert Sloman, the aforementioned Sarah Jane Adventures episodes, documentaries and more.

On the same day, those of us in Region A will also be able to buy the oft-rumoured and soon-to-be-tangible Blu-Ray release of Jon Pertwee’s debut story, Spearhead from Space. As with its companion release, no details or final artwork have been made available. We anticipate a great deal of popularity with this release, despite the fact the BBC has already double-dipped (now triple-dipped) with releases of Spearhead. Bonus features on the release include a piece on Caroline John, a comparison of the newly-restored version with what came before, and more.

MSRP for The Green Death, a 2-disc release, will be $34.98; MSRP for the single disc Spearhead is $29.98. Package art will be added once available; the artwork above is from the UK releases. Click on the artwork above for larger images, and check for more details!

The Snowmen North America DVD Release

May 28 sees the release of Doctor Who Series 7 Part Two on DVD and Blu-Ray, but it also sees the release of the standalone version of The Snowmen.

Also available on both DVD and Blu-Ray, the extras for The Snowmen will appear on the standalone release as well as the aforementioned Series 7 Part Two box set – as will, as mentioned previously on Radio Free Skaro, the episode itself.

The release will contain two “prequels” to The Snowmen along with the behind the scenes item, Clara’s White Christmas. So why have this standalone release with no unique extras? Why have it come out the same day as the Series 7 Part Two box set which includes The Snowmen itself? Both excellent questions, and we have no good answer. This seems a superfluous release to say the least, perhaps geared towards the collectors who must have absolutely everything – or perhaps only collect the standalone Christmas episode releases. Either way, this is $14.98 (DVD MSRP) or $19.98 (Blu-Ray MSRP) that we don’t think we’ll be spending.

Click the package art for larger versions, and check for more details!

Update: BBC America is not listing The Snowmen or its related extras as part of this set; information can change in advance of a product’s release and if The Snowmen is indeed not on the Series 7 Part Two set it makes perfect sense to release it on a standalone DVD. Keep tuned to Radio Free Skaro for any further updates as they are known.

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