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Doctor Who - Blu-rays, DVDs for the 2011 Christmas Special: 'The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe'


Airing in 10 days, the Narnia-inspired adventure comes home in mid-February

Posted by David Lambert
12/15/2011
 
    It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish.

    Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

    The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true...
Ten days from now, on Christmas Day, the BBC (in both the UK, and in the USA via BBC America) will air the 2011 Christmas Special, Doctor Who - The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe. Today the Narnia-inspired story was announced for release on DVD ($14.98 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray Disc ($19.89 SRP), scheduled for North America on another holiday: February 14th, Valentine's Day! For bonus material, both versions will include:
  • Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special
  • Doctor Who at the Proms - Concert performance of music from Doctor Who recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC's annual Proms concerts
That's a copy-and-paste of the information provided by distributor Warner Home Video, and as reader Ross Ruediger points out, it seems to be an accidental clone of the info for the 2010 Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol. So we're passing along this info, but take it with a HUGE grain of salt because it's almost certainly incorrect.

However, the studio also sent out an "e-announcement" which indicates that there are other supplements. It tells us that "Extras include 3 specials: Best of The Doctor, Best of the Companions, Best of Monsters." Sweet! Below is the package art for both versions, and underneath the box images you'll find an online video with the trailer for this special. Under that is the "prequel," an online lead-in to the story which won't be part of the broadcast. There's no mention of the prequel being included on these home video releases (although it certainly ought to be!), so we wanted to make sure our readers got a chance to look at it. Enjoy!


UPDATE (12/16): We've confirmed with the BBC that the only bonus material included on this title, in both formats, will be the 3 BBC America specials: "Best of The Doctor," "Best of the Companions" and "Best of Monsters." No other extras will be present.

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