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Doctor Who - Early Package Art Arrives, Along With a Slight Date Change, for Blu-ray of 'Tom Baker: Season 1'

Official BBC info shows that this is arriving a week earlier, on June 19th!

Posted by David Lambert
    Tom Baker's acclaimed first season as the Fourth Doctor, originally aired in 1975/76. With his best friend Sarah Jane Smith and new companion Harry, the Doctor pits his wits against a giant robot, the insect Wirrn, Cybermen, Sontarans and Daleks. Twenty episodes, specially restored for Blu-Ray and packed with new and old special features. Build your own archive of classic Doctor Who seasons with this six-disc special boxset.
In the middle of last week we reported that "Doctor Who - Tom Baker: Complete 1st Season" on Blu-ray Disc was up for pre-order at, showing a June 26th release date and a long list of bonus material. At the time, we passed on that BBC Home Entertainment hadn't confirmed the item yet, nor provided any package art.

Today we've gotten official info from the BBC about the item's North American release, confirming that the item is officially called "Doctor Who - Tom Baker: Season 1" here in the States. That it IS a Blu-ray release coming on 6 discs. And that its finalized street date is June 19th, a week earlier than previously shown! Amazon's pre-order listing (see the button link below) has already been updated with the new date.

The studio has confirmed the list of story arcs from Tom Baker's first season as the 4th Doctor as being included on this set ("Robot," "Ark in Space," "The Sontaran Experiment," "Genesis of the Daleks," and "Revenge of the Cybermen"). They've also verified the exact list of extras provided by Amazon, pointing out that the "Production archive material and scripts from the BBC Archives" is being provided by way of PDF files found on the discs (as we've seen on previous classic Doctor Who DVD releases).

BBC Home Entertainment has provided the below package art for their Blu-ray release of Doctor Who - Tom Baker: Season 1, and included it at their "Shop BBC" online store's new pre-order listing for the item (button link also found below). It's stressed, however, that the "ARTWORK AND PACKAGING ARE NOT FINAL," so this is still heavily subject to change. Stay tuned!

For those wondering (and not already in-the-know), the Doctor Who logo shown on the current version of this box art is the new logo which will begin use later this year when the new Doctor Who show that re-started in 2005 begins to broadcast its 11th Series (season), starring the new 13th Doctor, and with new showrunner Chris Chibnall Broadchurch). Look for that to begin airing in the autumn. Meanwhile, that gives us all time to enjoy Doctor Who - Tom Baker: Season 1 on Blu-ray!

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