This show continues to amaze me with funny, touching, scary and exciting episodes. The music... ohhh... the music! I've said before that I like the music on the show, so I went out and bought all the scores for seasons 1-5, and the Christmas episode. In fact, I'm listening to them as I type this.
This is a pretty loaded set, containing a lot of interesting material. I still get bothered by the "Confidential" cutdowns, because I hate thinking that I'm missing something important (and I know I am!). The commentary tracks were fun to listen to, but I want them on every episode (I'm so greedy). I thought the "Night and the Doctor" segments were fun, and I enjoyed the "Episode Prequels," I just wish the BBC had given me the opportunity to play these using the "play all" feature on each disc.
Summary of "A Christmas Carol - Merry Christmas!": What a wonderful episode! Michael Gambon was perfect as "Kazran Sardick," the Ebenezer Scrooge-type character. I'm always amazed by the writing of Doctor Who episodes; a single episode can be funny, sad, and scary.
I'm not really a fan of single-episode releases, but I guess it makes sense with the Christmas episode given the timing. It's also a decent release, as BBC has included the complete "Confidential" episode, and the "Proms" concert, though the audio is severely lacking there. You could always hold out for the episode on a forthcoming season set, though I doubt you'll get all the bonus material that's on here. (read entire review)
The Complete Specials - Allons-y, Doctor, allons-y (3/24/2010)
Summary of "The Complete Specials - Allons-y, Doctor, allons-y": Yes, I cried, and I'm sure many of you did too, or will once you see the final episodes. The last 5 episodes were good, and great, and probably featured some of the best moments in the series to date. I thought "The Waters of Mars" was excellent, not only for the story, but also for the character of The Doctor. "The End of Time" parts 1 and 2 were also great, and I liked how they handled the changing of the Doctors. I'm not sure how I feel about Matt Smith being the next Doctor, but then again, I felt the same way when David Tennant took over the role. I'll just have to wait and see. (read entire review)
The Next Doctor: 2008 Christmas Special - Pretty good, not great (9/15/2009)
Summary of "The Next Doctor: 2008 Christmas Special - Pretty good, not great": I really hate these single-disc releases, but only because Doctor Who is so great that I want to watch more than one episode at a time. I thought this episode was fun, like all the Christmas specials in the past, though the DVD could use some beefing up. "Doctor Who at the Proms" is great, but there's absolutely no bonus material relating to the episode. No interviews with David Morrissey, or interviews of any kind, which is a real shame. I'd hate to see BBC release all these specials in one set with tons of bonus material because it'll annoy the fans that have bought these single-episode discs, but at the same time Doctor Who deserves more material than these single discs are providing. (read entire review)
Planet of the Dead - Good episode, okay disc (8/07/2009)
Summary of "Planet of the Dead - Good episode, okay disc": I'm not quite sure how I feel about separate releases for each of the specials. Sure, I'm happy I get to watch them earlier than if they just released a box set, but there's very little on this disc compared to a season set of the show. The Doctor Who Confidential is good, but there aren't any deleted scenes, commentary tracks, or other bonus material, and that's a bit disappointing. This is also released out of order, with the Christmas episode coming in September (the Christmas episode aired first). Luckily there won't be any continuity problems, so you can pick this up now and the Christmas episode later. (read entire review)
The Complete 4th Series - I love this show! (12/10/2008)
Summary of "The Complete 4th Series - I love this show!": I freakin' love this show! It's such a wonderful mix of sci-fi and comedy, and the result is a show like no other. It can go from a moment of complete seriousness, to a moment that's so hilarious I'm laughing out loud. Without going into details regarding the season, it's the finest so far, and for so many reasons.
The DVD set is good; the extras are fabulous, but BBC needs to make some corrections to the audio, and provide a chapter after the opening of the show (that frustrates me to no end, and occurs on nearly all their sets).
Summary of "The Complete 2nd Series - It's the New New Doctor": I'm so glad they fixed the horrible audio problem from season 1, but there are still a few things "wrong" with this set. I'd assume that most people watch bonus material after watching the episodes, especially if they haven't seen the show yet, but the "Children in Need" special should be watched before anything else on the disc. I thought the first episode of the season started off a bit strangely, but I blamed it on my poor memory of the final moments in season 1. I'm also extremely annoyed by the long menu transitions which can't be skipped. I like to put a disc in and have a split second between menus, not a whole animated sequence.
I really enjoyed Tennant as the new doctor; I like the style of humor he brings to the show - it's a bit different from the humor Eccleston had. I was able to introduce my girlfriend to "The Doctor," and I was quite happy when she enjoyed it and watched the entire season with me. Woohoo, a new Who convert! I loved this season, especially the two-part episodes, and I can't wait for the third season (which hasn't started airing yet) to be released on DVD. It would be a treat if we got season 3 on the HD formats next year. (read entire review)
The Complete 1st Series (USA Only) - Did someone call a Doctor? (6/29/2006)
I really enjoyed Eccleston as "The Doctor" but I'll keep my mind open to the new guy. I thought the new version of the show was just as fun and exciting as the older shows; they kept the cheese factor intact as well. I'll admit it took me a few episodes to get into the show, but I got sucked in during "The Unquiet Dead," and remained hooked until the final episode of the season. I enjoyed the double-length episodes, especially since I had no indication they would last longer than a regular episode (I like to be surprised).
I hope a little bit more attention is given to the second season of Doctor Who. (read entire review)
The Snowmen have Melted - No Episode on Season 7, Part 2
When we posted news for Doctor Who: The 7th Series, Part 2 in late-March, the information we had indicated that "The Snowmen," the Christmas episode from 2012, would be included. Now, it turns out that... (read entire news item)
Individual DVD and Blu-ray Releases for 'The Snowmen' (2012 Christmas Special)
Christmas Eve, 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales. When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor... (read entire news item)
Blu-ray, DVD Plans for 'The Complete 7th Series' of the 2005 Show
The most recent series (season) of the re-launched legendary show has just begun airing its second half, and the BBC has already released or scheduled upcoming half-season sets of it in DVD and Blu formats.... (read entire news item)
Bonus Material for 'The 7th Series, Part 2' on DVD, Blu-ray
A week ago the BBC announced that Doctor Who - The 7th Series, Part 2 is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 28th, with the 2012 Christmas Special and the upcoming 8 episodes that remain in the current... (read entire news item)
Blu-rays, DVDs for 'The 7th Series, Part 2': Date, Cost, Packaging
The Doctor kicks off this new run of adventures by searching for his companion Clara - an Impossible Girl he's already lost twice. Together they find themselves battling monsters on distant alien planets,... (read entire news item)
Early Info about Plans for 7th Series, Pt 2 and Complete 7th Series
This past Friday the folks at the BBC American Shop online store posted a blog update about upcoming DVD plans for Doctor Who. They've confirmed that they are indeed working on Blu-ray Disc and DVD editions... (read entire news item)
Finalized Package Art and New Content Details for the 41-DVD 'Limited Edition Gift Set'
As you probably know, tomorrow's new episode of Doctor Who marks the end of the first part of the 7th series (season), bringing us to the mid-season break and meaning there's no more new Who until the... (read entire news item)
'Limited Ed. Gift Set' Gives 6 Seasons on DVD, Art Cards, Comics and a Sonic Screwdriver!
BBC brings you the Doctor Who Limited Edition Gift Set just in time for the holiday season! This limited edition Doctor Who collector's box will be the ultimate holiday gift for Doctor Who fans! It includes... (read entire news item)
Updated List of Extras for 'The 7th Series, Part 1' on DVD and Blu-ray
This past Friday, just in time for the season premiere, the folks at BBC Home Entertainment revealed that Doctor Who - The 7th Series, Part 1 would be available on DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc this coming... (read entire news item)
Blu-rays, DVDs Announced for 'The 7th Series, Part 1': Date, Cost, Early Artwork, Extras
Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (a.k.a. the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time, where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship... (read entire news item)
VERY Early (and Spoilery) Plans for 'The 7th Series, Part 1'
The seventh series of the new Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, hasn't even begun airing yet...not here in North America, and not even in the show's native United Kingdom (where they're... (read entire news item)
Official Press Release for 'The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe' DVDs, Blu-rays
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE
DVD and Blu-ray
February 14, 2012
"The Doctor at Christmas - it always just feels so right. When I was a kid,
Santa... (read entire news item)
Blu-rays, DVDs for the 2011 Christmas Special: 'The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe'
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,... (read entire news item)
Official BBC Press Release for 'The Complete 6th Series' DVDs, Blu-rays Lists Finalized Extras
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE COMPLETE SIXTH SERIES
DVD and Blu-ray on November 22, 2011
October 17, 2011 - Hop in the TARDIS with the Doctor and his companions on November 22, when... (read entire news item)
'The Complete 6th Series' Bonus Material and Final Box Art for DVD, Blu-ray
Last week the BBC announced the release dates, on DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc, for both Doctor Who - The 6th Series, Part 2 (available November 8th) and also for the 6-disc releases (on both formats)... (read entire news item)
DateS (Plural), Art and More for 'The 6th Series, Part 2' and 'The Complete 6th Series'
The truth about River Song is out and the time has come for the Doctor to face his greatest demons. Venturing across centuries and galaxies, the Doctor, Amy and Rory will encounter the greatest war criminal... (read entire news item)
What? What? Whaaat? Yes, We've Got Final Packaging for 'The David Tennant Years' Gift Set!
This past Tuesday we broke the news that the BBC and distributor Warner Home Entertainment are bringing out a 26-DVD gift set of Doctor Who - The David Tennant Years, an homage to the actor who played... (read entire news item)
Allons-y! BBC Video Announces a Collectible DVD Set for 'The David Tennant Years'
Just in time for the holidays, the BBC brings together in one massive collection the complete David Tennant years as the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who! Perhaps no Doctor has been more popular in North America... (read entire news item)
'The 6th Series, Part 1' Date, Cost, Boxes and Extras for DVD and Blu-ray
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return as the Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who! The new series will split in two parts, with DVD/Blu-ray release dates in July... (read entire news item)
The BBC Reveals the 11th Doctor's DVD and Blu-ray Plans for the 6th Season
NOTE: The following story - a special post made on a Saturday - contains what might be considered mild spoilers, sweetie. But just mild, in this writer's opinion...nothing worse than you will learn in,... (read entire news item)
The BBC's Official Press Release for 'A Christmas Carol' on DVD and Blu-ray Disc
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Street Date: 2/15/11
DVD SRP: $14.98 ($18.74 in Canada)
Blu-ray SRP: $19.89 ($24.95 in Canada)
Harry Potter and The King's Speech Actor
Sir... (read entire news item)
A Dickens Classic and 'Dumbledore' Meet the Doctor on DVD, Blu: 'A Christmas Carol'!
Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written... (read entire news item)
Fans Question Availability of 'Doctor Who - Series 5', 'Sherlock - Season 1'; BBC Answers
Yesterday, November 9th, was the official street date for the BBC's releases, on DVD and high-def Blu-ray disc formats, of both Doctor Who - The Complete 5th Series and of Sherlock - Season 1 (in fact,... (read entire news item)
Bonus Material for DVD and Blu-ray of The Complete 5th Series
A couple of days ago we passed along info from the Los Angeles Times that November 9th will see the release of Doctor Who - The Complete 5th Series, starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, in both DVD... (read entire news item)
Release Date, An Interesting Extra and Box Art for The Complete 5th Series
Several weeks ago we reported the BBC America news that "a lush 6-disc collection is in works and should be available on both Blu-ray and DVD in time for the holidays" for Doctor Who - The Complete 5th... (read entire news item)
Matt Smith as The 11th Doctor is Coming Home for the Holidays on DVD and Blu-ray
A new era of the BAFTA-winning series, Doctor Who, from new lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The series follows the adventures of the Doctor, the mysterious traveler who, with his human... (read entire news item)
Long Delay Before an Animated 10th Doctor Takes Us to Dreamland
At the end of January it was announced that the second animated adventure of David Tennant's 10th Doctor would be coming to DVD in North America on May 4th, when the BBC and distributor Warner Home Video... (read entire news item)
Tennant's 10th Doctor Visits Area 51 in the Animated 'Dreamland' Serial **UPDATED**
Dry Springs, Nevada, 1958. The Doctor finds an extraterrestrial artifact which draws the attention of a mysterious man in black, an alien warrior and Colonel Stark, commander of Dreamland - the military... (read entire news item)
Finalized Blu-ray and DVD Package Art for 'The End of Time, Parts 1 & 2'
The other day BBC/Warner revealed the finalized packaging for Doctor Who - The Complete Specials, coming out as a 5-disc set on DVD and Blu-ray formats in a few weeks, on February 2nd. At the bottom... (read entire news item)
Sneak Preview Video Clip from the Bonus Material of The Complete Specials
In advance of the February 2nd DVD release of the final Doctor Who adventures starring David Tennant, the BBC would like to share with you a sneak peek of one of the bonus features available in the 5-disc... (read entire news item)
Final DVD and Blu-ray Package Art for 'The Complete Specials' Set
Did everybody catch the Christmas and New Year Doctor Who specials, "The End of Time, Parts 1 & 2"? That final David Tennant story arc co-starred the incredible Bernard Cribbins (who turned 81 last week...and... (read entire news item)
Official Answer for The Next Doctor on Blu-ray, Plus the BBC's Press Release ***UPDATE: Online Previews for 'The End of Time, Part 1' ***
Earlier this week we reported that the BBC and distributor Warner Home Video had now formally announced home video releases on February 2nd for Doctor Who - The Waters of Mars (DVD and Blu-ray), Doctor... (read entire news item)
Box Art, Extras and More for DVDs and BDs of 'Waters of Mars,' 'End of Time' and 'Complete Specials' ***UPDATE: MORE Art, Details, and Extras***
Just over a month ago, the BBC issued a press release which revealed that February 2nd would see the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases for North America of Doctor Who - The Waters of Mars (52 minutes; DVD:... (read entire news item)
BBC Press Release for Broadcast of the Final Tennant Specials Reveals DVD/Blu-ray Dates!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE DOCTOR WHO SPECIALS
ARE LANDING ON BBC AMERICA
"Mars, 2059. Bowie Base one. Last recorded message: don´t drink the water.
Don´t even touch it. Not one drop." - The... (read entire news item)
Individual DVD Release Announced for 2008 Christmas Special The Next Doctor *UPDATED*
Christmas Eve, 1851, and the Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor. And soon,... (read entire news item)
DVD & High-Def Blu-Ray Releases of Planet of the Dead Special
When a London bus travels through a worm-hole to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina to help the unfortunate passengers, and themselves, get back home. But... (read entire news item)
Revised, Corrected Box Art for Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest
The other day we brought you BBC/Warner's announcement for their DVD release of Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest, coming out on November 18th. The studio sent us a look at the box art that day, but several... (read entire news item)
The 10th Doctor and Martha Get Animated and Go On The Infinite Quest *UPDATED*
For those of you who aren't in-the-know, Totally Doctor Who was a CBBC (Children's BBC) program in the U.K. which began running along the start of the second season of Doctor Who, when David Tennant took... (read entire news item)
Alert! Alert! It is the Doctor! Package Art is Here for The Complete 4th Series
This morning we brought you the then-breaking news that BBC/Warner had announced the DVD release of Doctor Who - The Complete 4th Series, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate. At the time we had... (read entire news item)
David Tennant's 10th Doctor Returns to DVD with The Complete 4th Series
The Doctor is in! Overnight the folks at BBC Video and distributor Warner Home Video have announced the release of Doctor Who - The Complete 4th Series on DVD. This new 6-disc set, arriving on November... (read entire news item)
BBC Arranges Download of 'Missing' Cast Track from 3rd Season DVDs
Last November we reported in a story labeled "What's With the Commentary Track on Season 3 Being Replaced?" that the final episode of the third season had gotten a different audio commentary track than... (read entire news item)
What's With the Commentary Track on Season 3 Being Replaced?
Doctor Who - The Complete 3rd Series, released on DVD earlier this month in North America, was quickly noticed to have an issue with the final episode on the set, "Last of the Time Lords" (the last part... (read entire news item)
Details About Bonus Material For 3rd Season DVDs
As we just reported a few minutes ago, the Sci Fi Wire (a news service of The Sci Fi Channel) has posted a story that talks about the DVD extras for Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood. The bottom of that... (read entire news item)
Season 3's Large Box Pic, Disc Breakdown & 'DVD Coming-Soon' Trailer
After our box art picture last week for Doctor Who - The Complete 3rd Series on DVD (ships November 6th), fans were interested in getting a bigger look than the one we originally had gotten. We've got... (read entire news item)
We've Got 3rd Series Box Art in North America (Different from Region 2 Box Art)
Last week we posted a story to let you know that the BBC is preparing a November 6th release date of Doctor Who - The Complete 3rd Series on DVD. Now distributor Warner Home Video is preparing to officially... (read entire news item)
Early Season 3 information
The other day we received an email from David Jessup pointing us to a new listing on the BBC America website advertising the third season of Doctor Who for release on November 6. The listing starts by... (read entire news item)
BBC issues statement regarding NetFlix problem
Earlier today we posted a news item letting our readers know that there was a problem with disc 1 from the second season of Doctor Who. We believed the problem was only with NetFlix discs, and wanted... (read entire news item)
Did you see the chainsaw episode? ***Updated***
We've had a few readers write in to report a strange glitch with Doctor Who season 2, which they rented from NetFlix. At exactly the 32:40 mark of disc 1, episode 2 ("New Earth") the video switches to... (read entire news item)
Season 2 coming in January
Sci Fi Wire has posted an announcement from BBC Worldwide Americas executives that the second season of Doctor Who will be released on January 16, 2007. The set will be released on the Tuesday following... (read entire news item)
First Season of New Who Breaks Up Into 4 Separate Quadrants!
The BBC has plans to break up the new Doctor Who box set and sell the discs separately. The recently released season 1 set will become 4 single-disc releases, leaving the 5th disc, which holds the Doctor... (read entire news item)
The Doctor leaps back to Feb, plus interior box art
It seems as though there's been a lot of confusion with the upcoming release of Doctor Who. First it was scheduled for Canada, then we heard it was coming out in the US on February 14 as well, then it... (read entire news item)
Canadian Release Of 2005 Show Delayed A Bit After All
A week ago we reported that the 2005 version of Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor, was delayed in the USA until the 4th of July holiday, due to the SciFi Channel's pick-up of... (read entire news item)
Reason for delay explained - Sci-Fi Channel picks up series
Two days ago we posted news that the February 14 release of Doctor Who had been pulled from the schedule, and today we know why; Sci-Fi Channel has picked up the series and will begin airing it later... (read entire news item)
The Doctor calls in sick - Season 1 delayed
Earlier today we received a report that Doctor Who may be delayed from the planned Feb 14 release date. We checked with the BBC PR company, and they checked with BBC and were told that there were "complications"... (read entire news item)
9th Doctor's Season 1 Artwork!
We have a special look at the artwork for the first season of the new Doctor Who. The title is coming on February 14, but it's not up for preorder yet.
Don't forget that screenshot previews are available... (read entire news item)
Want an early look at some Season 1 screenshots?
A few days ago we reported that the new Christopher Eccleston-starring regeneration of Doctor Who was coming to the U.S.A. (as well as Canada) on February 14th...news that was confirmed by the BBC that... (read entire news item)
February Release of 9th Doctor NOT Just For Canada Anymore! USA To Get It, Too!
SciFiWire has just unleashed a bombshell this morning! In mid-October, we posted news that the BBC would release the new 2005 Doctor Who series on DVD in Canada, but stated that "there aren't any plans... (read entire news item)
Region 1 Release of the New Doctor is Planned for Canada
We've been looking at the possibility of Canada receiving a set of the 2005 Doctor Who series for awhile now, and it's finally paid off. The BBC posted a press release talking about their sales successes... (read entire news item)