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Published on February 27th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

What is “The Ace Box”?

Purveyors of practically perfect Doctor Who DVDs and special features 2|entertain announced via the @classicdw page this week that work on The Ace Box has begun.

But just what is The Ace Box?

Keeping it simple – after all, Twitter only allows 140 characters – they reported:

The Ace Box commissioned and in production.

We reckon that the guys behind the classic Doctor Who DVDs have either become extremely self-indulgent and created a boxset featuring the very cream of Doctor Who stories from 1963-1989 (which of course would be at least 10 discs long) – or else everyone’s favourite Perivale teenager Dorothy, better known as the Seventh Doctor’s companion Ace. Played by the lovely Sophie Aldred between 1987 and 1989, Ace regularly called the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) “Professor” by way of a pet name.

We have no idea which serials might form a part of this boxset, but if it is representative of the best of the last two series of “classic era” Doctor Who, we expect The Curse of Fenric to be a dead cert.

Naturally as soon as we have the details, we’ll be letting you know!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4 Responses to What is “The Ace Box”?

  1. avatar zarbisupremo says:

    My money’s on the stories being ‘Dragonfire’ and ‘The Greatest Show In The Galaxy’.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Well the only unreleased Ace stories are Dragonfire, The Happiness Patrol, and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, so if this is a way of getting them all out at once, I’d love to see it.

  3. avatar Rick says:

    Yeah, I’m trying to find possible future patterns for boxed sets and that would definitely wrap up the McCoy era, seeing as how Time and the Rani and Paradise towers are already in the Queue. Dragonfire is easily the worst of McCoy and arguably the worst of DW in general but we completists will still be buying them.

    Trying to figure out possible Pertwee combos dealing with the last 8 of his to come out but of the ones they’ve already announced, no boxed sets seem to be coming, unless they due some UNIT stories that cross over from Pertwee to Baker.

  4. avatar Carn says:

    Hey, Dragonfire’s a lot better than Time and the Rani and Battlefield (despite Nick Courtney’s apperance in the latter) and certainly I’d rather watch it than stuff like The Twin Dilemma and about half of Tennant’s episodes come to think of it. No idea what’s gonna be in this set but I’d welcome pretty much almost anything from Ace and the 7th Doctor.

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