Published on September 15th, 2011 | by Philip Bates
The Daleks’ Day Delayed
Back in August, the country went a little bit mad, deciding that burning buildings, kicking off at passing police and looting sunglasses from Primark was the way forward. Some soon found that there were consequences to their actions. Arrests, clips ‘round the ear, and the delay of a certain Doctor Who DVD:
Day of the Daleks.
A fire at the 20,000 sq m Sony warehouse in Enfield, North London that destroyed DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs and Playstation games was, allegedly, started by three teenagers, during the riots. (Please, no jokes about misunderstanding the phrase ‘burning a disc.’) The arson attack affected many companies, including 2|entertain, the firm in charge of distributing BBC DVDs. The entire first run of Day of the Daleks has been completely destroyed, and, as such, copies of further batches have just started to trickle through onto the market.
Of course, it hasn’t helped the situation that 2|entertain have been less than forthcoming with this information, but at least they’re starting to admit to it, perhaps hoping that fans will forget about the delay after the first extermination, or maybe on the viewing of the special feature, “The Cheating Memory”.
Day of the Daleks was always going to be a popular release. Like the sound of Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning versus an army of three Daleks? ‘Oh, go on then.’ Would a commentary with the late, great Barry Letts – producer of said story – convince you further? ‘Consider my arm severely twisted.’ How about a special edition with brand new effects, and an actual (-ish) army of exterminating nasties? ‘Look; just give me the damn DVD already.’
Yes, this whole situation is less than desirable, but Day of the Daleks is worth the wait…
(‘No, seriously, give me the DVD.’)
Day of the Daleks Special Edition was released on Monday, 12th September and despite the delays you can still order your copy from Amazon for just £12.93 – just don’t expect to receive it within the usual timeframe…