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Published on September 15th, 2011 | by Philip Bates

The Daleks’ Day Delayed

Day of the Daleks Special EditionThe Dalek Invasion of Earth actually occurred when the pepper pots found out what rioters had done to their beloved DVD supplies.

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…


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

8 Responses to The Daleks’ Day Delayed

  1. avatar Mr Jay says:

    I pre-ordered mine on Amazon a few months back and it arrived promptly on Monday morning… the Special Edition is superb and the extras are worth a watch, if you suffer a delay in your copy arriving then it’s worth the wait if that helps!

  2. avatar Alex says:

    Oddly the North American release has also been a bit scarce – Best Buy, a major chain here in Canada that usually brings in the releases on the first day, didn’t have any, though Amazon Canada says it’s in stock. Is it possible the Region 1 version was also impacted by the warehouse fire? I find that odd since the discs are manufactured in North America, but you never know.

  3. avatar Bob James says:

    It’s pretty much available here in Illinois in the US. The specialty store I frequent filled all the pre-orders for that they received………..

  4. avatar gavinio says:

    Pre-ordered on weeks ago and it arrived on the Saturday morning – two days before its release!

  5. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    I got mine last Saturday from HMV.

  6. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Ps, customer of Zavvi got there’s on Friday!!

  7. Certainly a strange state of affairs – certainly we know that earlier this week Amazon had sold out already, but it seems likely other retailers had plenty in stock.

    I’ve been chatting with a shopkeeper today who tells me that their supplier has plenty in stock, but that further down the distrubution line there is a problem. This seems to be the point where Amazon are now, no doubt due to them being the major online retailer that they are.

  8. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    Could it not be that its a much loved story and with the special edition everyone wants it.

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