Reviews New Doctor Who Regeneration boxset announced

Published on June 27th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who: Regeneration DVD Boxset Reviewed

There has been much debate among fans about released versions of classic Doctor Who stories as special editions or in new boxsets over the past few years, but never before has a collection split opinion as much as the Doctor Who Regeneration DVD boxset.

New Doctor Who Regeneration boxset announced

Aside from being the first instance in which classic and nuWho sit together in the same collection, there are really only two reasons to purchase it if you’ve already got a burgeoning collection. The first would be for the beautiful collector’s book that accompanies the DVDs. The second, of course, would be for The Tenth Planet, presented on DVD for the first time (incidentally, it should be pointed out that contrary to fan conspiracy theory, there are no missing episodes in this particular boxset. The Tenth Planet part four is completely animated!)

Now then, the book. Featuring stunning design and illustration from Kasterborous co-founder (who then went on to bigger, better and DVD-shaped things) Anthony Dry, the 24-bage booklet to accompany the DVDs is designed with images of each Doctor and each episode, matching the all-new DVD menu design. Minimalist it might be, but this physical, commemorative extra is a page turner with every page looking like a work of art.

The full list of stories included on the DVD are:

  • The Tenth Planet
  • The War Games
  • Planet of the Spiders
  • Logopolis
  • The Caves of Androzani
  • Time and the Rani
  • Doctor Who: The Movie
  • Bad Wolf & The Parting of the Ways
  • The End of Time

Now, you’ll find reviews for almost all of these elsewhere on Kasterborous, so we’ll avoid focusing on them too much. Suffice to say that these superb episodes all represent the epitome of the changing of the guard in Doctor Who, the change in tone, in actor, and in direction. Perhaps most prominent in this description is the TV Movie, now on its third DVD release. Not bad for an episode once considered “non-canon”…

As a reminder about the episodes, here’s a brief promotional video:

Oh and don’t ignore the cover. Yes, that is the Eleventh Doctor apparently regenerating…

New Doctor Who Regeneration boxset announced

So, do you buy this DVD boxset or not? What if you already have the episodes? Well, I think the answer lies in that ongoing discussion about how the BBC is treating Doctor Who during the show’s 50th anniversary. We’ve all heard (or made!) the complaints. But whatever you think about the low episode count on air or the lack of classic episodes, this DVD collection is exactly the sort of thing that should be released – a celebrator, anniversary compilation of regeneration stories, almost all of them brilliant. Yes, it might result in you owning Time and the Rani before you had intended to, but with episode four of The Tenth Planet and the stunning book, you’re getting nine stories for under fifty quid.

That’s pretty good value, IMHO.

Out now, the Doctor Who Regeneration set can be ordered from Amazon for £46.21- but you’ll have to decide whether you think it is worth it…

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About the Author

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+.




8 Responses to Doctor Who: Regeneration DVD Boxset Reviewed

  1. FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    Are there any special features on the discs? Either ones that accompanied the original releases or new ones especially for this box set? I Think that is something that would be taken into account before purchasing this.

  2. TonyS says:

    No it’s a vanilla set.

  3. simonbkelly says:

    The BBC shop are selling it for a fiver less than Amazon, although it’s still a bit pricey for a book and one story that isn’t otherwise available on DVD…

  4. TonyS says:

    I’m afraid I agree with you, Simon. Especially as I believe that the Tenth Planet is due for release later this year. The book is nothing special. There are no extras. No commentaries. The cover suggests that it was known that Matt Smith was leaving for some time before the news became official. But I think most of us suspected that anyway.


  5. I’ve already got all of the stories in this and have Tenth Planet preordered. It will, however make a great birthday gift for a buddy of mine who is just now wading into the classic series…

  6. Lewis Seymour says:

    Am I the only person to think it’s a remarkable that this set has been planned for some time but that it comes out just when MS has announced his “shock” departure and features a cover of him apparently regenerating? It’s almost as if the BBC knew in advance…

    It may well just be pure coincidence, but by God it’s one hell of one!

  7. TonyS says:

    No I had noticed that too Lewis. And I don’t believe in coincidence.

  8. Geoff says:

    My issue is that it’s a complete regeneration boxset, cool box, book etc that will be out of date by December. If you’re a collector of the DVDs you’ll end up with one regeneration tacked on another release. It doesn’t bother me personally because I only buy the classic series releases but perhaps they could have really maximised publicity and sales by putting this out on 1st Jan 2014 and including 11s regeneration story in it as well.

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