Two very special releases hit shelves this week – DVDs (and one Blu-ray) of the big 50th anniversary shows: The Day of the Doctor and An Adventure in Space and Time!
Aside from English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description and audio navigation, each boasts a lovely little batch of special features too.
The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space, an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.
Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran, executive produced by Steven Moffat and Faith Penhale, produced by Marcus Wilson.
- The Last Day – exclusive mini episode
- The Night of the Doctor – Day of the Doctor prequel starring Paul McGann
- Doctor Who Explained
- Behind the lens
- Early trailer
- 50 year trailer.
Glad to see The Night of the Doctor included, as well as Behind the Lens. But can we please have The Five(ish) Doctors too?!
An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss’ love letter to not just Doctor Who but also the wonderful cast and crew that kicked the show off, and which bought a tear to many an eye across the land, has an RRP of £20.42, and here’s what you need to know:
This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how the beloved Doctor Who was first brought to the screen.
Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters!
Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough. David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert.
The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman).
- Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss
- William Hartnell: The Original
- BTS: The Making of An Adventure – narrated by Carole Ann Ford
- Reconstructions: – Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot – Regenerations – Farewell to Susan – Festive Greeting
- The Title Sequences
- Deleted Scenes – The Radiophonic Workshop – Verity’s Leaving Party
William Hartnell: The Original was the beautiful little film that followed the 90-minute special and was a wonderful tribute that added a finishing touch to the evening.
Bizarrely, however, no Blu-ray of An Adventure in Space and Time has been released, news which has been met with cries of annoyance from fandom. But don’t let that sour two immensely satisfying, near-perfect celebrations of Doctor Who.
If you don’t want to wait until Christmas, An Adventure in Space and Time is on Amazon for £13.75.