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Published on December 5th, 2013 | by Philip Bates

Grab Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Celebration DVDs Now!

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 Day of the Doctor DVD is available for just £9.25, while its 3D Blu-ray counterpart is just £11.25 from Amazon. Here’s all you need to know about the Zygon-packed special:

 

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 Day of the Doctor DVD

Special features:

  • 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?!

Adventure in Space and Time DVD

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).

Special features:

  • 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.

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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.



16 Responses to Grab Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Celebration DVDs Now!

  1. avatar Christine says:

    I agree, it would have been real nice if the Five(ish) Doctor Reboot could have been included, and perhaps the anniversary proms too. Perhaps there will be a later release with those in?

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      Agreed, lets have the anniversary proms, 5DR Reboot, plus the Deleted scenes that Davison mentioned on twitter, commentary with all three stars and footage from the DW celebration.

      We want it and we want it now!

      • avatar Mark P says:

        They have released one deleted scene; The Doctors walking in chains on the interweb but seemingly not put it on the DVD/BR.

        Shame the extra bits on the two Doctors and Stax shown at the cinema aren’t included too plus the McGann BTS interview and the Strax reports leading up the 50th.

      • avatar anonymous says:

        Also it would be nice if it included the cinema Strax introduction…

    • avatar Mark P says:

      Perhaps there is a ‘Dimensions in Time’ issue with actor’s contracts for it to be officially released.

  2. avatar Al says:

    Doesn’t look like they’re bothering to give North America the docudrama on DVD. :(

  3. avatar rick lundeen says:

    When I preordered the 50th, I was misinformed that the docudrama was included on the DVD. That sucks if it’s not. Well, we only had to wait about 15 years for the McGann movie to get over here on DVD. Yeesh.

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      I think the original intention was to have both on the same DVD but somewhere along the line it was decided that they would be released separately.

      Perhaps “Adventures” became a bigger and longer production than originally planned so it was felt that it deserved its own release.

    • avatar Al says:

      It’s not but the Region 1 version of DOTD does include the infamous ComicCon trailer…

  4. avatar Rick714 says:

    The 50th was certainly *priced* over at Amazon as if the documdrama was included. Another sore point. I’m also uncertain whether the 50th will be included on the complete series 8 box set which won’t even come out until 2015, so that’s why I got it now.

    • avatar Mark P says:

      Last year’s Xmas special ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’ nearly wasn’t on the following S7 box set.


      • Last year’s Christmas special was The Snowmen… :/

        • avatar Mark P says:

          A small typo, but you know what I mean…

          • avatar Mark P says:

            See your story dated 31/7/2013, bbc-adds-2011-christmas-special-to-series-7-boxset/

  5. avatar Mark P says:

    Doesn’t look like they’re bothering to give the UK the docudrama on Blu-Ray. It deserves it. :(

    Also the Value Added Material on the 50th seems to be different between the UK and USA; the Comic Con trailer being on the latter.

    The cost of the Blu-Ray on base was less than the cost of the DVD on Amazon with cashback from some sites too

  6. avatar Fletch says:

    I bought this the other day. I don’t have a 3D bluray player, but the special is on the bluray disc in 2D and 3D, so i watched it in 2D. The video is excellent, BUT the audio sounded quite bad, like it was encoded at quite a low bitrate. I could hear artifacts in the audio, quite apparent in the beginning in the shots with the helicopter. I thought it might just be me, but people have complained about the audio on amazon.co.uk, with some saying that it has been slowed down and is now longer than its original running time, thus the audio has had to be slowed down and resampled.

    Just thought I’d point this out so you know.

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