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Published on January 20th, 2014 | by Philip Bates

The Time of the Doctor Out on DVD Today!

I’ll be honest: I struggle to watch The Time of the Doctor. I was pretty devastated when My Doctor, Matt Smith regenerated – and still am (even though I look forward to Capaldi).

But now you can relive the heartbreak with the official DVD and Blu-ray, released today!

The episode is packaged with the other Matt Smith-helmed Christmas episodes; immensely enjoyable and engaging adventures like A Christmas Carol and The Snowmen, as well as the polarising but charming The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, which sums up the Christmas spirit perfectly.

Starring Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Jenna Coleman as his companions, Matt’s performance is always something special, and this DVD/Blu-ray release includes a couple of extras that bid the bow-tie-wearing alien adieu: Farewell to Matt Smith; and the behind-the-scenes feature, Tales of the TARDIS.

Time revolves around Trenzalore, and the little town of Christmas, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Jamie Payne (Hide). A mysterious message broadcasts throughout time and space, and of course, the Doctor brings Clara along to investigate – alongside a Cyberman head called Handles! Guest starring Mistresses‘ Orla Brady, Hustle‘s Rob Jarvis and Only Fools and Horses‘ Tessa Peake-Jones, as well as Sheila Reid (Vengeance on Varos) as Clara’s Nan, The Time of the Doctor is also the swansong of producer, Marcus Wilson, who has been with us every step of the way since 2011′s The Impossible Astronaut/ Day of the Moon.

The Time of the Doctor on DVD and Blu-ray

The DVD and Blu-rays are £12.00 and £16.75 respectively from Amazon UK, so essentially you’re getting the previous three Christmas specials for the price of The Time of the Doctor!

Yes, times change and so must the Doctor. Excuse me, I think I have something in my eye…


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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.

2 Responses to The Time of the Doctor Out on DVD Today!

  1. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    The DVD editions of the Matt Smith era, certainly series 7, was a bit of a mess due to the huge stretch out of said series across 2 full years. Considering this package includes 3 specials that have already been released twice, I’m not sure how sales will be. I’ve got my DVD of just the new special on order.

    All that being said, throughout the Smith era, the one thing you could pretty much count on, no matter how good, bad or excellent the episode itself, Smith always shone through with a magnificent performance. Time of the Doctor got some mixed reviews but I had to marvel at the subtle nuances of how Smith portrayed three different ages of the Doctor and did so splendidly.

    4 years ago when this very very young mass of hair was cast–I was nervous, I admit. But he absolutely won me over in The Eleventh Hour and I never looked back. He is, without a doubt one of the finest actors to ever take the role, the best of the new series and in my top three favorite Doctors ever. He will be missed—so, good on ya, mate.

    Capaldi actually has some shoes to fill. Him being Capaldi does help though.

  2. avatar Geoff says:

    Absolutely right. No one can justifiably knock Matts commitment and energy. I always loved his performances even when I didn’t like the stories much. I’ve enjoyed all his Christmas specials. I think Christmas fairy tale type stories fit Steven Moffats version if the show perfectly. Arguably The Snowmen is the best of the lot but ad a boxset I think it is a strong collection.

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