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Published on March 7th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Web of Fear Breaks Classic DVD Records!

BBC Worldwide reports today that The Web of Fear is the biggest selling classic Doctor Who title in its first week of sales in the UK!

Approximately 15,000 copies were sold in that period, as The Web of Fear replaced Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World at the top of the week one classic Doctor Who charts.

Both of the top two titles were believed lost forever but were returned to the BBC in 2013 sparking celebration among fans of the world’s longest-running sci-fi drama and global media interest. Unseen in the UK for over 45 years, they were discovered in a relay station in Jos, Nigeria by TV archive specialist Phillip Morris, before being lovingly restored by the Doctor Who restoration team in the UK. They were subsequently released on iTunes, and The Web of Fear was released on DVD on Monday 24th.

300 fans gathered to enjoy a marathon screening of the two stories at the Prince Charles Cinema in London to celebrate the release of The Web Of Fear on 22nd February.

Fiona Eastwood, Director of Consumer Products at BBC Worldwide said:

We knew that The Web of Fear would be a popular release; Yetis on the London Underground – need I say more? There’s a real appetite for exploring the extensive back-catalogue of classic stories, particularly following the 50th and we’re committed to continuing that exploration for Doctor Who fans in the future.

These figures continue a successful year for Doctor Who DVDs, with strong sales across the classic range and contemporary releases alike. The 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor achieved the biggest ever week one sales for a Doctor Who title when it was released in December 2013.

The Web of Fear can be ordered now from Amazon, where the £20.42 RRP is reduced to just £13.97 - don’t miss it!


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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+.

7 Responses to Doctor Who Web of Fear Breaks Classic DVD Records!

  1. avatar Thatcher Ritz says:

    What?? You can’t say that! Enemy of the World Hasn’t even been released in the USA! Of course Web of Fear has sold more copies!

    • I think it might be an opportune moment to say that other than a small change to the first line, this post is basically a BBC Worldwide press release.

      If anyone is saying anything you don’t agree with, please don’t shoot the messenger!

    • avatar Christine says:

      As far as I can see, the message refers to sales in the UK, not anywhere else.

  2. avatar MWRuger says:

    This isn’t too shocking if you think about. The previous classic stuff has mostly had a release and people gradually bought over time on either the initial release or the special edition. Some may even had been satisfied with VHS (I can’t imagine it, but there is always one).

    Also, everything has been released. Even Terror of the Zygons was available for preorder for quite some time. Meaning sales would be split over a much longer period.

    This was highly anticipated and every classic fan would buy it all in a very short window. It also has the allure of lost treasure.

    Not taking anything away from it, just an observation.

  3. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Having both adventures on iTunes, I’m waiting for Web to come out with a special edition later—which I’m sure they will with tons of extras and an animated third episode. This being the vanilla release, I’m thinking that’s what will happen. enemy however is good to go and is supposedly being released in the US in May, although it’s not upon Amazon yet.

  4. avatar drewboynton says:

    I’m excited to see Web of Fear–the Yetis, the first UNIT, in a nearly-complete Troughton story!–it’s a must-see!

  5. Surely WorldWide’s comments are the surest sign yet that there’s a lot more fo come.. Or has no one told them all the monochrome episodes have already been released? ;)

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