It would seem that the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is the gift that keeps on giving! While there has been US/UK versions of The Day of the Doctor and An Adventure in Time and Space released on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as some nifty digital bundles on iTunes and Amazon that bring some extra content, including some of the exclusive BBC America programming, there is one special programme that hasn’t received it’s due.
That’s right, dear reader, we’re talking the Peter Davison conceived comedy special, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot!
Amidst all of the other anniversary goodies, there has been little word or sign of the acclaimed one-off special since it aired in November. Of course, there were some rumblings of a 50th Anniversary DVD set back in February, but concrete details weren’t available and mention of the classic Doctors special were absent.
As always though, time and the mouth of the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, have provided us with new details! Speaking at the DWAS Myth Makers convention, Baker announced that the The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot would be getting a proper release as part of an unannounced set featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. There is no official release news from the Beebs, but this seems grounded enough to be accurate. The likely bits to be included on the set are The Day of the Doctor, An Adventure in Time and Space, and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Of course, the prior released special features and minisodes will probably be present as well (also hoping that the other two parts of the Doctor Trilogy, Name of the Doctor and Time of the Doctor are included for good measure).
If the release comes to pass, it will most likely place the “have to have it on release day” Whovian in a conundrum: is The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot itself enough to justify repurchasing titles they already have in their library? Personally speaking, I’ve held off on purchasing these titles in hope of a box set release (crossing fingers for a US release as well…still bummed about that Regenerations box set) and this comes as welcome news. However, if you’ve already invested in a copy of these specials, it can certainly be a frustrating predicament.
What say you, dear readers? Are you excited to see The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot finally get a proper release? Or are you turned off by the fact that it appears to be part of the box set only?