Wednesday, 7 January 2009

New DVD Releases Announced

Planet of the Daleks is due for release on DVD this year as revealed in this month's Doctor Who Magazine. Episode three of the 1973 Jon Pertwee story previously only existed in the BBC archive as a black and white film recording. However, using partly the same process recently used on an old episode of Dad's Army ("Room at the Bottom", broadcast on BBC2 last month in colour for the first time in 39 years) using information contained in the film print, and partly artificial re-colouring in the United States, colour has been restored to the episode. The story will be released as a box set with Frontier in Space, which sees the Doctor meet the Draconians and features the last appearance of Roger Delgado as the Master. Full details of the restoration of episode three of Planet of the Daleks can be found in an article on the Restoration Team website.

Other stories due for release in 2009 are the swansong of the Second Doctor, The War Games, the Fourth Doctor stories The Deadly Assassin and Image of the Fendahl and the Seventh Doctor story Delta and the Bannermen.
The current release schedule is subject to change:
  • 26 Jan 2009 E-Space Trilogy Box set comprising of the 4th Doctor stories Full Circle, State of Decay and Warriors' Gate.
  • 23 Feb 2009 - The Rescue / The Romans
  • 16 Mar 2009 - Attack of the Cybermen
  • TBA - Delta and the Bannermen
  • TBA - Image of the Fendahl
  • TBA - The Deadly Assassin
  • TBA - Dalek War box set: Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks
  • TBA -The War Games