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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have confirmed details for the forthcoming blu-ray release of the 1996 Doctor Who Television Movie, starring Paul McGann.

Unlike the blu-ray release of Spearhead from Space the TV Movie hasn't been re-scanned from its original film elements to create a high definition version, but is instead presented as a 1080/50i upscaled image. Also, whereas Spearhead featured new supporting features, this release ports across those featured on the "Special Edition" version, previously only available as part of the Revisitations boxed set released in 2010. In addition, the 2013 mini-episode The Night of The Doctor - in which McGann reprised his role as the Doctor for the 50th Anniversary of the show - has also been included.

Full details below:

Doctor Who - The Movie
Release date: 19 Sep 2016 UK (available for pre-order)
Running time: 85 mins

Doctor Who: The TV Movie (blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor, with Daphne Ashbrook as Grace and Yee Jee Tso as Chang Lee
With Eric Roberts as The Master
Written by Matthew Jacobs
Directed by Geoffrey Sax

Broadcast: 27 May 1996

The Doctor is returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch-nemesis, the Master. Forced off course, the TARDIS arrives in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 1999, where the Doctor is critically wounded in a gangland gun battle. At the local hospital, Dr Grace Holloway fights – and fails – to save his life. Later, in the morgue, the Doctor wakes up a new man. But he is not the only one – the Master has also found himself a new body. As the clock counts down to the start of a new millennium, can the Doctor stop his oldest enemy destroying all life on Earth?

Special Features: Disc One (blu-ray)
  • Commentary 1 - with director Geeoffrey Sax (recorded 2001)
  • Commentary 2 - with Doctors Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Toby Hadoke (recorded 2009)
  • The Seven Year Hitch - documenting the return of Doctor Who to the screen. Narrated by Amanda Drew.
  • The Doctor's Strange Love - writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss The TV Movie with comedian Josie Long.
  • The Night of the Doctor - the mini-episode released in 2013 in the run-up to the show’s 50th anniversary special, marking Paul McGann’s second on-screen appearance as the Eighth Doctor.
  • Isolated Score - the option to view The TV Movie with the isolated music soundtrack.
  • Music Tracks - tour tracks from the production presented in full: In a Dream, All Dressed Up, Ride into the Moonlight and Auld Lang Syne.
  • Production Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery
Special Features: Disc Two (DVD)
  • Electric Press Kit - used by Fox in 1996, this includes a short documentary and interview segments to allow other broadcasters to put together their own packages about the TV Movie.
  • Behind the Scenes - on set and on location in Vancouver, Canada during the filming of The TV Movie.
  • Philip Segal’s Tour of the TARDIS
  • Alternate Takes
  • VFX Tests June 1994 - early video effects tests by Amblin Imaging in 1994, featuring the ‘Spider Dalek’ design.
  • VFX March 1996 - video effects presented as mute time-coded ‘work in progress’ shots from the CGI department.
  • Paul McGann Audition
  • BBC Trails
  • The Wilderness Years - in the years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of The TV Movie, Doctor Who survived in print, video and audio, kept alive by fans who were determined not to let it die.
  • Stripped for Action – The Eighth Doctor - looking at the Doctor’s adventures in comic-strip form.
  • Tomorrow’s Times – The Eighth Doctor - a look back at the contemporary coverage of The TV Movie in newspapers and other publications. Presented by Nicholas Courtney.
  • Who Peter 1989-2009 - the second part of this documentary, exploring the special relationship between Doctor Who and Blue Peter. Presented by Gethin Jones.


To be in with a chance to win a copy of the Television Movie on blu-ray, simply answer the following question:
The TVM is set in 1999 San Francisco, but where was it actually filmed?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to with the subject "Right, where to next?". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 30th September 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.