Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 17Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 October 2021 - Reported by Marcus

Season 17 (Credit: BBC)

Season 17, the penultimate season starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, will be the next to be released as part of the Doctor Who Collection series.  

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 17 was originally shown between September 1979 and January 1980 consists of the following stories
 

  • DESTINY OF THE DALEKS
  • CITY OF DEATH
  • THE CREATURE FROM THE PIT
  • NIGHTMARE OF EDEN
  • THE HORNS OF NIMON
  • SHADA

In 1979, Tom Baker’s Doctor was in full flight. With Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) as script editor, the series leaned into Baker’s penchant for humour and paired his Doctor with a regenerated Romana (Lalla Ward) as his travelling companion. Together, they would form one of the most popular Doctor/companion duos of all time.

Although Season 17 was halted behind-the-scenes by strike action (resulting in the season finale being abandoned part-way through production), it remains a beloved slice of Doctor Who history, featuring the return of Davros and the Daleks, and one of the all-time classic stories, Douglas Adams’ own City Of Death.

With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also includes extensive and exclusive Special Features including:

 

  • BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES
  • Including a Making-Of documentary for Destiny Of The Daleks, and new featurette for The Creature From The Pit.
  • TOM TALKS
  • A candid interview with Tom Baker as he gives us his unique take on life, the universe and everything.
  • DOUGLAS ADAMS TRIBUTE
  • Friends and colleagues remember the Doctor Who writer/script editor and creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
  • IN CONVERSATION
  • Matthew Sweet chats to Bob Baker, writer of Nightmare Of Eden, co-creator of K9 and one of the creative forces behind Wallace & Gromit.
  •  BEHIND THE SOFA
  • New episodes with actors Colin Baker, Katy Manning, Matthew Waterhouse, Nicola Bryant, June Hudson, Graeme Harper & Mat Irvine
  •  LALLA WARD INTERVIEW
  • An extensive interview discussing her first year on the programme.
  • UPDATED SPECIAL EFFECTS
  • View Nightmare Of Eden with optional new effects
  • SHADA
  • An updated version of the ‘lost’ story, completed with enhanced animation and presented in six episodes for the very first time, alongside the original 1992 VHS and 2017 versions
  • EXCLUSIVE NEW AUDIO COMMENTARIES
  • With Tom Baker on episodes of Destiny Of The Daleks and City Of Death, and Lalla Ward & Catherine Schell on City Of Death
  • EXTENDED EPISODE
  • An early cut of The Creature From The Pit Part Three
  • BLU-RAY TRAILER
  • A familiar face returns in a brand new mini-episode of classic Doctor Who
  • IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
  • On Destiny Of The Daleks and Shada
  • RARE GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES
  • BBC archive material covering the promotion of this season
  • CONVENTION FOOTAGE
  • A triumphant 1997 appearance from Tom Baker
  • HD PHOTO GALLERIES
  • Including many previously unseen images
  •  PRODUCTION SUBTITLES
  • Behind-the-scenes information and trivia on every episode
  •  SCRIPTS, COSTUME DESIGNS, RARE BBC PRODUCTION FILES AND OTHER RARITIES FROM OUR PDF ARCHIVE

 

 

The Collection will be released on 13th December 2021 and is available to pre-order on Amazon





The Evil of the Daleks - New ReleaseBookmark and Share

Thursday, 1 July 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Evil of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)

BBC Studios have announced that the second Doctor story, The Evil of the Daleks is to be released as an animated special edition on 27th September 2021.

Today's announcement comes on the 54th anniversary of the broadcast of the last episode of the original version which brought an end to the 4th season of Doctor Who. 

The Evil of the Daleks is the mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which originally aired in seven weekly parts from 20th May to 1st July 1967. 

The Evil of the  Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)Following the success of the existing animations, The Evil of the Daleks fills another gap in the missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC archive soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of all seven episodes have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic, featuring the original surviving second episode.

The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) stars alongside his travel companion Jamie (Frazer Hines). The story unfolds as the Doctor and Jamie set out to find the missing time machine, bringing them face to face with a very old enemy - the Daleks, who have a new masterplan to conquer the universe. The Daleks force the Doctor to help them on their quest to ‘humanise’ themselves into deadlier living weapons.

This particular story is notable for introducing the Doctor’s new companion Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling), first seen in the surviving second episode, and also for presenting the Dalek Emperor.

The three-disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy The Evil of the Daleks, available in either colour or black and white. The release will include:

  • Remastered Surviving Original Episode 2
  • ​Telesnap Reconstructions – 6 episodes
  • Audio Commentaries 
  • Audiobook, with a recorded commentary by Tom Baker
  • Making Of
  • Photo Gallery

Anne Marie Walsh, Director of the 2021 production said

It's been a privilege to work on this fantastic story with such a brilliant team - thanks to the fans for supporting our work, I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!” 

 

The new animated release will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from 27th September 2021. Pre-orders are available now from Amazon