Cast your minds back a year ago, Dear Whovians and Geeky Folk. Matt Smith had recently announced that he was leaving the role of the Doctor and his successor, Peter Capaldi, had been announced live on international television. The fans were rapt in anticipation of what the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary celebrations were going to bring and the less said about “Trailergate”, the better.
A year on and with a new incarnation of the Doctor at the helm, the BBC have decided to give us one last treat from the fiftieth anniversary in the form of a Collector’s Box Set packaging together the celebration into one glorious bundle in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats. (The latter of which I bought).
So, what do you get for your hard-earned currency?
Disc One brings together the final episode of Series 7, “The Name Of The Doctor”, with the Behind The Scenes material released as part of the Series 7 Box Set, “The Time Of The Doctor” red button episode starring Paul McGann and the fiftieth anniversary retrospective “Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide” which was originally shown on BBC3.
Disc Two features the fiftieth anniversary episode itself, “The Day Of The Doctor” starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt. Alongside this is the “Behind The Lens” material, “The Last Day” red button episode, two trailers for the fiftieth anniversary and the “Tales From The TARDIS” material which featured on the single disc release from last year and two new special features. “Script To Screen” gives an insight to the script readthrough sessions for “The Day Of The Doctor” whilst the humorous cinema introductions presented by Strax and The Doctors make their home entertainment debuts.
Disc Three contains Matt Smith’s final episode “The Time Of The Doctor” plus the “Behind The Lens” material, a Deleted Scene and the “Farewell To Matt Smith” feature hosted by Alex Kingston which featured on “The Time Of The Doctor”‘s solo release earlier this year and “A Night With The Stars: The Science Of Doctor Who” hosted by Professor Brian Cox with some… ahem… assistance from the Doctor.
But, it’s fourth disc that made me really happy as it featured the UK debut release on Blu Ray of Mark Gattiss’s wonderful docudrama “An Adventure In Space And Drama” along with the mini documentary “William Hartnell: The Original” which was transmitted straight after “Adventure” and the special features which were presented on the DVD release, “Behind The Scenes”, “The Making Of An Adventure”, “Reconstructions”, “Title Sequences” and a collection of Deleted Scenes. Alongside those special features, “Doctor Who At The Proms 2013” and the hilarious “The Five(ish) Doctors Rebbot” are presented on Disc Four.
Whilst there have been, understandably, some cries of foul play and rip off due to the amount of material that has previously been released to buy, the additions of the previously unreleased material, alongside the fact that this package brings together all of the anniversary material into one beautiful little bundle, made this Collector’s Edition a worthwhile purchase.
However, if you want to get this box set, you will need to be quick as this collection is a limited edition.
A worthy collection for the Whovian.
Blu Ray version: