Whovians can look forward to more classic Doctor Who on Blu-ray in the coming months, including an animated reconstruction of a lost Dalek story from the second Doctor’s era.
First up on August 25 is the Classic Season 24 Blu-ray boxset featuring Sylvester McCoy’s debut season as the seventh Doctor, originally broadcast in 1987. All four stories – Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen and Dragonfire – have been newly remastered with the option to view alternate, extended versions featuring previously un-transmitted footage. All the bonus features from the previous DVD releases are included in this collection along with brand new extras exclusive to this set, including Sylvester McCoy in conversation with Matthew Sweet, a feature-length overview of Season 24, the making of Delta and the Bannerman, rare studio and location footage, and more. As with past classic Who Blu-ray collections, stock is strictly limited, so PRE-ORDER NOW to secure your copy.
2013 was an exciting year for Whovians; the show reached its milestone 50th anniversary and a previously ‘lost’ story from the Patrick Troughton era, The Web of Fear, was returned to the BBC archives. All five recovered episodes of this 1968 adventure featuring the Yeti were swiftly released on DVD, with a telesnap reconstruction of the still missing episode three. Now the story has been remastered in a 2-disc set featuring an all-new animated version of the missing episode and a wealth of bonus features including audio commentaries, making-of documentary, animation featurette and The Missing Years documentary. This special edition of The Web of Fear will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 22. PRE-ORDER NOW
Perhaps the most exciting upcoming Doctor Who release is an animated reconstruction of another classic second Doctor adventure – the seven-part epic The Evil of the Daleks, which introduced companion Victoria (Deborah Watling) and the formidable Dalek Emperor. First broadcast in 1967, only episode two is held by the BBC archives, but now fans will be able to enjoy this legendary lost story in its entirety thanks to newly animated episodes synched with the original audio. The 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD set will include both colour and black and white animation as well as the surviving episode two remastered, telesnap reconstructions of the missing six episodes, audio commentaries, a making-of featurette and more. An Australian release date is yet to be confirmed but it’s expected to arrive before the end of the year. PRE-ORDER NOW