The Doctor can flit all over pretty much everywhere and every-when, but he hasn’t been on 4K Ultra HD – until now! So, how does last year’s Chrissie special Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time scrub up on the format? is it Dalek-table, or Davros-tating?
The story: Rather than just being a bit of seasonal fluff, this is a significant episode as it heralds the last appearance of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and the first of Jodie Whittaker as his successor. It’s also the last episode to be penned by Stephen Moffat. Continuing from where episode The Doctor Falls left off, it’s perfectly viewable on its own if you’re not a dedicated Whovian. As for story, David Bradley steps in for the late William Hartnell as the First Doctor, in a tale of stubbornness, anachronisms and old friends, with a touching Christmas story mixed in for good measure.
“Everybody’s important to somebody, somewhere.”
The 4K disc: As we mentioned above, this is the first appearance of Doctor Who on 4K Ultra HD, and it fares OK. While it’s an upscaled presentation as it wasn’t filmed in 4K, it tends to flit between often quite incredible detail and softer-looking scenes. It also highlights some of the knowingly (we think) cheesy effects work. Like many a 4K release, HDR does great things for this merry and bright presentation, and we reckon it’s safe to say that you’ll have never seen Doctor Who looking this spiffy. As for sound, a capable DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix has plenty of bass and some pleasant enough surround use where relevant. Three extras round out the single disc package, in the form of two ~20 minute featurettes – the behind-the-scenes Extra, and a tribute to Capaldi entitled End of an Era – along with the hour-long Doctor Who panel from San Diego Comic Con 2017.
Release date: October 17, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Peter Capaldi, David Bradley, Pearl Mackie
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.