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All of the Doctor Who Region 2 DVD Classic Series releases, as of 24 February 2009.

This is a list of Doctor Who serials that are available on DVD. Most Doctor Who DVDs have been released first in the United Kingdom with Region 2 coding, and released later in Australia and New Zealand (coded Region 4) and in North America (coded Region 1) coding. Aside from differences in the external packaging, special features and commentaries are mostly identical in all versions. The Region 1 release of The Five Doctors contains a commentary track featuring Peter Davison and Terrance Dicks not available on the earlier Region 2 release. All Region 1 releases prior to September 2005 also included a "Who's Who" feature that identified key cast members and gave brief biographies and filmographies. The Region 1 releases of Robots of Death, The Ark in Space, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and Pyramids of Mars also include a featurette with the syndicated Time-Life introductions and closings narrated by Howard da Silva.

There are also minor variations having to do with technical glitches that occurred in the Region 2 discs but were corrected in time for the Region 1 release (The Caves of Androzani, Remembrance of the Daleks, Complete Series Two Box Set).

The Region 2 discs released up to 2009 have also been dual coded with Region 4, so the two have been identical. This practice ceased for new releases in 2009. The only exceptions are Vengeance on Varos, which fixed an error on the Region 2 version in episode 2, and Remembrance of the Daleks, which used the NTSC master due to errors on the UK version and issues about music clearance.

The Region 1 classic series DVDs are labelled with story numbers, which are listed below. The numbering system follows that used in the 1995 reference work The Discontinuity Guide. It differs slightly from that used by Doctor Who Magazine (the source for the Wikipedia list of Doctor Who serials) by: firstly, including the uncompleted serial Shada; and, secondly, counting the four segments of The Trial of a Time Lord as four separate stories. Because of this, both schemes are identical until the 108th story, The Horns of Nimon, after which they diverge. The Region 1 DVDs of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who do not have story numbers, so none are listed here.

On 14 January 2009, publishers GE Fabbri, licensed by the BBC and 2 entertain, released the first issue of the partwork magazine Doctor Who DVD Files. Every fortnight the magazine comes with a mounted DVD containing two episodes of the relaunched series, beginning with Rose.[1] Doctor Who DVD Files is currently planned to run for 40 issues.[2] The magazine also includes two classic-series releases. The Five Doctors comes free with issue four and Doctor Who - The Movie is available as a gift to those who subscribe to the magazine. Starting from issue 29 the DVDs will focus on the classic series starting with Remembrance of the Daleks. All the DVDs come with new double-sided covers and are encoded for Regions 2 and 4.

Contents

Schedule

Prior to autumn 2006, the standard Region 2 release pattern was one release approximately every two months, for six releases a year. Starting in 2004, one of those releases (eventually standardised as the January one) would consist of a box set. Beginning in late 2006, four new release slots were added to account for a new category of "standard" edition releases — comparably budget-priced DVDs that would contain fewer extras than the "special edition" DVDs that make up the rest of the line. Likewise, the definition of "special editions" was expanded to include sets of two or more related serials.[3] This rate increase brings the typical R2 schedule up to ten releases (of one or more serials apiece): one a month, excepting February and December.

Although Region 1 initially lagged somewhat behind Region 2, its release rate (up until the R2 schedule change in late 2006) was typically somewhat faster: seven releases, spread across four release slots. The yearly box set was typically slotted for March, while June, September, and November are each scheduled for two releases. By March 2007, the Region 1 catalogue had essentially caught up with Region 2. BBC Worldwide America has yet to clarify how it intends to respond to the quickened Region 2 release pattern.

Features

With few exceptions (noted below), each of the 'classic series' stories have been carefully restored by the Doctor Who Restoration Team from the best available materials, and are presented as originally broadcast — in episodic format, where applicable. Other features present on every, or nearly every, DVD include cast and crew commentary, subtitles, production notes, and a photo gallery.

"Special edition" releases (which make up the bulk of the line; see above) also typically include one or more documentaries relating to the serial in question, any relevant archive material, and — where applicable — the occasional highlight such as a Dolby 5.1 mix or enhanced movie edit. The precise features vary, depending on the available resources and the nature of the story.

Releases

This is a complete list of Doctor Who DVD releases which either have been released, or which have been announced for release.

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First Doctor releases

Starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor. There are four complete First Doctor serials and two incomplete serials yet to be announced for release on DVD.

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
1 001 An Unearthly Child[4] 4 × 25 min 30 January 2006 2 March 2006 28 March 2006
002 The Daleks[4] 7 × 25 min 30 January 2006 2 March 2006 28 March 2006
003 The Edge of Destruction[4] 2 × 25 min. 30 January 2006 2 March 2006 28 March 2006
005 The Keys of Marinus 6 × 25 min. 21 September 2009 7 January 2010 5 January 2010
006 The Aztecs 4 × 25 min. 21 October 2002 2 December 2002 4 March 2003
2 010 The Dalek Invasion of Earth 6 × 25 min. 9 June 2003 13 August 2003 7 October 2003
011 The Rescue[5] 2 × 25 min. 23 February 2009 2 April 2009 7 July 2009
012 The Romans[5] 4 × 25 min. 23 February 2009 2 April 2009 7 July 2009
013 The Web Planet 6 × 25 min. 3 October 2005 3 November 2005 5 September 2006
015 The Space Museum[6] 4 × 25 min. 1 March 2010 6 May 2010 [7] TBA
016 The Chase[6] 6 × 25 min. 1 March 2010 6 May 2010 [8] TBA
017 The Time Meddler 4 × 25 min. 4 February 2008 2 April 2008 5 August 2008
2-3
014
021
024
Lost in Time:
The Crusade (episodes 1 & 3 of 4; soundtracks of 2 & 4)
The Daleks' Master Plan (episodes 2, 5 & 10 of 12)
The Celestial Toymaker (episode 4 of 4)
6 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004 2 November 2004
3 027 The War Machines 4 × 25 min. 25 August 2008 6 November 2008 6 January 2009

Second Doctor releases

Starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. There are two complete Second Doctor serials and one incomplete serial yet to be announced for release on DVD.

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
4-6
032
033
035
036
038
040
041
043
049
Lost in Time:
The Underwater Menace (episode 3 of 4)
The Moonbase (episodes 2 & 4 of 4; soundtracks of 1 & 3)
The Faceless Ones (episodes 1 & 3 of 6)
The Evil of the Daleks (episode 2 of 7)
The Abominable Snowmen (episode 2 of 6)
The Enemy of the World (episode 3 of 6)
The Web of Fear (episode 1 of 6)
The Wheel in Space (episodes 3 & 6 of 6)
The Space Pirates (episode 2 of 6)
12 × 25 min.
+ 2 × 25 min. audio
1 November 2004 2 December 2004 2 November 2004
5 037 The Tomb of the Cybermen 4 × 25 min. 14 January 2002 1 April 2002 6 August 2002
6 045 The Mind Robber 5 × 20 min. 7 March 2005 5 May 2005 6 September 2005
046 The Invasion 8 × 25 min. 6 November 2006 3 January 2007 6 March 2007
048 The Seeds of Death 6 × 25 min. 17 February 2003 5 May 2003 2 March 2004
050 The War Games 10 × 25 min. 6 July 2009 3 September 2009 3 November 2009

Third Doctor releases

Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. There are ten Third Doctor serials yet to be announced for release on DVD.

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
7 051 Spearhead from Space 4 × 25 min. 29 January 2001 15 April 2002 11 September 2001
052 Doctor Who and the Silurians[9] 7 × 25 min. 14 January 2008 5 March 2008 3 June 2008
054 Inferno 7 × 25 min. 19 June 2006 6 July 2006 5 September 2006
8 057 The Claws of Axos 4 × 25 min. 25 April 2005 2 June 2005 8 November 2005
9 061 The Curse of Peladon[10] 4 × 25 min. 18 January 2010 4 March 2010 4 May 2010 [11]
062 The Sea Devils[9] 6 × 25 min. 14 January 2008 5 March 2008 3 June 2008
064 The Time Monster[12] 6 x 25 min. 29 March 2010[13] TBA TBA
10 065 The Three Doctors 4 × 25 min. 24 November 2003 12 November 2003 2 March 2004
066 Carnival of Monsters 4 × 25 min. 15 July 2002 2 September 2002 1 July 2003
067 Frontier in Space[14] 6 × 25 min. 5 October 2009 4 February 2010 2 March 2010
068 Planet of the Daleks[14] 6 × 25 min. 5 October 2009 4 February 2010 2 March 2010
069 The Green Death 6 × 25 min. 10 May 2004 5 August 2004 1 March 2005
11 070 The Time Warrior 4 × 25 min. 3 September 2007 3 October 2007 1 April 2008
073 The Monster of Peladon[10] 6 × 25 min. 18 January 2010 4 March 2010 4 May 2010 [15]

Fourth Doctor releases

Starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. There are nine complete Fourth Doctor serials and one incomplete serial yet to be announced for release on DVD.

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
12 075 Robot 4 × 25 min. 4 June 2007 4 July 2007 14 August 2007
076 The Ark in Space 4 × 25 min. 8 April 2002 3 June 2002 6 August 2002
077 The Sontaran Experiment 2 × 25 min. 9 October 2006 7 December 2006 6 March 2007
078 Genesis of the Daleks 6 × 25 min. 10 April 2006 4 May 2006 6 June 2006
13 081 Planet of Evil 4 × 25 min. 15 October 2007 5 December 2007 4 March 2008
082 Pyramids of Mars 4 × 25 min. 1 March 2004 10 June 2004 7 September 2004
084 The Brain of Morbius 4 × 25 min. 21 July 2008 2 October 2008 7 October 2008
14 086 The Masque of Mandragora 4 × 25 min. 8 February 2010 1 April 2010[16] 4 May 2010 [17]
087 The Hand of Fear 4 × 25 min. 24 July 2006 7 September 2006 7 November 2006
088 The Deadly Assassin 4 × 25 min. 11 May 2009 2 July 2009 1 September 2009
090 The Robots of Death 4 × 25 min. 13 November 2000 2 July 2001 11 September 2001
091 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 6 × 25 min. 28 April 2003 30 June 2003 7 October 2003
The Talons of Weng-Chiang - Special Edition[18] 6 × 25 min. 2010[19] TBA TBA
15 092 Horror of Fang Rock 4 × 25 min. 17 January 2005 7 April 2005 6 September 2005
093 The Invisible Enemy[20] 4 × 25 min. 16 June 2008 4 September 2008 2 September 2008
094 Image of the Fendahl 4 × 25 min. 20 April 2009 4 June 2009 1 September 2009
096 Underworld[12] 4 x 25 min. 29 March 2010[13] TBA TBA
097 The Invasion of Time 6 × 25 min. 5 May 2008 3 July 2008 2 September 2008
16
098
099
100
101
102
103
The Key to Time:
The Ribos Operation (4 episodes)
The Pirate Planet (4 episodes)
The Stones of Blood (4 episodes)
The Androids of Tara (4 episodes)
The Power of Kroll (4 episodes)
The Armageddon Factor (6 episodes)
26 × 25 min. 24 September 2007
Limited Edition

16 November 2009
Re-release
7 November 2007 1 October 2002

3 March 2009
Special Edition[21]
17 104 Destiny of the Daleks 4 × 25 min. 26 November 2007 6 February 2008 4 March 2008
105 City of Death 4 × 25 min. 7 November 2005 1 December 2005 8 November 2005
106 The Creature from the Pit[22] 4 × 25 min. 3 May 2010[23] TBA TBA
108 The Horns of Nimon[12] 4 x 25 min. 29 March 2010[13] TBA TBA
18 110 The Leisure Hive 4 × 25 min. 5 July 2004 7 October 2004 7 June 2005

112
113
114
The E-Space Trilogy:
Full Circle (4 episodes)
State of Decay (4 episodes)
Warriors' Gate (4 episodes)
12 × 25 min. 26 January 2009 5 May 2009 5 May 2009
115 The Keeper of Traken[24] 4 × 25 min. 29 January 2007 7 March 2007 5 June 2007
116 Logopolis[24] 4 × 25 min. 29 January 2007 7 March 2007 5 June 2007

Fifth Doctor releases

Starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. There are four Fifth Doctor serials yet to be announced for release on DVD.

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
19 117 Castrovalva[24] 4 × 25 min. 29 January 2007 7 March 2007 5 June 2007
118 Four to Doomsday 4 × 25 min. 15 September 2008 6 January 2009 6 January 2009
120 The Visitation 4 × 25 min. 19 January 2004 8 April 2004 1 March 2005
121 Black Orchid 2 × 25 min. 14 April 2008 5 June 2008 5 August 2008
122 Earthshock 4 × 25 min. 18 August 2003 1 October 2003 7 September 2004
123 Time-Flight[25] 4 × 25 min. 6 August 2007 5 September 2007 6 November 2007
20 124 Arc of Infinity[25] 4 × 25 min. 6 August 2007 5 September 2007 6 November 2007

126
127
128
Black Guardian Trilogy:
Mawdryn Undead (4 episodes)
Terminus (4 episodes)
Enlightenment (4 episodes)
12 × 25 min. 10 August 2009 5 November 2009 3 November 2009
129 The King's Demons[26] 2 × 25 min. 14 June 2010[23] TBA TBA
130 The Five Doctors - Special Edition 1 × 100 min.[27] 1 November 1999 9 October 2000 11 September 2001
The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition 1 × 90 min.[28] 3 March 2008 8 May 2008 5 August 2008
21 131 Warriors of the Deep[9] 4 × 25 min. 14 January 2008 5 March 2008 3 June 2008
134 Resurrection of the Daleks 4 × 25 min.[29] 18 November 2002 3 February 2003 1 July 2003
135 Planet of Fire[26] 4 × 25 min. 14 June 2010[23] TBA TBA
136 The Caves of Androzani 4 × 25 min. 18 June 2001 7 January 2002 2 April 2002
The Caves of Androzani - Special Edition[18] 4 × 25 min. 2010[30] TBA TBA

Sixth Doctor releases

Starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor. All Sixth Doctor serials have been released on DVD.[31]

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
21 137 The Twin Dilemma 4 × 25 min. 7 September 2009 3 December 2009 5 January 2010
22 138 Attack of the Cybermen 2 × 45 min. 16 March 2009 7 July 2009 7 July 2009
139 Vengeance on Varos 2 × 45 min. 15 October 2001 14 August 2003 4 March 2003
140 The Mark of the Rani 2 × 45 min. 4 September 2006 2 November 2006 7 November 2006
141 The Two Doctors 3 × 45 min. 8 September 2003 7 January 2004 1 June 2004
142 Timelash 2 × 45 min. 9 July 2007 31 July 2007 1 April 2008
143 Revelation of the Daleks 2 × 45 min. 11 July 2005 1 September 2005 6 June 2006
23
144
145
146
147
The Trial of a Time Lord:
The Mysterious Planet
Mindwarp
Terror of the Vervoids
The Ultimate Foe
13 × 25 min.
1 × 30 min.
29 September 2008 2 January 2009 7 October 2008

Seventh Doctor releases

Starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. There are five Seventh Doctor serials yet to be announced for release on DVD.

Season Story # Serial name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
24 148 Time and the Rani 4 × 25 min. 6 September 2010[32] TBA TBA
150 Delta and the Bannermen 3 × 25 min. 22 June 2009 6 August 2009 1 September 2009
25 152 Remembrance of the Daleks 4 × 25 min. 26 February 2001 13 May 2002 2 April 2002
Remembrance of the Daleks - Special Edition 4 × 25 min. 26 November 2007[33]
20 July 2009
1 October 2009 2 March 2010
26 156 Battlefield 4 × 25 min. 26 December 2008 5 May 2009 5 May 2009
157 Ghost Light 3 × 25 min. 20 September 2004 3 February 2005 7 June 2005
158 The Curse of Fenric 4 × 25 min. 6 October 2003 11 February 2004 1 June 2004
159 Survival 3 × 25 min. 16 April 2007 6 June 2007 14 August 2007

Eighth Doctor releases

Starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.

Year Story # Name Duration R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
1996 160 Doctor Who — The Movie 85 min. 13 August 2001 n/a No release planned [34]
Doctor Who — The Movie - Special Edition[18] 85 min. 2010[35] TBA

Ninth Doctor releases

Starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. All Ninth Doctor serials have been released on DVD.

Series Episode name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
1 Doctor Who: Series 1, Volume 1
"Rose"
"The End of the World"
"The Unquiet Dead"
3 × 45 min. 16 May 2005 16 June 2005 7 November 2006
Doctor Who: Series 1, Volume 2
"Aliens of London"/"World War Three"
"Dalek"
3 × 45 min. 13 June 2005 4 August 2005 7 November 2006
Doctor Who: Series 1, Volume 3
"The Long Game"
"Father's Day"
"The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances"
4 × 45 min. 1 August 2005 1 September 2005 7 November 2006
Doctor Who: Series 1, Volume 4
"Boom Town"
"Bad Wolf"/"The Parting of the Ways"
3 × 45 min. 5 September 2005 6 October 2005 7 November 2006
Doctor Who: The Complete First Series 13 × 45 min. 21 November 2005 8 December 2005 14 February 2006 (Canada),
4 July 2006 (US) [36]

Tenth Doctor releases

Starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. All Tenth Doctor serials have been released on DVD.

Series Episode name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
2 Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 1
"Doctor Who: Children in Need"
"The Christmas Invasion"
"New Earth"
1 x 7 min.
1 x 60 min.
1 x 45 min.
1 May 2006 20 July 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 2
"Tooth and Claw"
"School Reunion"
"The Girl in the Fireplace"
3 × 45 min. 5 June 2006 17 August 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 3
"Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel"
"The Idiot's Lantern"
3 × 45 min. 10 July 2006 7 September 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 4
"The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit"
"Love & Monsters"
3 × 45 min. 7 August 2006 5 October 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 2, Volume 5
"Fear Her"
"Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday"
3 × 45 min. 25 September 2006 2 November 2006 TBA
Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series [37] 1 × 7 min.[38]
1 × 60 min.
13 × 45 min.
20 November 2006 7 December 2006 16 January 2007 (US)
6 February 2007 (Canada) [39]
3 Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride [40]
"The Runaway Bride"
1 × 60 min. 2 April 2007 1 July 2007 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 1
"Smith and Jones"
"The Shakespeare Code"
"Gridlock"
3 × 45 min. 21 May 2007 1 August 2007 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 2
"Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks"
"The Lazarus Experiment"
"42"
4 × 45 min. 25 June 2007 5 September 2007 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 3
"Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood"
"Blink"
3 × 45 min. 23 July 2007 3 October 2007 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 3, Volume 4
"Utopia"/"The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords"
2 × 45 min.
1 × 51 min.
20 August 2007 5 November 2007 TBA
Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series 1 × 60 min.
12 × 45 min.
1 × 51 min.
5 November 2007 5 December 2007 6 November 2007
n/a Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest 13 × 3:30 min. 12 November 2007 5 June 2008 18 November 2008
4 Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned [40]
"Time Crash"
"Voyage of the Damned"
1 × 8 min.
1 × 72 min.
10 March 2008 3 July 2008 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 4, Volume 1
"Partners in Crime"
"The Fires of Pompeii"
"Planet of the Ood"
2 × 50 min.
1 × 45 min.
2 June 2008 7 August 2008 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 4, Volume 2
"The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky"
"The Doctor's Daughter"
"The Unicorn and the Wasp"
4 × 45 min. 7 July 2008 4 September 2008 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 4, Volume 3
"Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead"
"Midnight"
3 × 45 min. 4 August 2008 2 October 2008 TBA
Doctor Who: Series 4, Volume 4
"Turn Left"
"The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End"
1 × 50 min.
1 × 45 min.
1 × 65 min.
1 September 2008 6 November 2008 TBA
Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series 1 × 8 min.
1 × 72 min.
9 × 45 min.
3 × 50 min.
1 × 65 min.
17 November 2008 4 December 2008 18 November 2008
4a Doctor Who: The Next Doctor
"The Next Doctor"
"Music of the Spheres"
Doctor Who Prom
1 × 65 min.
1 × 7 min.
1 x 95 min.
19 January 2009 5 March 2009 15 September 2009
Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead
"Planet of the Dead"
1 × 60 min. 29 June 2009
(DVD and Blu-ray)
2 July 2009 (DVD)
1 October 2009 (Blu-ray)[41]
28 July 2009
(DVD & Blu-ray)
Doctor Who: 2009 Winter Specials
"The Waters of Mars"
The End of Time
2 × 60 min.
1 × 75 min.
11 January 2010[42]
(DVD)
n/a n/a
"The Waters of Mars" 1 × 60 min. n/a 4 February 2010[43] 2 February 2010[44]
The End of Time 1 × 60 min.
1 × 75 min.
n/a 4 March 2010[45] 2 February 2010 [46]
Doctor Who: The Complete Specials 1 × 7 min.
1 × 65 min.
3 × 60 min.
1 × 75 min.
11 January 2010[47]
(DVD and Blu-ray)
TBA 2 February 2010 [48]
n/a Doctor Who: Dreamland 1 × 12 min.
5 × 6min.
1 February 2010 [49] TBA 4 May 2010 [50]

Eleventh Doctor releases

Starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

Series Episode name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
5 Doctor Who: Series 5, Volume 1[51]
"The Eleventh Hour"
"The Beast Below"
"Victory of the Daleks"
1 x 65 min[23]
2 x 45 min.
7 June 2010
(DVD and Blu-Ray)[51][52]
TBA TBA

Incomplete Serials

Many of the Doctor Who serials from the 1960s have missing episodes, and in some cases, entire serials have been lost. However, only three serials have no footage remaining at all, with various orphaned episodes, clips recorded off-air, and censored clips being returned to the BBC from both fans and overseas broadcasters. Incomplete stories and episodes which have seen some kind of DVD release are as follows:

Marco Polo

Although no clips from this serial survive, a condensed 30-minute reconstruction was included on The Beginning, using production photographs, telesnaps and parts of the soundtrack (which survives and has been released on CD in its entirety).

The Invasion

This serial is unique in that it is the only Doctor Who serial to be reconstructed with animation and the off-air soundtracks. Episodes 1 and 4 were animated by Cosgrove Hall Films, the same team that animated the BBC webcast The Scream of the Shalka.[53]

Lost in Time

The remainder of the surviving "orphan episodes" (episodes which belong to stories which do not contain at least half of the produced episodes) and a number of clips were released in 2004 on a 3-disc DVD set, Doctor Who: Lost in Time. Two serials, The Crusade and The Moonbase contain both the surviving episodes (two each) as well as the soundtracks to their missing episodes, and both may be watched as "complete" serials. The set also contains an updated version of The Missing Years, a 1998 BBC documentary on the missing episodes. In Region 1, the collection was released both in parts (Hartnell and Troughton getting separate releases) and as a set.

William Hartnell:

Patrick Troughton — Disc 1:

Patrick Troughton — Disc 2:

Special Releases

Boxed sets

Classic series

Several serials have been released originally in boxed sets:

  • The Beginning — Contains the first three serials: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, plus a condensed reconstruction of the fourth serial Marco Polo (see above for details on this). All regions received the boxed set only.
  • New Beginnings — Contains The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, and Castrovalva. The set only was released in Regions 2 and 4, while Region 1 received both the boxed set and individual releases.
  • Beneath the Surface — Contains the three serials Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Sea Devils, and Warriors of the Deep and was released as a boxed set in Region 2. In Region 1, the serials were released both separately and in the boxed set.
  • The Key to Time was released in Region 1 only in 2002 with a minimal restoration effort, as BBC Worldwide believed a full season boxed set would sell better than the individual releases. It received a proper restoration and Region 2 release in 2007 but this was a limited edition release.[54] It was originally slated for a March 2008 Region 1 release but was postponed to 3 March 2009. A non-limited region 2 release was released on 16 November 2009.
  • Time-Flight and Arc of Infinity were released in a boxed set in Regions 2 and 4, but separately in Region 1.
  • K9 Tales — Contains K-9's debut story The Invisible Enemy as well as the spin-off show K-9 and Company. In Region 1 these were released in a two DVD set without the K9 Tales title.
  • The Trial of a Time Lord — Contains Trial of a Time Lord, the season-spanning story from Colin Baker's final season.
  • The E-Space Trilogy — Contains three stories from Tom Baker's final season, Full Circle, State of Decay and Warriors' Gate.
  • The Rescue and The Romans were released as a boxset.
  • The Black Guardian Trilogy — This boxset contains the Season 20 stories Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment and a new special edition of Enlightenment.
  • Dalek War — Contains the two consecutive Jon Pertwee stories Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks. Planet of the Daleks episode 3 has had its colour restored for this release using a combination of computer colourisation and a revolutionary new colour restoration technique.
  • Peladon Tales — Contains the two Jon Pertwee stories set on the planet of Peladon featuring the Ice Warriors. The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon. This was released on the 18th January 2010.
  • The Space Museum and The Chase were released as a boxset on 1 March 2010.[13]
  • Myths & Legends — Contains the three stories The Time Monster, Underworld and The Horns of Nimon. This is scheduled for release 29 March 2010.[13]
  • Kamelion Collection An upcoming release which will contain the two stories featuring the Doctor's shape changing robotic companion Kamelion; The King's Demons and Planet of Fire. It will be released on 14 June 2010.[55]

Other boxsets have been released collecting together previously released serials (often with a newly released one):

The Complete Davros Collection

2|entertain released the first Doctor Who boxed set with exclusive content, The Complete Davros Collection, in 2007 in Region 2. This boxed set collects the five serials featuring Davros, including Destiny of the Daleks, which was released separately on the same day, as well as a remastered version of Remembrance of the Daleks which both corrects the errors in the first release and adds a number of new special features. The boxed set also contains all seven Davros-related Big Finish audio plays, as well as a new play, The Davros Mission, which is not available separately.

Serials:

Big Finish audio plays:

The boxed set also contains two documentaries — Davros Connections, and Big Finish's audio documentary on the making of I, Davros.

New series

In addition to full series box sets, and the box set of the 2009 specials, the following collections have been released.

The Five Doctors

The original release of The Five Doctors was the very first Doctor Who DVD release, and as such, is rather lacking compared to later releases in the range. This release contains a straight transfer of the 1995 Special Edition, which recut the story, added several scenes, and replaced the original effects with CGI. The Region 2 version had no commentary track, but one with Peter Davison and writer Terrance Dicks was added for the Region 1 release nearly two years later. The Doctor Who Restoration Team has repeatedly stated that neither they nor 2|entertain considers this to be part of the 'official' release range. The packaging for the DVD and the design of the menus is different from all other releases in the range, although the BBC have subsequently made a new sleeve available for download from the official Doctor Who website which is intended to better match the rest of the range. A new version of the story was released in Region 2 on 3 March 2008, containing remastered versions of both the special edition and the story as originally transmitted. It also features both the R1 commentary track, a newly recorded commentary, and a number of special features. To distinguish it from the previous release, the newer version is subtitled 25th Anniversary Edition.[62]

The Curse of Fenric, Battlefield and Enlightenment

These releases contain two discs each, the first of which contains the original four-part version of the story, with the other containing a feature-length version with additional footage and new special effects, as well as a remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack.[63] The Curse of Fenric and Battlefield were released individually, while Enlightenment was released as part of the Black Guardian Trilogy box set.

The Infinite Quest

The Infinite Quest is a 13-part animated serial, the first 12 parts of which were originally shown on Totally Doctor Who. Although the serial is not a part of series 3, it features the Doctor and Martha Jones. It was run as a complete 45 minute episode after the series came to an end. It was released on DVD in Region 2 on 12 November 2007, Region 4 on 5 June 2008 and Region 1 on 18 November 2008.

DVD releases of theatrical feature films

Film remakes based on the first two Dalek television stories were produced in 1965 (Dr. Who and the Daleks) and 1966 (Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.) starring Peter Cushing as "Dr. Who". These two theatrical movies do not take place within the established canon of Doctor Who. The two films have been released as a box set (often with the Dalekmania documentary on a separate disc), first in region 4 (9 May 2001), then region 1 (22 November 2001) and later region 2 (29 July 2002).

Blu-ray

To date only three Doctor Who stories have been released on Blu-ray disc, "Planet of the Dead", "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time", which were the first Doctor Who episodes to be filmed and broadcast in high-definition. They were released on the same day as their corresponding DVDs in Region 2.[64] A Blu-ray box set containing all of the 2009-10 specials (including an upscaled version of "The Next Doctor", which was shot in standard-definition) has been released for Region 2 on 11 January, 2010.[65]

The Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood has also had all three series released on Blu-ray as well as DVD.

With the exception of Spearhead from Space[66] and Doctor Who: The Movie,[67] all of the classic series stories were either fully or partially shot on standard-definition videotape, which would suggest that little improvement could be achieved from a high-definition transfer. However, no official statements have yet been made regarding any future plans for Blu-ray releases of the classic series.

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.gallifreyone.com/news.php#newsitemEkFElAuFFpNgBnBWXh Outpost Gallifrey News Section, January 14, 2009
  2. ^ Promotional leaflet with Doctor Who DVD Files, issue 1
  3. ^ "The Frequently Asked Questions Lists for Doctor Who Home Videos and DVDs in the United States and Canada — LATEST NEWS". http://home.comcast.net/~smanfred/Latest.html. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  4. ^ a b c Only available as part of The Beginning Box Set
  5. ^ a b Only available as part of The Rescue/The Romans Box Set
  6. ^ a b Only available as part of The Space Museum / The Chase Box Set
  7. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/812237
  8. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/812237
  9. ^ a b c Only available as part of the Beneath the Surface Box Set in Regions 2 and 4
  10. ^ a b Only available as part of the Peladon Tales Box Set
  11. ^ tvshowsondvd.com
  12. ^ a b c Only available as part of the "Myths and Legends" boxset
  13. ^ a b c d e http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2009/11/dvd-march-update.html
  14. ^ a b Only available as part of the Dalek War Box Set
  15. ^ tvshowsondvd.com
  16. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/811320
  17. ^ www.tvshowsondvd.com
  18. ^ a b c Only available as part of the Revisitations Box Set
  19. ^ a b http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2010/01/weng-chiang-revisited.html
  20. ^ Only available as part of the K9 Tales Box Set
  21. ^ Lambert, David (2008-10-29). "Doctor Who DVD news: Announcement for Doctor Who - Key To Time: Special Edition". tvshowsondvd.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Key-To-Time-SE/10782. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  22. ^ http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2010/02/creature-from-pit-confirmed.html
  23. ^ a b c d Doctor Who Magazine issue 419, 4 March 2010
  24. ^ a b c Only available as part of the New Beginnings Box Set in Regions 2 and 4
  25. ^ a b Only available as part of the Time-Flight/Arc of Infinity Box Set in Regions 2 and 4
  26. ^ a b Only available as part of the Kamelion Collection Box Set in Region 2
  27. ^ The DVD release of The Five Doctors - Special Edition is a 100-minute "special edition" with restored footage and new special effects.
  28. ^ The The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition DVD release contains the 100-minute "special edition" with restored footage and new special effects and the story as originally broadcast as a 90 minute television movie.
  29. ^ Resurrection of the Daleks was originally made in 4 25-minute episodes, but broadcast as 2 46-minute episodes due to the BBC's coverage of the 1984 Winter Olympics. The DVD contains the story in its intended 4-part format.
  30. ^ a b http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2010/02/caves-of-androzani-revisited.html
  31. ^ http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2009/05/new-dvd-dates.html
  32. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002SZQCDO
  33. ^ Remembrance of the Daleks (Special Edition), Available as part of The Complete Davros Collection Box Set
  34. ^ Due to complex licensing issues, there are currently no plans for a Region 1 DVD release of the 1996 Doctor Who television movie.
  35. ^ http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2009/12/tv-movie-re-released-on-dvd.html
  36. ^ The Region 1 release of Doctor Who: The Complete First Series had originally been scheduled for 14 February 2006, but due to the series' broadcast by the American Sci Fi Channel, the US release was then delayed to 4 July 2006. [1], [2] The box set was released in Canada on February 14 as scheduled.
  37. ^ An exclusive box was made available at amazon.co.uk
  38. ^ The set includes the 2005 Children in Need special.
  39. ^ Canadian release was originally announced as the same day as the US issue, but the decision by the CBC to schedule a two-month mid-season hiatus led to the release date being pushed back; ultimately, it was released before the CBC was able to air the final two episodes of the season.
  40. ^ a b The Christmas specials are considered introduction to the series, without actually being part of it.
  41. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/808089
  42. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002SZQC7U
  43. ^ http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/810473
  44. ^ Water of Mars - Region 1
  45. ^ http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvd-genres/tv/doctor-who-the-end-of-time-parts-1-2/478504
  46. ^ The End of Time - Region 1
  47. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002SZQC7A
  48. ^ Complete Specials - Region 1
  49. ^ http://www.bbcshop.com/Doctor-Who/Doctor-Who-Dreamland-DVD/invt/bbcdvd3163
  50. ^ http://tvshowsondvd.com/n/13262
  51. ^ a b http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2010/03/matt-smith-first-dvd-release-date.html
  52. ^ http://www.bbcshop.com/Doctor-Who-Series-5-Volume-1-DVD/invt/bbcdvd3213
  53. ^ DW Restoration Team - The Invasion
  54. ^ Doctor Who Restoration Team - The Key to Time article.
  55. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002SZQC6Q
  56. ^ The TARDIS Library: 40th Anniversary Dalek box set
  57. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000I5YN4G
  58. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000I5YDIW
  59. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000I5YCWE
  60. ^ http://gallifreynewsbase.blogspot.com/2009/12/tv-movie-re-released-on-dvd.html
  61. ^ Dr Who Online News Page
  62. ^ Doctor Who - The Time Meddler DVD Extras
  63. ^ DW Restoration Team - Battlefield.
  64. ^ http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/9752891/-/Product.html?searchstring=Doctor+Who&searchsource=0
  65. ^ http://www.bbcshop.com/Doctor-Who-DVDs/Doctor-Who-The-Complete-Specials-Boxset-Blu-Ray/invt/bbcbd0059
  66. ^ http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/repeat.htm
  67. ^ http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/tvm.htm

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