Doctor Who DVD releases

Doctor Who DVD releases

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 are also dual coded with Region 4, so the two are identical. 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.


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.cite web |url=|title=The Frequently Asked Questions Lists for Doctor Who Home Videos and DVDs in the United States and Canada — LATEST NEWS |accessdate=2007-02-28] 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.


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.


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

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. Four incomplete serials have more than 50% of their content remaining.

="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 in its entirety).

="The Reign of Terror"=

This serial, missing episodes 4 and 5 (of 6) was released on VHS in November 2003, with linking narration from Carole Ann Ford. The surviving clips from episodes 4 and 5 were then released on "Lost in Time" the following year.

"The Tenth Planet"

This serial, missing only its fourth and final episode, was released on VHS in 2000. It contained a Loose Cannon-style reconstruction of the missing fourth episode, using surviving pictures, clips, and the soundtrack to reconstruct the episode. The surviving episode 4 clips, including the First Doctor's regeneration, were included on "Lost in Time".

"The Ice Warriors"

This serial was released on VHS in 1998, with both a condensed telesnap and soundtrack reconstruction of the missing episodes 2 and 3 (of 6), as well as the episodes' full soundtracks on a CD.

="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 the same team that animated the BBC webcast "The Scream of the Shalka". [ DW Restoration Team - The Invasion] ]

"Lost in Time"

The remainder of the surviving 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:
* "The Crusade" — episodes 1 and 3; soundtracks to episodes 2 and 4; linking narration by William Russell from the VHS release
* "The Daleks' Master Plan" — episodes 2, 5, and 10; surviving clips
* "The Celestial Toymaker" — episode 4
* "The Smugglers" — surviving clips; location film
* "The Tenth Planet" — surviving clips
* Various off-air clips

Patrick Troughton — Disc 1:
* "The Power of the Daleks" — BBC1 trailer; surviving clips
* "The Highlanders" — surviving clips
* "The Underwater Menace" — episode 3; surviving clips
* "The Moonbase" — episodes 2 and 4; soundtracks to episodes 1 and 3
* "The Macra Terror" — surviving clips
* "The Faceless Ones" — episodes 1 and 3
* "The Evil of the Daleks" — episode 2
* "The Last Dalek" — an 8mm in-studio film on "The Evil of the Daleks"
* Various off-air clips

Patrick Troughton — Disc 2:
* "The Abominable Snowmen" — episode 2; surviving clips; location film
* "The Enemy of the World" — episode 3
* "The Web of Fear" — episode 1; surviving clips
* "Fury from the Deep" — surviving clips; 8mm in-studio film; raw film trims from episode 6
* "The Wheel in Space" — episodes 3 and 6; surviving clips
* "The Space Pirates" — episode 2; surviving clips
* "The Missing Years"

pecial Releases

Boxed sets

Several serials have been released in boxed sets:
* "The Beginning" — Contains the first four serials: "An Unearthly Child", "The Daleks", "The Edge of Destruction", and a condensed reconstruction of "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.
* "Time-Flight" and "Arc of Infinity" were released in a boxed set in Regions 2 and 4, but separately in Region 1.
* "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 14 January 2008 and in R4 on 5 March 2008. In Region 1, the serials will be released both separatedly and in the boxed set on 3 June 2008.
* "Bred for War" — Contains the four Sontaran serials from the classic series ("The Time Warrior", "The Sontaran Experiment", "The Invasion of Time", and "The Two Doctors"). It was released on 5 May 2008 to coincide with the return of the Sontarans in the new series.
* "K9 Tales" — Contains K-9's debut story "The Invisible Enemy" as well as the spin-off show "K-9 and Company". It was released on 16 June 2008 in Region 2. In region one these were released in a two DVD set without the "K9 Tales" title on 2 September 2008.
* "The Trial of a Time Lord" — This Sixth Doctor Adventure will be released on 29 September 2008 in the United Kingdom and in the US on 7 October 2008.
* "The E-Space Trilogy" - Contains "Full Circle", "State of Decay" and "Warriors' Gate". This boxset is schedduled for a Region 1 January Release. Dates for Region 2 and 4 release are currently unknown.

The Curse of Fenric

"The Curse of Fenric" contains two discs, one with the original four-part version and a 104-minute special edition with additional footage and new special effects. To date, this is the only serial with an omnibus DVD edition available. (The Five Doctors was made as a 90-minute TV movie.)

The Key to Time

"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. [ Doctor Who Restoration Team - The Key to Time article] .] It was originally slated for a March 2008 Region 1 release, however, this slot has since been allocated to two other serials, and a new date has not yet been scheduled. [ Outpost Gallifrey DVD forum] ] It has been confirmed that the serials will be re-released in a simple slipcase and unlimited number, for those who didn't get the limited edition. ["Time Crash joins Voyage of the Damned on DVD", Doctor Who Magazine (no. 392): p.8, 2008-3-5 (cover date)]

The Infinite Quest

"The Infinite Quest" is a 13-part animated serial, 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 at the end of the series. It was released on DVD in Region 2 on 12 November 2007 and was also released in Region 4 on 5 June 2008. It is scheduled to be released in Region 1 on 18 November 2008.

The Complete Davros Collection

2|entertain released the first "Doctor Who" boxed set with exclusive content, The Complete Davros Collection, on 26 November 2007 in Region 2, while it was released in Region 4 on 6 February 2008. There were originally plans to release it on 4 March 2008 in Region 1, but it was later put on hold indefinitely. 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. At this time the special edition of this story will be exclusive to the boxed set. The boxed set also contains all seven Davros-related Big Finish audio plays, as well as a new play, "The Davros Mission", which will not be available separately.

* "Genesis of the Daleks"
* "Destiny of the Daleks"
* "Resurrection of the Daleks"
* "Revelation of the Daleks"
* "Remembrance of the Daleks"

Big Finish audio plays:
* "Davros"
* "The Juggernauts"
* "Terror Firma"
* ""
* ""
* ""
* ""
* "The Davros Mission"

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

The Five Doctors

"The Five Doctors" was the very first Doctor Who DVD release, and as such, it 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.

The release has subtitles in six European languages. This multi-language feature was not continued on releases of other stories.

A new version of the story was therefore released in R2 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 separate it from the previous release, this new DVD is subtitled "25th Anniversary Edition". [ [ Doctor Who - The Time Meddler DVD Extras] ]


ee also

*List of Doctor Who serials
*List of incomplete Doctor Who serials
*Doctor Who Restoration Team
*"Lost in Time"

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