Complete Doctor Who Seasons to be Released on Blu-ray?

What appears to be an online gaffe indicates that the BBC might release Blu-ray titles of complete Doctor Who seasons.

The mistake was made by Best Buy, a multinational electronics company over 50 years old, a few hours ago; watchful fans spotted a very interesting listing that read:

“Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete First Season (Blu-Ray Disc)”

As you’d imagine, as this hasn’t been officially announced, the information was swiftly taken down.

Presumably, this would be Doctor Who Season 12, comprising of Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, and Revenge of the Cybermen. This is, of course, a hugely popular series, including two fan favourites in The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks, with an arc that begins in the former at Nerva Beacon and finds the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) return there in Revenge after a couple of TARDIS-less journeys.

It’s definitely a tantalising prospect, something many fans have begged for – a complete season packaged as one.

Interestingly, it comes less than two months after the reveal of a Complete Seventh Doctor set, destined for release in Germany, collecting everything from Time and the Rani to Survival.

Let’s be cautious here, however. Nothing has been announced, firstly, so it might just be a dodgy listing. It could be a re-release of Doctor Who Series 1 from 2005, but Tom Baker is tagged as he’s so synonymous with the show, and that made its way into the title. But that’s unlikely.

If it is real, then we should be excited – but remember that this is BestBuy.com, so we don’t know which territories it might be available in.

And yes, it’s a Blu-ray, but it will be upscaled because the only classic Doctor Who serials to be filmed on film, and so can accurately be made into HD productions, are Spearhead from Space and The TV Movie (1996). Season 12 was shot on video; that’s the sad fact.

Nonetheless, we’re intrigued, and very much hope this is real and widely-released. After all, it’s a great season to start a new range with!

Are you keeping your fingers crossed? Or are you happy with the DVD range as it is? Let us know in the comments below!

(Thanks to Alasdair Shaw.)

  • Liam

    Hope this is true, I might finally get around to actually owning more than just ‘Talons of Weng Chiang’.

    • David Hinkle

      It’s confirmed the release date is march 20th 2018

  • Rick714

    Too late. Already got the entirety of DW on DVD—all those episodes that exist, anyway. the rest I’ve got the audio soundtrack. 🙂

    • kwijino

      A friend of mine was nice enought to burn recons of those episodes so we could include them. I promise I will happily toss those if retail copies come out. =)

  • ColeBox

    For many of us, those who had the DVDs and VHS tapes, I wonder if opting to buy a series for the third time on Blu-ray would be a step too far *unless* there was something extra to add. As it is, several stories were released on DVD more than once with their special editons. Upscales won’t entice me; my TV/Blu-ray player already upscales the DVDs very nicely. But what extras could be added that the DVDs haven’t already provided? I can only think that the benefit would be only requiring a smaller shelf.

  • kwijino

    I dunno… sorry to be negative on this, but last I heard, the Beeb considers physical media to be dead. And, have they made any progress in upscaling the videotape portions of the show?

    • Philip

      Hmm, from what I see, digital doesn’t seem to be going down well at the Beeb (with the Store shutting down for instance), whereas they see some profit from physical media – at least profit enough to put so much work into Shada. But really, who knows?! 🙂

      • kwijino

        I have no issues if it happens. I was just quoting Steve Roberts. Years back, they did plan on doing this, with the blu rays cutting down the number of discs required and allowing for a higher bit rate. They didn’t do it for the reasons I gave. Things could change. This is true.

        I just wonder how many seasons they would do. 26 would be a lot.

        • Philip

          Yeah, that’s fair enough. I seem to remember rumblings about them doing it before, so glad you reminded me. I hope they go ahead with it, but we’ll just have to wait and see, I guess…

  • Chris Parsons

    It’s popped up on an australian blu ray web site, Sanity

    http://www.sanity.com.au/products/2362481/Doctor_Who_Classic_S12_1972

    • Philip

      Sorry, Chris – just spotted your comment! That’s a great spot; cheers 🙂

  • David Hinkle

    Best buy is still taking pre orders and the release date is march 20th 2018 it’s not a mistake