Classic Doctor Who will be re-released, as previously rumoured, season by season on Blu-ray, starting with Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12. This first title will be released on Blu-ray on 11th June 2018.
The Blu-ray has limited edition packaging with artwork by Lee Binding and has been restored and up-scaled to HD by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres. The new release also has a wealth of new bonus content.
Russell Minton, Executive Producer at BBC Worldwide says :
“We are doing our very best at BBC Worldwide to restore and bring as many Classic Who titles out on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and this starts with being able to confirm one of my favourites, Tom Baker’s first season. We will also endeavour to include additional archive material and exciting newly-shot features where possible.”
Season 12, Tom Baker’s first as the Doctor, features five stories over 20 episodes: Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, and Revenge of the Cybermen. The Doctor is accompanied in this season by Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) and was first broadcast between December 1974 and May 1975.
Here’s the gorgeous cover art:
As you may notice, it uses the brand new Doctor Who logo, in something of a surprise twist. Yes, fandom is again divided. It’s basically our permanent state of being…
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12 includes existing bonus material from the original DVDs as well as the brand new features below:
- TOM BAKER IN CONVERSATION: A candid new one-hour interview with the Fourth Doctor.
- BEHIND THE SOFA: Classic clips from Season 12, viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, and Sadie Miller, Elisabeth Sladen’s daughter.
- NEW MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARIES: For The Sontaran Experiment and Revenge Of The Cybermen.
- IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIXES: For The Ark In Space and Genesis Of The Daleks.
- OPTIONAL BRAND NEW UPDATED SPECIAL EFFECTS: For Revenge Of The Cybermen.
- GENESIS OF THE DALEKS – OMNIBUS MOVIE VERSION: Unseen since broadcast in 1975.
- THE TOM BAKER YEARS: The 1991 VHS release, on disc for the first time
- PRODUCTION ARCHIVE MATERIAL: PDF files from the BBC Archives
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12 will be released on Blu-ray from Monday 11th June 2018, with an RRP of £39.99.