Anyone waiting by their letterbox for a new Doctor Who delivery will be disappointed to hear that The Collection: Season 24 has been delayed — fortunately, however, only by a week.
The Blu-ray set, which was announced in January, was due to be released on 21st June 2021, but will now be out on 28th June instead.
The Collection has a history of delays, but this is one of the shortest, so isn’t too much of a headache. Nonetheless, those who booked a few days off work next week to binge-watch Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, and Dragonfire will have to find something else worthwhile to do, like scream into a void, reenact the events of Orphan 55 using action figures, and dig out those Tom Baker underpants they bought in a second-hand store in 1994.
Season 24 was Sylvester McCoy’s first series as the Seventh Doctor and Bonnie Langford’s last as Mel Bush. It also introduced Ace, as played by Sophie Aldred. The run of episodes gets a pretty rough time, but it’s an enjoyable enough lark with some great ideas and likeable Doctor/companion teams.
Plus The Collection comes with a bevvy of special features:
- EXTENDED VERSIONS of all four stories, featuring previously un-seen material.
- IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND on all four stories and extended versions.
- ISOLATED SCORES on all four stories.
- BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES: Including a feature-length overview of Season 24 – Here’s To The Future, plus The Making Of Delta And The Bannermen.
- RARE STUDIO & LOCATION FOOTAGE: Over 25 hours of raw material never seen before, including behind-the-scenes footage from the regeneration scene.
- IN CONVERSATION: Matthew Sweet interviews Sylvester McCoy about his life, career, and time as the Seventh Doctor.
- BEHIND THE SOFA: Four new episodes with Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Sophie Aldred, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Colin Baker, and Michael Jayston.
- THE DOCTOR’S TABLE: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Sophie Aldred, and Clive Merrison reminisce about the making of the season.
- RARE GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hours of footage covering the promotion of this season including lots of previously unreleased material.
- AN AUDIENCE WITH LADY STEPHENS: A brand new interview with Season 24 actor and Rocky Horror cult figure Patricia Quinn.
- BLU-RAY TRAILER: A brand new mini-episode.
- CONVENTION FOOTAGE
- HD PHOTO GALLERIES: Including many previously unseen images.
- INFO TEXT: Behind-the-scenes information and trivia on every episode.
- SCRIPTS, COSTUME DESIGNS, RARE BBC PRODUCTION FILES AND OTHER RARITIES FROM OUR ARCHIVE
- AND LOTS MORE!
So yes, it is a shame that the release has been delayed, but at least we don’t have to wait another month or something mental.
And it gives you more time to pre-order it!