Coming Soon: Doctor Who – The Animated Collection (Region 1 Only)

Well, this is somewhat unexpected: the BBC is releasing a DVD exclusive to America, featuring a number of animated episodes including The Power of the Daleks, Shada, and The Infinite Quest.

It’s great to see eras colliding, of course, and this set even adds in alternate Ninth Doctor, Richard E. Grant from Scream of the Shalka, written by Paul Cornell (Father’s Day). Nonetheless, it’s a tad unusual, seeing animations being packaged together, especially considering Patrick Troughton’s debut serial, completely lost to time but revived by animation, can be considered “canon”, whereas the status of every other story in the DVD is debatable. Actually, it’s probably just us OTT fans who worry about these things; most will just enjoy listening to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor at Area 51 in Dreamland.

Here’s the blurb:

Spectacular color animation and technological wizardry bring you a TARDIS-load of thrills in five brilliant Doctor Who releases. Decades after a strike stopped production of Shada with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, animation filled the gaps and solved the mystery of the prison planet.

By following the original soundtrack of lost episode The Power of the Daleks with Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, master animators recreated the Doctor s first regeneration, just in time to fight his oldest enemies.

Dreamland and Infinite Quest with Tenth Doctor David Tenant are your tickets to wild adventures in the American West in search of a legendary lost spaceship. And in the remastered webcast Scream of the Shalka, the Doctor (voice of Richard E. Grant) saves the Earth from alien-led ecological disaster. Get on board!

It’s also a bit strange that this is a DVD only (no Blu-ray available) and solely Region 1 (meaning it won’t play in most players in the UK, unless you’ve a multi-region device).

Ah well. It’s good that the BBC is thinking outside the big blue box.

Doctor Who: The Animated Collection is released on 4th June 2019, priced $19.98.

(Thanks to Joe.)