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David Tennant's 2009 Specials to be Released as a Steelbook

David Tennant’s final adventures as the Tenth Doctor are to be re-released as a steelbook, the latest instalment in the BBC’s ongoing collection of special Blu-ray sets.

In The Next Doctor, the Doctor seemingly meets a future version of himself, played by David Morrisey, which Cybermen stalk the streets of Victorian London; Planet of the Dead sees the Time Lord travelling through a wormhole in the Number 200 bus; he’s there at a potential human tragedy in The Waters of Mars; and in The End of Time, the Master is back, bringing with him Hell on Earth.

And pleasingly, the steelbook will further include the animated stories, The Infinite Quest and Dreamland.

Here’s the synopsis:

This Complete Specials includes all the Doctor Who Specials from 2009 starring David Tennant – The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters Of Mars, The End of the time, part one and The End of the time, part two. It also includes the following special features: Commentary with Cast & Crew, Deleted Scenes, Exclusive David Tennant Video Diary, Doctor Who Confidential, Doctor Who at the Proms, Doctor Who at Comic Con, and more.

This limited edition Steelbook also features a bonus disc including two animated episodes Dreamland and The Infinite Quest.

The Steelbook features bespoke artwork created by illustrator Tom Webster.


Dreamland sees the iconic TARDIS touch down in the desert in the USA. Stumbling across a mysterious alien artefact in a local diner, the Doctor is led to Area 51, also known as Dreamland, the US’ most secret base. He then finds himself on a momentous mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the ruthless Viperox and the clutches of the American military. Created in eye-catching high-definition 3-D animation, the series sees the Doctor, played by David Tennant, hook up with two new companions – Cassie and Jimmy – and pits him against a new alien race, the monstrous Viperox, led by Lord Azlok.

The Infinite Quest

Based on the brilliant and popular series, The Infinite Quest sees the Doctor and his companion Martha step into a new dimension – a cartoon one. The pair set off on an animated adventure through space following a trail of clues across wild and wonderful alien worlds, to find the location of the legendary lost spaceship, the Infinite. However, the evil space pirate Baltazar is also searching for the ship, believing it will grant him his dearest wish – a means to destroy Earth and rule the galaxy. With spectacular animation, this vibrant cartoon is as gripping as any usual episode of Doctor Who.

It’s nonetheless disappointing that The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, one of Tennant’s last appearances in the role, seemingly won’t be included.

The 2009 Specials steelbook will be released on 2nd September 2019.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

David Tennant's 2009 Specials to be Released as a Steelbook

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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