The Doctor Who: The Collection Blu-ray sets will continue later this year with Season 22, the first full series starring the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and companion Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant).
Plus, of course, we get to enjoy the return of the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) in The Two Doctors!
The episodes included are:
- Attack Of The Cybermen
- Vengeance On Varos
- The Mark Of The Rani
- The Two Doctors
- Revelation Of The Daleks
So: Daleks. Cybermen. Davros. Sontarans. The Master. The Rani. Sil. And another version of the Loch Ness Monster. Not bad at all…
And the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the absence of The Twin Dilemma, Colin’s debut as the Doctor, seemingly confirming that it’ll rightly take its place in the Season 21 boxset (whenever that comes out).
Enjoy Bryant’s comeback as Peri in the announcement trailer too, written by Pete McTighe (Kerblam!).
With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive Special Features including:
- Brand New Documentaries: Including a Making-Of documentary for The Two Doctors, and a nostalgic trip back for Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant to Season 22’s filming locations.
- In Conversation: Not one but THREE insightful feature-length interviews, with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and a surprise guest.
- Behind The Sofa: New episodes with actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Sylvester McCoy and Wendy Padbury.
- Extended Episodes: Including Vengeance On Varos, The Two Doctors (Part One) and Revelation Of The Daleks (Part One).
- A Fix With Sontarans: The Doctor and Tegan battle the Sontarans in this special mini-episode.
- Updated Special Effects: View Timelash with optional new effects
- Exclusive New Audio Commentaries: With Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Alexei Sayle & Terry Molloy on Revelation Of The Daleks and Colin Baker, Janet Fielding & Gareth Jenkins on A Fix With Sontarans.
- Immersive 5.1 Surround Sound: On Attack Of The Cybermen, Vengeance On Varos and Revelation Of The Daleks.
- The Eternal Mystery: A brand new mini-episode of classic Doctor Who.
- Studio Footage: Rare behind-the-scenes material from Vengeance On Varos, The Two Doctors, Timelash and Revelation Of The Daleks.
- Convention Footage: Featuring actors Colin Baker and Jacqueline Pearce alongside producer John Nathan-Turner.
- Rare Gems From The Archives: BBC archive material including The Colin Baker Years, plus content covering the promotion of the season and the controversial hiatus.
- Radio Serial: Slipback, a six-part radio adventure.
- 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 the PDF Archive
The eight-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD.
A Fix with Sontarans is a surprise inclusion, seeing as it features Jimmy Savile (hailing as it does from his show, Jim’ll Fix It). We feel mixed about this — as completists, it’ll be good to see more of the Sixth Doctor alongside Janet Fileding as Tegan Jovanka, and we can’t forget or revise the past. Plus, it must’ve been a great day for Gareth Jenkins, who wanted to meet the Doctor and travel in the TARDIS back in 1985. Nonetheless, it will make many feel uncomfortable. Then again, you don’t have to watch it if you do feel awkward doing so.
Similarly, we don’t know whether the bits with Savile will have been edited out. Let’s wait and see what comes of it.
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 22 will be released later this year, with a £44.99 RRP.