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episodes of The Reign of Terror back
On 18 February, the 1975 Tom Baker story The Ark in Space will be re-released on DVD as a Special Edition title. In addition to sporting brand new special features, the restoration of the story will be improved over the 2002 release, as that original DVD did not make use of a bit of restoration kit called the Transform PAL Decoder (this is now the only colour story from 1963-1989 for which this is the case).
1964's William Hartnell story The Aztecs will also be re-released on 11 March. As with The Ark in Space, more special features will be included, along with a new restoration of the serial to take advantage of the significant advances in restoration technology since the original DVD release in 2002. Most significantly, this release will include Air Lock, the third episode of the 1965 story Galaxy 4, which was discovered in 2011 after being missing from the archives for decades previously.
The magazine also reveals two releases for June 2013. One of these is 1975's Terror of the Zygons, which will complete the Tom Baker era on DVD. The other is a Blu-ray release of Jon Pertwee's first story, 1970's Spearhead from Space. This was the only Doctor Who story to be shot entirely on film between 1963 and 1989, so a high definition transfer is possible. The Blu-ray will also include two exclusive features. A Dandy and a Clown: The Life of Jon Pertwee will be a biography of the third actor to play the Doctor, produced and directed by Chris Chapman, while a tribute to the late Caroline John (who played companion Liz Shaw in this story and the rest of Season Seven) will also be presented.
There is one classic release remaining for 2012. The DVD range continues with the Special Edition re-release of The Claws of Axos on 22 October, while the recently-broadcast first part of Series Seven will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 29 October.