Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series – changed DVD/Blu-ray cover and info

BBC Worldwide have announced additions to the content of the Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series DVD and Blu-ray box set in the UK, the most significant of which is the previously absent 2011 Christmas Special:

BBC Worldwide releases all thirteen blockbuster episodes from Doctor Who Series Seven and the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials on Blu-ray and DVD on 28 October 2013. In addition, the set contains exciting bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, Doctor Who at Comic Con, specials The Companions and Doctor Who in the US, and more. These latest adventures test the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and prove that even a madman with a box needs help sometimes.

Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time – and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great soufflé. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on 23 November, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.

In The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, the 2011 Christmas Special, the Doctor proves that sometimes wishes really do come true when his mysterious gift leads Madge Arwell and her two children to a magical wintry wonderland. Then, in the first part of Series Seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them – and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.

The 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London – but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of Series Seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl.

The incredible list of guest stars includes John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), David Warner (Titanic, TRON), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove, Ever After: A Cinderella Story), Ben Browder (Farscape), David Bradley (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black), the mother-daughter duo of Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Rachael Stirling (Women in Love, Snow White and the Huntsman), and the voice of Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings films). The episodes are written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whithouse and Stephen Thompson.

Additional content includes:

Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode (except The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)

Additional featurettes include: The Making of the Gunslinger, Creating Clara, Rain Gods, Clara and the TARDIS, Inforarium and Clara’s White Christmas

Other featurettes including: Olympics: Good as Gold (UK only), Last Days of the Ponds, Pond Life, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions and Doctor Who at Comic Con

Prequels to episodes: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (The Great Detective, Vastra Investigates and Demons Run: Two Days Later), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (She Said, He Said and Clarence and the Whispermen)

Audio commentaries for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide and The Crimson Horror

The official BBC Worldwide statement on the additions to the box set is as follows:

Originally the decision was taken not to include The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe on the box set as it had previously been released as a standalone product. However after listening to feedback from our fans we have decided to include the episode and its prequel on the set. The price of the set will not change as a result of the change of contents.

The Complete Seventh Series will be released on 28 October 2013 in the UK, with an RRP of £51.05 (DVD) and £57.18 (Blu-ray).

Thanks to BBC Worldwide


  1. Is it too late to ask for the "Death is the Only Answer" mini-episode (from "Doctor Who Confidential") to be added to the set?

    1. There's no indication that it will be included at the moment, I'm afraid. However, if you wish, you *could* ask them!