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'Doctor Who' 'The Time of the Doctor' Blu-ray and DVD release date announced

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Matt Smith's final "Doctor Who" appearance comes in this year's Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor," and on Wednesday, Dec. 18, BBC Home Entertainment announced a release date for the Blu-ray and DVD, so get ready to add it to your collection.

This "Doctor Who" Blu-ray and DVD will be released March 4, 2014 on a single disc featuring the Christmas special itself along with bonus materials, including "The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens," "Farewell to Matt Smith," and 'Tales from the TARDIS," to celebrate Matt Smith's run as the Eleventh Doctor, making it the perfect addition, especially for those not quite ready to say goodbye to Matt Smith yet – or after the Doctor's upcoming regeneration.

Of Smith's (and the Eleventh Doctor's) final episode, lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat has teased, "It’s his final battle and he’s been fighting it for a while. The Doctor is facing the joint challenge of a mysterious event in space that has summoned lots of aliens to one place and helping Clara cook Christmas dinner. There are also elements from every series of Matt’s Doctor, which will come to a head in this special. Things that we’ve laid down for years are going to be paid off."

"The Time of the Doctor" will see the Doctor taking Clara (Jenna Coleman) from a family Christmas dinner to figure out what a signal drawing together the massed forces of the universe's deadliest species to a quiet backwater planet means for not only his own fate, but for the fate of the universe as well.

Here are the complete descriptions of the bonus features from BBC Home Entertainment:

"The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens": It's Christmas! A time for peace and goodwill to all. But hang on, its Doctor Who, surely it can't be that simple? We take a peek behind the lens on this cracker of a Christmas special. The tinsel is out at the Oswald's and we meet a familiar enemy in a new form. The Doctor comes face to face with the enigmatic Tasha Lem and makes a new friend. With Matt Smith, Orla Brady, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Danny Hargreaves, Jack Hollington, Sheila Reid, James Buller and Elizabeth Rider.

"Farewell to Matt Smith": Narrated by Alex Kingston (River Song), This compelling, hour-long special looks back at Matt Smith’s extraordinary tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, featuring highlights from the show and copious interview footage with Matt, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and celebrity Doctor Who fans.

"Tales from the TARDIS": A look back at the full, 50-year history of this iconic series. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and past Doctors David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison and Tom Baker tell what it was like to be the Doctor, how they got the job and how it changed their lives. With companions Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and more, this truly insightful special offers a unique insight into the world’s longest running sci-fi series.

The "Doctor Who" 2013 Christmas special airs Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m. on BBC America. Will you be adding "The Time of the Doctor" DVD or Blu-ray to your collection?

© Meredith Jacobs 2013

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