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'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special 3D/Blu-ray review

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'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special 3D/Blu-ray


Not that many weeks have passed since the world sat in front of their televisions to watch the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor," for the first time, and on Tuesday, Dec. 10, BBC Home Entertainment released it in a Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and on DVD so you can add it to your collection at home.

First of all, the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special itself, "The Day of the Doctor," starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, and John Hurt, was quite an event, and the story that was told was worthy of such a momentous occasion. Now, you may have been one of the fortunate ones who not only saw it at home on your television but also caught it in 3D in a theater, and if you weren't (or even if you were), this combo pack is the chance to bring that experience home with you. The only downside to watching it in 3D is it might be a bit difficult to not watch it in 3D after you do. There's nothing quite like it, and an event like it needed something big like 3D.

Like previous "Doctor Who" DVD/Blu-ray releases, this one is chock full of special features when compared to other shows' sets, even though it is just for the one "The Day of the Doctor" episode and even though there isn't anything very new about the bonus material. There are the two mini episodes released leading up to the big special, "The Last Day" and "The Night of the Doctor," as well as the Comic-Con and teaser trailers.

Plus, there are two longer featurettes, one a Behind the Scenes look at "The Day of the Doctor" and the other the "Doctor Who Explained" documentary. The former is narrated by Colin Baker and features a look at the read through, interviews with the cast, filming of a few scenes, "Happy 50th!" messages from a few Doctors, and more, and at under 14 minutes, it's just the right length that there's no reason why you shouldn't watch it. It's a fun bonus, and there's something in it for everyone to love, no matter which Doctor (or companion!) in the special is your favorite.

The "Doctor Who" "The Day of the Doctor" 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and DVD are on sale Dec. 10. Will you be adding it to your collection?

© Meredith Jacobs 2013

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