Finally, a Blu Ray set worth its weight in gold. BBC Home Entertainment is releasing a one of a kind gift set just in time for the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who”. The “Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set” will be released on November 5, 2013, and includes every episode from “Rose” to “The Name of The Doctor” in high definition. Yes, that means every episode of “Doctor Who” from 2005 to 2013 in one set. Not only does the gift box include the Blu Ray seasons, it also incorporates many fun additional items such as three exclusive art cards, a full size special comic book, the Eleventh Doctor’s Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver and an extra disc of special features.
As the first four seasons of “Doctor Who” since 2005 have never before been released on Blu Ray, fans will jump in head first to see the difference from their DVD copies. Surprisingly, the clarity is amazing allowing viewers to notice details for the first time. This is especially true in the episodes “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”. After seeing these episodes more times than one can count, not only do the special effects pop, you notice details such as library category signs on the outsides of buildings. In addition, the visuals are so stunningly crisp that you notice every imperfection in the actors’ completions, which were never before visible.
Each season includes primarily the same special features as their original releases, however there is an additional Blu Ray disc included. For the first time, “Doctor Who at The Proms” from 2010 is presented in high definition and 5.1 surround sound. “The Brit List’s Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists” is a countdown hosted by Asha Leo with special guest John Barrowman. This countdown will surprise you as a few unexpected characters make the cut. Finally, “The Best of the Christmas Specials” from 2011 is included and is a wonderful program to get you in the holiday mood.
For comic book fans there is a full size original comic included titled “Blu Ray Special”. The Doctor wakes up to his normal life in a house with Clara on the morning of his birthday. Feeling that something is not quite right, The Doctor is sent on errands for items that Clara needs in preparation of the evening’s festivities. Along the way he runs into companions and even villains who all seem to reside in the same little town. Has The Doctor finally lost his mind or will he figure out the mystery and find his way back to the TARDIS? A very fun story that not only celebrates The Doctor, but also incorporates a bit of nostalgic seek and find for fans to identify every character.
As icing on the cake, BBC Home Entertainment has included the Eleventh Doctor’s Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver. With settings to control any television or component with a wave of the screwdriver, it also incorporates a practice setting and an FX setting. Even if you do not plan to use the remote to control your television, it makes a beautiful display piece with the handsome stand that is included. In addition, it is a wonderful accompaniment to any Eleventh Doctor cosplay as its weight and sound effects are much more realistic than the plastic versions that are available.
All in all this set is a must have for any die hard Whovian. Incorporating the work of Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith in one Blu Ray set s a stroke of genius. The additional features and gorgeous box set make a remarkable collection even better.
“Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set” will be released on November 5, 2013, by BBC Home Entertainment. This collection containing over 4815 minutes of material in a 29 disc set can be purchased at local stores or online retailers such as BBC America for the suggested retail price of $349.98 in the United States.
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