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1963-1966, BW


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1966-1969, BW


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1970-1974, Colour


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1975-1981, Colour


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1981-1984, Colour


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1984-1986, Colour


Sylvester McCoy Era

1987-1989, Colour


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2005, Colour


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2014-2015..., Colour



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The Second Coming of Doctor Who DVD's

Many Doctor Who stories were released on DVD a second time, usually with a "special edition" label, and sometimes as part of a "Revisitations" box set. Are these potential double-dips really worth it? Generally speaking, if you never did get the earlier version, you will prefer to buy the newer Special Edition which typically has all the features of the old one, better restoration on the main story, plus a new batch of bonus goodies.

There are really only two stories where the older version has something big and unique not to be found on the newer special edition. The old "The Tomb of the Cybermen" has a very good "Tombwatch" documentary featuring interaction between additional contributors, making it worthwhile to own both DVD releases. "The Three Doctors" also has a lengthy appearance by Jon Pertwee with friends at a convention on the OLD version, which doesn't appear on the newer one. Since appearances by Pertwee on these discs are rare, I think the older version of this story actually had the better line-up of bonus features.

In any case, here are complete listings for the multiple versions of each story, in roughly the order in which they came out:


Story No. 130: The Five Doctors

Peter Davison, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton (with Richard Hurndall replacing William Hartnell, and clips of Tom Baker).
4 episode equivalent, 1983

As the original 1999 release was the first ever Doctor Who DVD, and they hadn't finalized their concepts of menu layout, or what extras would become staple, it was a very rough early release. The British version didn't even have the commentary.

The newer golden-brown 2008 edition is much better. It features two different edits of the show, both with isolated music & production note subtitles. Plus we get three audio commentaries in total, a good lengthy making-of documentary, and plenty of supplemental material. Very good. Yes! Recommended!

2008 Edition with both 1983 and 1995 edits:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


DVD Features & extras listing


Older 1999 DVD release with 1995 edit only:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story No. 152: Remembrance of the Daleks

Sylvester McCoy, 4 episodes, 1988

Apparently the original version for the U.K. had some serious mastering glitches, not to mention a very depressing cover design! The old North American one is a bit better, but still on the bland side. Menus were still rough, and none of the extras were really featurettes.

The story itself is a good one, so the upgrade to the newer Special Edition is worth it. Yes! Recommended!

Newer DVD release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition

DVD Extras listing
Older DVD release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story Nos. 98-103 (season 16): The Key to Time Box Set

Tom Baker, 26 episodes, 1978

The "original" version in this case was something hurriedly rushed to the North American market only. Thank goodness the later, far superior version for the U.K. also made its way to North America under a Special Edition banner, sporting proper featurettes, improved picture quality, and three additional commentaries. This one is well worth the double-dip, and for many U.K. residents, it's their first dip anyway.

There is a disappointment here though. "The Pirate Planet", and probably "The Armageddon Factor" as well, deserves a CGI make-over in terms of laser beams. They've come out twice now without it. Even more frustrating is the fact that the Restoration team went to the pains of recreating the old retarded effects verbatim on top of clean passes of the 16mm film sequences. Don't know how they could stomach doing that without offering an upgraded version. Arggh!

Anyway, the improvements here are still massive. Yes! Recommended!

(A more detailed blow-by-blow comparison of special features for each story of this season can be found on our
Key to Time DVD Comparison Chart.)

Newer DVD release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
2009 re-issue

DVD Extras listing

Ltd.

Older DVD release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

Story No. 51: Spearhead From Space

Jon Pertwee, 4 episodes, 1970

Again, a fairly bare bones original version makes the special edition DVD worthwhile. The questionable move is bundling it in the U.K. with a story seeing its first release ("Terror of the Autons"), while that first release comes out all by itself in North America.

To top it off, this story actually came out a third time on Blu-ray. As the ONLY classic Doctor Who TV story to be shot all on film, there was enough existing picture detail to make this level of restoration worthwhile - something we should not expect of the rest of the line. Bizarrely, NONE of the extras from the DVD releases are to be found on the Blu-ray version, but it does have a few other features of considerable length. Although the standard DVD Special Edition can be said to have the superior batch of special features, the Blu-ray is a decent complementary set.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition / "Mannequin Mania":
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Aug. 14, 2012.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Aug. 14, 2012.
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition

"Mannequin Mania"
Box Set

DVD Extras listing

Blu-ray U.S.
Region A/1
Companion Edition


NEW for
Aug. 13, 2013
with minimal extras.
Blu-ray Canada
Region A/1
Companion Edition


NEW for
Aug. 13, 2013
with minimal extras.
Blu-ray U.K.
Region B/2
Companion Edition


NEW for
July 15, 2013
with minimal extras.
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Revisitations 1 Trio:


Story No. 160: The Untitled 1996 Paul McGann TV Movie

Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, 86 minutes, 1996

Of course, this special edition release is VERY much worth it in North America, since it isn't a double-dip here. It's the FIRST release for us on either DVD or VHS video. Can't beat that. So yes, we'll have the version with more extras. Two thumbs up! Yes! Recommended!

In the U.K., slightly different story, especially since it's bundled with two others you may not want to double-dip on.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition

DVD Extras listing

"Revisitations 1"
Box Set


Older DVD release:
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story No. 91: The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Tom Baker, 6 episodes, 1976/7

Now, the original version in this case was a fairly hefty, well-endowed 2-disc creature. Okay, they didn't specially make a making-of featurette with the now-common new interviews, but let's face it; they practically had a contemporary 20 minute making-of featurette with more behind the scenes footage than usual embedded within the 60-minute "Whose Doctor Who" documentary TV special. Plus there were extra interviews, and a whole bunch of other goodies.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 1"

DVD Extras listing

"Revisitations 1"
Box Set
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story No. 136: The Caves of Androzani

Peter Davison, 4 episodes, 1984

This seems to have been a fairly decent release the first time around. Extras weren't super-plentiful, but weren't too shabby either.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 1"

DVD Extras listing

"Revisitations 1"
Box Set
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Revisitations 2 Trio:


Story No. 134: Resurrection of the Daleks

Peter Davison, 4 episodes, 1983

Well, the original release was fairly decent. "On Location" works well as a making-of documentary, even if we only have writer, producer, and director being interviewed. Additional interviews from "Breakfast Time" are good, deleted scenes decent, and an excellent commentary track rounds out a good disc. Plus we get the superior, original FOUR PART version of the story - the only way it should be.

If anything is missing it is definitely optional CGI effects upgrades so the humanoids aren't left pointing flashlights at each other. So, a re-release would be worthwhile.

However, I have to give this re-release a big thumbs down precisely because they still haven't made any attempt to do CGI upgrades for the lasers, and they DESPERATELY NEED IT!!!! Instead, they take up a whole extra disc to give us the two-part version of the story. Ick.

I'm sure the new featurettes are nice, and a Terry Molloy presence on a new commentary track would be most appropriate. But... it wasn't quite enough to entice me to double dip and buy the upgrade...

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
June 12, 2012
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
June 12, 2012
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 2"


"Revisitations 2"
Box Set
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 48: The Seeds of Death

Patrick Troughton, 6 episodes, 1969

Oh dear. The troubled history of this beast begins with the VHS version, featuring scratchy blurry prints fused into a movie-length presentation without the cliffhangers and rousing renditions of the theme tune repeating themselves between the six episodes. I witnessed that VHS version putting many excited fans to sleep at a convention as they watched the story for the first time. So naturally this one was rushed to DVD quickly, because we so desperately needed something better.

It's not a bad first release either, with commentary and a main documentary, and most importantly a cleaned up, six-part version of the story. But why did that necessitate two discs? Many of the other "extras" on the second disc actually belong better with other stories and other releases, and got re-released as well. (Can they not create a Troughton release without "The Last Dalek"?) All this helps make the extras package less unique and less desirable. Sure that would be one disc now, but compression rates have improved since it was put out. The biggest problem with the original DVD release was the price tag that came with the 2-disc presentation. I never could justify forking over that much for a story I didn't really like.

But I think a lot of us are wondering why this one came to DVD a second time. I find it hard to believe anyone would buy this story on DVD twice.

That said, the special edition better justifies a 2-disc release, adding a few more goodies that are relevant to the story, and leaving off some of the others that have since found better homes elsewhere.

For sure, either DVD version trumps the sleepy fuzzy VHS video by an astronomical margin, with the newer Special Edition representing better value for money.

Newer DVD release:
The complete story - Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
June 12, 2012
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
June 12, 2012
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 2"


"Revisitations 2"
Box Set

DVD Extras listing

Older DVD release:
The original release of the complete story:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story No. 66: Carnival of Monsters

Jon Pertwee, 4 episodes, 1973

The list of extras for the original release make it look fairly hefty - until you realize that they're all about 2 minutes long, if that, and there's not an interview, much less a proper featurette, amongst them. Okay, there's room for improvement there. Did it warrant a whole new release? Well, there is an extra commentary thrown in as well. And it is a good story. In this case, I think it was worth it.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 2"

DVD Extras listing

"Revisitations 2"
Box Set
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Revisitations 3 Trio:


Story No. 90: The Robots of Death

Tom Baker, 4 episodes, 1976/7

An extra commentary featuring Tom Baker and some proper good featurettes make this Special Edition a very worthwhile upgrade from the very early bare-bones original.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 13, 2012
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 13, 2012
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 3"


NEW for
Feb. 13, 2012

DVD Extras listing

"Revisitations 3"
Box Set
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story No. 37: The Tomb of the Cybermen

Patrick Troughton, 4 episodes, 1967

The original was a good disc, and the unique "Tombwatch" documentary is quite excellent.

The Special Edition is notable too for some substantial improvements in restoration, as well as a nice batch of additional features. However, it is missing "Tombwatch", which continues to make the older DVD desirable and worthwhile as a "companion edition".

Newer DVD release:
The complete story - Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 13, 2012
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 13, 2012
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 3"


"Revisitations 3"
Box Set
NEW for
Feb. 13, 2012
Older DVD release:
The complete story - original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 65: The Three Doctors

Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, William Hartnell, 4 episodes, 1973

The older disc has some bonus features that the newer one does not, and for those of us that like to see Jon Pertwee himself participate in the bonus features, the older package may just satisfy us more....

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
"Revisitations 3"

"Revisitations 3"
Box Set
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing





More Special Edition / Original Edition comparisons:


Story No. 139: Vengeance on Varos

Colin Baker, 4 episodes @ 25 min., or 2 episodes @ 45 min., 1984

Only the Special Edition has isolated music tracks, making a purchase of the older edition unthinkable. The new version rules.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Sept. 11, 2012.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Sept. 11, 2012.
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition


NEW for
Sept. 10, 2012.

DVD Extras listing

Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


Story No. 57: The Claws of Axos

Jon Pertwee, 4 episodes, 1971

The original DVD release was a good one, and fairly generous with extra features. The new Special Edition does appear to top it, but only marginally.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.


NEW for
Nov. 13, 2012.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada


NEW for
Nov. 13, 2012.
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.


NEW for
Oct. 22, 2012.
Older DVD release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 76: The Ark in Space

Tom Baker, 4 episodes, 1975

Noting that the original DVD release already had CGI upgrades, the only really compelling new feature on the Special Edition is its proper making-of featurette.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 12, 2013
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 12, 2013
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition


NEW for
Feb. 18, 2013
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 6: The Aztecs (now with Galaxy Four)

William Hartnell, 4 episodes, 1964

A double-dip for the Special Edition probably isn't worth it for "The Aztecs" alone... BUT with the new Special Edition you also get a recently rediscovered, rare episode of "Galaxy Four" surrounded by a substantial, abridged, satisfying recreation of the rest of that story, and it's a good story. Oh yes! The Special Edition definitely rules here.

Newer DVD release:
The complete story - Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 12, 2013
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 12, 2013
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition


NEW for
Mar. 11, 2013
Older DVD release:
The complete story in 4 episodes - original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 120: The Visitation

Peter Davison, 4 episodes, 1981

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
May 14, 2013
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
May 14, 2013
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition

NEW for
May 6, 2013
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.

DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada

DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 54: Inferno

Jon Pertwee, 7 episodes, 1970

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
June 11, 2013.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
June 11, 2013.
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition

NEW for
May 27, 2013
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing


Story No. 69: The Green Death

Jon Pertwee, 6 episodes, 1973

Double dipping on this one is a tricky decision. The thing is, the old disc is good! It's easy to be happy with it. Sure it's bizarre that the cast reassembled for Gatiss's fun mockumentary and DIDN'T also do a proper making-of at the time, but apart from that addition, the new material on the Special Edition doesn't really grab me. The old material was already pretty good.

Newer DVD release:
Special Edition:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
Special Edition


NEW for
Aug. 13, 2013.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
Special Edition


NEW for
Aug. 13, 2013.
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.
Special Edition


NEW for
Aug. 5, 2013.
Older DVD release:
Original release:
DVD NTSC
Region 1 U.S.
DVD NTSC
Region 1 Canada
DVD PAL
Region 2 U.K.

DVD Extras listing







Episode Guide Catalogues

of available Doctor Who DVD's, videos, & music releases, chronologically listed
with extensive reviews in "In-Depth Analysis" and "no-spoilers Buyers' Guide" formats


William Hartnell Era

1963-1966, BW

Patrick Troughton Era

1966-1969, BW

Jon Pertwee Era

1970-1974, Colour

Tom Baker Era

1975-1981, Colour

Peter Davison Era

1981-1984, Colour

Colin Baker Era

1984-1986, Colour

Sylvester McCoy Era

1987-1989, Colour

Peter Cushing (1965-1966, Colour)

Paul McGann

1996, Colour

Christopher Eccleston Era

2005, Colour

David Tennant Era

2005-2009, Colour

Matt Smith Era

2010-2013, Colour

Peter Capaldi Era

2014-2015....





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