BBC Studios announced today they plan to debut the penultimate season for Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor on Blu-ray. Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 17 will continue to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to build their own Blu-ray home archive.
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 17 consists of five stories from 1979-80 season – Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature From the Pit, Nightmare of Eden and The Horns of Nimon – plus the infamous unfinished final serial of the season, Shada, which will be available as an animated, six-part version for the first time on Blu-ray.
In 1979, Tom Baker’s Doctor was in full flight. With Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) as script editor, the series leaned into Baker’s penchant for humour, and paired his Doctor with a regenerated Romana (Lalla Ward) as his traveling companion. Together, they would form one of the most popular Doctor/companion duos of all time.
Although Season 17 was halted behind-the-scenes by strike action (resulting in the season finale being abandoned part-way through production), it remains a beloved slice of Doctor Who history, featuring the return of Davros and the Daleks in Terry Nation‘s final script for the series, and one of the all-time classic stories, Douglas Adams’ own City Of Death.
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With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also includes extensive and exclusive Special Features including:
- BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES: Including a Making-Of documentary for Destiny Of The Daleks, and new featurette for The Creature From The Pit.
- TOM TALKS: A candid interview with Tom Baker as he gives us his unique take on life, the universe and everything.
- DOUGLAS ADAMS TRIBUTE: Friends and colleagues remember the Doctor Who writer/script editor and creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
- IN CONVERSATION: Matthew Sweet chats to Bob Baker, writer of Nightmare Of Eden, co-creator of K9 and one of the creative forces behind Wallace & Gromit.
- BEHIND THE SOFA: New episodes with Who actors Colin Baker, Katy Manning, Matthew Waterhouse & Nicola Bryant, Season 17 Costume Designer June Hudson, director Graeme Harper and K9 prop designer/operator Mat Irvine.
- LALLA WARD INTERVIEW: An extensive interview with the actress discussing her first year on the programme.
- UPDATED SPECIAL EFFECTS: View Nightmare Of Eden with optional new effects.
- SHADA: An updated version of the ‘lost’ story, completed with enhanced animation and presented in six episodes for the very first time, alongside the original 1992 VHS and 2017 versions.
- EXCLUSIVE NEW AUDIO COMMENTARIES: With Tom Baker on episodes of Destiny Of The Daleks and City Of Death, and Lalla Ward & Catherine Schell on City Of Death.
- EXTENDED EPISODE: An early cut of The Creature From The Pit Part Three.
- BLU-RAY TRAILER: A familiar face returns in a brand new mini-episode of classic Doctor Who
- IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND on Destiny Of The Daleks and Shada.
- RARE GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES: BBC archive material covering the promotion of this season.
- CONVENTION FOOTAGE: A triumphant 1997 appearance from Tom Baker.
- HD PHOTO GALLERIES: Including many previously unseen images.
- PRODUCTION SUBTITLES: Behind-the-scenes information and trivia on every episode
- SCRIPTS, COSTUME DESIGNS, RARE BBC PRODUCTION FILES AND OTHER RARITIES FROM THE PDF ARCHIVE
- AND LOTS MORE!
The seven-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD.