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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: awesome extras on the first Matt Smith DVD set

Geoff Boucher at Hero Complex has the exclusive! OMG!

I just got word that the BBC is poised to announce that “Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series” will hit Blu-ray and DVD on November 9 and that it will contain a truly tantalizing extra: two newly filmed sequences, both written by Steven Moffat and available only in this collection.

They are called “Meanwhile, in the TARDIS … ” and, as that title suggests, they are drop-in moments that show what happens between the episodes — I suspect they’re the comedy mortar between the story bricks, and with Moffat’s wry sensibility and the daft charms of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, I’m guessing these interstitial escapades have a chance to be pretty entertaining.

That November 9th date is most likely for Region 1; the Region 2 date probably won’t be too much earlier than that, if at all.

Of course, you can already buy some of the Matt Smith debut season on Region 2 DVD, though these discs don’t have the “Meanwhile” material. Buy Volume 1 and Volume 2; preorder Volume 3 (out August 2) and Volume 4 (out September 6). These typically are pretty bare-bones: a couple of episodes and maybe one bonus, but not all the stuff that will eventually be on the complete season box set.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)


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  • Monica

    MaryAnn, just went to TVShowsOnDvd.com, and they have posted the 11/9 date for the 5th Series DVD set in region 1. They also quote the LA Times article.

    I remember the fourth series came out on 11/18/08 in North America so it’s not out of the realm on possiblity that the 11/9 date is indeed the region 1 date.

    Here’s the link: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Doctor-Season-5/14103

  • Erik

    Like I wasn’t already going to buy it the day it comes out…

    I find that I have been buying more & more the Region 2 Dr. Who DVDs. Even with the exchange rate & S&H, they tend to be cheaper than the ones here, they come out earlier than here and they aren’t edited, as “The Chase” and “Planet of Fire” are over here.

    I did break down and buy the Season 1 Volume 1 DVD and while the extras are pretty sparse, it does include a sampler for one of the new original Dr. Who novels, which I quite enjoyed.

  • Lisa

    I just read this! Sunds cool and worth buying the disc for.

  • doa766

    that’s a blu ray box set

  • Barb

    I’ve also been starting to get the Region 2 Doctor Who’s whenever I hear the word edited for Region 1 (the only reason I’ve actually stuck with Region 1 is because the artwork is nicer). The Blu-ray is a tricky wicket though since there are issues with my tv viewing them specifically from 2entertain / BBC video so I stick with Region 1 for them. As for Series 5 – it’s get here when it gets here. I believe the titles are suppose to be a bit different and the next… promos at the end of each episode are adios.

  • MaryAnn

    I’ve also been starting to get the Region 2 Doctor Who’s whenever I hear the word edited for Region 1

    So far, the Region 1 sets have been identical in content to the Region 2 sets. (When the episodes aired on Sci Fi, they were edited for cablecast, but the Region 1 DVDs have included unedited episodes.) I don’t see why that should suddenly change.

    The Region 2 sets have been *much* cheaper, however, even when you add in overseas shipping (which is a lot less than you’d think).

  • Lisa

    Blogtor Who has more details on it. Saying the dvd costs £70 and the blu-ray is £80. 70 english pounds! for 13 episodes! Hope Amazon knocks it down a bit.

  • JoshDM

    Here’s a Dr. Who Thing of the day submission for you:

    http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/07/19/fan-made-doctor-who-anime/

    Of course, anime is unable to capture emotion, so whatever.