June 26, 2013

BBC Home Entertainment Celebrates the First Four Doctors of Doctor Who

Street Date:  July 16, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 456 mins / 4-disc set

New York, NY Four Doctors, one special set: BBC Home Entertainment is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with a look back at the best of the Time Lord’s eleven incarnations. Doctor Who – The Doctors Revisted: First – Fourth, available on DVD July 16, 2013, features a select story ark from the eras of William Hartnell (the First Doctor), Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor), Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor), and Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor), along with four specials that explore the legacy of each Doctor and what they brought to the series.

Doctor Who earned an Institutional Peabody Award in 2013 for “evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.” The longest running science fiction series on television will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on November 23, 2013, and it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the evolution of the series. The first four Doctors represent a career time span of nearly twenty years, from the series premiere with William Hartnell in 1963 to Tom Baker’s departure in 1981. This specially curated collection features one classic story ark from each Doctor: The Aztecs, a time-travel story that takes the First Doctor to 15th century Mexico, inside the tomb of one-time Aztec High Priest Yetaxa; The Tomb of the Cybermen, which finds the Second Doctor arriving on Telos – the last resting place of the infamous Cybermen – where he discovers a band of archaeologists on a secret expedition to uncover his old enemies’ lost tomb; Spearhead from Space, the first story to feature the newly-regenerated Third Doctor, banished by the Time Lords to Earth where the Nestene consciousness has also just arrived; and Pyramids of Mars, where an Egyptologist possessed by the god-like Sutekh needs the Fourth Doctor’s help.

Accompanying the classic stories are four specials that profile each of the Doctors. Featuring contributions by a range of Doctor Who actors including Tom Baker, David Tennant (Tenth Doctor), John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Frazer Hines (companion Jamie McCrimmon), and Louise Jameson (companion Leela), as well as current Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, contributing writer Neil Gaiman, and many more, these specials explore the unique personality that each new Doctor brings to the show.

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited premiered in the US on BBC AMERICA, starting with the First Doctor on January 27, 2013.

Bonus Features Include:

  • Specially recorded introduction to each classic story by current series Executive Producer Steven Moffat.