BBC Studios have announced a new range of standard packaging releases as part of its Doctor Who: The Collection blu-ray range, beginning with Seasons 12 and 19
Over the past few years, Doctor Who: The Collection has allowed fans to rediscover Doctor Who‘s classic era, as several seasons from the show’s original run have been released on limited-edition blu-ray, complete with new special features and updated special effects.
Now, fans will have a second chance to fill gaps in their collections, as BBC Studios introduce a new standard-edition range of blu-ray releases under the Doctor Who: The Collection heading. The first additions to this new range will be Seasons 12 and 19, which see Tom Baker and Peter Davison‘s respective debuts as the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. Until now, the Collection editions of these seasons had only been available as limited edition box sets, both released back in 2018.
Season 12 features Tom Baker in his first season as the Doctor, alongside Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan. It features five stories across 20 episodes, including The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks, and was first broadcast between December 1974 and May 1975.
Season 19 introduces Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor, who is joined by companions Tegan (Janet Fielding), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse). Over seven stories and 26 episodes, they face off against a whole host of foes, including the Master and the Cybermen.
Releases within the new, standard packaging Doctor Who: The Collection range will feature a standard, plastic blu-ray case inside a slipcase, plus a condensed, standard-printed 12-page booklet featuring disc breakdowns and selected illustrations. This new range will include all of the watchable content and special features included in the Limited Edition Packaging release, and will be available ongoing.
Meanwhile, new releases within the Collection range will now be marketed as Doctor Who: The Collection Limited Edition Packaging. These new released will continue to offer bespoke, premium packaging featuring a beautifully presented box containing the discs, plus a full-length premium-printed booklet, which includes illustrations and in-depth behind the scenes insight.