Thank You, Amazon!

It doesn’t matter that you only got into Doctor Who because your dad used to watch it in the seventies, you fancy Karen Gillan or you liked Russell T. Davies’ writing in the past. There’s no excuse not to indulge in Classic Who.

Classic DVDs burst onto shelves every month, but money is tight. There’s a recession going on, you know. With an RRP hovering around £20, you might not want to cash out on the likes of The Twin Dilemma and Time and the Rani straight away. But wouldn’t it be great to have a complete collection?

Well, you might want to send a ‘thank you’ card to Amazon.*

Forget £20; you can get The Twin Dilemma for £5.49. Time and the Rani? £5.75. Okay, well, maybe they’re going cheap because, let’s face it, they’re no Inferno. Actually, in terms of price… they are. Inferno’s £5.49. (Incidentally, on a parallel Earth, Primords are a joke, compared to the terror of the Tetraps.)

Doctor Who - The Horns of NimonBlack Orchid = £5.25. The Deadly Assassin = £5.97. Remembrance of the Daleks = £5.18. And that last one’s a Special Edition! And there’s loads more.

That’s all well and good, but there’s no way the boxsets are really cheap too. Well, you’d be wrong. This is your lucky day! You can get The Space Museum and The Chase for £10.99; The Time Monster, Underworld and The Horns Of Nimon for £21.97; and The King’s Demons and Planet of Fire for £10.99 too! Yep; lucky, lucky you. **

You can even pick up The Key To Time for £22.99; the Doctor would’ve saved a lot of time by knowing that.

Elsewhere in the Whoniverse, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ excellent Sherlock is the number one bestseller on Amazon’s BBC store. The first series also includes an episode written by The Curse Of The Black Spot scribe, Steve Thompson, while the third and final mystery –written by Gatiss – is repeated tonight on BBCOne. And at number nine is this month’s Who release, The Sun Makers, which also resides at number one in their Doctor Who store, closely followed by the complete series five boxset, The Torchwood Collection and Torchwood: Children of Earth.

What are you waiting for? Don’t just take my word for it! ***

Indulge in the Classics. You might even discover that The Twin Dilemma and Time and the Rani aren’t really that bad. I did.

*Best not. It’s a bit wierd.

**You may mock, but did you know that 11% of reviewers of the Kamelion Tales boxset on Amazon have given it five stars? That’s a whole three people!

***All prices are correct at the time this article was written. Don’t complain if you read this in 2012 and Inferno’s now skyrocketed three pence, while The Twin Dilemma is now just £84.93. Thanks.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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