This Christmas you can own a PIECE OF HISTORY. The DVD and Blu-ray of 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, will be available in the UK on 2nd December, and not long after in North America on 10th December.
For the first time ever, the Blu-ray release will come with a 3D version! This won’t be the first 3D venture for the good Doctor – those of us who’ve been knocking around a little longer may recall the Children in Need Dimensions in Time special with its slightly dubious 3D credentials. The otherworldly visuals and complex set-pieces in Doctor Who lend themselves well to the medium though this may well be a one-off; The Beeb previously announced it has indefinitely suspended its 3D TV plans due to a lack of public “appetite”.
While a cinema viewing is more of an event and donning special specs seems worthwhile I can’t really see people on the sofa at home in oversized 3D glasses. Time will tell. Meanwhile details on extras are still awaited but we do know there will be a bespoke 50th anniversary documentary…
“Each version will also come with bonus material, starting with the featurette ‘Doctor Who Explained,’ which is described as ‘the entire 50-year history in one hilarious 50-minute special!’ As far as other extras go, the studio simply says for now, ‘Other exclusive content still to be announced.'”
The article also comments on rumours that the Mark Gatiss’s drama about the origin’s of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, will be included on the UK version. While this might seem plausible there is clearly more money to be made from separate releases and if the leaked trailer is anything to go by, it looks to be a beautiful piece of television.
So it’ll be turkey, Brussels sprouts, gifts including The Day of the Doctor on Blu-ray which the family all watches, board games, then Smith’s farewell and Capaldi’s debut in the Christmas Special. What more could we wish for?
(With thanks to Joe)