New 'Doctor Who' Series DVD Box Set Information!
Reported by Outsiders - 06:40 AM 2005.04.15
Although no R1 boxset or DVD releases of any kind have so far been announced, the show is going to air in Canada, so if you're a fan look out for that. After recently announcing the initial volume of the first 4 episodes, the subsequent discs are now announced and the line-up sits tentatively as:
Volume 1: 6 May 2005: Rose, End of the World, Unquiet Dead.
Volume 2: June 2005: Aliens of London, World War 3, Dalek, Long Game.
Volume 3: August 2005: Father's Day, Empty Child, Doctor Dances.
Volume 4: September 2005: Boom Town, t.b.a., Parting of the Ways.
The boxset will be out at the same time as the final volume: the BBC have announced this in a rather unclear fashion unfortunately. There are no plans to include the 30-minute series of behind the scenes shorts called 'Doctor Who Confidential' (narrated by Simon Pegg) on the Discs.
Other bits that have appeared in the news recently are as follows. Firstly the BBC managed to apparently break their agreement with Christopher Eccleston over the announcement he was only to do one series of the show. The had agreed to consult him over the timing, but managed to avoid this.
Finally, last weeks episode ('The Unquiet Dead' by Mark Gatiss) revolved around the heavy use of ghosts, looking very similar to the spirits seen in Ghostbusters, and it escalated the fear that the show was too scary for children. Although the show traditionally has been intentionally scary, the BBC is more careful not to offend the license-payers in recent times as the charter that allows the license fee is under reasonably regular review if I remember correctly.
The BBC also managed to subsequently remove an online warning that the show was unsuitable for those under 8 years of age, and appears to have been a way to deny the show as being unsuitable for such young children. Speculation mostly, but it's how it has been seen by many.