BBC Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part One. The two-disc set will include all five episodes and will be available for purchase on November 13th.
Asylum of the Daleks
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
A Town Called Mercy
The Power of Three
The Angels Take Manhattan
The Science of Doctor Who
Doctor Who at Comic Con
Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (aka the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild West adventure and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory's heart-breaking farewell Ė a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There's only one way to find out.
And I still haven't got round to replacing the faulty season six set (incompetent BBC) so I'm a bit meh about the whole thing. Having said that I'm not stupid enough to get the separate sets with out the extras. I can wait till next year for the complete series.
@Boothill Gunslinger - Seasons 1-4 weren't shot in HD, they were shot in 576i Standard Definition. Any Blu-ray release wouldn't be worthwhile, because you wouldn't see any upgrade. The same applies to the Classic Series, as that was shot in SD too.
I'm still waiting for the classic series (and Series 1-4) to be released on blu-ray. It may have been shot on Standard Definition Video but that doesn't mean the BBC can't restore it. Doctor Who is their biggest franchise and I'll be amazed if they don't put some of it out on blu-ray for the 50th Anniversary.
@CrimsonAvenger - It's all restored on DVD, that's the best it'll ever look, especially give the varying source materials and quality the Classic Series exists in. There would be 0% improvement if it was released on Blu-ray and no amount of restoration will ever improve it beyond SD. As it is the Restoration Team have said there won't be any BDs for the near future, right now they're just focusing on completing the range on DVD.
The only story that would benefit from a Blu-ray release is 'Spearhead from Space', as that was shot entirely on 16mm film. But at the moment even that's unlikely to be given a BD given it's only one story.
I'm still amazed at the number of people who think DW, prior to Season 4, will be released on Blu-ray, even if they know it was shot in SD.
@jezza: Actually up here in Canada I watched the Seasons 1-4 in Widescreen Standard Definition on the CBC on my 1080P Sony SXRD. Perhaps because it was shot in 576i the picture had more pop and seemed to have more detail than regular SD. The elaborate interior of the Tardis in particular was spectacular. It wasn't high def. but it was still a big difference. In my opinion a BD release of those early seasons would be worth it for Dr. Who fans although as I've stated here in several threads I personally won't ever buy a TV series on disc.
Boothill and I don't agree on much but I would like to see an end to being able to vote a comment down to the point where it gets hidden. It's really a form of censorship. The fact that most do not agree with a comment doesn't make it wrong. The fact that most agree with another comment doesn't make it right. In both cases the writer has provided his views. No one should be penalized for doing that in a free society.
@reidw - it's also bad that it seems like whenever somebody says anything positive or just constructive about the news, it gets voted down.. but when somebody's talking trash about it, it gets voted way up.
Thinking I'll wait for the complete Series 7. I did the same for 5 and 6, and seemed to save some cash. Hoping they do as they have done before, keeping all the bonus materials from the first release on the Complete Series release