Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Complete 7th Series Boxset - BBC Worldwide Updated Press Release


Another day, another press release from BBC Worldwide.  This time they've updated their original release regarding the contents of the UK boxset.  The only difference in content between the US and UK boxsets is that the US will get interviews with Matt and Jenna from "The Nerdist" whilst the UK will get the "Good as Gold" Olympic short. You can pre-order the UK DVD boxset from the BBC Shop priced £34.99. The Blu-Ray is also available from the BBC Shop priced £38.99.

Obviously, the release dates haven't changed and I did receive a response from BBC Worldwide as follows:
Complete series releases have traditionally been released towards the end of October in the UK. BBC Worldwide is also publishing a number of other releases in September 2013 in the UK which the US will not be releasing.
BBC Worldwide UK and BBC Home Entertainment in the US work to separate release schedules and there is no obligation to release product lines at the same time
I'm intrigued as to these "other" releases - I'm assuming they will be Doctor Who related and I'm hoping there will be a bit more than just the "Monster" sets which are due out at the end of September.

Here is the full press release from BBC Worldwide as regards contents of the boxset:
BBC Worldwide releases all thirteen blockbuster episodes from Doctor Who Series Seven and the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials on Blu-ray and DVD on 28 October 2013. In addition, the set contains exciting bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, Doctor Who at Comic Con, specials The Companions and Doctor Who in the US, and more. These latest adventures test the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and prove that even a madman with a box needs help sometimes.
Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time – and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great souffl√©. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who50th Anniversary Special on 23 November, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.
In The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, the 2011 Christmas Special, the Doctor proves that sometimes wishes really do come true when his mysterious gift leads Madge Arwell and her two children to a magical wintry wonderland. Then, in the first part of Series Seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them – and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.
The 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London – but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of Series Seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl. 
The incredible list of guest stars includes John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), David Warner (TitanicTRON), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove,Ever After: A Cinderella Story), Ben Browder (Farscape), David Bradley (Game of Thrones), Jessica Raine (Call the MidwifeThe Woman in Black), the mother-daughter duo of Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Rachael Stirling (Women in LoveSnow White and the Huntsman), and the voice of Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings films). The episodes are written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whithouse and Stephen Thompson.
Additional content includes:
Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode (except The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)
Additional featurettes include: The Making of the GunslingerCreating ClaraRain GodsClara and the TARDIS,Inforarium and Clara’s White Christmas
Other featurettes including: Olympics: Good as Gold (UK only)Last Days of the PondsPond LifeThe Science of Doctor WhoThe Companions and Doctor Who at Comic Con
Prequels to episodes: The Doctor, the Widow and the WardrobeAsylum of the DaleksThe Snowmen (The Great DetectiveVastra Investigates and Demons Run: Two Days Later), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (She Said, He Said and Clarence and the Whispermen)
Audio commentaries for episodes: The SnowmenCold WarHide and The Crimson Horror