BBC Studios continues to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to build their own home archive on Blu-ray. Debuting on Monday 23rd December is the acclaimed final season from the seriesâ original run, starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred:
Doctor Who â The Collection: Season 26
THE CURSE OF FENRIC
In 1989, Doctor Who was on a creative high, with the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace revitalising the programme for a new generation. Season 26 featured four epic adventures traversing a future Britain invaded by inter-dimensional knights, a strange Victorian house haunted by ghosts from Aceâs past, an alien world populated by Cheetah People and a 1940s army camp under siege from monstrous vampires.
With guest stars including Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Anthony Ainley (The Master), Jean Marsh, Nicholas Parsons, Anne Reid, Ian Hogg, Sylvia Syms and comedy duo Hale & Pace, this fondly-remembered set of stories saw the end of an era for Doctor Who, and set the stage for its hugely successful revival.
With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive special features including:
Rare Restored Extended Cuts
The Curse of Fenric VHS Extended Version
The Curse of Fenric DVD Special Edition
Battlefield VHS Extended Version
Battlefield DVD Special Edition, plus
5.1 surround sound & isolated scores: On all 14 broadcast episodes, plus 5.1 sound on all extended versions ofÂ The Curse Of FenricÂ andÂ Battlefield.Â
Behind the Sofa: New episodes with Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, plus companions Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Anneke Wills and Jodie-Whittaker-era writers Pete McTighe & Joy Wilkinson.
Showman – the Life of John Nathan-Turner: A feature-length look at the life and career ofÂ Doctor Whoâs longest-serving producer, who fought to keep the programme on-air during the 1980s. Contributors include Peter Davison and Colin Baker.
Making âThe Curse of Fenricâ: A brand new documentary featuring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Tomek Bork, Nicholas Parsons, Cory Pulman, Marek Anton, Ian Briggs, Andrew Cartmel, Mark Ayres and Ian Collins featuring unseen behind-the-scenes footage and photographs.
In Conversation: Matthew Sweet chats to companion Sophie Aldred.
The Writersâ Room: Ben Aaronovitch, Marc Platt, Ian Briggs, Rona Munro and Andrew Cartmel discuss their work on Season 26.
Becoming The Destroyer: Actor Marek Anton and prosthetics designer Stephen Mansfield recall the creation of one ofÂ Doctor Whoâs best ever monsters.
Blu-Ray trailer: Sophie Aldred back in character as Ace.
Brand new Ghost Light extended workprint
Unseen studio footage
Rare archive treats
HD photo galleries
Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files and other gems from the PDF archive
And lots more!
The seven-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD.
OnÂ Saturday 23rd November, the BFI Southbank will be screeningÂ Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (from the Special Edition Blu-ray) and holding a Q&A with actor Sophie Aldred and script editor Andrew Cartmel. Tickets are available from the BFI on the following dates:
Monday 16th September â BFI Patrons and Champions
Tuesday 17th September â BFI Members
Tuesday 24th September â public booking
Links to pre-order Doctor Who: Season 26: