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Doctor Who: The Collection Season 2 (Limited Edition) Blu-Ray

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Three brand new documentaries: Including an overview of Season 2, Flight Through Eternity, a look at 1960s collectables in Doctor Who and The Collectors, and a deep dive into the life and career of story editor David Whitaker in Looking For David. Behind the Sofa: new episodes with companions Maureen O’Brien, Peter Purves, Carole Ann Ford, Janet Fielding (Tegan), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Bonnie Langford (Mel) and Sophie Aldred (Ace). I’m glad that Dennis Spooner would step in and do most of the heavy lifting the next time the Daleks showed up. For example, the trailer for The E-Space Trilogy box set, originally included on the DVD release for Battlefield, is included in the Season 18 set on the disc for Meglos. Billed as the biggest release yet, Season 2 is a limited edition nine-disc box set from the early years of the programme with William Hartnell in the role of the Doctor.

Whilst it might not have the head-spinning effect that it possessed in 1965 due to a rather turgid third episode, there is still much to like – particular the sprightly performance of CARRY ON film stalwart, Peter Butterworth as the Meddling Monk. Packaged and shipped well shows seller has concern for the products he sells to arrive in excellent condition. I was caught off guard by how emotional I became watching and huge praise to Hadoke, Simon Guerrier and all involved.

This is a list of Bonus Features available on the original DVD releases but not ported over to this Blu-ray release. The Doctor’s separated from Steven and Vicki for most of this one, but that may have been to spotlight the two companions as they get to know each other. Vicki will often give as good as she gets, isn’t a screamer, and doesn’t seem to twist her ankle on a regular basis. Our second Dalek story of the Season The Chase is also not particularly strong but is thoroughly entertaining. My own reaction is one of mild annoyance as the plot is virtually non-existent (a squad of apparently incompetent Daleks pursue the regular cast around a variety of varied locations all over the cosmos) and the script lazily transforms the show’s biggest threat into risible silliness.

It represents a period of a show that might be showing its age and be a little less loved nearly 60 years on, but at the time, it was a massive hit. With a studio map, camera locations and overlaid images of the scenes and text from the script, we can see how it all comes together to give us the final product. The youth, with some crazy alien eyebrows described being attacked by the old man like getting hit by a whirlwind. But it was so enjoyable to experience the downtime and interpersonal relationships of the TARDIS crew. This nine-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD including Documentaries, Featurettes, Audio Commentaries, Overseas Soundtracks and more.

The special features are in that format: PAL 576x720, 25-fps, so your player must either convert on-the-fly (if your TV isn't PAL compatible) OR play PAL format AND your TV must be compatible with that resolution and frame rate.

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