Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Box Set

This is nice.


A new “limited edition” box set of just about all the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary content has just been revealed. And that’s a lot.

The main features are The Name of the Doctor, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor.

‘Name’ was the last episode of season 7 which teased John Hurt as a mysterious new Doctor in the closing moments.

‘Night’ was the surprise minisode that gave us the welcome return of Paul McGann in the role of the Eighth Doctor after his only appearance in the 1996 TV movie. Personally speaking although it was only six or seven minutes long it was a big highlight of the anniversary week and I watched that thing endlessly on the iPlayer in the run up to the anniversary special itself.

‘Day’ was the anniversary special that aired on Saturday 23 November 2013 and stared Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and John Hurt as the “War Doctor”.

And finally “Time” was the Christmas special that ended with the regeneration of Matt Smith into the new Twelfth Doctor played Peter Capaldi.

But that’s not all. We also get the excellent dramatisation of William Hartnall’s time on the show in the Mark Gatiss written An Adventure in Space and Time.

And we also get the surprise anniversary extra of The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot which was written by Peter Davison and stared nearly everyone involved in the show.

And also in there is the BBC Proms Doctor Who special and the Brian Cox hosted Science of Doctor Who. And probably other stuff as well.

The packaging is nice. There seems to be four separate disk cases, each featuring a different Doctor. It’s nice to see Paul McGann getting a prominent display and effectively equal billing with the other three anniversary Doctors.

At the top of the post is the blu ray packaging and at the bottom is the DVD version.


The box sets are released on 8 September 2014.