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The Complete First Series


A new beginning for a new Doctor would signify a new way of marketing the DVD range.

Apart from the obvious difference that from 'Rose' onwards no episodes would see an analogue release, 2Entertain took the unprecedented decision to release "vanilla" versions throughout 2005, beginning during the broadcast of the series itself, and then release a lavish box-set for Christmas with added bonus features.

Sony's new UMD format, exclusively compatible with its PSP handheld gaming system, would also get a look-in.

DVD Releases - Vanilla [UK only - released by 2Entertain]


16/05/2005: Volume 1 (Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead)
13/06/2005: Volume 2 (Aliens of London, World War Three, Dalek)
01/08/2005: Volume 3 (The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances)
05/09/2005: Volume 4 (Boom Town, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways)

These episodes were all as-broadcast, right down to the sound mix (the series was mixed in 5.1, but downmixed for transmission to 2.0, as they appear here) - with the exception of a cue from Rose where the Doctor is introducing himself in the Powell estate. This appeared in the broadcast mix and the box set version, but was missing from the early leaked edit and this release.

Due to a misprint, Volume 3 was classified a 12, despite it correctly being a PG on the UMD release.

Covers designed by Peacock Design.

UMD Releases - [UK only - released by 2Entertain]


17/10/2005: Volume 2 (Aliens of London, World War Three, Dalek)
12/12/2005: Volume 1 (Rose, The End of the World, The Unquiet Dead)
26/12/2005: Volume 3 (The Long Game, Father's Day, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances) - 2 disc set
26/12/2005: Volume 4 (Boom Town, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways)

These episodes were all as-broadcast, right down to the sound mix (the series was mixed in 5.1, but downmixed for transmission to 2.0, as they appear here) - with the exception of a cue from Rose where the Doctor is introducing himself in the Powell estate. This appeared in the broadcast mix and the box set version, but was missing from the early leaked edit and this release.

Volume 2 was launched first - as the market for PSP was even younger than that of the vanilla DVDs, it was important to launch with a single title that would appeal to the non-completists - one with a Dalek on the cover was deemed the most appropriate.

Covers designed by Peacock Design.

DVD Releases - Box-Set


21/11/2005: UK - 2Entertain - BBCDVD1770
08/12/2005: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - Cat# Unknown
14/02/2006: Canada - Warner Home Video - E2501
08/03/2006: France - France Television [Cat number unknown]
20/06/2006: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - rerelease in slimline packaging
16/10/2006: UK - 2Entertain - BBCDVD1770 rerelease in slimline packaging
21/03/2007: Japan - バップ  [Cat number unknown]

Uniquely, the Canadian and US releases were staggered (despite identical content), as the series had yet to air in the States at the time the Canadian version was released. The French release was missing the extra disc 5, containing Confidential Cut Down (see below), and in 4:3 with burnt in subtitles. The Japanese release was also missing disc 5, but disc 4 featured The Christmas Invasion along with the other episodes, and all were dubbed into Japanese.

Exploded packshot of Canadian/US (and Aus rerelease) version...:


...and Japanese:



The episode breakdown was the same as that of the vanilla versions, but the sound was the original 5.1 and due to an authoring error a chapter in World War Three skips if "Play All" is selected. One shot of Rose in the "Next Time..." sequence of Boom Town was accidentally replaced, and an alternate take of some of Nick Brigg's Dalek dialogue in the episode of the same name also appeared (although the correct version would appear on the audio description track) - there were also a collection of extra bonus features, details below.

Fans complained strongly about the box-set packaging design, suggesting it was flimsy, often broken in transit when ordered online, and took up too much shelf-space. Eventually on October 16th 2006, the set was released in identical packaging to the June 2006 Australian reissue.

The set was trailed heavily in the UK and US (see videos right).

DVD Bonus Features

BBC Breakfast Interview with Christopher Eccleston (11'40")
Unedited footage of this interview, including unbroadcast comments about the possibility of staying for a second year.
 
Destroying the Lair 3'18"
(mix of 16:9 and 4:3)
Explaination of the model work undertaken for the Nestene Consciousness' lair.
Narrated by Alex Riley
Thanks to: Mike Tucker, Colin Mapson, BBC Visual Effects, Claire Jones
Camera: Steve Roberts, Danielle Symonds, Mike Tucker
Produced by Paul Vanezis
BBC Worlwide (C) BBC MMV



 
Making Doctor Who with Russell T Davies (15'31)"
RTD and Julie Gardner on camcorder: before the first read-through in July 2004; the first day's filming at Howell's, including last-minute re-writes; the TARDIS prop in construction; the Sun's Dalek on set; a brief interview with Mark Benton ("I think we should definately bring Clive back. As a zombie"); directing the Autons; and being behind schedule!
Filmed by Russell T Davies & Julie Gardner
BBC Worlwide (C) BBC MMV




 
Waking the Dead: Mark Gatiss on writing for Doctor Who (18'09")
Camcorder footage of Gatiss before and after his first meeting with the BBC; initial script ideas; progression of the storyline and characters; the announcement of Eccleston's casting; Gatiss' holiday in Lisborne!; a dinner out with Steven Moffatt, Paul Cornell and Rob Shearman; casting the episode; filming the episode; and watching its premier with friends.
Laying Ghosts: The Origins of 'The Unquiet Dead' (8'24")
Interview with Mark Gatiss about the story
Laying Ghosts featured Mark Gatiss
Producer Paul Vanezis BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMV
Launch Trailers (2'17")
Compilation of (a) the New Year's Day teaser (minus music) (b) the 50" Trip of a Lifetime trailer (c) the 30" second version (d) the Rose trailer (all without the BBC One idents from the original broadcasts). Does not include the Doctor/Rose/TARDIS 6-second teasers, the Trip of a Lifetime+DW Confidential trailer, or the special trailers for Rose, The End of the World or The Unquiet Dead.
 
Storyboard of Opening Trailer (0'47")
The Doctor Who theme (opening titles version) married with roughly cut-together sketches
Storyboard Artist: Jonathan Marris
Deconstructing Big Ben (4'51" )
(mix of 16:9 and 4:3)
A brief documentary on the spaceship crash in Aliens of London
Thanks to Mike Tucker, Nick Kool, BBC Visual Effects
Camera Steve Roberts, Danielle Symonds, Mike Tucker
Produced by Paul Vanezis
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMV

 
On Set with Billie Piper (19'03")
Camcorder footage, covering (in order) the recording of Dalek, the End of the World, Rose, Father's Day, the Long Game, the Empty Child and the Doctor Dances. Includes brief interview with many of the production crew and a Piper's sister and friend - who adore Bruno Langley.
Filmed by Billie Piper... and the crew of Doctor Who
 
Trailers (0'59")
Compilation of the BBC One trailers for Aliens of London (with an extended ending - an extra shot that was never broadcast); World War Three (edited down from a longer trailer that had also advertised Strictly Dance Fever); and Dalek.
 
Mike Tucker's Mocks of Balloons (5'31")
Another mini-doc on Tucker's work - this time building zeppelins.
Narrator: Alex Riley
With thanks to Mike Tucker, Peter Tyler, Nick Kool, Ian Grutchfield, Dave Houghton, Will Cohen, Steve Roberts
Produced and Directed by Paul Vanezis
BBC Worlwide (C) BBC MMV

 
Disc 4 Easter Egg (0'52")
Select down from the setup option to see the extended version of the Trip of a Lifetime trailer with no actual series footage (as broadcast only once in March 2005), minus both the BBC One ident and the closing red title screen.
 
Designing Doctor Who (20'50")
Interviews with the creative minds behind the show.
Narrated by Alex Riley
With thanks to: Ed Thomas, Matthew Savage, Jenny Bowers, Ben Austin, Annie Frederick, Ian Grutchfield, Gwenllian Llwyd, Mike Tucker, Peter Tyler, Alan Brannan, Nick Kool

TARDIS Timelapse:
New Media Producer - Jo Pearce, Assistant Producer - Claire Jones, Camera - Luke Surrey

Cameras: Matthew Norman, Ben Spense
Sound: Simon Coles, Gez Medinger
DVCam Operator: Danielle Symonds
Directed by Sven Arnstein & Paul Vanezis
BBC Worlwide (C) BBC MMV
 
The Adventures of Captain Jack (8'30")
Interview with John Barrowman, including a very brief mention of how cool it would be if Jack had his own series.
Producer: Paul Vanezis
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMV
 
Trailers (2'25")
5 of the Time Is Up trailers (with the In Two Days one repeated with an In One Day caption - the actually-broadcast fifth version is not included); the Time Is Up compilation shown immediately before The Parting of the Ways; and the Christmas Invasion countdown trailer, minus the BBC One ident.

In addition to these bonuses were also the options to listen to an audio described track, and commentaries on all episodes.

Classifications

21/04/2005 - Disc 1 classified 'PG' [Low level violence, Supernatural theme] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
04/05/2005 - Menu sequences classified 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
19/05/2005 - Two versions of Rose (one without the "Next Time..." sequence, in case a release called for it) and The End of the World classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
19/05/2005 - The Unquiet Dead classified '12' by the BBFC for the UK
27/05/2005 - Disc 2 classified 'PG' [Medium level violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
06/06/2005 - Aliens of London and World War Three classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
06/06/2005 - Dalek classified '12' by the BBFC for the UK
25/07/2005 - Disc 3 classified 'PG' [Mild violence, Some frightening scenes] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
15/08/2005 - Disc 4 classified 'PG' [Mild violence, Some frightening scenes] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
01/09/2005 - Most bonuses classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
16/09/2005 - Episodes 1-7 of 'Confidential' classified '12' by the BBFC for the UK
16/09/2005 - Laying Ghosts featurette and trailers classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
19/09/2005 - Boom Town, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
20/09/2005 - The Long Game, The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
30/09/2005 - Backstage at Christmas classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
10/10/2005 - Episodes 8-13 of 'Confidential', Davies' and Gatiss' video diaries, classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
10/10/2005 - Storyboard trailer classified 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
09/11/2005 - Disc 5, the 'Confidential' disc, classified 'PG' [Mild violence, Some frightening scenes] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
17/05/2006 - Father's Day classified 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
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