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Doctor Who - Tennant's 10th Doctor Visits Area 51 in the Animated 'Dreamland' Serial **UPDATED**


2-DVD set coming from BBC/Warner in early May

Posted by David Lambert
1/27/2010
 
    Dry Springs, Nevada, 1958. The Doctor finds an extraterrestrial artifact which draws the attention of a mysterious man in black, an alien warrior and Colonel Stark, commander of Dreamland - the military base also known as Area 51, in Roswell, New Mexico...
In 2008 the BBC released Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest on DVD, an animated serial starring the voices of David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, Freema Agyeman as companion Martha Jones and Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin). The 'toon Time Lord was successful enough that this past year they followed it up with production of another animated adventure starring Tennant's voice, Doctor Who - Dreamland, which has just been announced for DVD release on May 4th.

Tennant's 10th Doctor is joined in this story by companions Jimmy Stalkingwolf (Tim Howar) and Cassie Rice. Cassie is voiced by Georgia Moffett, who is known to Doctor Who fans as the daughter of Peter Davison ("The 5th Doctor"), and in the role of "Jenny" in the fourth-season episode "The Doctor's Daughter." Other voice cast includes Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek), Nicholas Rowe (Young Sherlock Holmes), Ryan McCluskey (Resident Evil) and none other than David Warner Titanic, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Time Bandits, Tron, The Omen, Time After Time). The production was originally available online (at British websites) this past November, as a 12-minute premiere episode and five more 6-minute episodes. It then ran on television in the U.K. (on BBC 2 and BBC HD) as a single hour-long animated special in early December, just three weeks before the Christmas broadcast debut of Doctor Who - The End of Time, Part 1.

May's DVD release of Doctor Who - Dreamland will run approximately 44 minutes for the feature, but comes on 2 discs, indicating there are plenty of extras included. According to distributor Warner Home Video, the bonus material will consist of Audio Commentary, Production Notes and DVD-ROM material. However, other sources indicate that the production team at 2entertain are also including an extensive retrospective, "Doctor Who Greatest Moments," that is described as "taking viewers on a journey through time and space to relive action from the legendary sci-fi show from 2005 onwards, featuring exclusive interviews with key actors offering unique insights on the classic moments."

A final list of supplements, along with detailed A/V specs and pricing, has yet to be provided by BBC/Warner. Stay tuned, though, and we'll bring that to you as soon as we have it available. For now, though, we have North American package art for you just below. In the meantime, David Tennant fans have been waiting for word about his first post-Who TV series project, which was going to be a pilot submitted to NBC called "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer" (where he would play an attorney - Rex - who is so prone to panic attacks, that instead of taking cases he would hire himself out as a coach for people to represent themselves in court). Our old buddy Michael Ausiello (who dishes gossip for EW these days) found out over the weekend that NBC has passed on that show for now, although they are keeping an option on it for the fall. I'm sure Mr. Tennant will find ways to keep busy in the meantime, though, so don't worry for his sake!


UPDATE: Earlier, the studio quickly informed us that the cost is $24.98 SRP for this release. Now they have followed up further with confirmation that "Doctor Who Greatest Moments" will indeed be among the extras on this title. It is a 3-part retrospective with hour-long pieces on "The Doctor," "The Companions" and "The Enemies." FURTHER CLARIFICATION (1/28): Checking a BBC source, we've learned that the 3-part retrospective is the *only* bonus material on this release; the Warner info regarding extras such as commentary tracks, production notes and DVD-ROM material was apparently an error. A/V specs are as follows: anamorphic widescreen video, English Stereo audio, and English subtitles. Our thanks to one of our readers, "Jeff," for the assist.

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