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Doctor Who - 'The Day of the Doctor: 50th Anniversary Special': Date, Cost, Packaging, More!

Available on DVD and also as a Blu-ray/3D Blu/DVD Combo set by mid-December

Posted by David Lambert
    The world's longest-running Sci-Fi series is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with an explosive special, The Day of the Doctor. The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and Academy Award nominee John Hurt. It promises to be an adventure for the ages and a celebration of Doctor Who unlike any other!
Worldwide, fans of the program are getting VERY excited, as we approach the November 23rd global broadcast date of Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor: 50th Anniversary Special, celebrating a half-century of the Time Lord and his bigger-on-the-inside blue box! The 75-minute special will be shown on television AND in select theaters, and there is a 3D version of the production to boot! All the world knows that the 10th Doctor and 11th Doctor, and two of their fan-favorite companions - Rose and Clara - are included in the story: David Tennant, Matt Smith, Billie Piper, and Jenna Coleman will all be there! Legendary actor John Hurt (The Elephant Man, V for Vendetta, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hellboy, Alien) is a special guest star in this story, with a significant role to play! Also appearing is Jemma Redgrave (niece of Vanessa and Lynn), reprising her role as "Kate Stewart." Within the last couple of weeks, 5th Doctor actor Peter Davison revealed that he's got a copy of the script with his name on it, too...however, nobody has actually stated outright that the 5th Doctor is appearing in the production. Still, it certainly seems like it's a strong possibility, eh?

BBC Home Entertainment has revealed that fans in North America won't have long to wait to get Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor: 50th Anniversary Special on home video. They will be making it available on December 10th, both on DVD ($24.98 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray Disc ($29.98 SRP). But the Blu-ray version won't be alone: it will actually be a Blu-ray/DVD Combo package, with the same DVD disc, AND the regular Blu-ray Disc, AND also a 3D Blu-ray Disc, too! That will all come on 2 discs, apparently, and all versions include English subtitles. Each version will also come with bonus material, starting with the featurette "Doctor Who Explained," which is described as "the entire 50-year history in one hilarious 50-minute special!" As far as other extras go, the studio simply says for now "Other exclusive content still to be announced."

There is a rumor going around saying that the Day of the Doctor DVDs and Blu-rays, at least in the U.K., will include the upcoming documentary telefilm, "An Adventure in Space and Time," starring David Bradley ("Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," Game of Thrones, the Harry Potter films) as William Hartnell and Jessica Raine ("Hide," Call the Midwife) as Verity Lambert. My sources have not been able to either confirm or deny this rumor...although one of my industry contacts felt certain that it makes more sense for the BBC to release that production separately, as its own DVD. I suppose we'll have to see what the folks at BBC Home Entertainment announce to find out if the rumors are accurate or not.

In the meantime, here are pictures of the packaging for "The Day of the Doctor, as well as Amazon pre-order button links! Our thanks reader Andrew Rubio for his assistance with this story.

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