Thursday 12 November 2020

Season 8 for Blu-ray next?

Some of you may be too young to remember, but once upon a time the BBC were releasing Classic Doctor Who in Blu-ray box-sets... 
It has been an absolute age since Season 14 was released, but now some on-line retailers in the USA are saying that Season 8 is going to be released in February 2021. Which means, if true, that the UK might see it earlier, as all the previous releases have been available in the UK sometimes months in advance of the US. (In the US, these releases are titled differently - Season 18 being called "Tom Baker Season 7", for instance, or Season 23 being "Colin Baker Season 2" - which would make this one "Jon Pertwee Season 2" over there).
It is a very significant set of episodes. The stories are Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, Colony In Space and The Daemons.
(It will be interesting to see what they do with the variable colour quality, especially Mind).
It's the first season that was wholly under the control of producer Barry Letts, and introduced the popular companion Jo Grant, as well as UNIT's Captain Mike Yates. Most importantly, it brought us the greatest Master of them all - Roger Delgado. In fact, he features in every story of this season, something which Letts and Terrance Dicks later admitted was a bit of a mistake.
Only a rumour for now - but here's hoping this proves to be the next box-set. A Pertwee set would make sense, as he had the second highest number of seasons after Tom Baker, who already has three releases to his name, to just the one so far for Pertwee.

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