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Steve De Young
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Posted: 07 March 2018 at 9:44pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

BBC is starting the process of releasing classic Who remastered on Blu-Ray with new special features a season at a time.  The project seems very similar to what was done with TNG several years back.  It seems to be a very nice presentation, and much more affordable than the TNG releases.  I'm interested.

Here's the UK pre-order listing on Amazon for the first season released, Season 12, which was Tom Baker's first.

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Hmmm, I have a Blu-ray player, but even with new features, I don't think I am ready to give my money to the BBC all over again. I'll pass. ;-)
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Seems a bit odd because so much of classic Who was shot on video tape. Pertwee's Spearhead From Space was the only story to be entirely shot on film. Difficult to see what improvement in quality you'll get from blu-ray.
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Peter Crocker of the Restoration Team has worked on the upscale to HD. Fellow RT member Steve Roberts has said these should be as close to the studio masters as it's possible to get. 
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I've been waffling back and forth on starting to collect the DVD's.  I don't know about in the UK, but here there are availability problems with stories going in and out of print.  When you add up what a season costs on DVD, purchased a story at a time here, its also pretty prohibitive.

So, these Blu-Ray seasons, even if there isn't a massive difference in picture quality (I guess they're remixing the sound), with all the bonus features, seems like a pretty good deal to me.  If I had already shelled out a lot of money on the individual DVD's, I would probably also feel differently. 
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I rarely upgrade to Blu-ray.

I mean, TV shows like THE INCREDIBLE HULK and MAGNUM, P.I. are on Blu-ray now. But there aren't any extra features. And the visual quality will not be that different. So I don't bother.

You have to reach a point where you stop doing it. I bought DR. WHO on VHS back in the day (90s). And then again on DVD. Unless a Blu-ray purchase can give me a voucher to have lunch with Tom Baker in London's West End, then nothing can compel me to pay for it all over again.
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The new hour long interview with Baker would be why I'd pick that up, Baker is my favorite and anything new from him Who-wise is nice to see(especially the recent BluRay release of Shada).
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Pre-ordered it from Amazon UK, it has the Doctor Who Tom Baker files that was on VHS on it as well. It'll clear up a good amount of space on my Doctor Who shelf...

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Mine arrived Saturday. I only had Robot, so it was not really much of a double dip. Robot is the only one I've watched so far. Picture looked great to me (compared to the VHS), but I am not an expert on such things..

I started watching one of the new extras, Who on the Sofa or something like that. It is former cast members watching the show and commenting on the episode. It was okay, but I was tired and fell asleep during it.
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Season 12? Grrr! It's not 'season' it's SERIES!

It's bad enough that BBC newsreaders have started saying "off of' and beginning every sentence with the word "so" (and don't even get me started on the ones I've heard pronouncing nuclear as nuke-u-lah!!!). What next, dropping the letter 'U' from colour and spelling the word like savages? Well, I say no sir, no! It's time to step up to the wicket...we shall fight them on the beaches, we shall...

Ooooh, sorry, I think I just had one of my funny turns. Nurse?

(But it should be series 12.)
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Calm down, Andrew. Have a sandwich. Tomatoes? Lettuce? Cucumber? I'll make it for you, my friend, and mail it to you. :)

I'm with you on the letter 'U' thing, mate.

Season does appear to have become the word to use nowadays, but, hey, I am not saying you are wrong. 
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When I joined the DWAS in 1982, season was used pretty much exclusively in fan circles. Doctor Who Monthly was also using it at that time.
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