Now here’s a Blu-ray release that is bigger on the inside.
First, it includes the 2016 Christmas Special: The Return of Doctor Mysterio.
“In The Return of Doctor Mysterio, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) joins forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure,” the episodes DVD sleeve notes promise. “With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole (Matt Lucas) link up with an investigative reporter (Charity Wakefield) and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost (Justin Chatwin). Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?”
Writer Steven Moffat creates the ultimate dynamic duo as he pairs the Doctor with The Ghost to take on alien invaders. But, like so often with the masterful Moffat, there’s a charming subplot that involves the power of love. The Return of Doctor Mysterio is Doctor Who at its very best.
Second, it includes all 12 episodes of Doctor Who Series 10 in stunning High Definition. They are: The Pilot, Smile, Thin Ice, Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis, The Pyramid At The End Of The World, The Lie Of The Land, Empress Of Mars, The Eaters Of Light, World Enough And Time and The Doctor Falls.
I’ve written about the series in detail on this blog. In conclusion Moffat and his team of writers found the 12th Doctor’s voice in this series, just as the character would lose it with the departure of Peter Capaldi.
Third, there’s a wealth of behind the scenes value added material in this set that makes it an absolute must for the discerning Doctor Who fan. Let’s look at them one disc at a time.
Doctor Who Extra: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio (25 minutes): Charity Wakefield, who plays Lucy in the Christmas Special, takes the audience behind the scenes. Capaldi calls the script great fun, Chatwin the best thing he has read all year, and the cast reveals it was not shot on location in New York but on a standing set at a Bulgarian film studio.
The Doctor: A New Kind Of Hero (6 minutes): “I don’t think it’s fair to compare the Doctor to super heroes, to comic book superheroes,” Capaldi says at the start of this one. “Because it’s not really the genre in which he exists.” Then Moffat comes in with: “The Doctor is not consciously a hero. He’s never set out to be a hero. He is a hero by virtue of the fact that he is a tremendously good man and he cannot walk past injustice without helping to put it right.“ Well, that’s a good start to the analysis.
The Pilot – Inside Look (3 minutes): “Series 10 sort of begins the show again,” Moffat admits. “The first episode is called mischievously The Pilot. If you’ve never seen Doctor Who at all this could be your jumping on point.”
Becoming The Companion (14 minutes): Ingrid Oliver, who played UNIT scientist Petronella Osgood in previous series, follows Pearl Mackie as she lands the role of a lifetime as the 12th Doctor’s companion Bill Potts.
Out Of This World (10 minutes): Oliver looks back on previous companions, starting with Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). New Who companions only!
Smile – Inside Look (2 minutes): “I think this year’s very interesting because it boils the show down to the basic elements,” Capalid says. “A mysterious stranger takes the companions to an exotic and dangerous place.”
Thin Ice – Inside Look (2 minutes): “I think this is a very unusual episode based on a real historical event, which happened a number of times which is that the Thames froze,” Capaldi says. “So, the fact that we’re able to recreate this real event is lovely.”
Knock Knock– Inside Look (2 minutes): “The memory of real primal fear, the Fear Doctor Who extrapolated and rejoices in is born in the nursery when the house was all a bit bigger and darker and noisier and freakier,” Moffat says. “The house from the point of view of a child, every house is a haunted house.”
Smile (12 minutes): Award winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce is back for Series 10, and despite everything he’s achieved this renowned writer is amazed ta the response you get when working on the show.
. . .Who’s There (13 minutes): The tale of the haunted house has been terrifying adults and children alike for generations. But what is it about this myth that sets our sense of fear alight?
Oxygen – Inside Look (2 minutes): “I think Peter always comes in from the drama angle and finds the comedy and I think Matt [Lucas as Nardole] tends to come in for the comedy angle and finds the drama,” Moffat says. “They are both hugely inventive actors.”
Extremis – Inside Look (2 minutes): Capaldi: “It was difficult playing a blind doctor mostly because I didn’t know what it looked like, I knew that there was a special effect going to be added. So, I didn’t know how much to do and not to do.”
The Pyramid At The End Of The World – Inside Look (2 minutes): “I think what [writer] Peter Harness came up with is a scenario in which you realise how close to destruction we can always be and that sadly will never not be topical,” Moffat laments.
The Lie Of The Land – Inside Look (2 minutes): “Toby [Whithouse] is a wonderful writer,” Capaldi says. “His scripts were always very tight and funny very dark he’s got a great imagination. Thus, was a very interesting take that he had on a dystopian 1984-style future that was dominated by the mysterious and strange monks.”
Empress Of Mars – Inside Look (2 minutes): “It was delightful to go to Mars again as the Doctor,” Capaldi says. “Not only to deal with Ice Warriors but also to deal with Victorians, to finding them on Mars was great fun.”
The Eaters Of Light – Inside Look (2 minutes): “I spent a lot of the day hiding in the TARDIS because it was the only thing that shielded you from the wind,” Pearl Mackie says.
Rona Munro: A Modern Classic (11 minutes): Since the show’s regeneration in 2005 no classic Who writer has penned an episode for the current era until now. Travel back through the time vortex to reminisce about Rona Munro’s previous episode, Survival, which ended Doctor Who’s classic run in 1989.
World Enough And Time – Inside Look (2 minutes): “I didn’t immediately have a story for the Master, I struggled with that character, right up until the idea of Michelle Gomez,” Moffat says. “From the moment I cast her I thought wouldn’t it be hilarious if John Simm turned up as well.”
The Doctor Falls – Inside Look (2 minutes): “The fact that it’s Peter’s last series matters to the show,” Moffat says. “The fact that it’s my last series doesn’t matter at all.”
The Finale Falls (20 minutes): Series 10 has been an exhilarating ride through time and space and topping it off is a two-part finale that will knock us out.
The Finale Countdown (37 minutes): The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, affectionately known as the Doctor Who House Band, kicks off a 37-minute reflection on Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor. The Finale Countdowns starts with a powerful rendition of Murray Gold’s A Good Man.
The Doctor Who Fan Show Episodes 1-12: Each week, straight after the latest episode aired in the UK, Christel Dee and friends talked to guests from the show.
Doctor Who: The Complete Series 10 is a must own for any Doctor Who fan. If you recorded the series, or previously bought it in two volumes, you’re missing out on a wealth of behind the scenes material.