So, two weeks of Doctor Who to go, and three weeks til the Complete Series boxset is released.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a wishlist of boxset extras. Well, here’s the back of the box, with it’s list of Value Added Material…
…And a recap of what I wanted to see. Let’s see how much I got.
So s8 extras, what do we want?
Right. Trailers. The teaser, the ‘Good Man’ trailer, the series trailer, all the other pre-series stuff, the countdown teasers, the channel ident interruptions and individual episode trailers.
Nope. Doesn’t look like.
Doctor Who Extra (which I think is pretty much a given).
Well, Behind The Scenes. Same thing.
“The Next Doctor” – Peter Capaldi’s casting announcement. I think this is an extra on the solo Deep Breath release, so I would think this would be a definite inclusion.
Not that definite, obviously. Actually, this is a particularly interesting/frustrating omission. It is, indeed, one of three extras on the Deep Breath release. One of the others is the Behind The Scenes/Doctor Who Extra feature. The other feature that doesn’t seem to appear on the s8 set is the Cinematic introduction to the episode from The Paternoster Gang. While the Cinema intros to The Day Of The Doctor were belatedly included as extras on the recent 50th Anniversary Boxset, there’s nowhere else to find the Deep Breath intro but the solo release – which, if you’ve bought the Complete Series 8 Boxset, you’re not really needing.
Stuff from the Cardiff and London premieres, and the rest of the World Tour.
Ah, now, here they seem to have really delivered. I believe Doctor Who: Earth Conquest: The World Tour is a full 45 minute documentary on the Doctor Who team’s global jaunt in August.
Maybe we could see some other promo stuff? Blue Peter or One Show appearances?
Oh well, Maybe that was too much to even think of. But, though unlisted, the set does include the video of Foxes’ cover of Don’t Stop Me Now, as featured in Mummy On The Orient Express.
And Commentaries. Please, God, give us some commentaries.
Peter Capaldi would give us great Doctor Who commentaries. We’ve had too few commentaries these last few years, and the Twelfth Doctor has a knowledge and love of the show that will enhance any episode.
I don’t know who’s doing the commentaries (I think there are just the four), but I don’t think it unreasonable to presume that Peter Capaldi will be present on at least one of them.
It can’t be just coincidence, can it, that the number of chat-fests we got on the RTDian boxsets has reduced in number since the Moffat Age began?
So that’s that. The wishlist isn’t particularly fulfilled, but there are additional features that weren’t on my list:
Doctor Who – The Ultimate Time Lord and Doctor Who – The Ultimate Companion – These are 45 minute features introduced by Peter Davison. I’m not sure if these are some BBC America-produced compilation/talking head shows, but they sound like it. A US-hour each, for example, but I don’t recall seeing them on Watch, but the presence of Peter Davison can’t be a bad thing.
Exclusive Q & A with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
This, I believe, is the panel from the London Cinema premiere of Deep Breath, on 23rd August, and lasts 30 minutes . If we’re lucky, the otherwise omitted Paternoster Gang introduction may be included here.
Though I doubt it.
Commentaries & Interviews
I’ve already talked about the commentaries, but what of the interviews? It would seem that these are just four 2 minute cast interviews.
Oh. And a booklet.
That remains to be seen…