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How many Whovians are looking to trade in their Doctor Who DVDs for a Blu-ray box set? The BBC America team is hoping to entice fans to do just that in time for Christmas.

Set to release on November 5 at a suggested retail price of $349.98, it’s definitely not a purchase-at-the-drop-of-a-hat item. Though, if you are looking to get one, Amazon is currently taking pre-orders at $314.99.

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BBC America has thought about what incentives might make fans purchase something they already own on DVD or can stream on Netflix. Sure, it’s nice for the high-tech junkies to get their high-def, 1080p, remastered format, but for the folks who don’t care that they can now see all of David Tennant’s pores, it’s not just a rehash of what fans already have in their possession only in Blu-ray format.

According to the BBC America press release:

…[there are] 120 minutes of bonus material that has never previously been available on disc, as well as more goodies than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at…And that’s why we’ve included the original Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver, a gesture-based remote control replica of the Eleventh Doctor’s trusty tool…Crafted from real metals and featuring sound effects from the show, you can impress your friends when you turn on your television with a wave of your hand and feel like a Time Lord yourself. With 29 blu-ray discs of episodes, specials and bonus features, plus the Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver, 3 exclusive art cards and an exclusive comic book, this limited edition gift set will keep on giving for years to come.

Here’s how it all breaks down, Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set includes:

New to Blu-ray/ 1080p Resolution:

Doctor Who: The Complete First Series, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper

Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series, starring David Tennant and Billie Piper

Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series, starring David Tennant and Freema Agyeman

Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate

Also included in1080p Resolution:

Doctor Who: The Complete Specials, starring David Tennant

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series, starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan

Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series, starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series, starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Jenna-Louise Coleman

Bonus Blu-ray disc includes:

· “The Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists” from BBC AMERICA’s The Brit List – BBC AMERICA’s pop culture correspondent, Asha Leo (@ashaleo), is joined by special guest John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”) to announce the rankings of the “Top Five Companions,” “Top Five Scariest Moments,” “Top Five Best Monsters,” “Top Five Guest Stars” and “Top Five Things You’ll Only See on Doctor Who.” Rankings are based on votes from readers of BBCAMERICA.com’s Anglophenia blog.

· Doctor Who at the Proms 2010 – Doctor Who’s own Karen Gillen and Arthur Darvill host a spectacular evening of music from the series played live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall. Includes video projections, appearances by the monsters and a special guest appearance from 11th Doctor Matt Smith. For the first time, the collection will include the full 90-minute concert and has been remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound.

· Doctor Who: The Best of the Christmas Specials – This previously unreleased special from December 2011 takes an inside look at the very best moments from the incredible Doctor Who Christmas specials that have captivated audiences around the world. A collection of fans from the celebrity, comedy, sci-fi and digital worlds discuss their favorite moments from both David Tennant and Matt Smith era Christmas episodes.

Other additional items include:

· The Doctor Who Universal Remote Control Sonic Screwdriver

· 3 exclusive original art cards

· An exclusive Doctor Who comic book

Unfortunately for fans of the classic series, there is no classic equivalent, but one can dream.

  • Amir Khan

    This is one of those things I NEED TO HAVE but at the age of 13, you know that I could never get it :/

  • whover94

    I love America, but the fact that it’s a British show and we have nothing like this in the UK sucks. BBC have really disappointed me with the “Year of Doctor Who” they originally spoke about.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Yeah I have to say it’s sad that a similar product is not available outside the USA

      • whover94

        Absolutely! Been dying to get 9 & 10′s episodes on Blu Ray. We only have Blu Rays from the 2009 specials onward, and I’ve resisted from purchasing them in the hope something like this will come out in the UK. Alas, it doesn’t seem to be.

      • DreggorGade

        Blu-Ray are region free. I always check amazon in the uk as well as amazon in the us when considering blu-ray purchases: both for price and for quality (e.g. BSG blu-ray set sold in the uk is superior in packaging to and was cheaper than the us release).

        • House_of_Black1

          Hey thanks for saying Blu ray is region free! I didn’t know!!! Now maybe that will push me into finally buying one!

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  • RussellTurner

    Umm..I’ll wait until the price goes down..

    • thatGallifreyan

      There won’t be enough time for you to wait. Limited edition = limited amount… factor in the amount of Whovians all over the globe + the fact that blu rays are region free + the amount of people that actually have money. The only way you can get this by the time it’s all sold out is at a much, much higher price.

      • RussellTurner

        i doubt it.. look at the recent HP set that had a one day sale for $150.00.. it will go down. Just like the David Tennent Series i bought.

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

    I want the sonic screw driver remote!!!!!!

  • Jake

    As someone who is just getting into DW, I wish I could just get a box set of series 1-7 at a good price, without the screwdriver or comic, etc. Back to Netflix I go.

    $350??? NO. THANKS. Even that big Harry Potter box with WAY more was a hundred cheaper than that.

    • Anthony

      I remember someone analyzing the cost per movie for the HP Wizard’s collection. Even with the ridiculous Amazon discount, that still came out to be $39 per film.

      The Doctor Who collection contains the remote, which by itself is really expensive (~$100). If you subtract that out, it’s I the range of $30-$40 per series, deepening on discounted or retail price (and that’s counting Series 4 and Series 4 specials together). The currently available blu-ray sets (Series 5-7) average out at $46 each.

      I love the show but I don’t have any Doctor Who seasons on DVD or blu-ray, so for me this is a great opportunity to get in all on the best format. But I can see why people who already own some of the seasons wouldn’t want to double up on their copies.

      Let me know if any of my math is wrong. I’m a Mathematician, so naturally my arithmetic is terrible.

      • Trent Taylor

        These boxed sets are insulting. Plain and simple. Especially considering as far as I know, the first four season were all shot in SD.

    • Simone

      The universal sonic screwdriver remote is selling for just over $100 just by itself, and there is far more content and value in each season’s boxset than in the HP ones. I reckon it’s worth it.

  • PrisonerZero

    I only have the David Tennant Specials on dvd so I’m excited for this

  • http://rikustark.tumblr.com/ Ashley

    If I wasn’t a poor college student……

    • thatGallifreyan

      I work 2 jobs (while still going to college full time) bc I’ve got a crazy fandom addiction. One pays the bills and the other feeds my insanity.

  • Amir Khan

    It’d be a lot cheaper if they had a set without the sonic screwdriver

  • Gilad Winogron

    Me…WANT….Me….NEED

  • sarahd15

    That price is pretty steep….could you do the same thing, with DVDs? Make it cheaper, but I still want that sonicscrewdriver remote!!

  • kalena henden

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to buy this forever but I prefer blu-rays which were previously unavailable for the earlier seasons. The pricing is pretty reasonable. If you count the specials as its own season, its about $40 per season. S6 & S7 are currently retailing for around $50-$60 on their own.

  • Ijsbrant Buys

    Dutch subtitles please!

  • thatGallifreyan

    Can’t friggin wait. It needs to be November already so I can have this at my doorstep. Just nervous for delivery messing up my package,

  • Angel Kirkpatrick

    It’s only $299 at dvdempire.com

  • Cody

    Does anyone know if the display case for the sonic screwdriver remote is included?

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