Doctor Who-The Day of the Doctor-50th Anniversary Special (Blu-ray 3D) (2013)

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Released 4-Dec-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Making Of
Deleted Scenes
Bonus Episode-The Night of the Doctor
Featurette-Doctor Who Explained
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 79:53 (Case: 147)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Graeme Harper

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Tennant
Matt Smith
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Murray Gold

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     It is hard to believe that any television show could run for 50 years, let alone one what started as a little sci-fi series designed for kids on the BBC. This series has enthralled, excited and inspired generations of children and adults alike. There have been spin-off series, movies and more over the years. The new incarnation of the series has now completed its seventh season, and 2013's dose of The Doctor is closed out by two specials, this one a 50th anniversary special and a 2013 Christmas special which is being released separately (as part of a set of all the Matt Smith Christmas specials).

     The new Doctor Who series has been going from strength to strength with excellent storylines, three interesting actors as The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and now Matt Smith) plus some excellent companions such as Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston). The second part of the seventh season introduced a new companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) although the character or variations on the character had appeared in previous episodes.

     This movie-length 50th Anniversary special is a wonderful instalment in the canon of Doctor Who. This show reveals details of the Doctor's history not previously revealed including an extra incarnation of The Doctor, known as The War Doctor (played by John Hurt). Most of the living actors who have played The Doctor also appear.

     David Tennant is featured. The show focuses on The Doctor's role in the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks and how he stopped the war. This show also resolves some other story issues which were potential future problems for the show. The story is exciting, intriguing and amusing as the best Doctor Who episodes are. Other previous companions and other baddies also appear to round out the special.

     This show was shot in 3D and is included on this Blu-ray in both 3D and 2D versions.

     A wonderful special which absolutely represents all the things we love about Doctor Who.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p unlike most of the Doctor Who Blu-rays.

     The picture was very sharp and clear throughout. Shadow detail was very good.

     The colour is also very good, looking great on Blu-ray.

     There was some mild aliasing occasionally.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

     There is no obvious layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is excellent for a television special.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 plus a Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio Descriptive track.

     Dialogue was very clear throughout.

     The music by Murray Gold is excellent as usual adding significantly to the show.

     The surround speakers were well used for lots of directional effects, atmosphere plus the music, and the subwoofer supported the music and action scenes.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     A good collection of extras. Many of them have HD-MA 5.1 sound but are 1080i unlike the main feature.


     The menu is wonderful showing the various doctors and featuring a version of the theme tune. The menu is preceded by 3D/2D version selection and the ability to enable audio navigation for the vision impaired.

The Last Day (3:40)

     A mini episode about some soldiers on Gallifrey preparing for an attack.

The Night of the Doctor (6:49)

     A mini episode featuring Paul McGann as The Doctor. He gets onto a crashing spaceship during the Time War trying to help. This episode links to the War Doctor.

Behind the Lens (13:06)

     A making of for the Anniversary special which features the usual interview snippets, scenes and discussion of sets and the story. Not Bad.

Doctor Who Explained (44:50)

     The absolute highlight of the extras. This is a comprehensive guide to the world of Doctor Who featuring most of the living actors who have played the Doctor plus many companions and other actors who have appeared discussing the various incarnations of The Doctor, the TARDIS, The Doctor's origins, the regeneration, companions and enemies. Great viewing for fans and those new to the show.

Early Trailer (1:27)

     Teaser for the 50th anniversary special.

50 Year Trailer (1:00)

     Features all the doctors.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This special seems to be the same format globally.


    Doctor Who turns 50 with panache.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is excellent.

    Good selection of interesting extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, January 17, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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