‘Doctor Who’ TV movie’s DVD release dated; ‘Daleks’ upgraded

The 1996 Doctor Who Fox TV movie will be available on DVD in the United States for the first time starting Feb. 8.

The movie, which served as an unfortunate introduction to the longtime British TV series for many U.S. viewers, starred Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in his one television appearance, and showed the Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy, regenerate after being gunned down by a street gang in San Francisco on the eve of the millennium. His nemesis the Master was played by Eric Roberts, and Daphne Ashbrook and Yee Jee Tso played the Doctor’s companions.

McCoy was the star of Doctor Who when the series went off the air in 1989. It was hoped the 1996 telefilm would relaunch the series, but that was not to happen until 2005.

The release, announced in August, will be a two-disc set packed with special features that you can read about at TV Shows on DVD. The same day will also see the DVD release of the 1972 Jon Pertwee Doctor Who episode “The Mutants,” which is also packed with extras.

Speaking of Pertwee, the Third Doctor, Doctor Who Online reports on the DVD restoration of one of his most popular episodes, “Day of the Daleks,” which is getting an upgrade with new special effects and Dalek voices. You can watch a trailer below:

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