The BBC America, BBC One and BBC Canada hit series Doctor Who
, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2013 (it first aired in its native U.K. in 1963), has now become a worldwide phenomenon. Once only a British hit TV show, with the rebooting of the series eight years ago by creator, writer and producer Russell T. Davis, some could say that North Americans are even more devoted and fanatical fans than their British brethren (just visit next year’s Doctor Who
panel at the Comic-Con convention, in San Diego, to witness the Beatles-like fervor and excitement American and Canadians followers have for all things Doctor Who
With that in mind, you are bound to have a “Whovian” (a devotee of the Doctor) on your Christmas gift list. You’re just in luck, because there are is a bevy of Doctor Who
Blu-rays, DVDs and collectables that Santa Claus can put under the Christmas tree for your very own Whovian. In addition to the gift ideas, David Tennant (10th Doctor) and Matt Smith (11th Doctor), as well as current executive producer and showrunner, Steven Moffat, and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) talk a bit about being a part of the Doctor Who
universe. Finally, there are a few video reminders of some of the great moments from Tennant and Smith’s tenures as the Doctor, a look at the spinoff Torchwood
and a preview of 2012’s Doctor Who
Christmas offering “The Snowmen.”
Doctor Who: Limited Edition Gift Set
Whether you’re shopping for the Doctor Who fan on your holiday list or looking to introduce the Doctor into someone’s life for the very first time, this limited edition, 41-disc set is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Or buy it for yourself, because c’mon now – would you really want to give this away? Collecting the complete Series 1-6 featuring Christopher Eccleston (the 9th Doctor), David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor), the gift set includes over 70 hours of Doctor Who
in all. DVD Bonus Features:
Three new Doctor Who
Specials coming to DVD for the first time ever - "The Women of Doctor Who
," "The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who
and "The Destinations of Doctor Who
"; "Doctor Who
Confidential; Additional Specials, Featurettes and Video Diaries; A collectible 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver; 3 original art cards and the comic book, "Doctor Who
at Comic Con." It’s hard to imagine how so much content can fit in such a tiny box – you don’t think it’s bigger on the inside, do you?
Steven Moffat, head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who on...the series being more magic vs. fantasy:
"More fantasy and more magic than the story of a man that lives in a time traveling phone box? I mean that’s, that’s the base line. That’s what you’ve got to be madder than. Nutty specially, and magic isn’t real in The Doctor’s world. I’ve often been quoted, accurately, as saying The Doctor, who is nearer to a fairy tale than science fiction. But I didn’t particularly mean my version. I meant, it always is. He’s the visiting wizard with the magic wand and the magic box, who dresses a bit funny and looks like a children’s entertainer. You know? He’s that rather than Buck Rogers or Gandalf. So, only in those senses. In one episode we can go quite hard sci-fi, in the next, we can be much more whimsical. I don’t think Doctor Who
should ever settle for being just one thing. He should be lots of things. To entertain by any means possible."
Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part One
Doctor Who returns, after a record-breaking season on BBC America, with five new blockbuster episodes in the first half of Series Seven. Join the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companions Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, aka "the Ponds") on their latest escapades through space and time. Featuring an asylum full of Daleks, a spaceship full of dinosaurs and a town called Mercy in the Wild West, this explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There’s only one way to find out. Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features:
BBC America specials "The Science of Doctor Who
" and "Doctor Who
at Comic-Con"; "Pond Life" featurettes; the prequel to "Asylum of the Daleks" and The Making of The Gunslinger.
Matt Smith (11th Doctor) on...Series 7, Part One:
"We have five of the most exciting standalone episodes with everything from Daleks to dinosaurs and of course, the fall of the Ponds." The episode 'Asylum of the Daleks' features Daleks from all of the decades. Does Smith have any favorite Daleks? "Absolutely! The blue and white ones from the 1960s, I think they are from the Troughton era…they are just kind of groovy, smaller but fantastic. The day we filmed with all of those Daleks there was such an excitable atmosphere on set from cast and crew alike. It was a brilliant few days at work!"
Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Years
David Tennant made his Doctor Who
debut in 2005 in "The Christmas Invasion," and his performance helped to turn the show into an instant primetime hit in the U.K. In the four years that followed, Doctor Who grew to new heights of popularity, including becoming a surprise hit in North America on the BBC America network. This collection celebrates Tennant's tenure by brining together The Complete Second Series
(co-starring Billie Piper as Rose Tyler), The Complete Third Season
(co-starring Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones) and The Complete Fourth Series
(co-starring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, all eight specials and two-spin-off animated adventures totaling over 38 hours of Doctor Who
plus hours of extras. DVD Bonus Features: Doctor Who
Confidential; David Tennant's Video diaries; Billie Piper's Video Diaries; Freema's Studio Tour Commentary; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; "Children In Need" Special; Music and Monsters; Doctor Who At The Proms
and Doctor Who's Greatest Moments
David Tennant (10th Doctor) on ...why he decided to leave Doctor Who:
"I think, sometimes, you have to sort of take a deep breath and make a difficult decision, and I like the fact that I stand a chance of leaving an audience and myself wanting more rather than people asking when I'm leaving. I never had a definite stepping-off point, but when Russell (T. Davies) and Julie (Gardner) were moving on, it seemed like the obvious time. It seemed like a natural end for all of us, really. "
Doctor Who: Planet Of Giants
The Doctor (1st Doctor - William Hartnell), Ian, Barbara and Susan have arrived back on Earth in the 1960s, a time they have been trying to return to since they all met. However, an accident causes the TARDIS doors to open while the ship is still in flight, and upon landing they discover that they have been reduced in size and only stand an inch tall. The world now has dangers at every turn for the tiny travelers - including a plot involving a new insecticide may threaten more than just insects. A digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who
classic. DVD Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary with vision mixer Clive Doig, special sounds creator Brian Hodgson, make-up supervisor Sonia Markham and floor assistant David Tilley; Episode 3 and 4 Reconstruction, as well as more bonus features.
Doctor Who: Vengeance On Varos - Special Edition
The TARDIS is adrift in space, and requires a particularly rare ore to get it moving again. The Doctor (6th Doctor – Colin Baker) and Peri have one last hope: the planet Varos, the only place in the universe where that ore can be found. But Varos is a dangerous place, where rebels are tortured on live television and executions are used to win votes from the public. Trapped in the dreaded Punishment Dome, the Doctor and Peri must fight for their lives - and save the starving population from the machinations of the villainous, reptilian Sil. Digitally re-mastered. DVD Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary with actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Nabil Shaban; "Nice or Nasty?" making-of featurette; Extended and Deleted scenes, as well as more bonus features.
David Tennant on...which Doctor Who was his favorite as a young fan growing up in England:
"Tom Baker and Peter Davison were the two that I grew up with. So, I think there is something about, like, a chick hatching from an egg. I think that's kind of who you imprint on it, who you see first. So, I guess I'd say them, but I like them all."
Doctor Who: The Ambassadors Of Death
Something has gone seriously wrong with Mars Probe 7. With no contact from the astronauts since the rocket started its return journey from Mars, Space Control is now extremely worried about the fate of the crew. A rescue mission recovers something – but whatever it is, it certainly isn’t human. To find out what has happened to the astronauts, the Doctor (3rd Doctor – Jon Pertwee) must head into space…without the TARDIS. Digitally re-mastered. DVD Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by actors Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Peter Halliday and Geoffrey Beevers, director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, stunt coordinator Derek Ware, along with stunt performers Roy Scammell and Derek Martin; Mars Probe 7 making-of featurette, as well as many other bonus features.
Doctor Who: The Claws Of Axos - Special Edition
When a damaged spaceship containing beautiful humanoid creatures called Axons lands on Earth, the Doctor (3rd Doctor – Jon Pertwee), Jo and UNIT are sent to investigate. In return for their help, the Axons offer the gift of Axonite, which would end world famine. It all appears too good to be true – so what secrets are the Axons hiding on board their ship? And why is the Doctor’s old enemy the Master involved? Digitally re-mastered. DVD Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary with actors Katy Manning, Paul Grist, Bernand Holley, and Derek Ware; additional Audio Commentary with director Michael Ferguson, co-writer Bob Baker, and script editor Terrance Dicks; "Axon Stations" making-of featurette; "Directing Who
" – interview with Michael Ferguson; Studio Recording – the earliest surviving Doctor Who
studio recording, as well as many other bonus features.
Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series
Penned by award winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin
) and starring BAFTA nominee Matt Smith, when the first part of the sixth series premiered on BBC America, it garnered record ratings for the channel. In addition, it earned rave reviews, including an "A" and a spot on "The Must List" from Entertainment Weekly
, was featured on NBC’s Today Show
and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
and over 6,500 fans packed Comic-Con’s The sixth season includes a two-part premiere that was set and filmed in the U.S. as well as an episode penned by long-time Doctor Who
fan and award-winning writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Neverwhere, The Sandman
). This must-own release for all sci-fi fans contains every thrilling episode from the widely-acclaimed sixth season along with the 2010 Christmas Special starring Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), "A Christmas Carol," Blu-ray Bonus Features:
"Meanwhile in the Tardis" scenes, Doctor Who
Confidential, Monster Files, and Audio Commentary.
Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series
This comprehensive anthology of the Doctor Who
spinoff contains both seasons of the original series along with the epic mini-series event Torchwood: Children of Earth,
which premiered in the U.S. on BBC America. Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series
(14-disc DVD and 12-Blu-ray mega sets) is the perfect companion to the U.S. based Torchwood: Miracle Day
, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, which aired on Starz (U.S.) and Space (Canada) last year. Created by Russell T Davies, Torchwood
follows the mysterious adventures of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman, Doctor Who, De-Lovely
) and his team of investigators (Eva Myles, Kai Owen, Gareth David-Lloyd, Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori) who use alien technology to delve into the unknown and fight the impossible. Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations, Torchwood is fighting the future on behalf of the human race. From an underground base built on a rift in time and space, the team responds to any alien threat. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young. Some say that's because it's a new science . Others say it's because they die young. Blu-ray Bonus Features
: Deleted Scenes and Outtakes; over 15 popular behind-the-scenes featurettes and 20 Torchwood
Steven Moffat on ....Captain Jack's (John Barrowman) sexual evolution and if he will ever return to Doctor Who:
SEXUAL EVOLUTION: "I was the first person to write him, but Russell (T. Davies) gave me the character and said what he should be like. I can take some credit for a little, a tiny amount, for pushing him in certain directions, but you know Russell gave me the gung-ho adventurer who was omnisexual. Although, he said at the time, that probably won’t come up." RETURNING TO DOCTOR WHO
?: 'The rule is, which Russell has and with which I agree, (is) that the Doctor cannot visit Torchwood
is a much more adult series and the younger viewers of Doctor Who
would feel entitled to go and watch silly old Matt Smith suddenly being surrounded by an unfamiliar amount of sexual activity. The blushing would never end. But there is absolutely no rule at all against having Jack visit The Doctor, and I might well have done it this year if he hadn’t been a little bit busy elsewhere. So, it’s entirely possible, yes."
NEW DOCTOR WHO GOODIES FOR CHRISTMAS
Available at www.BBCAmericaShop.com
Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote
Now fans can control their entertainment systems with a Sonic Screwdriver. A high quality metal replica of the Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver currently used by the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, the new Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control is a gesture-based universal remote control that utilizes infrared (IR) technology to manipulate almost all earth-based home entertainment systems - from TVs and iPod docks to DVD/Blu-ray players and beyond.
Doctor Who: Keep Calm and Don’t Blink T-Shirt
Win praise and thanks by spreading the word. Short sleeves; red. Sizes S, M, L and XL. 100% cotton. Machine wash.
Doctor Who: Monopoly Game
Roll the dice and build your intergalactic empire as you move your Doctor Who
game pieces around the board. Will you win with help from UNIT and Torchwood
? Or lose with flack from Daleks and Cybermen? Includes sonic screwdriver, scarf and bow tie pieces, plus 22 classic episodes with all 11 Doctors. Your guaranteed Chance for hours of fun playing one of the world’s best-loved board game, now in this special 50th-anniversary Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Van Gogh Women’s Tee
You’ll look heavenly wearing Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" vision of the exploding TARDIS—a catastrophe happily averted by the Tenth Doctor. Short sleeves; flattering wide scoop neckline; golden highlights. Women’s sizes S, M, L and XL. 100% cotton. Machine wash.
Karen Gillan on... what she'll miss after no longer playing Amy Pond:
"The never ending pranks and my two best friends. Matt used to hide in the cupboard of my trailer and jump out of it at me and I used to go flying back against the wall in absolute shock! He must have done it like a hundred times, and I fell for it every single time. But honestly, even with the bruises, it really was the biggest and most exciting time of my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I always knew that Steven had an ending for Amy Pond, and when I met with him a year or so ago, it was kind of like, 'So what are the plans for the character' and we both said that she should go at this point. It was such a fantastic mutual decision and completely the right time for Amy to leave. I will miss her, but I can’t wait for fans to see what happens."
Doctor Who: TARDIS Teapot
Nothing spruces up your teatime quite as effectively as an intergalactic time machine and spacecraft, attractively retrofitted to brew and serve the hot earthly beverage commonly known as tea. Glazed lightweight ceramic pot with a more than 25-ounce capacity-the equivalent of more than four 6-ounce cups of tea. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Doctor Who: TARDIS Lunch Box
Packing your lunch or snack in this metal TARDIS case adds an intergalactic dimension to your day. It's also a great place to store toys and treasures. A fun and functional gift for Doctor Who fans of all ages.
Doctor Who: Golden Dalek Ornament
Forget everything you ever knew about Daleks and imagine that this one comes in peace for the holidays, dressed all in gold and rendered temporarily harmless. Glass, handcrafted and hand-painted by skilled artisans. Resin appendages. Ready to hang. 5"h.
David Tennant on...if he would ever return for a cameo:
"I'll wait for the correct opportunity, but I've got the costume hanging up in my wardrobe. As long as I can keep my waistline and still fit into the trousers, never say never. "
Doctor Who: TARDIS Robe
Dress up like a TARDIS with this awesome Doctor Who TARDIS Hooded Blue Cotton Bath Robe. Featuring a design that makes this bathrobe look almost exactly like a TARDIS, which looks almost exactly like a classic British police phone box, this Bath Robe is perfect for any Doctor Who fan. Available in size M & L.
Doctor Who: Salt and Pepper Shakers
The epic battle for good taste moves to your table. Season your food and spice up the conversation with the TARDIS salt (3¾"h) and black Dalek (3¼"h) pepper shaker set. Great fun. Hand-painted porcelain.
Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary 2012 Wall Calendar
Celebrate 50 years of Time Lords with this spectacular tribute to every Doctor— one per month from William Hartnell to Matt Smith—surrounded by his companions and enemies. Collector’s Edition. 13" x 15".
Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary 2013 Diary
A special commemorative edition to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Features all eleven Doctors across five decades, with images from the series from 1963 to present. A collectable, and a must for Doctor Who fans, this diary displays one week to a spread, with all (British) public holidays marked and space to write notes.
Doctor Who: TARDIS Christmas Stocking
What will good little Earthlings find inside? Only Santa and the Doctor know for sure. A fun way to give intergalactic holiday pleasure. 18" long; TARDIS appliqué on felt. Handy loop for easy hanging. Gun-slinger.
Steven Moffat on... what fans can expect in 2013, the 50th anniversary of the show:
"We’re already talking and the BBC themselves started the conversation. The BBC started the conversation about: 'What do we do about the anniversary?' We’ve got lots of ideas which I’m not going to tell you, but all I can tell you is we will hit that year very, very hard indeed. And, the ambition will be to make it the best year ever to be a Doctor Who
Of course, the best Christmas Gift for any Doctor Who
fan in the airing on the annual Doctor Who
Christmas Episode. Airing on Christmas Eve, December 25, 2012, on BBC America, BBC Canada, BBC One in the U.K. and in other countries (check local listings) will be "The Snowmen"
It's Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?
So, this Christmas, snuggle up in front of the television, while you are opening your wrapped-up gifts containing such Doctor Who goodies as Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote, the Monopoly Game, the TARDIS Teapot or any of the other collectables that any Whovian would love Santa to bring them. From the Doctor, myself, BBC America and Digital Journal - Have a very Merry Doctor Who Christmas and an even better 50th Anniversary New Year's Eve!
Don’t forget to catch the Doctor Who Ultimate Lists Of Lists special which begins airing on BBC America on Friday, December 21, 2012. (check local listings)