Doctor Who Movie Set for Release on Blu-ray

There is great news for those who have not had the chance to see the Doctor Who movie starring Paul McGann. The 1996 production, featuring the Eighth Doctor, will be released on Blu-ray later this year.

Twenty years ago, even though Doctor Who was on hiatus, Whovians had a new adventure to look forward to. Starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, a television movie was brought forth. In said movie, the Doctor faced off against the Master in an adventure in downtown San Francisco before eventually vanquishing his old foe.

For a long time, the Eighth Doctor had largely been forgotten on the show. As he was not a part of Doctor Who the series, McGann’s incarnation fell by the wayside. Aside from the episodes ‘The Name of the Doctor’ and ‘The Day of the Doctor’ — and his mini episode ‘The Night of the Doctor,’ in which he regenerated into the War Doctor — the movie was his only physical appearance in the Whoniverse for over fifteen years. Through his adventures with Big Finish, however, the Eighth Doctor has been able to ride a wave of popularity, coming back into the consciousness of a new generation of fans.

With this increased popularity, and the 20th anniversary of the movie having passed a couple of months back, it may not be a surprise that there is increased interest in the Doctor Who movie. That interest has manifested in a re-release, as the movie will be making its high definition debut, available on Blu-ray on September 19th. The two disc set is currently available for pre-order on Amazon UK, and could make a pretty solid gift for the Whovian in one’s life.

It will be interesting to see how the conversion to high definition, and the passage of time, affects our view of the movie. After all, while it did well in the United Kingdom, as was to be expected, the movie disappointed in the United States, with only 5.6 million viewers. Of course, this was before the explosion in popularity tht the show has had in recent years, which could help dramatically boost sales of the Blu-ray set.

The Doctor Who movie is back, and this time, in high definition. Now, if only McGann can make an appearance on the show itself…

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