same, i first bought the tardis edition of the first series but the packaging is naff, the disc pannel for the 2nd disc just falls off and the box itself is very fragile, so i just sold it on ebay.
i was going to get the cyberman edition of the 2nd season but after reading the reveiws for it where people said the clasp is flimsy and the silver comes off after peeling away the strip and the cyberman is only plastic, i decided against it.
as for the 3rd season, the lenticular master sleeve was a bit too much money aka over £100 so i thought whats the point, im not exactly gonna cherish it am i.
so yeah, standard editions pretty much rock by themselves lol.
I did exactly the same - bought the tardis one and regretted it. The packaging was flimsy and bits kept coming unglued, and the magnet that was supposed to hold the box shut never worked so it always flapped open. The only result was that it took up stupid amounts of space on the shelf...
So I sold it and used the money to replace it with the standard boxset. Haven't even considered buying any of the "special" packaging since. I totally love Doctor Who and would always buy the boxsets, but I'm not too impressed with much of the merchandise.
I agree that the special editions are a bit excessive, but hey, I'm a completest! I really must have my Amazon special edition series 4!!
We're getting close to the delivery date. Has there been any news regarding a special edition for series 4? I seem to remember the special editions over the past few years being announced much further in advance to this, sad to say. This does not bode well for my compulsion.
It's a bit late to find this out, and I don't know if I should be posting about it here, but it looks like HMV are doing a special edition : http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&sku=858311
yup, though this special edition shares a very similar colour scheme to the series 3 standard edition, and this standard edition of series 4 has a very similar colour scheme to the standard edition of series 2...looks like their running out of ideas for front covers...