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5.0 out of 5 stars Coffe table book with DVDs as a bonus, 9 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
There seems to be a few people reviewing this as purely a DVD boxset. That is missing the point a tad I feel. For the 4oth anniversary back in 2003, BBC books brought out a book called "The Legend" at approx. £40. It was just a book.

This time, for the 50th, they have brought out a book. But this time themed to be about regeneration - topical as it turns out. To enhance the book, they are including every regeneration story that exists (it would be, in this context, remiss to leave out 'The tenth planet' rather than profiteering). So you can read the book and then (if you chose) watch the story that the book has described. And for this, they charge less than the 40th anniversary book - Again, hardly profiteering if you ask me!

So, a limited edition coffee table book with DVDs in. Yes, you can wait a bit longer and buy 'The tenth planet' with additional features in November so there is no need for anyone to buy this just for that story. Buy this only if you want (what looks to be) a fitting tribute book to a key part of what has been the secret of the longevity of Doctor Who with easy access to DVDs of the stories that we may (and in my case do) already own but take on extra significance in the context of the book.

Doctor Who fans have been spoilt by the care and restoration spent on every release. Far more than necessary (we would buy the stories because we love the show without picture enhancement or special features - but we got them because the people behind the range love Doctor Who too). This book offers little new in terms of DVDs but does offer a lovely souvenir of a landmark achievement (50 years). That is, in my view, the real point of this book.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2013 19:15:46 BDT
Thank you so much for this! Seeing the rest of the comments, I was a bit disappointed with them because they missed the point of this release. For that price, that's actually quite a deal. If you were to buy those stories seperately, it'd cost a lot more than that. On top of that, you get a nice book! How awesome is that? I'm from the US and I'm a newer fan (going on 3 years) and i don't have any of those classic who stories (i only have the key to time collection) so I benefit from this! Thanks so much for putting it into perspective!

Posted on 24 Jun 2013 11:45:00 BDT
horrace says:
Now the dust has settled a bit I think you're right that apart from a few people who might not have many/any of the dvds then the major item here is the book.

I can understand some people are miffed that they can't get a stand alone 10th Planet before this comes out but it IS on it's way AND with the extras not on the 'book' release for those that want them.

Personally, having most of the stories anyway and as I'll be buying the stand alone 10th Planet at a later date then it all comes down to the book.
The book is targeted at fans (and people buying presents for fans) so not having the book available as a "stand alone" item means that I have to ask myself this : £40 for a book ? Mmmmm - I'd rather spend the money on the Ice Warriors, Zygons & stand alone 10th planet dvds.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 21:48:27 BDT
The Watcher says:
And on that logic, I am inclined to agree with you. If there is a debate to be had about buying the tenth planet now, in this set, or as a stand alone with extras (and that is the only factor) then I think you are correct. And the price tag, for a book alone is pricey. But the set, as a whole, is more than the sum of it's parts - A time lord set even more so. However, I agree that is a valid way of looking at this set for fans that already hold all but the tenth planet.
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