why no deleted scenes??


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Initial post: 30 Dec 2011 03:24:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Dec 2011 11:38:13 GMT
The Avenger says:
Is anyone else wondering why the most recent Doctor who DVD boxsets (for series 5 & 6) haven't contained a deleted scenes section, as part of the special features? (Although the additional scenes set in the tardis are nice, it would still be very interesting to see what was cut, as in previous boxsets).

This is especially puzzling as a deleted scene for the series 5 episode "Hungry earth" was shown as part of the "who confidential" for that episode! (It's a brief scene featuring the Doctor and Amy). Why this wasn't included in a separate deleted scene section is a mystery, especially as it demonstrates that at least some excised material exists. Plus, for series 6, writer Neil Gaiman mentions in his commentary for "the Doctor's wife" that there was a lengthy scene that was, he states, filmed. The scene involves the Doctor and Idris looking for the old Tardis-es which are found when Idris presses a button on her "bracelet" -this activates the chameleon circuit for them all. Thus some of the junkyard items such as a fridge and washing machine suddenly revert to their true, albeit broken, tardis form. Even if this scene exists only as "raw footage" ie. without music and SFX, it would still be good to see.

The earlier series boxsets (excluding series 1 of course, whereby apparently the deleted scenes got lost!!) have contained quite a few deleted scenes. And for series 3, 4 & the specials Mr. Russel T. himself introduces them with explanations as to why they were cut. This is very interesting as sometimes the cut scenes changed the style/direction of an episode. This is especially true for the Agatha Christie story "Unicorn & the wasp" which originally had a whole "framing" structure for the story.

Just wondering what others think and if anyone knows of other deleted scenes from series 5 & 6.

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 18:37:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2012 18:39:05 GMT
I think that the deleted scenes are taken from early cuts of the episodes (hence the SFX notes ect.), so maybe no significant deleted footage from series 5/6 ever made it into any cut of the episodes. The scenes you mentioned could have been immediately disregarded, and it would probably be far too expensive to hire someone to all the rushes for missing material between all the behind-the-scenes, outtakes, and alternate takes. There was also two scenes in the trailer for series six that never made it into the episode because Steven Moffat disliked them, so they may have never appeared in any early edit ether.
However, I agree that it is annoying when other extras mention deleted scenes that aren't featured on the set; the most obvious example is the alternate ending to series one that was filmed specially for press screenings, where the regeneration is replaced with The Doctor collapsing and the TARDIS scanner stating "life form dying" as the cliffhanger (as I recall), RTD mentions this on the commentary and says "it'll be on the DVD". Needless to say, it wasn't anywhere to be found on the box set.
Indeed, from what I've read the new series DVDs seem to include less extras every year, from 2009 onwards there hasn't even been a commentary for all episodes.
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