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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Beginning

Appropriately enough for Doctor Who's anniversary, TV Shows On DVD has posted news that the long-awaited Beginning boxset, which contains the first thirteen episodes that started 42 years ago today, from An Unearthly Child to The Brink of Disaster.

According to the Restoration Team, the boxset is also includes a quick summary of Marco Polo, the first story that no longer exists in the BBC archives. Even better, there are going to be several documentaries about the first year of the programme.

And if that's not enough, there are going to be a couple of comedy sketches by new series writer Mark Gatiss and Little Britain's David Walliams from a couple of years ago, which are worth the price of the package alone. And while the restoration team comments that "The Kidnappers" might not be the best fit for this particular DVD, as it's not based around the original years of the series, it's one of my favorite comedy sketches *period*, above and beyond it's Doctor Who connection.

I don't imagine that the people involved in the genesis of Doctor Who 42 years ago would have conceived that people a continent away would be anxiously await a chance to buy these stories *again*, on some strange digital format, at the same time awaiting new episodes of the same series -- but that's the magic of this collection.


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