Thursday, July 17, 2014

Doctor Who DVD Files - Part One: An Introduction

Hello readers! In my first post, I have decided to start with writing about the part-work magazine that I collect, as this has been the main base of the development of my interest in Doctor Who. I plan to make a series of blog posts about this topic, so keep an eye out for the rest of the series.


Doctor Who DVD Files is a part-work magazine which contains a build-up encyclopaedia and a DVD collection. The first issue was released on the 14th January 2009, with new issues being released every two weeks. Each issues contains a DVD and a 10 page magazine, including the cover page.

The Magazine

The magazine is a pull apart magazine. Originally, there were 7 sections in the magazine, with two more added after Issue 51. In Issue 2, there was a free binder and in Issue 3, there were dividing pages. This means you can pull apart the magazine and file each page in its corresponding section. This builds up into the encyclopaedia.

Here are the magazine sections:
  • Allies - containing information about the many friendly people the Doctor has met on his travels
  • Enemies - containing information about the many foes the Doctor has encountered
  • Episode Guide - contains information on the episodes featured on the DVD in that issue
  • Technology - looks at the many gadgets and gizmos, as well as spaceships and vehicles, that have featured on the programme
  • The Doctor - contains information about the Doctor's travels, and later about the production of Doctor Who
  • Behind the Scenes - features interviews with the production crew of Doctor Who past and present
  • Flashback - looks back to notable adventures of the Doctor
In Issue 51, these sections were added:
  • Who On Earth - information about the Doctor's visits to Earth from its formation until its destruction
  • Alien Worlds - contains information of the dangers, cultures, and important figures of planets from the show

The DVDs

Up to Issue 28, the DVDs covered the up until the end of Series 4. In these issues, two episodes were featured on each disc. From here, they began to release classic serials, starting with Remembrance of the Daleks. Issues 55 and 56 contained the 10th Doctor's final four episodes, then issues 74 to 80 contained Series 5. Other than this, all other issues have contained one classic serial each. With Issue 4 came the 20th Anniversary Special, The Five Doctors, as a free bonus DVD.

The spine of the DVDs can be put together to form an image. This is reversible: one side forms a montage of enemies and the other forms a spacey back ground with the episode names written down the spine. The latter one also contains the Doctor and his companions on the spines of the Revived Series DVDs.

I will be making a list of what each Issue contains, however, I will be breaking it down into smaller chunks, so keep an eye out for the rest of this series of blog posts to see the lists.

Next In This Series...

In the next part of this series, I will be talking about the first seven issues of Doctor Who DVD Files, which covered the first Series of revived Doctor Who.

Thank you for reading! Drop a comment with your thoughts or suggestions! They will be greatly appreciated!

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