Why are the current new series DVDs so lame?
It’s a simple enough question. TVShowsonDVD has the run-down of the extras on the upcoming complete series six boxset, which includes:
Meanwhile in the Tardis - Seven newly filmed scenes, exclusive to DVD and Blu-ray, telling what happens between the episodes
Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at each episode
Monster Files - Get under the skin and inside the minds of the new Doctor’s most challenging opponents
Trailers and Trails
And from the sounds of it, it’s commentaries on selected episodes, probably in-vision.
I’m sure many will cheer the increased number of “Meanwhile in the TARDIS” scenes (not me; I found them extraneous and kind of one-note). Unfortunately, I can still remember the new series DVDs were the gold standard of DVD releases for any television show in terms of value added material:
Sure you had cut-down episodes of Confidential, but you also had commentaries on every episode, often featuring not only the stars but the writers and directors. (Some of them were lame; but it was during a time when they had podcast commentaries on broadcast so you ultimately had 28 commentaries a year to choose from) You had David Tennant’s amazing video diaries. There were deleted scenes by the bucket-load, often introduced by the Executive Producer.
The New Series DVDs prior to 2010 had the best value added material of any ongoing television series being released on DVD (and gave good value for money, equivalent to the Classic Series releases, in my view). But the Series Five and Six boxsets are so comparatively lame.
If you read the Series Five DWM Companion (yes, I know they call it something different; I don’t care), there’s a gazillion extra scenes for Vincent and the Doctor—hell, from the sounds of it, enough for a special edition version of the episode. And there’s substantial deleted scenes for practically every other story too. They could have put those on. There could have been a video diary for Matt Smith’s first day on set. Audio commentaries of all episodes by the stars and others (this is particularly damning since with Series Five they discontinued the practice of having podcast commentaries available the night of broadcast).
Nah, let’s just have a jokey scene where Amy makes fun of the Doctor. In fact, let’s just do that twice.
They’ve taken away substantial, fascinating interesting behind the scenes stuff (that went beyond what Confidential did) as well as good commentaries for every episode and deleted material in favour of a bunch of jokey scenes. And that to me is dreadful. At first I thought it was because they wanted to double-dip and release a super-deluxe DVD down the road. Now I think they’ve just decided to focus on doing the absolute minimum for providing value added material while still selling the DVDs at the same bloated price. And given the opportunities that were out there, I think the powers that be at the BBC and 2Entertain should be ashamed of themselves.
Posted by Graeme on Tuesday, September 13 at 1:21 am