This is due to The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe being excluded from the originally planned release. After a lot of people complained, BBCWW have now changed this fact. Their official line on this, which they have sent to almost everyone who has complained is as follows:
Originally the decision was taken not to include this release on the box set as it had previously been released as a standalone product. However after listening to feedback from our fans we have decided to include the episode and its prequel on the set. The price of the set will not change as a result of the change of contents.People have also commented on the difference in extras included in the releases and the release dates. While the extras are almost the same (see end of post for details), the UK release remains more than a month behind. BBC Worldwide's response to this says:
Complete series releases have traditionally been released towards the end of October in the UK. BBC Worldwide is also publishing a number of other releases in September 2013 in the UK which the US will not be releasing.The UK Press Release is as follows (word for word):
BBC Worldwide UK and BBC Home Entertainment in the US work to separate release schedules and there is no obligation to release product lines at the same time
DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SERIES
October 28, 2013
RRP: DVD £51.05
BBC Worldwide releases all thirteen blockbuster episodes from Doctor Who series seven and the 2011 and 2012 Christmas Specials on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28, 2013. In addition, the set contains exciting bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, “Doctor Who at Comic Con”, specials “The Companions” and “Doctor Who in the US,” and more. These latest adventures test the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and prove that even a madman with a box needs help sometimes.
Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time - and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great soufflé. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on November 23, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.
In The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, the 2011 Christmas Special, the Doctor proves that sometimes wishes really do come true when his mysterious gift leads Madge Arwell and her two children to a magical wintry wonderland. Then, in the first part of series seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor's oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them - and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.
The 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London - but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of series seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl.
The incredible list of guest stars includes John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter films) Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), David Warner (Titanic, TRON), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove, Ever After: A Cinderella Story), Ben Browder (Farscape), David Bradley (Game of Thrones) Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, The Woman in Black), the mother-daughter duo of Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Rachael Stirling (Women in Love, Snow White and the Huntsman), and the voice of Sir Ian McKellan (The Lord of The Rings films). The episodes are written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, as well as Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Neil Cross, Chris Chibnall, Toby Whithouse and Stephen Thompson.
Additional content includes:
- Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode (except The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)
- Additional featurettes include: “The Making of the Gunslinger” , “Creating Clara”, “Rain Gods”, “Clara and the TARDIS”, “Inforarium” and “Clara’s white Christmas”
- Other Featurettes including: “Olympics: Good as Gold” (UK ONLY), “Last Days of the Ponds,” “Pond Life,” “The Science of Doctor Who,” “The Companions,” and “Doctor Who at Comic Con”
- Prequels to episodes: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (the great detective, Vastra investigates, Demons Run: Two Days Later), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (“she said, he said”, “Clarence and the whispermen”)
- Audio commentaries for episodes: The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide, and The Crimson Horror
The North American press release is almost the same as the UK one, however it also includes Interviews with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman from BBC America’s The Nerdist. It does not include (as stated in the UK release), "Olympics: Good as Gold", the Blue Peter competition.
It is released on 24 September 2013. The DVD set will be priced at $79.98 in the US and $99.90 in Canada. The Blu-ray will cost $89.98 in the US and $109.50 in Canada.
Finally, please remember that these prices are Recommended Retail Prices and the actual price that these are sold for will often be much lower.