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Doctor Who DVD Files: Issue 1 (Released 14th January 2009)

Doctor Who DVD Files was a fortnightly partwork magazine published by GE Fabbri Ltd, authorised by 2|entertain and BBC Worldwide. As well as a magazine, each issue included a DVD of two episodes of the re-launched series of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant as the Ninth and Tenth Doctors (and later Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor).

From issue 29, the series was extended beyond The Next Doctor release (DWDVDF 28), with DVDs of classic stories. Following the first black and white release of the story The Tomb of the Cybermen (DWDVDF 73), the magazine began releasing back-to back episodes of the Eleventh Doctor's televised adventures (from DWDVDF 74) up to A Christmas Carol.

Overview[]

  • GE Fabbri Ltd ended their successful Doctor Who: Battles in Time collection after an extended run of 70 issues. Doctor Who DVD Files was launched on 14 January 2009 throughout the UK and Ireland after a regional test in the north-east of the UK (from September 2008).
  • This new title was promoted with a £1 million advertising campaign in magazines and on the commercial channels.
  • Due to licensing issues involving the inclusion of the DVDs, this magazine was not distributed in North America. However, beginning in February 2009 the magazine introduced an online version without DVD content that was accessible worldwide (see below).
  • The magazine title by necessity had to include "DVD" so as to avoid confusion with the Doctor Who Files, a range of BBC Children's Books.
  • Initially launched as a twenty-eight-part series (including releases up to and including The Next Doctor), the title was expanded to forty issues with "classic" story releases as "vanilla" editions (i.e., without extras). It was expanded several more times, completing after some 152 issues in November 2014.

Online content[]

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The publisher (GE Fabbri Ltd) anticipated that before this title was announced there would be interest in the magazine portion only from UK fans who already had access to the stories on DVD, individually or as part of a boxset release, as well as non-UK Doctor Who fans. DVD licensing prevented the magazine from being distributed outside the British Isles.

Because the DVDs were supplied with all copies of the magazine, a magazine-only version was not practical. A different approach was adopted. Following the launch of the accompanying website [1], an expansion into an archive subscription service (updated with each new issue released) was announced and implemented in February 2009.

For a subscription fee of £3 per month (or £25 per year), this archive service allowed online readers unlimited access to the 600+ pages of the magazine and a further 150 pages that made up the comic strip that ran in their other successful title, Doctor Who: Battles in Time.

The website also included bonus features including a desktop Dalek, online games and downloadable wallpapers.

Content[]

This partwork magazine with detachable pages and online archive service had pages that could be divided and filed under seven headings (denoted by colour and page references). Not all sections were represented each issue and some pages are of a fold-out nature.

  • The Doctor (what we know about the last of the Time Lords from Gallifrey)
  • Allies (with quotes of wit and wisdom)
  • Enemies (with essential data)
  • Behind The Scenes (with exclusive interviews)
  • Technology (with special artwork)
  • Flashback (with new artwork reliving classic moments)
  • DVD Episode Guide (with essential facts, previous encounter notes and a test yourself quiz on accompanying DVD release)

Two further sections were added from issue 51. These are:

Issue List[]

Issue Episodes Included Release Date
1 Rose/The End of the World 14 January 2009
2 The Unquiet Dead/Aliens of London 28 January 2009
3 World War Three/Dalek 11 February 2009
4 The Long Game/Father's Day 25 February 2009
5 The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances 11 March 2009
6 Boom Town/Bad Wolf 25 March 2009
7 The Parting of the Ways/The Christmas Invasion 8 April 2009
8 New Earth/Tooth and Claw 22 April 2009
9 School Reunion/The Girl in the Fireplace 6 May 2009
10 Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel 20 May 2009
11 The Idiot's Lantern/The Impossible Planet 3 June 2009
12 The Satan Pit/Love & Monsters 17 June 2009
13 Fear Her/Army of Ghosts 1 July 2009
14 Doomsday/The Runaway Bride 15 July 2009
15 Smith & Jones/The Shakespeare Code 29 July 2009
16 Gridlock/Daleks in Manhattan 12 August 2009
17 Evolution of the Daleks/The Lazarus Experiment 26 August 2009
18 42/Human Nature 9 September 2009
19 The Family Of Blood/Blink 23 September 2009
20 Utopia/The Sound of Drums 7 October 2009
21 Last of the Time-Lords/Voyage of the Damned 21 October 2009
22 Partners in Crime/The Fires of Pompeii 4 November 2009
23 Planet of the Ood/The Sontaran Stratagem 18 November 2009
24 The Poison Sky/The Doctor's Daughter 2 December 2009
25 The Unicorn and the Wasp/Silence in the Library 16 December 2009
26 Forest of the Dead/Midnight 30 December 2009
27 Turn Left/The Stolen Earth 13 January 2010
28 Journey's End/The Next Doctor 27 January 2010
29 Remembrance of the Daleks 10 February 2010
30 The Three Doctors 24 February 2010
31 Genesis of the Daleks 10 March 2010
32 Earthshock 24 March 2010
33 Pyramids of Mars 7 April 2010
34 Resurrection of the Daleks 21 April 2010
35 Spearhead from Space 5 May 2010
36 The Caves of Androzani 19 May 2010
37 City of Death 2 June 2010
38 Revelation of the Daleks 16 June 2010
39 The Curse of Fenric 30 June 2010
40 The Brain of Morbius 14 July 2010
41 The Talons of Weng-Chiang 28 July 2010
42 The Visitation 11 August 2010
43 The Hand of Fear 25 August 2010
44 Inferno 8 September 2010
45 The Two Doctors 22 September 2010
46 Logopolis 6 October 2010
47 Castrovalva 20 October 2010
48 The Green Death 3 November 2010
49 Robot 17 November 2010
50 Mawdryn Undead 1 December 2010
51 Survival 15 December 2010
52 The Deadly Assassin 29 December 2010
53 The Time Warrior 12 January 2011
54 The Robots of Death 26 January 2011
55 Planet of the Dead/The Waters of Mars 9 February 2011
56 The End of Time 23 February 2011
57 Enlightenment 9 March 2011
58 Destiny of the Daleks 23 March 2011
59 Battlefield 6 April 2011
60 Carnival of Monsters 20 April 2011
61 Horror of Fang Rock 4 May 2011
62 Delta and the Bannermen 18 May 2011
63 The Mark of the Rani 1 June 2011
64 The Masque of Mandragora 15 June 2011
65 The Silurians 29 June 2011
66 The Sea Devils 13 July 2011
67 The Stones of Blood 27 July 2011
68 Vengeance on Varos 10 August 2011
69 The Keeper of Traken 24 August 2011
70 Image of the Fendahl 7 September 2011
71 The Curse of Peladon 21 September 2011
72 The Androids of Tara 5 October 2011
73 The Tomb of the Cybermen 19 October 2011
74 The Eleventh Hour/The Beast Below 2 November 2011
75 Victory of the Daleks/The Time of Angels 16 November 2011
76 Flesh and Stone/The Vampires of Venice 30 November 2011
77 Amy's Choice/The Hungry Earth 14 December 2011
78 Cold Blood/Vincent and the Doctor 28 December 2011
79 The Lodger/The Pandorica Opens 11 January 2012
80 The Big Bang/A Christmas Carol 25 January 2012
81 Planet of the Daleks 8 February 2012
82 Attack of the Cybermen 22 February 2012
83 Warriors of the Deep 7 March 2012
84 The Mind Robber 21 March 2012
85 Full Circle 4 April 2012
86 State of Decay 18 April 2012
87 Warriors' Gate 2 May 2012
88 The Invasion: Episodes 1-4 16 May 2012
89 The Invasion: Episodes 5-8 30 May 2012
90 The Ark in Space 13 June 2012
91 The Daleks 27 June 2012
92 Day of the Daleks 11 July 2012
93 Kinda 25 July 2012
94 Planet of Evil 8 August 2012
95 The Dalek Invasion of Earth 22 August 2012
96 Ghost Light 5 September 2012
97 The Claws of Axos 19 September 2012
98 The Leisure Hive 3 October 2012
99 Time and the Rani 17 October 2012
100 Frontios 31 October 2012
101 Terror of the Autons 14 November 2012
102 Silver Nemesis 28 November 2012
103 Snakedance 12 December 2012
104 Frontier in Space 26 December 2012
105 Four to Doomsday 9 January 2013
106 Paradise Towers 23 January 2013
107 The Ribos Operation 6 February 2013
108 Arc of Infinity 20 February 2013
109 Meglos 6 March 2013
110 Planet of the Spiders 20 March 2013
111 Revenge of the Cybermen 3 April 2013
112 The Pirate Planet 17 April 2013
113 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy 1 May 2013
114 Death to the Daleks 15 May 2013
115 The Seeds of Death 29 May 2013
116 Planet of Fire 12 June 2013
117 The Daemons 26 June 2013
118 The Invasion of Time 10 July 2013
119 The Happiness Patrol 24 July 2013
120 The Seeds of Doom 7 August 2013
121 Invasion of the Dinosaurs 21 August 2013
122 The Aztecs 4 September 2013
123 Dragonfire 18 September 2013
124 The Face of Evil 2 October 2013
125 The Monster of Peladon 16 October 2013
126 The Android Invasion 30 October 2013
127 The Twin Dilemma 13 November 2013
128 An Unearthly Child 27 November 2013
129 The Mysterious Planet 11 December 2013
130 Mindwarp 25 December 2013
131 Terror of the Vervoids 8 January 2014
132 The Ultimate Foe 22 January 2014
133 The Invisible Enemy 5 February 2014
134 Nightmare of Eden 19 February 2014
135 Time-Flight 5 March 2014
136 The Armageddon Factor 19 March 2014
137 The Time Monster 2 April 2014
138 The Chase 16 April 2014
139 The Horns of Nimon 30 April 2014
140 Terminus 14 May 2014
141 Timelash 28 May 2014
142 The War Machines 11 June 2014
143 The Mind of Evil 25 June 2014
144 The Awakening 9 July 2014
145 The Ambassadors of Death 23 July 2014
146 The War Games: Episodes 1-5 6 August 2014
147 The War Games: Episodes 6-10 20 August 2014
148 Colony in Space 3 September 2014
149 The Creature from the Pit 17 September 2014
150 The Time Meddler 1 October 2014
151 Terror of the Zygons 15 October 2014
152 Black Orchid 29 October 2014

Regular issue covers (for new series releases 1-28)[]

Regular issue covers (for classic series releases 29-73)[]

Regular issue covers (for Eleventh Doctor releases 74-80)[]

Regular issue covers (for releases 81-152)[]

Subscription offer[]

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Early subscribers to this title received a number of bonus free gifts worth over £50 (UK) that included:

External links[]

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