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BBC Video to release 'Who' specials Tuesday, including various extras

As fans of Doctor Who know, David Tennant has ended his tenure as the Doctor, surrendering the role to Matt Smith for new adventures.

But when Tennant left, after five years in the part, he did so as one of the best Doctors ever, blending the adventure and the humor of the character in deft ways. (The Doctor is immortal, but periodically regenerates his physical form, which has allowed different actors to take on the role since it was created in 1963. Tennant was the 10th Doctor.)

Nor did it hurt that the writing was overseen by Russell T. Davies, who revived and reinvigorated the dormant Doctor Who franchise in 2005.

Tennant's windup in the role involved four specials - five, if you count the two-part finale as separates - and all will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from BBC Video on Tuesday.

The distributor is releasing the finale, Doctor Who: The End of Time, Parts One & Two, in a two-disc package ($24.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray) and a single disc of the preceding Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars ($14.98 DVD, $19.89 Blu-ray). It is also offering a five-disc package, Doctor Who: The Complete Specials ($49.98 DVD, $59.99 Blu-ray) with those two productions and the previously released The Next Doctor and Planet of the Dead.

Extras vary. The Waters of Mars includes a behind-the-scenes Doctor Who Confidential segment. The End of Time adds Doctor Who Confidential pieces on each part, deleted scenes, an appearance at Comic Con, audio commentary and a video diary of Tennant's final days on the show. The Complete Specials set, besides including the elements from the other releases, includes an additional Doctor Who Confidential on the next Doctor, which is exclusive to that package.


Caption: David Tennant is the Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part One.

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