Is this actually a Doctor Who box set?

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  1. Tory

    Tory -The Snappy Sneezer- -Red Huck-

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    bbcamericashop offers a Robert Holmes collection

    I have these already but is this an actual boxset? It just shows three individual DVD cases but it could be a box and they just don't have a pic up, otherwise, why are the others not shown?
     
  2. David Lambert

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    Not listed among items that Warner distrtibutes, according to WB records. I suspect this is a bundle BBCAmerica put together themselves, and I doubt there's a slipcover they go into.
     
  3. MatthewLouwrens

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    But Pyramids of Mars isn't even Robert Holmes. Unless there's something I don't know, it was written by Stephen Harris.
     
  4. ClaireW

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    Hi,

    According to my husband who is a Doctor Who historian the original script for Pyramids of Mars was based upon an idea by Lewis Greifer (an Egyptologist) who was commissioned and wrote a draft script for the BBC. However, the production team were unhappy with the script and the Script Editor, Robert Holmes was hastily pressed into writing a new script. At that time in the BBC it was officially against BBC policy for a script editor to write and be credited for a full script, hence Holmes was forced to use the pseudonym Robert Harris. When policies were relaxed at the BBC he was later to get the credit he deserved for this marvellous story.

    A similar situation happened with "The Brain of Morbius" which was a collaboration of Holmes and Terrance Dicks. When trying to decide a pseudoynm Dicks suggested to Holmes that he picked something bland. Hence, when Morbius aired it was credited to "Robin Bland" :)
     
  5. ClaireW

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    Stephen not Robert sorry. [​IMG]

    Claire
     
  6. MatthewLouwrens

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    Oh, of course, the Script Editor pseudonym situation. Same thing happened on City of Death, with Douglas Adams calling himself David Agnew. I should have thought of that.

    Still, it's a bit confusing, since the box is promoted on the basis of the author, for one story to be credited under a different name.
     
  7. Randy_M

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    Speaking of "City of Death", when the heck is this episode coming to DVD? It's one of my personal favorites.

    Cheers
     
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    My mother-in-law ordered something called The Jane Austin Collection which was just five separate VHS tapes shipped together. That said, the Jane Austin DVD Collection DID have a printed cardboard cover holding the DVDs together.
     

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