DOCTOR WHO Returns to Japan as DOCTOR WHO: NEW GENERATION
Author: Jim M. Ballard
Official Site: http://kadokawa-d.jp/lineup/doctor-who/
After a failed attempt by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK to bring DOCTOR WHO to the country in 2006, and a few scattered airings on satellite and web video services, Japan has spent almost a decade waiting to catch up with the BBC’s hit sci-fi series.
Last year DOCTOR WHO celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with a special feature-length episode, THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, which was broadcast simultaneously in 75 countries around the world. Although the episode failed to find a broadcaster in Japan, Japanese fans were instead treated to subtitled episodes of earlier seasons for the first time via the online video subscription service Hulu.
Now DOCTOR WHO is now receiving a full-fledged relaunch on DVD in Japan featuring a new Japanese voice cast.
The new releases will begin with Series 5 featuring Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. The show is being rebranded for Japan as DOCTOR WHO: NEW GENERATION (ドクター・フー ニュー・ジェネレーション, Dokutaa fuu nyuu genereeshon), with rentals starting from September 5th 2014 and sales beginning October 3rd.
DVD releases of Series 6 will follow at the end of the year, with Series 7 coming in early 2015.
The new voice cast for the TARDIS team in Japan includes Tokuyoshi Kawashima (川島得愛) as The Doctor (Matt Smith), Kana Uetake (植竹香菜) as Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), and Yoshiki Nakajima (中島ヨシキ) as Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). All three actors are members of the voice talent management firm 81produce.
DOCTOR WHO: NEW GENERATION – DVD-BOX 1
Sale Date: October 3rd 2014
Distributor: BBC Worldwide, Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd.
Product Number: DABA-4701
Running Time: Approx. 664 minutes
Color Mode: Color
Disc Size: Single Sided, Single Layered x7 discs
Year / Country of Origin: 2010 / United Kingdom
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Original English)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Japanese dubbing)
Disc 1: THE ELEVENTH HOUR (11番目の時間, 11-ban-me no Jikan), THE BEAST BELOW (眼下の獣, Ganka no kemono)
Disc 2: VICTORY OF THE DALEKS (ダーレクの勝利, Daareku no Shouri), THE TIME OF ANGLES (天使の時間, Tenshi no Jikan)
Disc 3: FLESH AND STONE (肉体と石, Nikutai to Ishi), THE VAMPIRES OF VENICE (ヴェネチアの吸血鬼, Venechia no Kyuuketsuki)
Disc 4: AMY’S CHOICE (エイミーの選択, Eimii no Sentaku), THE HUNGRY EARTH (ハングリー･アース, Hangurii Aasu)
Disc 5: COLD BLOOD (冷血, Reiketsu), VINCENT AND THE DOCTOR (ゴッホとドクター, Gohho to Dokutaa)
Disc 6: THE LODGER (下宿人, Geshukujin), THE PANDORICA OPENS (パンドリカが開く, Pandorika ga Hiraku)
Disc 7: THE BIG BANG (ビッグバン, Biggu Ban), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (クリスマス・キャロル, Kurisumasu Kyaroru)
JAN (barcode): 4988111247018