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Laserdisc, trademarked under the names LaserDisc and LaserVision, but often abbreviated LD, was the first optical disc recording format commercially available. It was a product of the 1980s, and continued as a viable format into the 1990s, when it was replaced by the CD and DVD formats.

It offered superior sound and picture fidelity than VHS or other tape formats. It also had a much greater storage capacity than a VHS tape, allowing for extra features to be put on LD, though fewer extra features appeared on "special edition" LDs, than on later DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Laserdiscs, though moderately popular in Asia, never really took off in either North America or Europe because of the relative expense of both players and discs. Additionally, there was never the possibility of end users actually recording onto blank LDs — a key reason why the VHS and the later DVD formats became popular.

Doctor Who Laserdiscs Edit

Despite the somewhat transient nature of the format, some Doctor Who stories were released on Laserdisc. They were sporadically published from 1983 to 1997, though not in every region of the world. For instance, The following chart explains which LDs were released, when, and in which regions. Stories are listed in order of earliest release, irrespective of region.

Serial name Episodic format UK release
BBC/Encore
US release
CBS/Fox
Hong Kong release
Universal
Revenge of the Cybermen[1] 4 × 25 min. December 1983[2][3] N/A N/A
The Brain of Morbius 4 × 25 min. July 1984[4][5] N/A N/A
Day of the Daleks 4 × 25 min. (UK)
1 × 89 min. (US movie compilation)
December 1996[6][7] January 1992[6][8] N/A
The Five Doctors 1 × 90 min. N/A 24 August 1994[9][10] N/A
The Ark in Space 4 × 25 min. October 1996[11][12] N/A N/A
Doctor Who (1996) 1 × 85 min. N/A N/A January 1997[13]
Terror of the Zygons 4 × 25 min. December 1997[14][15] N/A N/A

Footnotes Edit

  1. Revenge of the Cybermen was also the first VHS and Betamax release.
  2. Revenge of the Cybermen. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  3. Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen (1975) [BBCV 2003L]. lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  4. The Brain of Morbius. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  5. Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius (1975) [BBCV 2012L]. lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Day of the Daleks. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  7. Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (1972) [EE 1202]. lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  8. Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (1972). lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  9. The Five Doctors. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  10. Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983) [3717-80]. lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  11. The Ark in Space. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  12. Doctor Who: The Ark in Space (1975) [EE 1158]. lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  13. The Movie. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  14. Terror of the Zygons. timelash.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.
  15. Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons (1975) [EE 1203]. lddb.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2012.

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