Take it from somebody who knows, getting really into Doctor ho can be prohibitively expensive. It seems like such a cheap hobby when you're first going through the new series on Netflix and there are 80+ episodes ahead of you all for practically free, but once you burn through that and want to delve into old DVDs, books, comics, and audio stories it starts adding up quick.
No, problem, right? You can just head on to Amazon where there's a bottomless pit of used media for dirt cheap. Well, yes and no. Virtually anything you could want from Doctor Who is indeed on Amazon, but there are a few items that will honestly set you back more than a good used car.
Return to Devil's End VHS Price: $235.99
In the 1990s Doctor Who was being kept alive mostly by dedicated fans and die-hard contributors who continued to turn out prose, comics, and articles about the cancelled show. That doesn't mean that film and television stories stopped completely, though. Several companies managed to produce spin-offs, documentaries, and productions that were Doctor Who in all but name and used various legal dodges to not annoy the BBC.
Return to Devil's End was a reunion documentary featuring Jon Pertwee and the rest of the cast reminiscing about filming "The Dæmons". Just one the of the many faint pulses of life that Doctor Who showed in the dark years. Two bills seems very high for a small documentary. Especially when it's available for free on YouTube.
Doctor Who Short Trips: The Ghost of Christmas Price: $1,213.37
Another group that was instrumental in keeping Doctor Who active while off television was Big Finish. Though they're mostly known for their excellent audio plays (Just finished "Solitare" myself. Do yourself a favor and go get it), they were also responsible for a really great series of short story collections called Short Trips.
Once the new show started, BBC took back all the publishing rights and that was the end of that, unfortunately. This has left books in the series extremely pricey, with volumes rarely going for less than $30. The Christmas editions are easily the most absurdly priced, though, and no one more so than this one where the theme is holiday ghosts. Of all the things it would be really nice for the BBC to make available once more nothing tops this one volume that is full of tremendous stories and is out of range for all but the wealthiest collectors.
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Doctor Who and the Pescatons CD Price: $3,192.69
Although Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann have all thrown themselves into performing audio stories with tremendous gusto, Tom Baker has always been a little reticent to join in the fun. He's done a few for Big Finish, but way back in 1976 Baker and Elizabeth Sladen agreed to record a radio play recorded and released by Argo Records.
It's a strange story... one of the few told from a first-person perspective and the only one done so by The Doctor until David Tennant did "Dead Air". It also has a weird bit of retconning in it, with The Doctor attempting to question a baby who he says won't talk, correcting Sarah Jane who says the baby can't talk.
In a weird twist the original Argo CD release is usually much more reasonable, around $40. The BBC Audio re-release is the one that costs more than a community college education.
The Two Doctors Special Edition Price: $3,708.30
The Sixth Doctor and Peri have to come to the rescue of the Second Doctor and Jamie, but if you want to see how it all plays out get ready to spend some serious money. The other two multi-Doctor specials are available on Netflix streaming, but the final one of the classic series will set you back almost $200 for a used copy, and for a new copy nearly $4,000. Even on eBay copies sell for around $700. Ironically, this makes Colin Baker one of the most valuable Doctors... which is a little mind-boggling.
Also, just a little side note. Frazer Hines told Houston audiences at last year's Comicpalooza that he regrets not asking showrunner John Nathan Turner if he could rejoin the Tardis crew full time after being featured once again as the Second Doctor's companion and getting along so well with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant in "The Two Doctors". He's certain Turner would have said yes, and considers it a missed opportunity.
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The Complete Davros Collection Price: $7,421.98
Davros is one of the longest and most iconic enemies of The Doctor, and in 2007 a massive, limited edition box set containing all the appearances of the Dalek creator was released to celebrate the character. It's a truly amazing collection, too. Not only does it feature every television adventure from "Genesis of the Daleks" to "Remembrance of the Daleks", but also another disc contains three Big Finish audio stories, the complete run of the "I, Davros" series, and an exclusive audio release "The Davros Mission". Only 10,000 were released, and if you want one you'll have to pony up almost eight grand to seller Worldwide Books and Movies.
Granted, you could buy the parts individually for less than $200, but you'd be missing out on the neat little book showing Davros' chronology that comes with it. Surely that's worth $7,200 extra.