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Doctor Who: Complete Specials [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Matt Smith , David Tennant , Andy Goddard , Euros Lyn    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill
  • Directors: Andy Goddard, Euros Lyn, Graeme Harper, James Strong, Rhian Williams
  • Writers: Gareth Roberts, Gerry Davis
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZHKZEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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219 of 225 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Final 5 4 10 22 Jan 2010
By Emanon
Format:DVD
After the tragic events at the end of series 4, the tenth Doctor chooses to travel alone and over the course of his final year in the role this equates to 5 longer than usual "special" episodes for David Tennant leading up to the very impressive arrival of Matt Smith at the end of THE END OF TIME PART TWO on 1 1 10 (which might be significant to any numerologists out there...).

First up is the 2008 Christmas special THE NEXT DOCTOR in which the whole idea that this Doctor might not be forever is addressed. David Morrissey guest stars when the Doctor meets a figure not unlike himself having adventures during a Victorian Christmastime and a comic tragedy unfolds that mixes Dickensian imagery with Cyberpunk as the Cybermen return with the help of Dervla Kirwan in a plot involving the kidnapping of street urchins to help create their Cyberking where only the Doctor(s) and a very different type of TARDIS can save the day.

By Easter, the Doctor has taken to riding buses around London, but even a simple bus journey can't be uneventful as before you know it he's been transported to THE PLANET OF THE DEAD with only Michelle Ryan's cat-burglar and a busload of passengers (as well as Lee Evans and UNIT) to help get him home. The stakes are high as a race of planet-eating flying manta rays are getting ever closer...

The darkest, scariest moment happens fifty years in the future when THE WATERS OF MARS are threatening to overrun Lindsay Duncan and her crew on Bowie Base One. The fact that they're all already doomed adds a dark edge to the story, but when the Doctor himself decides that he won't put up with that any more things take an even darker turn.

Back to Earth at Christmas again (via the planet of the Ood) for this Doctor's final battle.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Once upon a time, I was NOT a Doctor Who fan. In the old days of Who, I avoided it like the plague. I hated the effects, the writing, the acting blah-blah-blah. And it took Russell T Davies and his vision of a new Doctor Who to make me interested. Then Christopher Eccleston regenerated into David Tennant...and the rest was history.

In my opinion, the quality of the stories really took off when Tennant came on board and had peaked at Series 4 (which remains my favourite series of Doctor Who bar none). And then after an amazing five year run, after so many painful departures...the man himself David Tennant declared that he was finally leaving.

It shocked me to the core, along with everyone else. For me (and millions more), he was MY Doctor. He made me a fan, and the fact that Russell T Davies was also calling it a day was heartbreaking.

So this boxset, containing the final five specials of the Davies era, marks the end of a truly wonderful era. Taking place after the monumentally superb Series 4, the premise here is the Tenth Doctor (after vanquishing greatest enemies Davros and the Daleks and saying goodbye to his best friend Donna Noble) is once again on his own. After losing so much, the Doctor decides its best to remain on his own and not to endanger anyone else and risk his heart being broken again.

These five specials (spanning from Christmas 2008 to New Year's Day 2010) feature David Tennant and a delightful all-star guest cast. Here he has a different companion for the duration of each adventure, resulting in some terrific, classic episodes, all running for an hour except the BIG FINALE, which runs for a stonking seventy-five minutes.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The greatest doctor, but not his finest hour... 21 Mar 2010
By K9
Format:DVD
For me, David Tennant is the greatest Doctor we have seen since Tom Baker. David is for 21st century Who, what Tom was to the 20th. The strength of David's performance has carried these specials, and made every one absolutely worth watching.

At the same time, I've become increasingly frustrated with Russell T. Davies' (RTD) writing for the series. Not that I am one of these people that appear to have an irrational hatred of a man I have never met:far from it, I love the fact he brought the series back, and he has given us some great stories (The Christmas Invasion, Tooth and Claw, Turn Left and Midnight to name but a few).

Increasingly however, RTD seemed to have simply run out of fresh ideas, and was not able to produce a series finale that had a satisfactory resolution. Thus for series 1 we had Daleks trying to take over the world, series 2: Daleks & Cyberman trying to take over the world; series 3: the Master had a go; Series 4 the Daleks again and the Specials the Master had another go. Similarly, we had alien invasion of contemporary earth for Christmas special 1 (a classic), alien invasion of contemporary earth for Christmas special 2, destruction attempt of earth for Christmas special 3, then an alien invasion of Victorian earth, and for the last Master tries to take over - you guessed it - contemporary earth. With its infinite format, don't you think Who deserved some originality? I do!

So to the stories:

The Next Doctor - I was really thrilled at this one... at first. The Doctor seemed to be having a ball, for once we get a Christmas special away from contemporary earth, and the premise seemed good. However, like most RTD specials the storyline seemed to have been set up for the pre-publicity gossip (i.e. is David Morrisey the next Doctor?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
OK.
Published 20 hours ago by tartlane
3.0 out of 5 stars Ah well....
A bit of a rip off this really,i'm just glad i didn't pay full price for it.It's really just five (extended) episodes for the same price as a full

season and if it... Read more
Published 4 days ago by mrdubyadee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It great to have the whole set.
Published 4 days ago by bj
5.0 out of 5 stars its good if you just want the specials but if your ...
a must have for the collection but now upgraded myself to the big box set which has everything from the relaunched doctore who . Read more
Published 7 days ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy :) love it
Published 8 days ago by tanya semmens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic group of programs. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Published 13 days ago by chris papanicolas
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Excellent
Published 19 days ago by Hazel Fort
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Was the cheapest and I love the specials, I love doctor who, it came brand new, I loved it, would reccomend
Published 1 month ago by Nicole Rossiter
5.0 out of 5 stars 10th Dr Specials
Nice to have the set of David Tennants bowing out specuals. Though slightly annoying not to be included as part of the series box sets
Published 1 month ago by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth more than the price
This as an amazing piece of work with a lot of hours of doctor who and some of my favourite episodes and is a lot better than any other movie worth the price
Published 1 month ago by Mr Benjamin M Rutledge
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