After all the hype surrounding the excellent first series, this second one continues where that left off with 13 more episodes of equally good quality.
Whilst it is sad that Ecclestone left after just one series of the show the impact is lessened for two reasons. Firstly the format allows there to be a change of lead actor, and secondly the fact that Tennant seems to be more in keeping with Doctors of the past. While Ecclestone has confessed he was never a huge fan of Doctor Who, Tennant is the total opposite and this can been seen in some of his performances in how he portrays The Doctor. There appears to be little bits of previous Doctors creeping out every now and then. The chemistry with Billie Piper also remains strong and she still appears to be having the time of her life.
With series one it was Daleks and this year the main villains are (my personal favourites) the Cybermen. They are in four episodes in total across the series and they are all excellent. To say any more about these may spoil it for people who haven't yet seen them.
The remaining 9 episodes vary in quality from the sublime (Impossible planet/Satan pit) to the truly dreadful (The idiots lantern). That said the stories vary so wildly that I'm sure peoples favourite episode will also vary in the same way.
Overall if you enjoyed the first series then you will love this. There is enough for a new generation of viewers (although my 6 and 8 year old nephews are still getting their heads round how the Doctor can change!) but also enough nods to the past to keep us over 30s happy. In short, "Fantastic"!!
on 23 May 2009
Ever since Russel T Davis took over as head writter, Doctor Who has gone from strength to strength.
This DVD Box set proves this, with its excellent storie lines and well thought out finale - which included the heart-breaking exit of one of my favourite companions, Rose Tyler.
The acting compliments the season amazingly. You can tell they have a passion for this show and that helps. Tennant and Piper are great together with so much energy and chemistry.
The 10th Doctor: David is an excellent doctor (my favourite) and he is well introduced in 'the christmas invasion'. This is a perfect first series for him!
Rose Tyler: blossoms and has come along way from the first episode where she was a 'chavtastic shop assistant'
My Top 5 stories from this season would have to be
1. The Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
2. The impossible planet/ The Satan Pit
3. The Girl in the fireplace
4. Tooth and claw
5. Rise of the cybermen/ The Age of Steel
My least favourite would have to be Love and Monsters. This was somewhat dissapointing but not a complete disaster. The lack of Rose and the Doctor in this episode was probably one thing that let he episode down but was a clever idea (that failed). Also Elton -as a character- didn't really do much for me... if that makes sense.
The special Features are really good too in this box set. These include deleted scenes, bloopers, trailer and insite into how series two was made. There is also a very nice feature which is video dairies from both Billie Piper and David Tennant. Billies isn't very long and only really has behind the scene footage for the first 3 episodes. Davids however is a very long insiteful dairy that is very interesting to watch. Disc one also includes the children in need mini-episode, which is a nice feature.
Overall this box set is a must buy!!!!
on 13 July 2007
I love the second series of Doctor Who, mostly because of the brilliant writing of Russel T Davies and the amazing charisma of David Tennant, especially when coupled with Billie Piper. Every episode has one or two quotes that you will remember that will make you laugh everytime you think of them.
Mickey:"What's a horse doing on a spaceship?"
Doctor:"Mickey, what's pre revolutionary France doing on a spaceship, get a bit of perspective."
The Girl in the Fireplace is a masterpiece, the monster in The Satan Pit and the Impossible Planet terrifying, the Absorbalof hilarious.
I would reccommend it to anybody!
on 4 August 2007
This series of Doctor Who is amazing from start to finish.
The opening episode The Christmas Invasion introduces the new doctor David Tennant. It starts a little slow but picks up well.
The start of the season proper is New Earth. This episode brings back the villain Cassandra from Series one's End of the World. The episode is highly entertaining with a truly emotional ending.
The following episode Tooth & Claw is when the series really heats up. Tooth & Claw set in 1879 sees the doctor and Rose meet Queen Victoria. The villain in this episode is a werewolf. This episode is truly scary and with a story that keeps your focus on the screen for the entire 45 minutes.
School Reunion brings back the much loved assistant Sarah Jane Smith with the also highly loved K-9. However, seeing these two characters return is not the only high-point of the episode. Anthony Head plays the alien headmaster of a school hoping to decode the laws of the universe to try and change it to benefit his species.
The Girl in the Fireplace is one of the best episodes of Doctor Who since the revival. A love story set in the future and the past with the doctor and a mysterious girl from the other side of a fire place become unexpectedly close after the Doctor saves her.
Rise of the Cyberman/Age of Steel sees the return of the Cybermen - a classic enemy from the old series. When trying to bring back old foes it can sometimes seem a bit forced, however here it is done professionally well. The cybermen are a scary enemy that will have you hiding behind the sofa :P
The idiots Lantern is a weaker episode of the series but still worth watching. Set in the 1950's for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. An alien gets inside the televisions and eats the souls of of people watching.
The impossible planet/Satin Pit is possibly the highest budget doctor who to date and the story does not disappoint. the doctor and rose land on a planet that is underneath a black hole but for a mysterious reason is not being sucked in. The crew of a space craft on the planet are drilling to the centre of the planet to discover what is down there to keep the planet safe. The doctor loses the TARDIS in a quake and is therefore stuck on the planet with them. What they discover down the pit is the biggest enemy of them all.
Love & Monsters is an episode that is either loved or hated. The episode doesn't focus on the doctor and rose but those of a cult group who wish trying to find out about the doctor. This episode is enjoyable if not looked upon too seriously.
In the episode Fear Her, it is evident that a low budget was used. Set in London at the time of the 2012 Olympics, children keep disappearing but no one knows why. It is up to the Doctor and Rose to discover the problem and save everyone that has gone missing. Not the best episode of the series but again worth watching.
The finale of the series - Army of Ghosts/Doomsday is a great episode. Bringing back the classic enemies Cybermen and Daleks. A war on Earth between three species. Humans, Daleks and Cybermen with a timelord fighting the human corner. Who will win the battle. See the emotional story of the end of Rose.
The series is brilliant, defiantly worth the price. Believe me, you will not regret the purchase of this 6 disc DVD.
on 25 July 2014
When I initially saw this series, I loved it but watching it again there were one or two things that bugged me, more of which later. Here are my thoughts on the stories themselves:-
The Christmas Invasion - Tennant nails the part right from the off in this very enjoyable Christmas story! It remains my favourite seasonal tale to date.
New Earth - I've never liked this one! More camp than Larry Grayson & did we really need to see Cassandra again?..
Tooth & Claw - Entertaining romp, with the coolest pre-credits sequence ever!
School Reunion - A wonderful trip down memory lane with the return of Sarah Jane Smith & an excellent performance from Anthony Head.
The Girl In The Fireplace - Time has improved this story in my eyes, though it does bring into question the Doctor's so called love for Rose.
Rise Of The Cybermen/The Age If Steel - A parallel universe; Micky meets Ricky; Rose kind of meets her father...again!.. what's not to like?
The Idiot's Lantern - A shouty Doctor; a smug Rose; a cartoon father & The Wire!.. What's TO like in this disappointing effort from Gatiss?
The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit - My favourite story of the season, as the show explores darker territory.
Love & Monsters - Loathed by many but not by me. I think it's wonderfully original & endearing!
Fear Her - Loathed by many, including me. Awash with gooey sentiment & cringe inducing moments, this is a difficult one to stomach!
Army Of Ghosts/Doomsday - Though I do enjoy this story, I don't believe the final scene is worthy of being voted the greatest scene in sci- fi history, as it's a little overwrought for my taste.
On the whole it's an enjoyable season, with Tennant making a good impression in the role but it's occasionally marred by the smug, know-it-all attitude between the Doctor & Rose, who seem to treat it all as a bit of a laugh, even as people are dying around them, which is not an endearing trait. On several occasions, The Doctor is only motivated to action when Rose's life is directly threatened, which is not how the character should be written! All in all, I prefer her relationship with the 9th Doctor.
on 2 March 2009
The whole idea of bringing back Doctor Who after fifteen years off the air was a huge gamble in my opinion, because the only way to KEEP it on air is to guarantee high viewing figures. That means, in essence, making everyone love it! The younger viewers, the kids who weren't even born when the original series was cancelled, and the stalwart fans of the original. I was excited, but extremely doubtful whether they could pull it off...But they did, with nobs on! The whole thing is pure, 24 carat gold!
I thought the first series was great, and Christopher Eccleston did an amazing job of winning me over as a fan of the old series, and I was heartbroken when I found he had left at the end of the first series. I had never heard of David Tennant until his casting was announced, and to be honest I had my doubts about his ability to pull it off under the circumstances. I will never doubt the Doctor Who Production Team again!
To anyone who has yet to see it, hurry and do so because series 2 is a fitting follow up to series 1. The stories are bigger and better, the scripts brilliant, and the acting talent of the leading man in particular absolutely blew my mind. I had to buy this box set, and it is well worth the money. From the Children in Need special to the heart-wrenching finale where we see the Doctor bid a tearful farewell to a heartbroken Rose, it is an amazing ride, full of drama, laughter and tears.
To say what is best about the series is impossible. The cast is brilliant, the costumes beautiful, the sets are amazing and the CGI effects out of this world.
Included in the added extras is a specially filmed video-diary of David Tennant's first year in the part...very moving in places I thought, and gives an interesting insight into the hard work and the fun involved in the making of a series of Doctor Who.
The only criticism I would make is that the episodes of Doctor Who Confidential are edited to a very cut down version of each. It would have been nice to have been able to re-watch the entirety of each program; but the whole thing is beautifully done. Well done BBC and Russell T Davies! Long may the Doctor continue!
I preferred Ecclestone's Doctor to David Tennants, but by the end of the 'second' series I was convinced that Tennant really now is The Doctor!
I'm not going to do an in-depth run through of each episode as this has already been done by other reviewers, but here are my thoughts...
I felt the series got off to a slow start, `The Christmas Invasion' gave us fans a good fix of Doctor Who whilst we waited for Series 2, then `New Earth' seemed a bit weak. The conclusion to the story seemed hurried and a bit naff. It did have some fantastic moments though.
The series then improved with `Tooth and Claw' (excellent CGI werewolf!) and for the fans of the classic series with School Reunion.
The series then became spectacular!
`The Girl in the Fireplace' was such an emotional episode, it brought a tear to my eye. David Tenant gave a fantastic performance, and both he and the gorgeous Sophia Myles had an electric on-screen chemistry (well, they did start seeing each other in real life!).
The relationship between Rose and the Doctor became interesting at this point, she was jealous over Madame du Pompadour, and also felt sorry for The Doctor. In the previous episode he had opened up and explained how hard it was for him to deal with love as he knows that those around him will grow old and die.
Just as you thought things couldn't continue to be quite this good - the Cybermen are back with a new look. This double bill got off to a slow start, but it didn't fail to please. There was controversy over the whole Parallel Universe thing, but maybe in future we'll see two different races of Cybermen try to delete each other!
`The Idiots lantern' was okay, the next two episodes finally left Earth! `Love and Monsters' and `Fear Her' were nowhere near as strong as the previous few episodes - but still good.
...WHAT A FINALE!
`Army Of Ghosts' and `Doomsday' - there can't have been a dry house in the UK after Doomsday! So atmospheric. Helped hugely by Murray Gold's phenominal score which had been a centrepiece of the entire series. "Song for Ten" Which appeared in the Christmas Invasion has been used throughout the series to great effect (available on the Murray Gold Album of the series!).
So overall - I'm not saying that this is the best ever Doctor Who series, but it was a damn good one! It certainly had some of Doctor Who's best ever moments (Daleks and Cyberman arguing - class!). Watching all four of the Cybermen episodes is like watching a second Doctor Who movie - infact, `The Impossible Planet' and `The Satan Pit' also watch very much like a film.
I can't wait to watch the third series (At the time of writing this - it is due to be aired in 2 days time.)
on 22 November 2011
Some people may be surprised by my feeling that I find the first series more consistently enthralling than this one but that is honestly how I feel. My stance is that the post-Ecclestone series until this day have been very good, with five or six episodes that are equally as captivating as the first series run. However, overall I feel the Christopher Ecclestone series remains the greatest, with the strongest coherence and tension. Although this year's sixth series comes close, as Steven Moffat has reinvented it and given it a new energy and direction. But crucially each episode in the Ecclestone series, apart from maybe "The Long Game" which is the only one that underwhelms a tiny bit and is really only a lead into the finale, is exceptional, compelling and addictive. Although series two and the other post-Ecclestone series have been very fine, I feel that the other episodes apart from the five or six strongest have had intriguing plots, the fear factor and suspense but have failed to have the same resonance as they did in the first series.
For me the strongest episodes include the first new Who Christmas special - "the Christmas Invasion." Clearly lead writer Russell T Davies had this written and prepared for some time so they could quickly start filming the next series once the Ecclestone one had become so popular that another series could be commissioned. It possesses the emotional intensity of the first series. The excitement of the action in this episode is superb and it has a very tight script. Penelope Wilton reprises her role as now prime minister and the scenes with the political team - the bureaucracy - are as impressive as the action. For a television programme from 2005, visually it has only slightly deteriorated in effect. The sound on a good blu-ray player home cinema is breathtaking as it is in all the episodes. David Tennant's debut as the doctor in this episode is superb though he spends most of his time recovering from his regeneration. Although Christopher Ecclestone remains my favourite doctor, Tennant is a convincing doctor and fills the role admirably with a slapstick wit and capability for all kinds of emotions.
The first episode of the proper run carries on where series one left off with the return of the devious and dastardly Lady Cassandra. If anything, this is an even stronger episode than the Lady Cassandra equivalent from series one, with all kinds of different plot devices and formidable acting. The ending is sad and has a universal human theme. I feel that after this episode, Doctor Who, although remaining very good, becomes somewhat inferior to the first series because the drama outweighs the science fiction in a number of the succeeding episodes.
"Tooth and Claw" and "School Reunion" are the first of these episodes. I mean, they are fairly good, but the lack of science fiction misses the point slightly of Doctor Who. Though of course the first series had a strong drama element to its composition, it always relied on science fiction action. "Tooth and Claw's" positives include the fear factor of the monster and the surround sound of this episode still to this day remains immense. The plot is well structured and visually it remains powerful (especially rescaled on a blu-ray player), although the visuals are slightly diminished due to the lesser filming (i.e. no HD) possibilities of programmes from five years ago. "School Reunion" sees the return of the sadly late Liz Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith and she performs with dynamism in her return to the Doctor Who scene and her performance shows that even in the days of new Who she could still fit in seamlessly. Both these episodes have interesting plots but I feel they could have been stronger if the sci-fi element had been a fair bit more underpinning and greater.
"The Girl in the Fire Place" though is a return to peak form and I feel the second best episode that Steven Moffat concocted for the Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who behind series four's library two parter (a contentious opinion of mine though I do think series three's "Blink" is a very strong episode, it's just I prefer those episodes). The emotional depth of seeing the child Madame de Pompadour grow up so fast into her adult years due to the connection to different periods of her life and the time discrepancy between the tardis crew's existence on the spaceship is powerful. It is a highly captivating story with some of the most impressive monsters of new Who (the clockwork ones) and its atmosphere draws you in again and again. I feel this exemplifies what this series of Doctor Who should have had more of - the drama is more permeated by sci-fi (the Red Dwarf-style spaceship which connects the story in aristocratic, eighteenth century France) and this makes it have equal quality to the first series' episodes.
The first cyberman stories of new Who contain sufficient vivacity, scariness and emotional power (the scenes with the companions' parallel families and the deranged Cyberman creator Lumic) to ensure that they are both pretty decent episodes. However, this two parter although pretty absorbing is just a lead up to the phenomenal series finale.
The "Impossible Planet"/"Satan Pit" episodes are good with the first appearance of the erratic and enigmatic "Ood," however I feel that although the visuals look fairly good rescaled on blu-ray, they are a bit dated and I prefer 2009's "Waters of Mars" which is not only visually stunning, but has an even more emotionally powerful plot. Again a contentious opinion of mine perhaps as some people feel this two parter is some of the second series' strongest material, but in my view these episodes are good, just perhaps not exceptional.
"Love and Monsters," the episode featuring Peter Kay divides opinion, but I feel it is one of the episodes to rival series one. Though I can see why it divides opinion as it is unconventional. However, it is sinister and comic at the same time and Peter Kay's performance as the Abzorbaloff (different type of monster to but similar to rivals the Slitheen) is amusing but also has enough viciousness to make it convincing. Despite the carnage in the episode it simultaneously has a light hearted tone to make it a different kind of episode of Doctor Who and a welcome one.
Another thing that makes this series somewhat inferior to the first is there are two episodes which are simply average. Mark Gatiss' "Idiot's Lantern" story simply fails to meet the viewer's expectation levels after series one's magnificent "Unquiet Dead" episode as it does not generate the same atmosphere or tension. Additionally, the plot resolves too quickly. "Fear Her" has intriguing scenes with the child/doctor/Rose relating to each other and a fine performance from Rose in her penultimate appearance before the two parter finale but it is low budget and this means that overall it is fairly passable.
However, the series finale two parter "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday" is a return to top form. Although my favourite series is the first, this is my favourite series finale of new Who right to this day. The departure of the doctor's most loyal companion is beautifully and delicately handled but this is combined with the most resounding action of the series with the duelling of both cybermen and daleks! The most sci-fi of all the episodes really allows David Tennant's acting to shine. The "Torchwood" theme beautifully connects the whole of series two. However, I feel the gradually evolving "Bad Wolf" motif in series one was stronger and more coherent than the "Torchwood" one in this series. Nevertheless the on-going "Torchwood" theme is a good alternative as it provides contrast in that it is more apparent. This is a strong series with a combination of six extraordinary episodes and some pretty decent ones. Although there are a couple of duds, it was a vital, affecting and successful second series of Doctor Who, which ensured its future for successive thrilling series and allowed that the story did indeed "never end."
on 20 July 2008
I loved this series apart from one episode... Love and Monsters left me feeling flat as a pancake! I was really looking forward to my forty minutes of David Tennant's quirkyness, and all I got was Peter Kay gobbling people up!!!!! I found it a rather strange episode.
I loved the two episodes set in the Parallel universe where Rose's father and mother were together but unhappy without any child. They were all the more fantastic by Roger Lloyd Pack's amazing acting ability in that episode. It proved he could play more than just Trigger in Only Fools... and Owen in Vicar of Dibley. Also, for a Potter fan like me, I was THRILLED, that shortly after seeing Goblet of Fire at the Cinema, I saw them together on screen again this time on the opposite sides of the fence: (Roger played Barty Crouch Sr, a Wizard dedicated to putting evil Wizards and Witches, called Death Eaters in the Wizard prison Azkaban, David Tennant played his son, Barty Crouch Jr, one of the evil Wizards he sent down.) So, yeah, for me it was the icing on the proverbial cake.
I also loved the Girl in the Fireplace mainly because of the horse crashing through the mirror before the final showdown, and the greatest Who lines of all time:
Rose: You're not having that horse in the Tardis.
Doctor: Why not I let you keep Mickey!
That episode should have been dedicated to Adam and the Ants it was so Prince Charming!
I actually found Fear Her quite scary, I did almost hide behind the cushion, in fact in The Wire episode I DID hide behind the cushion!
Great series, great show, great Doctor and great assistant... just didn't like Peter Kay!
With this series we are fresh off the regeneration from the previous Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston and now David Tennant has a lot to live up to; he does it and he does it with style. Billie Piper comes back as the magical Rose Tyler and we are given a series where she not only has to handle the notion of a different looking Doctor, but she has to handle the fact that she's falling in love with him and we're given hints that he's falling in love with Rose.
Episode 1: New Earth: In the year 5 Billion and 23 the Doctor takes Rose to the new home of the human race, simply called New Earth and he takes her to the aptly named New New York. There the Doctor meets up with an old friend the Face of Boe but he stumbles upon a secret in the hospital basement, who is lurking there and what have they done with Rose?
Episode 2: Tooth and Claw: Landing in 1879 Scotland, the Tenth Doctor and Rose meet Queen Victoria, travelling with her to spend the night at the Torchwood Estate. However, a group of warrior monks have sinister plans for the monarch, and the full moon is about to summon a creature out of legend.
Episode 3: School Reunion: The Doctor goes undercover in a school as John Smith, children are mysteriously going missing and the Doctor needs to find out why. He meets not one but two old friends and Rose finds a bit of competition in one of them.
Episode 4: The Girl In The Fireplace: The Doctor accidentally stumbles across a derelict spaceship that seems to just be floating unmanned. The weirdest thing is that the spaceship has a fireplace but as he looks through it, he discovers it's a time window to 1727 Paris. What he finds there isn't a bunch of French Aristocrats, he finds something much more sinister
Episode 5: Rise of the Cybermen: After the TARDIS makes a crash landing on the Earth of another universe, Rose discovers her father is alive and rich, Mickey encounters his alternative self, and the Tenth Doctor learns one of his oldest and deadliest foes is about to be reborn.
Episode 6: The Age Of Steel: Lumic sends out a signal across London through the earpieces to get everyone walking towards Battersea Power Station to get the upgrade. The Doctor isn't just fighting a robot army, he's fighting the conscience of Rose who's determined to save her Father.
Episode 7: The Idiots Lantern: In 1953 London, the police are abducting people from their homes. The people of Britain gather around their new-fangled "tele-vision" sets to celebrate the new Queen's coronation -- but something strange is affecting the signal.
Episode 8: The Impossible Planet:The TARDIS lands in a base on a planet orbiting a black hole, an allegedly impossible situation -- according to the physics of the show -- that stumps even the Tenth Doctor. The base crew are drilling to the centre of the world, to claim the power that keeps it in orbit for the good of the Human Empire. However, an ancient evil is down there too, and he is awake...
Episode 9: The Satan Pit: With the TARDIS seemingly lost, Rose and the remaining humans are trapped on the base with the possessed Ood, while the planet floats helplessly towards a black hole. Meanwhile, the Tenth Doctor is about to discover exactly what "Beast" is trapped in the heart of the impossible planet...
Episode 10: Love & Monsters: An ordinary man named Elton Pope becomes obsessed with a man called the Doctor and his strange blue box, joining a group of like-minded people in hopes of finding him. But when the mysterious Victor Kennedy joins the group, the fun stops and Elton discovers a darker side to his hobby.
Episode 11: Fear Her: It's the 2012 London Olympics and in one street children are going missing and there's no explanation for it. Rose and the Doctor go on a quest to find out what's happening to the children but the key to this is a young girl called Chloe who likes to draw.
Episode 12: Army Of Ghosts: As the ghosts of loved ones appear, the whole world celebrates. But as the Doctor investigates he believes that there is a more sinister motive behind their appearence. And deep within the Torchwood tower, a mysterious sphere containing the greatest enemies of the Doctor is opened...
Episode 13: Doomsday: Earth becomes the battlefield for the greatest and deadliest war of all time, as the Daleks and the Cybermen clash with the whole universe at stake. The Doctor and Rose, reunited with old friends and Cybermen experts Mickey and Jake, race to find a way to bring the war to an end before it brings about the destruction of the whole of space and time. But the Doctor soon faces an even bigger dilemma - could ending the war mean the death of Rose?
This is an amazing series but we are given an unfortunate goodbye to Rose Tyler, how do we say goodbye? Well you will have to see for yourself.