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Doctor Who: Series 2 - Volume 1 [DVD] [2005]
Doctor Who: Series 2 - Volume 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £2.89

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another trip in the TARDIS, 8 May 2006
This DVD contains the first two episodes of Series 2 of the revived television classic 'Doctor Who', starring David Tennant and Billie Piper. I confess that I was somewhat apprehensive about the new series, because Christopher Eccleston's portrayal of the Time Lord was quite simply sublime, so I was worried that Tennant would not be a worthy successor. I am glad to see that I was wrong, because the Tenth Doctor has charm, wit and can range from happy, to playful, to furious, etc. Although this first installment of 'vanilla' releaes contains no extra features, it is still well worth buying because both episodes are hugely enjoyable. However, there is a 6-disc boxset to be released in November, which is going to be crammed with special features.

The two episodes on this DVD are:

The Christmas Invasion

Written by Russell T Davies

Directed by James Hawes

Originally transmitted 25/12/05

'The Christmas Invasion' was the greatest piece of festive television ever, and David Tennant's first proper outing as the Doctor managed to capture an audience of almost 10 million people. This a very entertaining episode, filled with humour, action and excitment, and definitely contains something for everyone. An alien invasion by the evil Sycorax puts the whole world in danger because the monsters are using blood control to manipulate the planet, but with the Doctor still recovering from his regeneration process, Rose is left to defend Earth alone. This episode is notable for David Tennant's swashbuckiling debut as the Doctor, and his 'what kind of man am I?' speech is just perfect. A truly wonderful episode.

New Earth

Written by Eussell T Davies

Directed by James Hawes

Originally transmitted 15/4/06

The first episode of Series 2 received a mixed reaction from the fans, but personally I loved this episode, and thought that it was exciting, energetic and full of life and character. David Tennant and Billie Piper show how well they can interact together, and both put it very humurous performances (such as the bodyswap for example). In this episode the Doctor goes to the year five-billion-and-twenty-three where he is reunited with the Face of Boe who is ill, whilst Rose is re-introduced to the 'naughty' Cassandra (played by Zoe Wannamaker) who is obsessed with plastic surgery and has a score to settle with Rose. Add in some cat nuns and an army of diseased patients, and this episode is pure entertainment all the way. There are some great scenes throughout, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

A great start to Series 2 then, and this DVD is definitely worthy buying. The new series of 'Doctor Who' has maintaned its hugely high callibre, and is still a great treat to settle down and watch on a Saturday night.

Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set [2005] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Eccleston
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £26.49

83 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Better than Ever!, 30 Nov. 2005
When it was revealed that the BBC and Russell T Davies had plans to revive Doctor Who, which ended in 1989 I was somewhat worried and sceptical about the idea. I remember thinking that Doctor Who is a national institution, and if the BBC got it wrong and messed it up, then the millions of Doctor Who fans would never have let it go. I was also a bit concerned about Billie Piper playing the role of the companion, Rose Tyler, but thankfully it transpired that all of my initial quibbles were completely baseless because the series turned out to be far better than I ever could have hoped for. I thought Doctor Who was at its peak during the 1970’s with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, but Christopher Eccleston’s doctor was just as good. I can’t recommend this box set highly enough, and due to the fact that Doctor Who has received nothing but praise this year, as well as a stack load of awards, you can’t go wrong buying this. It makes for great viewing for the whole family, and its definitely been the highlight of 2005 television for me.
Christopher Eccleston manages to put so much energy, humour and action into his Doctor, and as well as making him accessible to the Doctor Who fans, he has a kind of manic appeal that will make him instantly popular with new Who-fans. Billie Piper proved everyone wrong, and turned in a brilliantly consistent and emotional performance as the Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler. The TARDIS looks great also, especially the interior, which won’t disappoint fans at all. There are the return of some old enemies for the Doctor to fight, such as the dreaded legends that are the Daleks, as well as the terrifying plastic/dummy-model Autons, that made two appearances in 1970 and 1971. This set also pioneers some brand new adversaries such as the Slitheen, The Gelf, etc, which all prove to be thrilling, and will keep the children hidden behind the sofa. The special effects are also great; and make big improvement on the laughable sets and models used in the original series.
There are thirteen episodes; and here they are: (* rating out of 5)
ROSE (disc 1, original airdate: 26/3/05): In the first episode of the series, Rose Tyler meets a strange man and battles a cavalcade of plastic shop dummies. ****
THE END OF THE WORLD (disc 1, original airdate 2/4/05): In her first trip through time and space, the Doctor takes Rose to a strange space station, thirty minutes away from the end of the world. ****
THE UNQUIET DEAD (disc 1, original airdate 9/4/05): The setting for this episode is a Cardiff Christmas in Victorian London back in 1860, we sees the Doctor, Rose and Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) take part in a sinister séance when the dead begin walking. (Note: This episode is given a 12 certificate for scary scenes) *****
ALIENS OF LONDON (disc 2, original airdate 16/4/05): A UFO spaceship crashes into Big Ben and lands in the Thames, and the Doctor meets the Slitheen. ****
WORLD WAR THREE (disc 2, original airdate 23/4/05): As the threat of the Slitheen intensifies, planet Earth is plunged into its first interplanetary war, and Rose takes on a dangerous assignment. ****
DALEK (disc 2, original airdate 30/4/05) Its what we’ve all been waiting for… the return of the Daleks; and they’re better than ever! The Doctor meets his most infamous enemy. ***** (Note: This episode is given a 12 certificate for scary scenes)
THE LONG GAME (disc 3, original airdate 7/5/05): Rose and the Doctor arrive on Satellite 5, a sinister television complex, ruled by a hideous creature and the Editor, played by Simon Pegg. ****
FATHER’S DAY (disc 3, original airdate 14/5/05): Billie Piper gives a thoroughly tremendous performance in this emotional drama-based episode, in which Rose goes back in time to meet her deceased father, but unleashes a deadly threat upon Earth as a consequence. *****
THE EMPTY CHILD (disc 3, original airdate 21/5/05): The character of Captain Jack is introduced in the first of a two-part episode set at the height of the London Blitz, where a strange gas-mask clad child is stalking the streets in search of its ‘mummy’. *****
THE DOCTOR DANCES (disc 3, original airdate 28/5/05): The child plague spread in the concluding part. *****
BOOM TOWN (disc 4, original airdate 4/6/05): The Slitheen are back in an episode where the Doctor questions his right to kill. *****
BAD WOLF (disc 4, original airdate 11/6/05): The penultimate episode of the series and the first in a two parter, which sees Captain Jack, Rose and the Doctor trapped inside some horrific ‘games’ and the return of an evil foe. *****
THE PARTING OF THE WAYS (disc 4, original airdate 18/6/05): In the last episode of the series, Planet Earth is involved in a horrific war. This episode is particularly moving, and features an ending you won’t forget.
In terms of special features, there is plenty to enjoy. All thirteen episode are accompanied by optional audio commentaries by members of the cast and crew, such as creator/writer Russell T Davies and Billie Piper. There lots of nice features, including all 13 edited editions of Doctor Who Confidential on Disc 5, Billie Piper’s video diary, Mark Gatiss’ writing journal, Russell T Davies on the first week of filming, The Adventures of Captain Jack, features on the special effects such as Deconstructing Big Ben and much more besides. The discs are presented in a lovely TARDIS box, and there is also a Collector’s Booklet included too. In conclusion then, I can’t recommend this set highly enough, and I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved for bringing back Doctor Who bigger, better and bolder than ever before. I can’t wait for the Christmas Special!
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Little Britain - Series 2 [DVD] [2003]
Little Britain - Series 2 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Matt Lucas
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.26

36 of 88 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE Britain, BIG Disappointment, 5 Sept. 2005
The first series of Little Britain, which debuted on Cable channel BBC3 in the autumn of 2003, was a veritable coup of madcap, groundbreaking comedy, which contained a varied range of hilarious characters. However after an excellent first series I was expecting a second that would equal the brilliance of the first; but I'm sad to say I was somewhat disappointed with the offerings made to us for Series 2. I have two major problems with the latest release - and they both concern the characters involved...
My first problem is the fact all of the sketches feel very much the same, and you can always predict what is going to happen, meaning that if you've seen one episode you've seen them all. Series 1 always had teenage delinquent Vicky Pollard getting into trouble and giving off one of her wonderful monologues, but in the second series it just feels like Series 1 all over again, with very little progression or development in the character. The same is also noticeable in protagonists such as Lou and Andy (the one in the wheelchair) which is basically the same joke repeated each week - Lou turns his back and Andy walks! It was funny the first time, but after fourteen sketches the gloss has definitely worn off. Emily Howard is also back once again insisting she's a 'lady', but continually doing predictable thing that are contrary to her claims. All in all there is no depth to the characters, and they are basically one-dimensional, one joke people who repeat the same material over and over again.
My second problem concerns the new characters, which for me are all terrible because not a single one of them demonstrates clever, creative or comedic writing, because the jokes all come from visual gags and special effects. Examples include the vomiting WI ladies Judy and Maggie (the special effects are disgusting but there are no hints of comedic talent there). The same applies to Bubbles, who week after week takes over her clothes to reveal a prosthetic fat suit, which once again shows how good the BBC's make-up department is, but offers no hint of talent from Lucas or Walliams, the two principal actors.
The first series compromised of eight episode, and this series only has six, that all feel very similar. Some of the material feels slightly copied, such as Marjorie Dawes fat fighters sketches feel like tenth-rate imitations of Pauline from The League of Gentlemen, which is a far superior sketch show with intelligence, development and above all character depth. I feel really disappointed with this second effort, and in conclusion Little Britain is over hyped and way to repetitive to be hailed as comedy genius. When compared to some of the other comedy offerings we got in 2004 Little Britain pales badly in comparison such as Nighty Night and Green Wing. Little Britain, Big Disappointment!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5): 5/7
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5): 5/7
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, 10 Aug. 2005
Many people deem this, the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, to be the worst of the six published so far, criticising it for being too long-winded, drawn out and not exciting enough. However I feel inclined to argue that this is one of Harry's finest, most magical and indeed most emotional adventures yet - and I feel every page is crammed with detail and that this (somewhat epic) novel is a tightly plotted masterpiece that manages to capture traits and trends of the people in our world and meld them spectacularly with Rowlings' fully formed wizarding world, which is just a joy to behold.
Admittedly the tone of this book is somewhat different from the previous four, and Harry takes on a rather grumpy persona throughout, but I found his teenage/adolescent tantrums totally in-character and definitely very true to life. I think by introducing such anger and angst into Harry's character, the book elevates in reality and the writing becomes more mature and character based. As the fifth book begins you feel you can't blame Harry for his constant bad mood, because a chain of disastrous events including the return of the evil Azkaban guards, the ever-mean Dursley family, horrible rumours in the wizarding press, girl trouble, a truly terrible new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, and of course the rise to power of the murderous Lord Voldermort follow him.
As always though Rowling manages to fill the story with red herrings, riddles, plot twists and surprises that keep you guessing to the end. Add a tragic death and Dumbledore revealing the truth behind the relationship with Harry, his scar and Lord Voldermort and this book is just as exciting as ever before. A brilliant book, that will keep you captivated throughout the entire 766 pages. If you like it, I would also suggest buying the audio edition, which is read brilliantly by Stephen Fry and makes the book even better. Highly recommended.

The Stars' Tennis Balls
The Stars' Tennis Balls
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Stars' Tennis Balls: A Review, 24 May 2005
Having previously read Stephen Fry's excellent novel 'The Hippopotamus', I was expecting more of the same from 'The Stars Tennis Balls'. However to a point I was mostly disappointed with this novel, as I felt it lacked Fry's general warmth, spark and witty words. The plot had potential, but I think it got a bit out of hand to be really interesting or gripping, dipping and diving over a span of over 20 years in total. Another problem came in the form of the characters, none of which were explored in enough detail and possessed enough strength or base to truly satisfy the reader fully. The main protagonist Ned Maddstone began life as an intelligent public-school cricket captain who falls madly in love with, who he thinks, is the woman of his dreams. However due to a chain of unforeseen and unfortunate consequences, Ned's character undergoes somewhat of an unbelievable, unrealistic character transformation that perhaps is too far-fetched to really carry the body of the story. The ending section is perhaps the most disappointing of all, as it just seems to get more and more farcical, with lots of gruesome, macabre coincidences occurring. It's still worth a read if you have nothing else to do, but if given the choice read the peerless 'Hippopotamus' as that depicts Stephen Fry at his best. I have also been a big fan of Mr. Fry, having adored both his novels and his television outings, but this felt slightly empty and underachieving.

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