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3.0 out of 5 stars
Don't the Daleks look tired..., 19 May 2007
Unfortunately, this DVD begins with a tiresome `two-parter' which, regardless of the fact that everyone's favourite foes are back (again), fails to deliver anything more then an uncomfortable backside, having to sit through an hour and a half of something that feels, disappointingly, very formulaic. The Daleks trundle about and don't do anything we haven't seen before, apart from creating some pointless pig creatures which could easily have been kids in bad Halloween costumes. The routine of peril and escape becomes very boring as David Tennant valiantly waves his sonic screwdriver about and shouts a very weak script that lacked quirkiness and overloaded cheese. The endings of both of the parts left me cringing, firstly at the site of the ridiculous Dalek/Human and secondly at The Doctors over enthusiastic attempt at saving the helpful hog.
The other half of this DVD is so fantastic that it rescued my faith in Doctor Who being something that could continue to get better. The Lazarus Experiment and 42, although lacking in the Doctor Who comedy that I love, showed real sophistication. The Lazarus Experiment sees an aging scientist make a monster out of himself in a classic Dr Jekyll / Mr. Hyde scenario. The arachnid like creation was an animated wonder, as was the world created in 42. They both clearly showed how Doctor Who was evolving to suit an older audience that wanted more then the same, viewing figure grabbing, monsters.
When watching this DVD be sure to drink plenty of coffee before embarking upon the endurance test which is Daleks In Manhattan, however don't sit down to The Lazarus Experiment or 42 before emptying your bladder or the fearsome circumstances of giant creatures and space-ships careering out of control towards a boiling sun will have you on the edge of your sofa feeling strangely warmed...