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Psycho Collection 1-4 Box Set
Psycho Collection 1-4 Box Set
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, 10 May 2015
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The Psycho film series is a very popular series, following the main character Norman Bates played brilliantly by Anthony Perkins. Most of you will know about the plots of the series and I don’t want to spoil anything in this review. Here’s my opinion on each of the four movies:

Psycho 1 – An absolute classic, this is a fantastic film that is highly suspenseful and clever. It has a great atmosphere, the acting is also superb. It’s masterfully directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The best in the series by far. 10/10.

Psycho 2 – A very good sequel in my opinion. It has some good twists and turns and the plot is strong again. The direction was great which created a suspenseful feel and it was again clever. It’s obviously not as excellent as the original but it’s still a gripping follow up. It’s one of my favourite film sequels, especially to such a classic first film. 8.7/10.

Psycho 3 – This is an okay film, slightly above average, but is not up to the standard of Psycho 1 and 2. The plot does hold your interest but I didn't care for the characters as much this time. It is a bit gory in places too and there are no surprises due to us knowing who the killer is. It also feels more like your typical Slasher film compared with Psycho 2 which was more of a psychological character study on Norman Bates. If you like the previous two it is worth a look, but don’t expect a masterpiece. 6/10.

Psycho 4: The Beginning – This movie ignored the events that took place in Psycho 2 and 3 which many people didn't like. I thought it was a good movie as it did something different and was still enjoyable. It took a different style and felt like a fitting end to the series. It’s not as good as Psycho 1 or 2 but beats 3. It has its issues, but the film is still a decent end to the series in my opinion and is worth checking out. 7.4/10.

This is a great set to buy if you are a fan of suspense and horror films. It’s a strong series on the whole and definitely worth watching.

X Files: Season 9 [DVD]
X Files: Season 9 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gillian Anderson
Price: £17.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the shows best season, but underapreciated, 13 April 2015
This review is from: X Files: Season 9 [DVD] (DVD)
Season 9 of the X-Files is not the shows best year, but I still enjoyed it to a degree and it's definitely not as bad as some people say. I really wanted to give it four stars but there were certain episodes that dragged the rating down. David Duchovny (Mulder), was not present in the season until the final two episodes which is the series finale. This is why a lot of people complained about season nine. I was a little bit worried that it wouldn't feel like the same show and it does feel different, but not in a bad way. You just get used to the new agents that are taking the screen. I personally like the character of John Doggett and I feel he could have gone on many more seasons had the producers of the X-Files chosen to continue the series.

I think the first half of season 9 was strong, the second half is where the more weak episodes crop up. Episodes like "Jump The Shark" and "William" are poor (amongst the worst to ever come out of the series.) However, the episodes "Trust No 1", "Provenance", "John Doe", "The Truth" and "Release" are all very good stories. "Release" is my 14th favourite episode of the X-Files ever. "The Truth", which is the series finale, does leave some unanswered questions but it is a fitting conclusion for the series. Everyone manages to make an appearance, the main characters from across all the nine seasons get a chance to appear. Here's my top ten episodes of the entire series having now watched every episode:

1 - Anasazi (Season 2)
2 – Irresistible (Season 2)
3 – Pusher (Season 3)
4 – Squeeze (Season 1)
5 – Tooms (Season 1)
6 – Ice (Season 1)
7 – Colony (Season 2)
8 – Via Negativa (Season 8)
9 – Ascension (Season 2)
10 – Paper Clip (Season 3)

Season 9 of the X-Files is not bad, just compared to some of the earlier seasons it pales. In my book, it beats Season 7 which changed the show from being a serious Sci-Fi into a comedy. Season 9 keeps many of the horror elements that made seasons 1-5 so great. I did prefer seasons 1-6 and 8 of the X-Files to this season but I would recommend it to fans. It takes the X-Files in a new direction. It's just a shame a season 10 never came to be.

Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993]
Falling Down [1992] [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
Price: £3.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 29 Jan. 2015
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This is one of the best movies I have seen in quite a while. Michael Douglas stars as Bill Foster, a man who is pushed too far by the annoyances of everyday life, beginning a city wide rampage. Foster has a personal mission, to get to his ex-wife and reacts to life stresses in a very explosive manner.

Michael Douglas's performance in this film was brilliant and makes it memorable. The cop who is looking for Foster has his own personal problems as well, reacting to those problems in a very different way though. There are many humorous scenes as well, due to Douglas's acting. The movie does really well at showing how frustrated Foster is and that he has really had enough of everything. All the way through it is tense and sets the tone right at the beginning with a really gripping and well made opening. The film is excellent on many levels and the atmosphere is well captured, having a sense of fear throughout.

The final confrontation is very effective and clearly shows the difference in the two characters. The film makes you think about society and to keep tempers under control even if the world is "Falling Down."

Taken 3 [DVD]
Taken 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Price: £6.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 19 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Taken 3 [DVD] (DVD)
I wasn't particularly excited going to see this movie at the cinema as the previous movie in the series, "Taken 2", was no where near as strong as the first. I felt the second in the series did nothing new, the action shots were edited way too quickly (mainly the fight scenes) and it became predictable. When I heard however, "Taken 3" was doing something different and that nobody was going to be "Taken", I thought I'd give it a chance. Some people might flip that as well though as the title of the series is "Taken." It didn't bother me though as Brian's wife gets "taken" from him.

The plot itself is like the movie "The Fugitive" (one of my favourite movies.) Brian Mills finds his wife murdered at his home and goes on the run from the FBI, LAPD and the CIA, while at the same time trying to prove his innocence and find whoever is responsible.

A lot of the scenes in this film needed more suspense and build up, it also lacks originality. Nothing in the movie is that interesting and the villains were weak in my opinion. There were some links in dialogue back to the first film which I liked and Liam Neeson does a great job in the role for a third time. He is what makes this series worth watching. The fight scenes may not look quite as convincing in this film compared to the first installment back in 2008 due to Neeson aging, but they are still good to watch. There are some parts where you also have to suspend disbelief as Brian manages to escape certain situations which in real life would never happen. The action is also repetitive and the film gets boring towards the end, but there is an effective twist.

Furthermore, the characters needed more depth and there isn't that dramatic and emotional feel like there was in the original. The mystery element was enjoyable which is an improvement over "Taken 2" and I appreciated that the franchise tried to do something different. I did enjoy this movie to an extent, despite the plot holes and some silly writing.

"Taken 3" is an above average movie, nothing special. Really, "Taken 2" and "Taken 3" were unnecessary sequels and were made due to the success of the first. I would rank this as the weakest of the trilogy, with "Taken 2" being slightly better and the original being by far the best. "Taken 3" is not as bad as people say, but it could have been much better.

Star Trek:  The Next Generation -  Season 7 (Remastered) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 (Remastered) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: £46.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Season Seven, 2 Jan. 2015
Season 7 of TNG is not as strong as Season 6, but still very good. There are some slightly above average episodes, but no stinkers/bad ones that many people say there is. The point about season 7 is that there are not any that can really be called “classics”, with the exception of “Lower Decks” which was thought-provoking and stunning.

I liked the conclusion to the Borg plotline in “Descent, Part 2.” “Parallels” is a good episode, if somewhat overrated. “Genesis” is also a very good episode and a highly underappreciated one by many. But the highlight for me this season has to be the “Gambit” two-parter. It’s a fantastic story and something different from what we normally see on TNG. “Lower Decks” of course is my favourite along with “Gambit.” Another great story is “Liasions” which made the audience think about what is actually happening, with a humorous and interesting sub-plot on the Enterprise which coincides with the more serious storyline with Picard by the end of the episode. “All Good Things” is an almost perfect way to end The Next Generation, I love what they did with the plot and it’s very fitting as all good things must come to an end.

Season 7 does go up and down in terms of quality but never horrible like many seasons, most of the seasons did have that one stinker episode. I would have to say “Dark Page” is the weakest of the season, while having its issues; it’s still okay and watchable. “Force of Nature” also has some problems; it has too much technobabble but explores the characters well and has a significant meaning in its final act to do with space travel.

Overall, season 7 is a good end to the series. The plots were not as consistently strong as some of the previous years but we all love the characters and that factor carried this season really well. We see the final developments of these characters and how far they have come since season 1. Many of the stories in season 7 concentrated on family members of the main cast and these are often effective and well executed episodes. Buy this season and rewatch the last adventures of the Starship Enterprise D in a fantastic Blu-Ray format. The picture quality is amazing and this has been the case with all the other seasons’ released in high definition. I hope DS9 and Voyager are also upgraded to Blu-Ray as this epic TNG project of improving to HD has been a clear success.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Full Journey [DVD]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Full Journey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Avery Brooks

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series, 8 Nov. 2014
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This is a great set to buy for all Star Trek lovers and Sci-Fi fans in general. Deep Space Nine is very different from the other series in the franchise as it takes place aboard a space station, instead of a starship which was the main feature in the other four series. It's not about a crew going off where no one has gone before as they were fixed to a certain location, with the series concentrating more on social development, social issues, politics, intrigue and mystery. This is the best series for viewers who like serialised shows as DS9 has on-going storylines throughout the whole series whereas the other Trek series are more episodic. The stories are more in-depth than the other series as well, being very character driven and exploring internal conflicts as well as external ones. The show gets darker and more serious as it progresses and at one point I found myself watching several episodes one after the other because of how gripping it was. I love the episodes about the war with the dominion and the series has some brilliantly developed villains, interesting themes and sometimes unexpected and shocking twists. The earlier seasons to do with the Changelings (beings who can change shape into any form) were a great idea and they made for some very powerful and solid episodes. DS9 has delivered some of the best stories Trek ever produced when it is at it's best, sometimes resembling what can be seen in movies. It's probably the most epic of all the Star Trek series, the CGI is outstanding. While TNG has and always will be my favourite of the Star Trek series, it's easy to see why so many love DS9. I can understand why certain people regard it as their favourite, it's an amazing series.

When reviewing this box-set I have watched every episode up to the seventh season story "The Siege Of AR-558", a very good episode. Below I list my ten favourite stories of the entire series up to the point I am at:

1 - Rocks And Shoals (Season 6)
2 - The Way Of The Warrior, Parts 1 And 2 (Season 4)
3 - The Die Is Cast (Season 3)
4 - Duet (Season 1)
5 - In Purgatory's Shadow/By Inferno's Light (Season 5)
6 - In The Pale Moonlight (Season 6)
7 - Crossover (Season 2)
8 - Homefront/Paradise Lost (Season 4)
9 - Hard Time (Season 4)
10 - Trials And Tribble-Ations (Season 5)

The Picture quality of the actual DVD's is good and clear, the sound is also great. The only aspect that could be improved is the way the DVD's are kept. There is an individual box for each season of the show and the DVD's for all the seasons are slotted in cardboard sleeves. This isn't the best design as the DVD's will be scratched over time and it will cause the episodes to freeze and jump. It is not a massive problem as there have only been a few episodes where I have experienced this, however in some cases the DVD's just needed cleaning. This facet should not stop you from buying this collection as if you handle the DVD's carefully, the damage to the disks should only be minimal. Other than the poor slot housing design, the cases for the DVD's are excellent with screenshots of episodes from each of the seasons, along with episode listings and additional data which is special-features.

Overall this is a stunning box-set featuring every episode of DS9, a brilliant series and one that looks splendid next to the other Star Trek series on the shelf. This is an absolute must buy if you are a Star Trek fan or love great storytelling and Science-Fiction. So go and transport this box-set home and experience the full journey of this TV masterpiece.

Under the Iron Sea
Under the Iron Sea
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Second Album, 28 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Under the Iron Sea (Audio CD)
This second album by Keane is really good and it contains maturely written and powerful songs. I love that Keane have meanings behind their songs and that they tell stories. While Hopes and Fears is definitely by favourite album, this one would have to come in at second place. Songs like "Is It Any Wonder?", "Nothing In My Way", "A Bad Dream" and "Crystal Ball" are among my favourite songs the band ever produced. This is a must if you are a Keane fan and like deep, thought-provoking music.

Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £37.46

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4.0 out of 5 stars The End Of An Era, With Some Superb Specials, 3 Oct. 2014
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These are David Tennant's five final episodes as the 10th Doctor. They range from bad, to okay to very good. David Tennant has always been my favourite Doctor and I was sad to see him go at the end of "The End of Time, Part 2."

Here are my thoughts on all the five specials:

The Next Doctor - This is by far the worst of all Russell T Davies Christmas specials for Doctor Who. The concept is a good idea that is badly executed. It's not that great at all and surprisingly dull. I find it really boring. The Cybermen are okay but not very menacing. The acting is solid, but the episode itself is underwhelming. Grade: F (4.5/10)

Planet of the Dead - This is an improvement over "The Next Doctor", but it's still nothing spectacular. The character Christina is annoying and the plot is nothing "special." The story is basic and the episode lacks substance. David Tennant plays really well as the Doctor as he does in every episode he's been in. It is just not up to the standard you would expect. The ending is bad, it's contrived. Making the bus fly is silly and the characters on the bus are not well developed. Nearing the conclusion, someone who can predict things (we never knew how she was able to) says to the Doctor "he will knock four times." I liked that and it resonates into the next special, which is a vast improvement over this episode. There are some enjoyable moments and funny scenes but it's not that memorable at all. Grade: D- (6/10)

The Waters of Mars - This episode is very good. It's the darkest episode of Doctor Who I have ever seen and the real villain of the episode is the Doctor himself. It contains some very powerful scenes, creepy monsters and is highly thrilling. A few flaws are contained within it but this is a great special. I was so happy seeing this after the last two let-downs. Grade: B (8.5/10)

The End of Time, Part 1 - This is the best episode of the two-parter. John Simm plays brilliantly as the Master and some of the scenes are creepy. I like the emotional scene in the café, featuring the Doctor and Wilfred Mott. It's a very good set-up for Tennant's epic exit in part two. Grade: B (8.5/10)

The End of Time, Part 2 - This episode is very good as well. David Tennant's acting is phenomenal and I like how he says goodbye to his companions at the end before he regenerates. When David Tennant does regenerate into Matt Smith it will most likely leave a tear in your eye, especially if you have been watching the 10th Doctor all the way like me. The plot itself feels over the top in some places but it's the acting and emotion that makes this episode so wonderful. It's not as good as part 1, but still great. Grade: B- (8/10)

The Specials for Doctor Who is a good box set to collect, particularly if you are a fan of the show or Sci-Fi in general. I would get this set to own the great episodes "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2." I have thoroughly enjoyed the Russell T Davies era and I feel that some of the emotion which made these earlier stories so great is lost when Steven Moffat takes over as showrunner. I still like Matt Smith's era, but the RTD era is my favourite.
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Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4 [2008] [DVD]
Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4 [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £20.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Going Strong, 2 Oct. 2014
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Series four of Doctor Who sees the return of Donna Noble, the new companion who is travelling with the Doctor this series. Series three is in my opinion the best series of Doctor Who, but series four is definitely a close second. There are so many great stories in this series and I will now give you my thoughts on each of the episodes.

Voyage of the Damned – This is a good Christmas special, but not up to the standard of “The Christmas Invasion” or “The Runaway Bride” in my opinion. It was great to see Kylie Minogue in an adventure with the Doctor; there are some funny moments as well. The characters are great, in particular Astrid, Mister Copper and Banacafalata. The plot is okay, the “Host” are good as they generate suspense but there are some flaws and areas that could have been improved. However, it is an enjoyable Doctor Who story. Grade: C- (7/10)

Partners in Crime – This episode is a great start for series four, and is a really good way to bring the Doctor and Donna back together who haven’t met again since “The Runaway Bride.” The chemistry between David Tennnant and Katherine Tate is brilliant. This episode is a lot of fun to watch and is very funny. This is possibly one of the funniest episodes I have ever seen of Doctor Who. I loved the characters and the ending is excellent. The plot and the Adipose are the weak parts; it’s light-hearted most of the time. The storyline is bizarre but the entertainment factor overpowers this negative element. The comedy is what makes this episode work though. It’s good to see aspects of Donna’s life and view the introduction of Wilfred Mott who is a significant character for later in the series and the specials. It’s a solid opener for series four. Grade: B- (8/10)

The Fires of Pompeii – This is a decent story, not the greatest episode in series four though. The monsters bothered me slightly and I didn’t really like that Peter Capaldi was in this episode, he was to become the 12th Doctor later in the show. I found parts a little boring but I think lots of the dialogue is well written. David Tennant and Katherine Tate give superb performances as the Doctor and Donna. The scenes where they debate Pompeii’s fate and if the Doctor should save people from destruction or not are brilliant. The setting of Pompeii is good; the recreations of the era look very realistic. Overall, I just feel that this episode could have been better. This is the weakest historical episode so far in my opinion since the series has been revived. Some scenes are great and even emotional, but I find other episodes in series four superior to this one. Grade: D (6.5/10)

Planet of the ood – This is a good episode. It explores the themes of lying, slavery and profiteering off of others, which are dark themes but the episode handles it very well. However, lots of the characters are underdeveloped as the episode focuses most of its attention on the main plot and the topic of slavery etc. Only Mister Halpen is developed well as a character. Donna’s viewpoint of being disgusted by the ood to caring about the species happens too quickly. There are some great action sequences and well written dialogue but some scenes are put in to waste time, such as the scene where the Doctor runs from the claw. The ood brain aspect is confusing but the ood look good in the episode and it’s well Directed by Graeme Harper. This is a darker episode of the series, concentrating more on the emotional aspects from the series. I would have enjoyed it more if the villains were not one-dimensional characters, being motivated by money and they come across as evil most of the time for no reason. The ood mention at the end of the episode that the Doctor’s song is ending soon, implying the death of the 10th Doctor which I thought was great foreshadowing. This episode has a great atmosphere, it’s chilling and entertaining. Not the best in series four, but very good. Grade: B- (8/10)

The Sontaran Stratagem – This is a really good episode, I enjoyed seeing the return of Martha Jones and are there are a few different things going off. The CGI is incredibly well done and the plot is good, even if it is a basic idea. I like the fact that we got to meet Donna’s family as they meet the Doctor (having met him briefly previously), this was something that was lacking in series three as we didn’t see Martha’s family much. What I didn’t like in this episode was the way the Doctor treated people, he is mean much of the time. This is not David Tennant’s fault; the Doctor is just badly written in this episode. The characters are developed well and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this first part which has a dramatic ending. Grade: B (8.5/10)

The Poison Sky – This is episode is more of a disappointment after the great set-up in “The Sonataran Strategem.” It’s not bad, but is much more action orientated and there is not much character development. I’m not a fan of the Martha clone element, even if there is a funny scene when the Doctor talks to the clone after he finds the real Martha (with the Doctor knowing all along that the Martha clone was a clone.) The interaction between the two Martha’s is cheesy but emotionally driven. David Tennant’s Doctor could again have been better written and the plot isn’t as interesting. The Sontarans are not the best villains; raging war for no reason is a silly concept towards the end. Some scenes are well executed and I liked that Wilfred Mott, Donna’s Grandfather, appears in the story again. The episode has some good scenes but it’s weaker than part one and is not a strong entry from series four. Grade: C- (7/10)

The Doctor’s Daughter – This is the worst episode in series four in my opinion. I find the plot very boring in places and standard, being a basic war storyline and it’s uninteresting. Jenny is one of the more intriguing guest characters we have had this series and there are some funny scenes. I liked the scene towards the end which packed emotion. The episode is a waste of potential for the most part, the acting is great though. The Hath are not a very good species but okay. I know some people who like this and I respect your opinion if you do like it, but for me it’s a disappointing entry into the fourth series. Grade: E- (5/10)

The Unicorn and the Wasp – When I first saw this story I really liked it. However, now having re-watched it again, it didn’t have the same effect on me as I knew who the murderer was. It took away the mystery but I still think it is a good episode. Agatha Christie is brilliantly cast and all the characters are good. The setting is suitable and it’s great to watch the Doctor in a detective story. Donna didn’t really do much in the episode; however she did fit into the story quite well. Some scenes could have aimed at being more serious, but the fun side of the episode worked well. The plot is slightly bizarre, but the story is engaging. Screen time was divided well for each of the supporting cast. It is also easy to follow and doesn’t feel overloaded which is good, considering it’s a murder mystery. It could have been more ambitious but the character development is excellent, as is the CGI for the wasp and the direction. It’s a fun and enjoyable episode. Grade: C (7.5/10)

Silence in the Library – This episode is one of the best in series four. It has a very intriguing storyline and a lot of suspense which keeps the audience in the moment. The villains are also intriguing and I like the character of River Song. The mood of the story and dark setting help the episode a lot in delivering a spooky atmosphere. The library gives the feeling of no escape for the characters. There are many questions posed in this episode that a viewer wants answering in part two. Series 4 really ups the game from this point onwards. Grade: B+ (8.7/10)

Forest of the Dead – This episode is excellent and even better than part one. I liked the emotional side to this episode towards the back end and the alternate reality surrounding Donna. It has a great plot, good characters, great pace and I very thrilling. I loved this one. Grade: A- (9/10)

Midnight – This episode is brilliant and definitely my favourite from series four. It’s my third favourite episode out of all the revived Doctor Who, behind “Human Nature/The Family of Blood” and “Blink” from series three. It’s so tense and chilling; the actress who plays Sky is excellent and really creepy. David Tennant is again fantastic as the Doctor. The enclosed setting makes it all the scarier and it has a great cast. The dialogue is superb as well. That’s what makes this episode, the dialogue. It’s wonderfully written by Russell T Davies, he creates conflicts constantly among the characters. This is by far the best RTD’s scripts for Doctor Who; he did an amazing job writing this episode. “Midnight” is original, imaginative and terrific. Grade: A (9.5/10)

Turn Left – Another great episode this time giving Donna most of the screen time, the Doctor barely makes an appearance. The absence of the Doctor does not affect the quality of the episode though. I like how Rose Tyler returns and the plot is really interesting. The music is great in this story, the acting is superb and it carries some emotional moments. Katherine Tate’s performance is outstanding in this episode and it really shows how great an actress she is. This episode ends on a dark note and leaves the audience eagerly awaiting the next instalment. Grade: B+ (8.8/10)

The Stolen Earth – This is a great episode and sets up everything for part two really well, with a powerful cliff-hanger. It features the return of the Doctor’s arch enemy and their creator, Davros. He has to be the best villain in series four. The Doctor and Rose are reunited and we are greeted to some old faces that have appeared over all the four series. A really strong episode. Grade: B (8.5/10)

Journey’s End – This is where all the Doctor’s companions come together to fight the evil Daleks and thwart Davros’s deadly plan. This episode is a great end for series four; I especially liked seeing all the Doctor’s companions in the TARDIS towards the end. It lacked some suspense and a lot of the action took place aboard the Dalek ship, but I really enjoyed this episode. It feels like the end of an era to me. It’s sad what happens to Donna but this episode ends series four very well. Grade: B- (8/10)

Series Four is not the best Doctor Who series, but it is good. The second half of the series delivers some brilliant episodes and really boosts the grade up in my opinion. The Doctor is again on his own after this series and there are now only five more 10th Doctor episodes. The end of the Russell T Davies era and David Tennant’s reign as the 10th Doctor is almost upon us…
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Doctor Who - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD] [2007]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £27.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Series, 26 Sept. 2014
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Doctor Who series 3 has always been my favourite series of Doctor Who. David Tennant is on top form this series, the writing is brilliant and the introduction of Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman is in my opinion a great character and good a companion to travel with the Doctor. It has a different feel to the last two series, possibly to do with the exit of Rose Tyler. The episodes in this series are consistently of high quality and it contains some of the best stories Doctor Who has ever had; the second half of the series is particularly exceptional.

Here's my opinion on each of the episodes:

The Runaway Bride - This is a special that is included as part of the series three box set, the first standard episode of series three being "Smith and Jones." This is a very enjoyable Christmas special even if it isn't as excellent as "The Christmas Invasion", the Christmas special that came before series two. I think Katherine Tate is good as the bride, I wasn't sure at first about her but then came to like her. She later travels with The Doctor in series four and I could see from this that she already would make a great companion. The plot itself is far-reaching but the entertainment factor and quirky Tennant moments make it fun to watch. My favourite part was the TARDIS chase scene when The Doctor tries to rescue Donna from the killer Santa's, it was really well done. It has a high-budget atmosphere as well, like it would be seen in a movie. I liked the scenes when The Doctor was remembering Rose, we can see the sorrow in his eyes and shows it's still on his mind alongside the alien threat in the story. The villain needed to be better and the setting where the Racnoss was felt weird but the dialogue between her and the Doctor was well written. Overall it's a good story and one I like to watch every now and then because of how fun it is. Grade: B- (8/10)

Smith and Jones - This first episode is a great start for series three. It's big, loud and fast - an action-packed adventure. The monsters are good and it's a great way for Martha to first meet The Doctor in this story and her life is never the same again from that point on. I liked how a lot of the episode focussed on Martha and her crazy first day with the time-traveller. Grade: B (8.5/10)

The Shakespeare Code - This episode is good in my view, I got a lot of enjoyment out of it and the concept is interesting. I liked the Harry Potter references, some of the dialogue was excellent and the episode did really well at re-creating the past, specifically 1599. The globe theatre was great and the acting was top-notch (with William Shakespeare being very well cast.) Sometimes however the Witches and magic seemed a little too much in places. The episode has a funny script which worked and the Carrionites as villains were good. The plot is far-fetched but still entertaining. It's not the best in series three but it's a fine addition to the series. Grade: C (7.5/10)

Gridlock - This episode is another good one. The special-effects are great; the story is interesting even if some of the scenes are slow. I liked seeing the Face of Boe again and Martha confronting the Doctor about the Timelords. Tennant and Ageyman's chemistry on screen is brilliant and all the guest stars are excellent with Brannigan in particular being a terrific character. The acting in general and the visuals are fantastic, the shots of the motorway gave off that vast and never-ending feel. This episode has an important moment to do with the series main story arc; I really liked the ending which is thrilling in many respects. The macra, the creatures in the fog, were weak though. They didn't look very convincing at all, disappointing as the rest of the CGI in the episode looked great. The story needed to be improved somewhat and have some more exciting scenes included. I like "Gridlock" though, despite it being one of the weakest in the third series. Grade: C- (7/10)

Daleks in Manhattan - This is such an underrated episode. It's nothing outstanding, but very good. The characters are likeable and make the story work, having some well written dialogue. The pacing of the episode is good as well. I like the fact that viewers don't have to wait too long until they see the Daleks this series. The lines for the Daleks are also well written. David Tennant and Freema Ageyman give great performances and are really good in this episode. The CGI imagery is another factor which is good, considering it's a TV budget. The pig slaves are great and original. The Daleks seem to use the pig slaves to do their work throughout the episode which is slightly weird but this gives us some well executed action sequences. The setting in New York is good and the Daleks are better in this story than they were in the series two finale. This episode is epic in places, with some intense scenes and the ending has a brilliant cliff-hanger. Grade: B- (8/10)

Evolution of the Daleks - This is a good continuation of this two-part story. The Dalek Sec Hybrid is a great character and the prosthetics are really convincing. It is again epic and David Tennant gives a superb performance (he never gives a bad performance in any of his episodes.) I like the ending as well with the Dalek humans. It's intense, action-packed and another very good episode, just as good as the first part. This two-parter is a strong story and I don't understand why it gets criticism. It's not my absolute favourite in series three, but I really like it. Grade: B- (8/10)

The Lazarus Experiment - All the episodes are great from this point on and the series shifts into a new gear completely. "The Lazarus Experiment" is a very enjoyable story that is important to the plot of series three. It's thrilling and creepy, with a great monster, action and adventure. I liked the suspense and it has a classic monster movie feel to it. The ending to the episode, inside the church, is really good. David Tennant is tremendous as the Doctor in this episode; he is at his best when talking to the Lazarus character about human mortality. The plot itself is rather basic but is so well delivered and has some brilliant character moments regarding Martha's family. Overall, it's a stunning story. Grade: B+ (8.7/10)

42 - A lot of people say that this episode is similar to the ood two-parter from series two, but they are not THAT similar. They are slightly, in a few areas but are different enough to allow me to enjoy this episode on its own. The plot engages you and the action starts right away. It's a fast-moving and intense episode. The ship's design is good and it has some great moments for the character of Martha Jones. It also has some foreshadowing of the series three finale. There are parts where it could have been improved but I have always really liked "42." Grade: B- (8/10)

Human Nature - This is where the series gets mind-blowing. This episode, along with part two, are my favourite episodes of Doctor Who ever. I rarely say a Doctor Who story is perfect, but this is. It has a brilliant plot, engaging characters and interesting villains. It's so well written and seeing the Doctor human is very intriguing to watch. An outstanding episode. Grade: A+ (10/10)

The Family of Blood - A flawless episode and just as amazing as part one. Doctor Who really doesn't get better than this, it's also really emotional towards the end and touches you at the heart. Paul Cornell has written a masterpiece with these two episodes. It's not just the best Doctor Who story of all-time but one of the greatest episodes of any TV show ever in my opinion. Grade: A+ (10/10)

Blink - Considered by many to be a Doctor Who classic, this episode is excellent as well. It's very original and brilliantly written by Steven Moffat who always delivers with standalone episodes. This is a scary episode, the part when the Doctor talks about the Weeping Angels will send shivers up your spine. It is regarded as a Doctor lite episode with the Doctor mainly being used as a plot device. The guests stars give outstanding performances though and are very well casted. We learn more about their characters within the story and again this episode might touch you in some places. It's incredible that this story is told in forty five minutes and fits everything in so well. Another amazing Doctor Who story. Grade: A (9.5/10)

Utopia - This is an excellent episode. The whole concept is great, the future-kind are very menacing and the performances are again first rate. It is a dark episode and sees the return of Captain Jack which also makes it really good. The subtle moments between the Doctor, Jack and Martha are enjoyable and well written as well. Derek Jacobi played a really good part in this episode. I did not see the clever twist coming at the end either; the ending is so gripping and powerful. It's intense, epic and has a brilliant soundtrack by Murray Gold. There are so many memorable scenes and overall "Utopia" is fabulous. Grade: A- (9/10)

The Sound of Drums - This is the second part of the three-part-part finale. It's very intense and has lots of enjoyable scenes. John Simm is terrific as the Master, very funny and maniacal. Throughout this series Martha Jones has become a lot braver since meeting the Doctor and it shows here. This episode has Freema Agyeman's best performance and Martha is such an underrated companion. I love the scene when the Doctor talks about Gallifrey and the music is great, perfect for the episodes atmosphere. My only complaint really would be that the alien invaders, the Toclafane, are not great villains. They are not scary, just silly. They are okay though, but could have been better. The Doctor, Martha and Captain Jack are excellent again and the ending/cliff-hanger is brilliant. Grade: B+ (8.8/10)

Last of the Timelords - This is a really good conclusion to series three. As always, the acting is of high quality. There a few different storylines happening and shows Martha Jones on a quest to save the world. The Doctor is not involved in the action very much which isn't too good, but other things make up for this. There are good supporting characters and I liked how all the loose ends were tied up with the Toclafane. One thing which felt weird was how the Doctor returned; it could have been better and different. However, there is a brilliant emotional part and some great character development scenes. It has that epic feel and the ending is particularly impressive. The last fifteen minutes of the story is brilliant, but I enjoyed almost every part of this episode. The exit of Martha Jones is one of the most mature companion departures in the history of Doctor Who and she is given a great send-off. This story really shows the progression of Martha Jones over the course of series three and how she has changed since the Doctor entered her life. This episode is ambitious, powerful and emotional. I couldn't believe how much they put into this story and it's a superb ending to series three. Grade: A- (9/10)

I liked all the episodes in series three. There is not one story that's bad. The highlights of the series include: The Lazarus Experiment, Human Nature/The Family of Blood, Blink and Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords three-parter. It's an excellent series, roll on series four.
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