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4.0 out of 5 stars Dream a little dream of Who
Atmospheric and colourful animation that broadens the Doctor Who universe and which provides further proof of the boundless scope and imagination of the show. It did seem shorter than I had imagined, but it was the right length for my 5 year old daughter to enjoy without losing her attention. The alien creatures are fantastic - even SFXperts 'The Mill' would be hard...
Published on 4 Mar. 2010 by Captain Pugwash

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor in the Desert
A CGI animated doctor who story, featuring David Tennant voicing the tenth doctor. This was originally presented in short episodes on the bbc red button but on dvd it's been edited into one long one of 44 mins approx.

Thus it does move at a fair old pace, particularly early on.

The story sees the Doctor visiting the nevada desert in the 1950's, and...
Published on 25 Feb. 2010 by Paul Tapner


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor in the Desert, 25 Feb. 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A CGI animated doctor who story, featuring David Tennant voicing the tenth doctor. This was originally presented in short episodes on the bbc red button but on dvd it's been edited into one long one of 44 mins approx.

Thus it does move at a fair old pace, particularly early on.

The story sees the Doctor visiting the nevada desert in the 1950's, and chancing on an alien artefact in a diner. The US military and a few aliens would both like to get their hands on it. Thus the Doctor and the lady who runs the diner plus an indian friend of hers are caught up in the middle of things.

A pretty standard doctor who plot follows, but it does keep moving nicely thanks to the pace of the thing so it's enough to hold your attention. The human villain turns out to be well characterised and the voice of the alien leader is nicely done thanks to some electronic treatment.

Actress georgia moffett does a good american accent as the diner owner but she and the indian guy are rather underused, spending most of the time trailing along after the doctor.

The animation is very colourful and eye catching, although the figures don't sometimes go that well with the background. And they run like puppets from a gerry anderson show. But apart from that it's pretty good.

The disc has subtitles in english and the only language track is in english.

Also in with this on a second disc are three documentaries recently shown on bbc4 called doctor who's greatest moments. Running a little over 50 minutes each they take clips from the new series and have the actors discuss them in typical tv documentary talking heads fashion. They deal with the doctor, the companions and the enemies respectively. The talk on the first two can be pretty interesting at times but there's nothing in them you won't have seen before.

But all in all this is one more tenth doctor story and it's not desperately expensive, so it's worth a look.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream a little dream of Who, 4 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD] (DVD)
Atmospheric and colourful animation that broadens the Doctor Who universe and which provides further proof of the boundless scope and imagination of the show. It did seem shorter than I had imagined, but it was the right length for my 5 year old daughter to enjoy without losing her attention. The alien creatures are fantastic - even SFXperts 'The Mill' would be hard pushed to produce such brilliance in this magnitude - and David Tennant's Time Lord is has the same 'ants in his pants' irrepressible energy as in the parent show. It would be good to see more of these with the involvement of Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor; we'll just have to wait in hopeful anticipation...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable, but lacklustre compared to The Infinite Quest, 9 Oct. 2010
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R. Wood "ryecroftwood2" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD] (DVD)
2009 was obviously a crucial year for Doctor Who...because we knew that would be David Tennant's final year as the beloved Time Lord before handing the role over to Matt Smith. Obviously, he was going to go out with a bang in the form of the Specials but this was David Tennant (generally regarded as the greatest Doctor of all time). His twilight year was really going to count for something, hence the Specials, audio books, novels (including the perfect Prisoner of the Daleks)...

And this - Dreamland, an exclusive animated adventure for CBBC, similar to 2007's The Infinite Quest. This time round, it's a CGI outing, that features the Tenth Doctor (on his own, obviously) in Dry Springs, Nevada 1958, where he stops at a diner, befriends waitress Cassie and Jimmy (bloke with excellent hair!) and finds himself in an escapade involving alien-crash landings, government conspiracies, Viperox baddies, the U.S. Military and that great real-life place sci-fi lovers dream of visiting, Area 51.

Now, because it's animation, I can't help but compare it to The Infinite Quest, which I loved. Dreamland is a very different breed of cat, obviously because of the animation style and presentation. Expecting a CGI production on the same level as Pixar, Dreamworks or Square-Enix is completely out of the question. The animation is basic, rather low-budget, and too many-times feels rather crude and rigid.

That doesn't really bother me, but what I can't excuse is the pacing or the plot itself. It just feels so rushed overall; the sub-plots, characters, twists-and-turns, developments...it goes along too quickly, rendering certain moments and characters either predictable or unnecessary. That makes Dreamland feel really average at the end of the day, which is downright disappointing.

When I watched The Infinite Quest, the presentation was spot-on, even if the animation was a bit radical. Pacing was spot-on, character/plot depth/development were spot-on; all the key necessities were there, making that animation a cracking addition to the Doctor Who saga. If only the same level of care and devotion had been applied to Dreamland, because there's a significant amount of stuff here that isn't that bad.

The dialogue (for instance) is impeccable. There's nothing cheesy or understated whatsoever here. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the script is the best part of the whole animation. In terms of voice work, David Tennant (again) goes without question and Georgia Moffett (Jenny from "The Doctor's Daughter") gives a fine performance. The Viperox themselves are decent enough characters, as are Colonel Stark, Rivesh Mantilax and Saruba Valek. But again, The Infinite Quest gave so much more in forty-five minutes than Dreamland was able to do. Because of that, it also makes Dreamland rather redundant, especially when the companions Cassie and Jimmy are shallow and uninteresting.

Phil Ford (co-writer of The Waters of Mars) does provide some good stuff here. Particularly the 50s scenario, the utilisation of Area 51 and the Cold War, and again the Viperox menace. Which is why I give Dreamland overall (a generous) three stars. That's because it's not terrible, merely okay. And the bonus disc featuring fab, in-depth compilation pieces on the Doctor, his companions and enemies (consisting of hour-long documentaries and extensive cast interviews) is such a terrific treat. But really, Dreamland is NOT essential. If you're curious, buy it by all means. Just don't expect a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Don't call me Doc", 11 Oct. 2012
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Why only 3 stars? Let's get the sour stuff out of the way first.
What detracts from this otherwise classic bit of Who is the animation - the backgrounds are sound enough, nothing wrong the environment designed for this chapter.
The people however are stiff and sometimes pushing into uncanny valley territory. Movements are jagged and unnatural, which detracts from the tension one is supposed to feel during the chase scenes.

Apart from that, it's a jolly bit of sci-fi, with all the tropes of 50's paranoia and aliens to match. Its price is certainly not an issue, worth purchasing just for the lovely retro feel of everything, and to enjoy the tenth doctor's tendency to ramble
with enjoyment and enthusiasm - as we remember him from before his increasingly serious and dark turn preceding his "death".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 10th Doctor Animated (part II), 28 Mar. 2011
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Joan Genis Valverde Albons "the eclectic" (Balearic Islands , Spain) - See all my reviews
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A companion-free 10th Doctor lands in the USA. Something strange is happenning. Strange artifacts. Strange creatures. Alien of course. The earth is the scenario in a war between two alien races. And the humans are playing an active role in it, maybe in the wrong side. Who knows?
But the Doctor knows who to team with. But the Doctor knows what to do. But the Doctor has an idea and a solution.
Very funny and entertaining story, with good music and a really amusing set of references to Hollywood art (Alien, Die Hard, for instance).

As I have pointed out in another animated DVD of the Doctor (Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest - Complete Animated BBC Series [DVD]) the only problem it has remains in the fact that there is a little adventure in a full DVD.

And you can find my recommendation in the part I of the review.

Finally, I will make a final remark.
It is quite clear that an Animated Doctor works out. This should encourage 2|entertain and the BBC to spend some money in the reconstruction of all missing episodes which sound is conserved. For fans that would be amazing. And it would be a great gift to all, for the 50th anniversary of the series which is coming soon... In 2013.
They should think about it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animation is OK, 3 April 2010
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This is an interesting take on the famous doctor stories but the quality of the animation is a bit of a let down.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animated brilliance, 21 Dec. 2009
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An animated story that was originally in 6 parts (first aprox 12 mins, others aprox 6 mins) now combined into a regular 45 minute Doctor Who episode.

The cliffhangers are mostly at the end of key scenes - so merging the episodes together doesn't create many problems.

The story is good overall - and sees the Doctor traveling back to the the time of the cold war, trying to stop some US army officials using an alien weapon to attack Russia - as well as trying to stop the same alien species destroying all of earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Who?, 25 May 2014
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Original voice overs by the original actors and as it's a cartoon my 9 year old likes it even more than the TV show. Very good value for money as this is the reason I bought it. (It was an add-on to a Doctor Who TV series order and a last minute choice). Delivery was very fast and was well packaged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly placed good story, 2 Dec. 2013
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Bought Dreamland for a series of Doctor Who related reviews for a Youtube channel 'Scarilianvids' which you can check out for a better review.

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I have to admit a slight disappointment at the pacing. While the original 6-part episode pacing worked well the new layout of combining all 6 parts into one storyline makes the story have a very odd pace with characters being captured and escaping approximately every 4 minutes.

The story itself is a mix-up of a bunch of Area 51 rumors and myths along with mixing in elements from the 'Alien' film series. Despite this the storyline is rather enjoyable and their is a certain comedy aspect that the prospect of Area 51 was revisited in series 6 when this story honestly tells it better even providing us with some Men in Black and Grey Aliens along with a bug-like alien species.

The animation is the weakest part, followed closely by the over-use of the Sonic Screwdriver to escape enemies
during tense scenes.

You will likely enjoy this story if you buy it and the addition of 'Doctor Who - Greatest Moments' helps justify the slightly higher price compared to such DVD's on Amazon as 'The Infinite Quest'
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5.0 out of 5 stars SF at it's best, 21 Aug. 2013
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Stars tennant and his mrs! More fun adventure with everyones favourite timelord without tv production budget. Great animation, perfect family viewing
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