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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best opening series episode
Just the best series opening episode yet since the return of the Doctor! After the great David Tennent how could it be followed but every time I watch this it just gets better. Matt Smith is just so brilliant with his reactions and comments. Writing this nearly 18 months later we still haven't had all the answers from this first episode! The other episodes can't obviously...
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Dale Green
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Audio Choice = POOR
For the show - the series - the latest Doctor and companion - 5 stars.
For this Blu-ray release - 2 stars - due to POOR AUDIO.
I can't believe they released this blu-ray with dolby digital stereo and NOT dolby digital 5.1 (or something even better). There is NO EXCUSE for releasing a blu-ray of a new Dr Who series with only a plain dolby digital...
Published on 8 July 2010 by Amazon Customer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best opening series episode,
Just the best series opening episode yet since the return of the Doctor! After the great David Tennent how could it be followed but every time I watch this it just gets better. Matt Smith is just so brilliant with his reactions and comments. Writing this nearly 18 months later we still haven't had all the answers from this first episode! The other episodes can't obviously live up to the opener but are still great.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change M'dear - The Adventure Continues...,
You can all relax now, Matt Smith is BRILLIANT as The Doctor. What is shaping up to be a marvellous series, this DVD contains the first three adventures of The Eleventh Doctor. Kicking off in bombastic style is 'The Eleventh Hour', a feature length episode introducing the new Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond, brilliantly played by Karen Gillan. Within minutes you should fall in love with Matt Smith's portrayal of the 900-something year old Timelord - his awkward, jerky mannerisms and rich tone of voice, he certainly takes the role somewhere different from more recent predecessors, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. The Eleventh Hour is great fun, with some genuine laugh out loud moments courtesy of Steven Moffat. We then move on to the Starship UK in the second episode of the series 'The Beast Below'. With generally creepy villains, The Smilers, and sassy heroine Liz Ten, 'The Beast Below' is a pleasant episode that has some touching moments.
Our next trip in time and space is an adventure that seems to have divided much fan opinion, 'Victory of the Daleks' by Mark Gattis is not, I repeat NOT a dark, chilling, War epic as many believed it to be. Gattis delivers a romp and a bloody good romp it is too! Daleks serving tea, a Spitfire dogfight in Space with a Dalek saucer and yet another stand out performance from Matt Smith, Victory of the Daleks is not as bad as some would make out. The main problem here are the new Daleks, chunkier, taller and colourful, some have criticised, moaned and complained about the new design, however I think if something like that generally 'bothers' you, you really need to grow up.
Overall a great start to the Eleventh Doctor, and I honestly cannot praise enough the brilliance of Matt Smith as The Doctor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fish Fingers and Custard!!!,
as i will keep saying. Matt Smith possibly my favorite time lord of all time.
just fantastic to see him bring this character to life. action. comedy. and suspense.
Great way of bringing him into the role of the Famous Doctor Who. Brilliant. Very Impressed and Excited. Theme song also amazing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who DVD,
Nice cheap price and speedy delivery,my Son has watched this DVD over and over,he loves it and would highly recommend it to others
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 1 [DVD] Matt Smith,
a must have for all doctor who fans 100% all round ideal Christmas gift or just to say thank-you to someone
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure,
Really enjoyed it been waiting for a while for the new doctor and companion to see what the chemistry would be like
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Series 5 Vol. 1,
Adventures in time and space with the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Amy Pond.
The Eleventh Hour: The new Doctor has 20 minutes to save the world, and only Amy Pond can help him.
The Beast Below: The Doctor takes Amy to the distant future, where she finds all of Britain in a spaceship!
Victory of the Daleks: Winston Churchill summons the Doctor to Blitz-torn London, but the Daleks are waiting.
03 - 17 Apr 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars One grandchild is a very happy boy,
Who could not like this DVD. It was the first DVD of now a collection watched by all the family
5.0 out of 5 stars received,
received the product very quickly through the post and are very happy with it and would like to send my thanks
4.0 out of 5 stars The Change That Was Desperately Needed,
There's no denying the influence and impact that Russell T Davies and David Tennant had on Doctor Who, the level of success it has enjoyed since its revival is incredible and could hardly have been predicted when they first announced its return. However like all things, eventually things run the risk of becoming stale and losing much of its impact and whilst David Tennant never lacked playing the Doctor, the shows formula and writing was becoming a little repetitive and 'Stolen Earth/Journey's End' was, for me, a general low point about for the whole series but still managed to show signs of greatness. The Specials were equally uninspiring.
This first set of the fifth series held out a lot of hope for the rest of the new series with an absolute triumph in 'Eleventh Hour' followed by the unusual and slightly more anti-climactic 'Beast Below' and the forgettable 'Victory of the Daleks'. All change is hard and it seems that for many, especially those who fell for Doctor Who under Tennant, that this new series won't measure up. If that's the case they should pack up shop and stick to the earlier dvd's because they will not like Moffat/Smith Doctor Who and should simply leave the rest of us to it instead of muttering the same unhelpful nonsense of 'Bring Back Tennant'. It's annoying because it's disrespectful to new Doctor, Matt Smith who admittedly does struggle to assert his presence initially; not helped by a massive departure in terms of style; a more clownish, clumsy, English professor. It's different but for me again, different in a good way as it feels fresh and Moffat's writing offers not just a change of maturity but also in the relationship between Doctor and Companion.
In 'Eleventh Hour' the relationship between the Doctor and new companion Amy Pond is depicted, from Amy's perspective, as a fairytale come to life, in fact the whole fifth and sixth series has played on this and relied on this even though at it's worst it becamse slightly repetitive. Karen Gillan is a quirky and feisty new companion who enjoys great chemistry with Matt Smith. Many critics indeed noted that Gillan may be too sexy for the role and the character a bit too much for children. I disagreed on this point and in fact find Amy the most relatable companion since Rose Tyler in series one.
'Eleventh Hour' is the highlight episode of the set; funny, moving and exciting with a visual style to suggest a more darker edge than before; it had a feel about it similar to way the show felt back under Eccelston who was the darkest Doctor of them all. 'The Beast Below' is a strange one because it doesn't have the fast paced thrills of the opener but it isn't a predictable monster mystery either with a few decent twists along the way. It doesn't feel as satisfying as maybe it could but it does seem to be the one episode of the fifth season that seems better and better the more times you see it. 'Victory of the Daleks' finally draws a line under the increasingly tedious last Daleks in the universe yet always another one somewhere element. The new Dalek designs are interesting but sadly this episode still has a lot of the cheesy and silliness that I very much dislike and it doesn't do much to aide the Daleks weakened image in recent years. But each episode is well acted and there are plus points to each one, especially the first two.
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Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free] by Matt Smith (Blu-ray - 2010)