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Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2013

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.

Fantastic way to open the season. can't fault it. LLOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2012
Well first off i ordered this under the free delievery service and it arrived within 2 days, so am extremely pleased. The box set comes in the same style as season 5, which is nice, easy to distingish on the shelf.

As for the season itself it is phenomonal! I really enjoyed it. There are many two part episodes but actually i would say it is more like a running series, as some even continue after the second episode. It is a very intense and dark story right throughout leading up to the discovery of who River Song actually is and what it is she actually does, very compelling. Plus of course it also comes one step closer to the question that surrounds the mistery of The Doctor, Doctor Who? I would say that if your a Whovian you should have a pretty good idea of what the Doctors name is by now, i sure do! In the episode called The God Complex, Amy asks the doctor a question about his faith and who he worships and his face reveals alot about who he is, it is very sutble, blink and you'll miss it.

All in all a fantastic storyline and can not wait to have the entire seventh season to stand next to the rest of my Dr Who collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2014
Love it, love it, love it. The more I see of Matt Smith the better I like him in the role of the Doctor. Series 6 has to be one of the best so far. The Amy, Rory, River Song story has developed brilliantly and I just love the episode, "The Wedding of River Song" If you haven't watched this do so immediately.
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This is a review of the 2011 dvd release of this season. Not the 2014 re-release or the blu ray. That has to be mentioned because the amazon system will probably link things together.

A six disc dvd box set containing all thirteen forty five minute long episode of Doctor Who season six. The second of Matt Smith's three seasons in the role. Originally broadcast in 2011.

It also contains the 2010 christmas special.

Just in case you haven't watched these episodes by now: the season has a story arc. It begins with a major event. The ramifications of which are felt throughout it. As the Doctor finds he can't escape a fate that awaits him. How he and his friends deal with this is another matter.

As with shows that do story arcs, there are episodes that deal quite strongly with it. And others that are pretty much stand alone, but never forget that the arc is going on.

There are three two part stories. The season is structured a little differently to those which came before because one of these used the cliffhanger ending to it's first part as a lead in to a mid season break when it was first broadcast.

The nature of the story arc means that some more casual viewers may find the plotting a bit too complicated at times. As we now know with the benefits of hindsight, some of it would pay off in episodes which at the time, were yet to come.

But you have a great actor playing the Doctor. Two excellent companions. Some very good new monsters. One of whom you will remember. Even though you're not supposed to. And a character or two that we've seen before as well.

This is complex and challenging Doctor Who for the modern age, and an integral part of what was a very great era for the show.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It also has English audio commentary for those with sight problems.

Disc one, which just contains the 2010 christmas special, also has the behind the scenes production documentary 'Doctor Who confidential' episode about it's production. Although all the episodes of that on here are cut down versions half the length of the original broadcast.

It also contains 'time' and 'space'. Two short five minute long scenes originally broadcast as part of comic relief. This and another extra which we'll talk about in a moment all try to show what goes on in the TARDIS between episodes. Using just the three main actors and the main set. These are both great fun and essential watching.

Disc two has a commentary on the season opener. Short prequel scenes to that and the third episode. Both worth a look. And Monster file: the silence. There are several of these on the discs. Each run for just under ten minute and look at a various monster from the season and how they were brought to life on screen.

Disc three has a commentary on episodes five and six. Another monster file, this one about the gangers [introduced in these episodes].

Plus four more short scenes called 'Night and the Doctor.' These are the aforementioned life in between episode sketches. And also essential viewing.

Disc four has a commentary on episode seven. A monster file on the antibodies [also new to this season]. And short prequel scenes to episodes seven and eight.

Disc five has a commentary on the season finale. A monster file on the Cybermats. A prequel scene to the season finale. Two trailers for the season. And another night and the doctor sketch. Which is more a prequel to episode eleven really.

Disc six has all thirteen Doctor Who confidential episodes for the season. All the cut down versions, though. And a fifteen minute long one looking at the Making of the Night and the Doctor sketches.

Whilst it's a pity there's no deleted scenes, this is a still a very good package for a great season.
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on 30 December 2013
Matt Smith is well into his stride as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor; Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill return as the newly married Amy and Rory, companions and sidekicks.

It's a confusing series in some ways, and I almost feel as if I should start watching it over again with the benefit of hindsight. While most episodes are complete in themselves, the idea of a `crack in the universe' continues, as do the mysterious `Silence' aliens, who disappear from memory as soon as someone stops looking at them.

Other than the Silence, here are not so many evil aliens in this series; the Daleks and Weeping Angels make only brief appearances, as do the Cybermen. On the other hand, there's a pirate ship complete with singing Sirens, an episode where Hitler appears, and some doppelgangers who impersonate their human counterparts. It was difficult trying to work out what parts of each episode were significant, and I often found my head buzzing... there's a lot of fast action and tension, neither of which really appeal to me.

Yet Doctor Who is very engaging. The human - and human-alien - interactions are often revealing, sometimes moving. The heavier, darker episodes are interspersed with lighter ones; I particularly enjoyed the penultimate `Closing Time', where the Doctor pops in to see his friend `Craig', who featured in Season Five.

There are plenty of short extras in this season, with prequels and mini-episodes as supplements, although it's not necessary to watch them.

All in all, a season well worth owning and watching for anyone who is a fan of this long-running series.
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on 19 November 2013
I directly bought the DVD after I finished watching the season online.

David Tennant is my favorite Doctor, but Matt Smith in my opinion is the BEST Doctor at least of the new series. I really love how he transmits so many emotions by his acting. He's so good you actually think that he is feeling all the pain and all the emotions from his fictional character.

Returning to the DVD...I really enjoyed this season. It was an emotional rollercoaster and had some amazing episodes like 'The Doctors Wife' where we can see The Doctors relation with his Tardis, or the 'The Weeding of River Song' funny and sad at the same time. "A Good Man Goes To War" was one of the best episodes for me,'The Doctor's darkest hour. He'll rise higher than ever before and then fall so much'.

In this season we get to explore so much from The Doctors character and also from Amy, Rory and River Song. This season takes to light some really interesting facts and mysteries from previous seasons. We get to know who River Song really is and her connection to the Doctor (no spoilers) and find out more and more aspects of the Doctor.

The DVD came early than the estimated delivery date and in great condition. I'm really exited to finally have it in my possession and I just can't wait for the price of the seventh season to drop so I can add it to my collection.

Matt Smith was a great Doctor. I really enjoyed every episode with him and I'm really sad that he is leaving. I hope that the twelfth Doctor will keep up to the high standards of David Tennant and Matt Smith.
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on 3 November 2013
Being a huge Dr Who family as a whole (we, as parents, having watched it since Jon Pertwee's time, children since the 2005 revival) we are gradually buying the series on DVD, and some of them 'belong' to our eldest daughter because they were requested, and bought as, presents for birthdays, and this Series 6 DVD was bought for this purpose... but of course we've all watched it anyway! It follows the same format as the previous DVDs - fans who've already bought any of them will already be familiar with it (so don't need to read the rest of my review!) but for those who haven't, it are 'extras' such as episode commentaries (for 'The Impossible Astronaut', 'The Doctor's Wife', 'The Almost People' and 'The Wedding of River Song' - so only four episodes, and if I had a gripe it would be that I do wish they'd make them for all the episodes!), 'monster files' (more of a detailed background to adversaries created for various episodes, such as 'the flesh' in 'The Almost People'/'The Rebel Flesh', showing how the make-up was created and achieved, revealing more about why they act as they do etc) and little mini 'tardisodes' (I think they're called?) which set up, or follow up, certain events in the main series. If you're visually impaired or hearing impaired there is audio commentary (make sure you don't turn it on by mistake - it's easy to do if you're a bit 'trigger happy' with your remote!) and subtitling for every episode (I find the subtitles helpful when I'm listening to the commentaries - that way you don't miss out on dialogue, which is obviously dipped to allow the commentary to be heard, which means you can still identify/keep up with the important bits of dialogue the commentary is referring to!). If you are a fan you will probably already have one or more of the DVDs already, but if you liked Series 6, and haven't bought any of the others for any reason but are considering buying this one, then I hope some of the reviews here have helped you decide!
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on 4 April 2013
Adventures across time and space with the time-travelling hero.

A Christmas Carol: The Doctor must save a crashing spaceship and a miser's soul - but what lurks in the fog?

The Impossible Astronaut: Amy, Rory and River mourn the Doctor, but are soon plunged into an adventure.

Day of the Moon: The Doctor fights an alien invasion dating back to the beginnings of human civilisation.

The Curse of the Black Spot: There's terror on the high seas, as the Doctor is stranded on a pirate ship.

The Doctor's Wife: By following a Time Lord distress signal, the Doctor endangers Amy, Rory and the TARDIS.

The Rebel Flesh: A solar tsunami liberates doppelgangers from their human 'originals'.

The Almost People: The Doctor must convince terrified factory workers to trust their doppelgangers.

A Good Man Goes to War: The Doctor assembles an alien army to fight the Battle of Demons Run.

Let's Kill Hitler: Nazis! River on the rampage! Regeneration! The TARDIS crash-lands in 1930s Berlin.

Night Terrors: The Doctor must deal with sinister dolls coming to life.

The Girl Who Waited: Amy's trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague. Can Rory save her?

The God Complex: The TARDIS lands in a hotel where every visitor's room contains their biggest fears.

Closing Time: The Doctor's final days are upon him, and the Cybermen are waiting...

The Wedding of River Song: All of time and space hangs in the balance, for this is the day the Doctor dies.

25 Dec 2010 - 1 Oct 2011
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When doctor Who started it was enjoyable and as time went had very little money spent on it,of cause effects were not great as computers had not been invented. As time went on the BBC fell out of love with it and then cancelled it, in hind sight it did need a rest and a re-think.
Sixteen years later and only one TV movie and the programme I loved as a child came back bigger and better, now loved by the BBC and loved by the public, and with a smile on my face and with the knowledge that I always loved it right up to the end, and now knowing a whole knew generation are in love with the programme as well. I except not every episode is brilliant, but the programme is polished very well acted in every case, shot like a movie, even Catherine Tate was an amazement and I had doubts of her casting.
Then came Steven Moffet and Matt Smith and the roller-coaster ride continued. I have to admit that The stories in season five and six are not as straight forward and those from the Russell T Davis years, and to be honest having watched everything again I seem to be able to understand the somewhat complicated story lines better.
So can I recommend Who for a new generation, well yes Matt Smith has all the charm of David Tennett but the quirkiness of Patrick Troughton an excellent actor and a great choice, Karen Gillian is just excellent as Amy Pond and Alex Kingston as Riversong again is such a great casting. What i find amazing is that every companion so far has been a thrill to watch, If you are new to the show and have just never watched the new series I would urge you to watch. The series does have a very strong link going through it, and although some episodes such as the Lodger and the God Complex can be watched as Stand alone episodes, at least half of the episodes deal with the idea of the Doctor being killed in the future and his friends knowing this and trying to prevent this from happening.
Sometimes complicated and sometime requiring you to watch again, but always requiring your full attention. This is who for a knew generation and I personally love it,don't knock it to much I'd hate them to cancel it again for another 16 years, I may be dead by the time they brought it back again.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2011
If your kids/ friends/ Jim The Fish are going to want Series 6 for Christmas, order this great 'Silent variant' with exclusive postcards now: mean spirited stockpilers have form in buying up these lovely limited editions, then charging three times the price only months later (eg Series 3's 'Master variant'). The 3D Silent head itself isn't just holographic; it's sculpted card, and leans out menacingly.

Moffat planned a "fairytale": after the "rollercoaster" of Series 5, Series 6 is the "ghost train". We're fully immersed in the lives of the travellers, each with their own compelling battles ahead. While I don't agree with those who've labelled this series "overcomplicated", in its ambition it has sometimes lost coherency (ie I understand what the characters have done and when, but I've not always been convinced by their supposed motives). However, the verdict is overwhelmingly positive. You will have your own reactions to the episodes; these are merely mine.

The Special
A Christmas Carol: 8 -thin stuff but fun. Yet more Dickens/Victoriana and sometimes sickly sweet, but clever and with some lovely touches.

The Episodes
The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon: 9 -irresistable imagery (space race, Oval Office, Mad Men, haunted house), truly scary aliens & two of the greatest openings in the show's history. Few too many loose ends but a great cliffhanger.

The Curse of the Black Spot: 7 -fun & feisty romp marred only by Hollywood pirates & a soppy father/son subplot (the first of many this year!). Cole is great & the Moffat-inspired sci-fi twist is neat.

The Doctor's Wife: 10 -a note perfect fan pleaser resembling a graphic novel by Samuel Beckett. The continuity feels just right, Jones is sublime & the humour/horror balance is perfect.

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People: 7 -a horror movie inspired base under siege that flags when it gets talky. A lack of clarity & likeable characters make it hard to invest in, but there are very powerful scenes: especially the cliffhanger!

A Good Man Goes To War: 9 -this great 'finale' with Star Wars designs feels truly epic. The 'repertory of monsters' vignettes really feed the story and Moffat's placing of the Doctor in the universe.

Let's Kill Hitler: 7 -at its finest at its funniest, with a great new companion introduction. Rory & Amy's early days are both touching & clever; but there's a lot of padding, an assassin's conversion is deeply unconvincing & the end's a cop-out.

Night Terrors: 6 -well regarded but downbeat. Almost a remake of Fear Her except we know from the start that the fears are imagined. Great visuals & terrifying monsters though.

The Girl Who Waited: 8 -affecting 'what if' story with a retro sci-fi look. Gillan & Darvill are superb. The time-bending pushes it at times, but the ending's fully committed.

The God Complex: 9 -nice use of CCTV in a creepy hotel full of monsters. Often very tense. Smith's brilliantly vulnerable. Walliams perhaps steals the show too much.

Closing Time: 8 -very funny sequel to The Lodger. There's something childishly exciting about a big, shiny shop at night. The Cybermen do what they do best: lurk!

The Wedding of River Song: 6 -Smith's brilliant performance carries this (maybe inevitable) let down. The fun BBC Breakfast cameo & Live Chess aside, the 'time gone wrong stuff' (also done last year) goes on & on without adding to the plot. Though the end was never in doubt, the universe is very easily fooled it would seem! However, there's a lovely tribute to the past and overall it's an excellent set up for next year.

The great value extras raise 4 stars for the stories to 5 stars for the box set. There are the 5 online prequels (for Episodes 1, 3, 7, 8 & 13), the 2 Comic Relief scenes, 14 cut-down Confidentials and the 4 Monster Files (Silents, Gangers, Anti-bodies, Cybermats) released earlier this year. Only 4 Commentaries (for Episodes 1, 4, 7 & 13) but there are 5 exclusive to DVD 'Night & the Doctor' scenes with their own Confidential episode: the somewhat disposable 'Good/Bad Night' are Tardis based comical/ sentimental vignettes with Amy and the Doctor, while 'First/Last Night' do the same for River and the Doctor but add more to River's story; 'Up All Night' is simply an amusing Doctor-less prequel to episode 12. Don't miss out!
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