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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who - scream of the shalka
An excellent story in this dvd. A must for all Doctor who fans. Well written story and very well priced.
Published 17 months ago by maureen cochrane

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Doctor now
Scream of the Shalka is an anomaly, a one off, a dead end. Intended as a new start for Doctor Who its now relegated to a footnote in the programme's history. I had hoped this dvd release might reveal a lost gem but unfortunately its a fairly ordinary story, a generic alien invasion. The animation is the basic Cosgrove Hall style and the picture quality is surprisingly...
Published 19 months ago by stuart gardner


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3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Doctor now, 18 Sept. 2013
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Scream of the Shalka is an anomaly, a one off, a dead end. Intended as a new start for Doctor Who its now relegated to a footnote in the programme's history. I had hoped this dvd release might reveal a lost gem but unfortunately its a fairly ordinary story, a generic alien invasion. The animation is the basic Cosgrove Hall style and the picture quality is surprisingly poor for such a recent production. Richard E Grant plays the Doctor in a performance that Russell T Davies has described as lazy. This seems unfair, he is playing a character consumed by ennui and drained of passion and he livens up considerably when the Doctor "finds some form" in the later episodes. Derek Jacobi's rather camp performance as the Master is not a patch on his later appearance in the episode Utopia. David Tennant has a very brief cameo as one of the Shalka's victims but the rest of the cast get little to do and are rather forgettable.
As is usual with the BBC Doctor Who dvd range there are plenty of interviews, documentaries etc. Of particular interest is an isolated soundtrack of the musical score for the story. In spite of the effort involved in this dvd it still feels inconsequential and probably will only be of interest to Doctor Who completists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who - scream of the shalka, 17 Nov. 2013
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An excellent story in this dvd. A must for all Doctor who fans. Well written story and very well priced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a different take., 29 Oct. 2013
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A interesting side step in the world of Dr who which I enjoyed, it has a good story and is fast paced.
Richard does a brilliant job playing the 9th bbci animation version of Dr who.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd, 1 Oct. 2013
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great and fast dilivery, hank you and hope to have your custom again maybe in the near future sometime, thanks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Shalka Doctor, 11 Aug. 2013
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Surprised this is getting a release to be honest which means that the bbc are coming up to the end of the Doctor Who range and are searching around desperately for any new unreleased material. In 2003 the new series which many myself included thought nothing more than a pipe dream that would never happen had yet to be officially announced and so this was intended as the first in a series of animated adventures with Richard E Grant as the 9th Doctor. A decent romp which sees The Doctor and UNIT investigate an alien race called The Shalka who are coming up through the Earth to invade. It feels like an old fashioned UNIT adventure from the 70's, some neat ideas including Derek Jacobi as a robot version of The Master forced to travel with The Doctor years before Jacobi played The Master in the David Tennant era before regenerating into John Simm while Richard E Grant is good as The Doctor in what turns out to be his only performance. Animation isn't great and while there are some good ideas and performances it's probably for the best that this was the only animated story they did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Jan. 2015
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Great story and Richard E. Grant was good as the Doctor!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...surprisingly, engrossing...it may just impress...", 28 Aug. 2013
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Potential. Yes, that's the word that ably describes the 2003 "webisodes" (I think that's what the BBC titled them) from Paul Cornell and BBCi, DOCTOR WHO - SCREAM OF THE SHALKA released for the first time on DVD on 16 September 2013.

If it wasn't the for the pesky interference (yes, I'm joking, dear reader) of Russell T Davies and Jane Tranter in their audacity in thinking that DOCTOR WHO could be revived on television then the potential of an animated series of stories, with a revelatory Richard E Grant as the Ninth Doctor, could have been wholly explored and realised to a greater depth.

Allison: What are you?
The Doctor: Mildly annoyed.

However, as we know too well, SCREAM OF THE SHALKA was an isolated project, mildly idiosyncratic yet highly entertaining, and, unfortunately, cannot even be regarded as "canon" and as such is archived on the same shelf as Peter Cushing's two movie outings (but, then again, I'm sure Grant would not be too dismissive of such legendary company as they gather eons of dust together). If, like myself, you come to this animated six-parter fresh, having avoided it for a decade, then embrace it and, by the final episode, you'll be enveloped by an enigmatically witty yet caustic Time Lord, a (and here's that word again...) potentially substantial TARDIS travelling companion, Allison (played by Sophie Okonedo - Liz 10 from SERIES 5's DOCTOR WHO - THE BEAST BELOW) and a traditional plot (Paul Cornell) that embodies the very DNA of the CLASSIC SERIES.

Overall, DOCTOR WHO - SCREAM OF THE SHALKA is, surprisingly, engrossing and I'm ashamed, as fan of the series, that I had ignored it for far too long, and with this release `missing blanks' can be appropriately filled in even though some (fans) may consider the production as "...putting kittens in a blender..."

In CARRY ON SCREAMING, the production team discuss the sometimes fraught genesis of the animated series (yes, this project was envisaged as a three-story 12-episode animated series) as seemingly circuitous BBC meetings to gain finance and to discuss Licencing Rights options would challenge a Möbius Strip for incomprehensibility and longevity. As the story's Executive Producers, James Goss states, "...we'd not have done it if they'd known if DOCTOR WHO was going to be brought back to TV (in 2005)" and Martin Trickey "...we asked everybody who we thought we had to ask..." and even then the production was plagued with disinterest from the Corporation's Executives. One supportive voice was from its writer, Paul Cornell, who leapt (whilst remaining as cool as a frozen cucumber) at the opportunity to write for the broadcast series and to create a new version of the Doctor.

Unsurprisingly, Goss describes the dependable Cornell as "...bomb-proof as a seaside donkey..." and he delivered in SCREAM OF THE SHALKA a timey-wimey-free linear adventure that gradually and unsuspectingly draws you in eventually assailing your senses. And you would not expect anything different from Cornell, would you? Long-time DOCTOR WHO author (including the 1995 DOCTOR WHO - HUMAN NATURE novel for Virgin New Adventures that was later developed for the NEW SERIES in 2007) not delivers an electrifying plot and a new alien menace but, in pre-dating Russell T Davies' ROSE (2005), the most `everyday' (and that a compliment not a criticism) setting & scripting for a DOCTOR WHO story to date. The relationship between Allison and hapless boyfriend, Joe mirrors that of Rose Tyler and Mickey Smith, whilst there is a just a frisson of dangerous sexuality between Allison and her Doctor that will be eventually explored by Rose and her Doctor.

There are noticeable inclusion that have - or may have - influenced Russell T Davies in his own scripting of the NEW SERIES. Cornell deploys a "motor vehicle style central TARDIS locking `click-click' scenario (see DOCTOR WHO - THE END OF TIME PART ONE) as well as his Doctor's predilection for "Hush" (see DOCTOR WHO - FEAR HER).

Furthermore, CARRY ON SCREAMING details how fans' mixed appreciation SCREAM OF THE SHALKA and the BBC's commitment to a `live-action' new series effectively scuppered future endeavours but, graciously, the production team behind the first animated DOCTOR WHO story were resigned to the fact and, it would seem, were quite pleased not to pursue the project further.

In SCREAMING SESSIONS, the cast and crew - sans Richard E Grant - discuss their roles, being turned into animation ("...you cannot polish a turd..." and "...bigger boobs and smaller feet..." were some of the statements from the actors to Cosgrove Hall Animation) and recording sessions. Whilst Okonedo describes Richard E Grant's Doctor as "...a perfect Doctor...", Craig Kelly describes him "...a quintessential Gentlemen..." which might leave some fans saying "Why wasn't he cast as a television Doctor?"

In INTERWEB OF FEAR, we see the binary relationship that DOCTOR WHO has had with BBC's own online presence, and how a key moment in political world history saw a dramatic change in how the `interweb' was going to be used and now important the BBC's online content would be (and how DOCTOR WHO would play a part within it). It's a fascinating featurette and demonstrates the exponential growth of the medium within a relatively short period of time.

The SOUNDTRACK ALBUM (in excessive of 27 minutes) is for true DOCTOR WHO aficionados who don't have two children to coordinate, a mortgage to pay, supper to make, the car to wash, the lawn to mower... you get the idea. If you have the time, listen.

Wrapped up with PHOTO GALLERY, episode commentary from Cornell, Goss and the story's director, Wilson Marcus, and a heart-stopping COMING SOON TRAILER for TERROR OF THE ZYGONS, DOCTOR WHO - SCREAM OF THE SHALKA's release on DVD is not as eccentric as initially perceived.

Certainly, it's not a lost classic but, if like myself, you have never seen it, it may just impress you.
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10 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cartoon, 20 Jun. 2013
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This was originally, I think, transmitted on the BBC red button. Nothing wrong with it - it's a well-written romp, and of course the special effects spare no cost! - but it won't be in the official Doctor Who canon as there's an unexplained different doctor (Richard E Grant, always good). And, of course, it's a cartoon.
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