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This isn't the Doctor we know and love...,
This review is from: Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)
I was hugely disappointed by Series 5, having hoped for big things from new writer Steven Moffat after his excellent stories in Series 1, 3 and 4 (I wasn't that keen on "The Girl in the Fireplace" in series 2), especially the two parter, "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". The new Doctor is especially disappointing and I didn't like his silly attitude and he now seems to lack any emotion like we see in series one to four by the excellent 9th and 10th Doctor. The tenth Doctor was left heartbroken by the loss of Rose in series 2 and when she returned in series 4, he was definitely reluctant to let her go. Rose was clearly the love of the Doctor's life however now we come to series 5, Rose seems to have completely been forgotten. And why? Purely due to Steven Moffat's personal opinions on the character. According to him, she was needy and overused. If so, then why was she such a huge success in series 1, 2 and 4? Actress Billie Piper (who plays Rose) also won the Most Popular Actress both years she was a regular in a full series (2005 and 2006). The Doctor has many of the emotions that a human has so would you really just forget the love of your life overnight? The only slight mention of series 1-4 was cut from the episode and instead placed in `Deleted Scenes'!
Series one to four bought in loads of awards for Doctor Who. At the National Television Awards, they won Most Popular Drama for five years in a row, every year since Doctor Who began again in 2005. Then we come to 2011 and a much lower profile BBC show `Waterloo Road' wins the award. It is also the first year that the actor playing the Doctor didn't win any award.
The stories were actually alright and I liked the different story with companion Amy. My favourite episode was probably Amy's choice which had an interesting and unique storyline. But for me, the character of the emotionless 11th Doctor and no mention of series 1-4 ruined it. This is disappointing because I am obsessed with series 1, 2 and 4 and can't stop watching them!
At this rate, Doctor Who will soon be axed once again which will be a great disappointing for so many loyal fans. Series 1-4 was amazing (especially series 2) and I can't stop watching them! I really hope that the longest running science-fiction TV programme loved by so many is returned to us soon...