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3.0 out of 5 stars Best episodes of the series....but thats not saying much, 3 Feb. 2007
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 3 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
I'm afraid i am not one of the people who thinks Doctor Who has enjoyed a renaissance. But i can admit there a few of the new series that do show great potential. And this DVD, conveniently, has all three of them in one package. I'll start with the one that isn't fantastic first. "The Long Game," tellingly written by Russel T Davies (and therefore hardly original), is set in the year 5000-odd and is a tale about corporate media takeover. With a big alien in the attic. The problem with this story is that its completely average. Not bad at all, but lacking in being good as well. Simon Pegg gives an overly hammy performance, Tamsin Greig is even roped in for a daft pointless cameo. The alien on Level 51 is once again given an incredibly silly name (I think RTD picked it up incorrectly from watching one or two episodes of the classic series that aliens should have daft names. I stand by my accusation; i don't think RTD is a doctor who fan. He just says he is to make people like him.) And the ending is abysmal. Moving on.

"Fathers Day" is excellent. Oh look, not written by Russel. Taking a basic sci fi concept (that of using time travel to right what once went wrong) and twisting it round to show its dark side. Setting it in the 80s is a stroke of genius - it allows clever use of cool classic cars. Its a morality tale at its heart. The appearance of the creatures (officially "reapers", but they are a little too akin to the Chronovores of Who History) is brilliant; excellent special effects and actually quite scary. The gaping plot holes...well fine. Its time travel. Few people can write a time travel yarn without having a few plot holes. Best just to ignore them and enjoy the ride.

"The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" are not written by Russel either. Ergo they are very good. Its a two-parter, so theres a cliffhanger. And its brilliant. The gasmask transformation is a scare-sequence that will haunt the children of today like the haemovores of "The Curse of Fenric" did when i was that age. Introducing the world to Jack Harkness as well - who will go on to flaunt his classy womanising (and "manising") in the spin off Torchwood). The ending is a little overly sugary but hey, whats wrong with that? Richard Wilson shows what cameo actors should do; play it well and play it straight. True class.

Overall then. Three out of Four and to boot, the best three episodes of the whole of Chris Ecclestone's series all on one DVD. Ignore the rest of the series and watch this one.
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