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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Doctor Who, 7 Feb 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I know i will probably get negative responses to this review but it has to be said.

The New Series of Doctor Who ( series 1,2,3 and 4 of the past following years) were a good idea and i have to say i was excited at the prospect of seeing Doctor Who in it's limelight. But, after viewing the first episode of the new series i was very saddened to see how completely different the series was from the classic series with the REAL Doctors.

There are a number of things which really make me deteste the New Series:

-the complete overuse of CGI ( it doesn't look real and takes away from the gritty and living feel of the classic series.)
-i do not like the way they have taken the episodes and turned them into 45 minute sections each week. They cannot possibly make even a decent story with only 45 minutes. ( especially notable the fact that many of the classic series could be even up to 6 or 7 episodes long were we were captivated in the story and were left satisfied after the viewing.)
-there seems to be a fascination with over using villains as-well , i have noticed a complete overuse of the crappy tin can cybermen which appear every series and do not do the classic series justice in the slightest! The tomb of the cybermen and the moon-base are 2 of the best cybermen stories and wait till you hear! YES, they didn't have CGI to crap the story up with either AND ooo they were black n white too ! you would be best to view them for yourself but they are quite terrifying in fact and for being so old this is quite an achievement.
-the Doctor has a family??? WTH!!!??? this adds nothing to the story apart from making it more like a daily episode of the highly depressing Eastenders. Throughout the series the Doctor is a self confessed rogue timelord and despite ending up being president of the high council chooses a life of travelling with no strong connections to any particular place. (or time). very soppy. very unnecessary, very Crap indeed.
-the entire feel of the show has changed for the worse. The music seems to tell the viewer what to think every 5 seconds and makes everything extremely clique and tears away from what could be a genuinely interesting show.

From reading what i've said you probably think i'm some old guy who can't seem to let go of his childhood. Well i'm 17 and so i definitely have room to say that the Classic Series over powers the New in these ways and so many more. I'm just glad the BBC are releasing the classic series on dvd and hopefully will have many more out soon. What is shameful is that the BBC have taken a Classic show and a load of money and crap actors ( come on, where did Billie come from ??? Crap) and brought it back to make everyone who enjoyed the old series very bitter with their poor excuse for a tv show, It's shameful that the classic series are more enjoyable and more rustic in feel when they had no help from computers and very little budgets as well.

The first 7 doctors are all amazing Doctors in their own right and even Paul McGann in his one movie. Any past this are not respectable as Doctors and i have to say i was very impressed when David Tennant decided to leave. I feel the way they have gone about making the new series is pathetic and they should quit while they are ahead, making the series worse each year...

There are 2 items in relation to the New Series i have to admit were very good though but could have been done without:

- the return of Sarah Jane Smith was such a ray of light for the New Series. She played her part amazingly and brought nostalgia to that particular episode. I did enjoy seeing her again and was pleased they included her again but i cannot say this is enough to make me agree with everyone who seems to disregard the classic series as inferior.
- the use of Catherine was very entertaining. In the few episodes of the most recent series i was interested in her character and wanted to see what she was going to do next or say. Basically she stole the show ( which TBH anyone could have done over one motion wacky David but she did play her part extremely well indeed )

So to Clarify the Classic Series is soo much better than the New Series and anyone who has not seen it yet should and then you will know exactly what i am saying. This simply isn't Doctor Who.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2009 18:44:20 BDT
Hang on a mo Mister Ingham! I've read exactly the same review from you...word for word...about series one, two and four as well! I realise that you have a very negative opinion about Doctor Who since it returned to air, but the writers of Doctor Who have a deal more imagination than you appear to have if you can't vary it a bit! I am inclined to take your review with a pinch of salt, considering the amount of thought that didn't go into each one. If you want to be taken seriously, I suggest that rather then repeating yourself, parrot fashion, give us something properly thought out and well reasoned...sound reasons rather than complaints that sound like they're coming from an ancient old man tapping his cane vociferously on the ground!

Posted on 13 Apr 2009 14:26:34 BDT
"They cannot possibly make even a decent story with only 45 minutes. "

You have obviously not watched 'The Girl in the Fireplace', 'Blink' or even 'Gridlock'.

"the Doctor has a family??? WTH!!!???"

The Doctor always had a family. If anything this was even more prominent in the original series, to the extent that his Granddaughter was a main character in the first two seasons.

Posted on 27 May 2009 13:51:52 BDT
andy says:
I do agree with a few of your ponts, but the producers had to not only bring back Doctor Who to the fans who watched it before, they had to make it relevant to a generation who hadn't even heard of it and watched only soaps and reality tv.
The ongoing drama of Rose's family may have been dreary to us sometimes but it captured the expectations of people who expected such things. In case you haven't noticed, this aspect of Doctor Who has been gradually disappearing each series as people get used to it again.
As regards the 45min episodes, yes, they do appear rushed and fast paxced, but this is the nature of tv in the 21st century. Again, it has to grab an audience and keep them. In the 'good old days' there were three channels and Who was on one of them. Now, how many are there??
I feel compelled to point out that Dr Who did run 45 min episodes in 1985 with Colin Baker and they worked very well as it made for a better story narrative, cutting out unnecessary cliffhangers etc, and allowing for a good sit down in front of the box each week. I thought they should have continued this.
As for CGi, how can you possibly complain about this? It makes the series what it always should have been in terms of production values. had they had it back in the 60's and 70's, they would have used it.
You may not remember, but Doctor Who had a reputation in its heyday for unconvincing and slightly naff special effects a lot of the time, but everything of the time did. It didn;'t spoil the viewers enjoyment as we didn't know any better. To make it this way now would be laughable and would get the show canned.
I agree the show is a bit camp and abit silly now, but i guess thats progress. It has also produced some of the best episodes ever.
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