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5.0 out of 5 stars 'You are the Weakest Link! Goodbye!" - Cardiff, The Weakest Link and lots and lots of Daleks!!!!!, 2 Oct 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who : Series 1 - Volume 4 [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
This is brilliant collection of episodes of `Doctor Who' from the new series. The final set of stories with Chris Eccleston's Doctor and has to be the best of the best. Three episodes (two stories) on one DVD. The first set in Cardiff in the modern day and the last two set in the far, far future with deadly game shows and millions of Daleks. Some terrific performances from Christopher Eccleston in his final swing as the Doctor, and Billie Piper who truly proves her mettle as the Doctor's companion.

`BOOM TOWN'

Since I'm a Cardiff dweller and the series is filmed in Cardiff, I was thrilled to bits to find that this episode was actually set in Cardiff and the bay itself. All the locations looked familiar including the Millennium Centre, Roald Dahl's Plass and the barrages and walkways around the bay itself. I enjoyed going into the restaurants where the Doctor, his friends and Margaret Slitheen were having lunch or dinner.

Of course this episode follows on from the two-part story 'Aliens of London'/'World War Three', where after the Slitheen get destroyed by a missile in `Downing Street', one Slitheen manages to survive. Margaret Blaine (Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen as she's called) (played by Annette Badland) has managed to make herself Lord Mayor of Cardiff in six months and has set up the Blaidd Drwg project to build a nuclear power station to provide energy for the city itself. But it all turns out to be a trap, as the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack (who are on holiday) with Mickey manage to capture Margaret and discover the truth about the project as a means for her escape by blowing Cardiff itself with the use of a space-time rift in the bay.

This episode has some very strong character plot developments throughout, as the Doctor gets to Margaret over dinner when she tries to persuade not to take her back to her home planet and be executed on first sight. It's also a very interesting episode for Rose as her relationship with Mickey changes as he was her former boyfriend and there are some interesting revelations, twists and dilemmas going on. It's wonderfully written by Russell T. Davies, brilliantly directed by Joe Ahearne with some lush location work of Cardiff and some exciting action sequences.

`BAD WOLF'/'THE PARTING OF THE WAYS'

And if that wasn't enough, the final two episodes of this DVD are brilliant by comparison. Again some brilliant directorial work from Joe Ahearne and some fantastic plot and dialogue from the hand of Russell T. Davies. It's Chris Eccleston's final showdown as the Doctor and it proves to a `fantastic' one!

Set in the future of 200,100, this story follows on from the story `The Long Game', where the Doctor thought he managed to solve the problems of Satellite 5 and the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. Instead he's only made it worse.

The first episode sees the Doctor, Rose and Jack taken out of time and being put in these reality game shows for TV. The Doctor is put on `Big Brother', Rose on `The Weakest Link' and Jack on `What Not To Wear'. But these are games with a deadly difference as you get distingrated whenever you get evicted or voted off. Of course this is all some huge set up as a massive Dalek fleet ready to invade the Earth. It's an exciting showdown with an epic battle in the second episode.

I've enjoyed these two episodes so much that I couldn't help watch them over again and again. I enjoyed watching the `game show' parts of `Bad Wolf' which were really exciting. The Anne Droid joke in `The Weakest Link' was really amusing. I also enjoyed the confrontation scenes on the Dalek ship when the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack meet up with the Emperor of the Daleks for the first time.

There are some wonderful guest performances in this episode including Jo Joyner (`Eastenders') who played sweet Lynda with a `y' not with an `I'. She could have been a potential companion to the Doctor and was so sad when she got killed by the Daleks in the end. There's also Paterson Joseph who plays Roderick up against Rose in `The Weakest Link'. And of course there's Anne Robinson (playing the Anne Droid) as well as Davina McCall (as the Davina Droid in `Big Brother'). And of course there's the wonderful Nick Briggs doing the voice of the Daleks as well as the Emperor himself.

As I said before, this the last to feature Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and it's such a shame since he was fantastic in the role before regenerating into David Tennant. I hope this is not the last we ever see of him. It's also the last regular appearance of John Barrowman as Jack Harkness as he goes off to do `Torchwood', but that's for another day.

So to sum up, a brilliant collection of episodes to watch and enjoy. They conclude the first series of Doctor Who and rightly so with some brilliant scriptwriting from Russell T. Davies and some wonderful directing. Here's to the Christopher Eccleston era of `Doctor Who'.

Next it's with David Tennant as the Doctor and the first story of his tenure is 'The Christmas Invasion'.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2013 20:00:56 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Boomtown was slightly better than Aliens Of London & World War 3 but a low budget episode & more a stop-Goodgap for the big two part finale.

Great opener with Bad Wolf & Eccleston going hardcore at the Daleks yet Parting of the ways i felt let down in it's last half as the Doctor does very little exept save Rose from the time vortex.

But again Eccleston delivers against the Dalek Emperor goving his all the line "Doesn't it just burn when you see me" line a classic.

& the regeneration well handled & immediately we know Mr Tennant going to be something special & he was.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2013 11:42:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2013 11:48:37 GMT
Tim Bradley says:
Yes 'Boom Town' was more character driven in terms of Who episodes and i sort of gently sets everything up for what's to come in the finale including the Bad Wolf references. I enjoyed it since I can go down to the Bay and pick out all the familiar places.

I agree 'Bad Wolf' was more exciting than 'Parting', but it was a good story all around. It seemed rather pointless people were getting exterminated left; right and centre and that their guns don't work. Why couldn't they just have used Captain Jack's big energy weapon he used when he shot a Dalek in the TARDIS?! He could have avoided getting killed in the first place.

This story has one of Eccelston's performances, including where the camera focuses on his face after Rose gets killed and he's shocked and upset saying nothing and does not hear the voices of the security guards.

I like it when Chris goes 'so if anybody's going to shut up, IT'S YOU!!' to the Daleks and they all stagger back in fear. Very ferocious and fury raging from the Doctor.

I had no idea Chris was changing into David Tennant by the end of that story, and it got me introduced to the concept with regeneration and how they can change from one actor to the other playing the Doctor. It's easy to do since he's an alien. You don't get that with James Bond!

Thanks again for your comments. Tim.
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