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A brilliant start for a new companion.,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 3 Vol.1  [DVD]  (DVD)
I am writing this review based on the actual episodes as the DVD has not yet been released so I have not been able to write about the commentaries or additional features.
For those who thought no companion could ever be as good as Rose, I hope you feel much happier now after seeing Martha Jones - Freema Agyeman gives a great performance, and it's clear she's not going to just follow The Doctor like a sheep. Like with Rose, she's got attitude and isn't afraid to put The Doctor in his place.
The first episode has some amazing special effects, the missing hospital scenes felt more like something from a film. For those of us who saw the Rhino-baddies with their head gear on a few weeks back in teaser trailers, we didn't get the Sontarans but we still got a good baddie! They reminded me of the Vogons from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy with their beurocracy and large heads!
Next we had a charismatic Shakespeare trying to pull Martha Jones and saving the world in the process. The whole ethos of words being powerful against the forces of evil rang true with the spirit of Doctor Who where brains often overcome braun. I've seen many actors play the role of the Bard himself over the years, but Dean Lennox-Kelly is in my opinion, the best. He brought warmth, humour and a good dash of egotism to the guy whom many of us have read in the classroom. The evil witch baddies were a bit naff, but the concept was good enough to keep the episode flowing well.
I didn't feel that Gridlock was the strongest of these three episodes, but it still didn't disappoint. The concept was brilliant (to a dystopian fiction lover like me!). The highlights of this episode include the Doctor talking about Galifrey and the time war to Martha, and of course - the face of Bo's final words to The Doctor ..."You are not alone".
A fab start to the series, from the episodes directly after these ones - this looks to be one of the best Doctor Who series we'll enjoy.
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
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