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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Are you my mummy?' - The Jagrafess, Reapers and gas-masked zombies, 1 Oct 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 3 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
The third volume of the Christopher Eccleston series of `Doctor Who' containing some fine episodes of the show. There are four episodes on this DVD (two one-parters and one creepy two-parter). Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper are on top form with their characters and are soon to be joined by future `Torchwood' lead John Barrowman playing Captain Jack Harkness. This DVD really has a lot to offer and so much to enjoy. By this point the series has managed to gain its prestige reputation.

`THE LONG GAME'

This story is quite a sparkly episode set in the far, far future (the year 200,000 to be precise). The Doctor and Rose are joined by Adam (Bruno Langley) who they've invited to join them from `Dalek'. They arrive on a space station called `Satellite 5' where not all is as it seems. On appearances it's a space station broadcasting the news to Earth and its Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. But on the top floor of 500 there is something deadly watching and the Doctor knows that the technology the human population are using is wrong. The Doctor and Rose investigate what's going on by asking questions and eventually getting to the top floor meeting the mysterious Editor (played superbly by Simon Pegg) and the monstrous Jagrafess.

Simon Pegg who appears in this story is absolutely brillant, well know for his appearances in 'Spaced' and later on in the latest 'Star Trek' films as Scotty. He's really playing menacing bad guy with a degree of humour to his performance. There's also a lovely performance from Anna Maxwell-Martin who plays Suki in this story (who at the same time was in 'Bleak House' with Carey Mulligan, Burn Gorman and Charles Dance that same year).

This story is also one that explores Adam's journey to being a companion to the Doctor and how he messes up with acquiring knowledge from the future for his own purposes. It's a rather sad story with Adam being taken back home by the Doctor because of what he did.

`FATHER'S DAY'

This is a definite Rose story as it's about her meeting her dad in 1987 before he got killed in a car crash. It's a story about how not break the laws of time since Rose saves her dad from being killed and the Doctor becomes angry since it causes a paradox. Not only does it cause a paradox but it also allows the bat-like Reapers to enter who devour anyone out of time and `come to seal the wound'.

It's a real tear-breaker, marvellously written by Paul Cornell (who would later write my favourite Big Finish audio `Circular Time') and some lovely and strong performances by Billie Piper, Chris Eccleston and Shaun Dingwall who plays Rose's dad, Pete.

`THE EMPTY CHILD'/'THE DOCTOR DANCES'

This is a two-part story set in 1941 London during World War II and is a really creepy, bleak and thrilling story. It's Steven Moffat's first ever Doctor Who (not counting `The Curse of Fatal Death') and is the first time we meet Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), new companion to the Doctor.

The story is about the Doctor and Rose chasing a `Chula ambulance' through time and space which ends up in 1941 London. The two soon get separated with Rose accidentally caught on the cable of a barrage balloon and meet up with Captain Jack; and the Doctor finding a young girl called Nancy looking after some kids who escaped evacuation from the war and is being chased by a little boy in a gas mask always asking the question `Are you my mummy? Are you my mummy?'

This really got me the scares when I first saw it, especially when it came to the cliffhanger of the first episode `The Empty Child'. There are some lovely character development for the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack as they work together and have banters between each other. There's also a guest appearance from Richard Wilson (`One Foot In The Grave') playing Dr Constantine who eventually becomes a gas-masked zombie 'wanting his mummy' as does all the hospital staff and army officers and soldiers. The episode is all set in the dark at night and is really chilling to watch. It's already gained in its position as one of the top five favourite stories for `Doctor Who' and certainly deserves to be thanks to Steven Moffat.

I'm really pleased at the end of the story that Captain Jack doesn't die as I really like the team up between the Doctor, Rose and Jack and look forward to seeing more adventures between these three characters. There's also some Glenn Miller music in this story to which I've been fan of ever since I was a kid including `Moonlight Serenade' and `In The Mood'.

So another fantastic offering of Doctor Who episodes from the new series. Chris' Doctor excels throughout this story and Billie is truly a brilliant companion to the Doctor. Hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

The next story following this is 'Night of the Whisper'.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2013 10:16:45 GMT
Timelord007 says:
Great review Tim, I've done several new review's mate feel free check them out as i appreciate a Doctor Who fans opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2013 09:54:27 GMT
Really glad you've enjoyed this review. Thanks for supporting me. I really appreciate it. Tim
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