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5.0 out of 5 stars introducing the impossible girl, 21 May 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 7 Part 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who's 50th year sees what is in my opinion one of the strongest seasons of the show since it came back in 2005. It saddens me that so many new series fans seem completely unaware of the show's rich long history and seem to think that Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant were the first Doctors instead of the 9th and 10th. Hopefully this series and the upcoming anniversary special will educate them. The Snowmen is the christmas special that starts off this boxset. Getting over what happened to Amy and Rory in Angels Take Manhatten, The Doctor has become a recluse in Victorian London vowing to never get involved again but gets instead involved with a Victorian governess and a case involving snowmen and a familiar enemy from The Doctor's past, The Great Intelligence, last seen during the Patrick Troughton era that's the 2nd Doctor to any new series fans. One of the best christmas specials the episode is great fun to watch with guest star Richard E Grant on great form as Doctor Simeon and Ian Mckellan superb as the voice of The Great Intelligence while Jenna Louise Coleman makes an impressive start as Clara. The Bells Of St John starts series 7 part 2 properly, set in modern day London The Doctor meets Clara again who seems to die more than Rory and is intrigued by her and determined to solve the mystery of why she keeps dying and coming back to life and meeting him in different times but doesn't seem to remember him. Clara is one of The Doctor's most intriguing and mysterious companions and the two investigate monsters loose on the internet and come against new adversaries called The Spoonheads and is a good, solid opener to series 7 part 2. The Rings of Akhaten is next with Clara's first trip in The Tardis to a planet in the distant future where they come up against a god like creature and is another good, strong solid episode. The Cold War sees The Doctor and Clara on a Russian submarine in 1983 where they come up against an Ice Warrior. Last seen during 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee's era this is a thrilling, very tense episode and in my opinion destined to become one of Doctor Who's all time great episodes with 2 excellent guest performances from Game Of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham as the Russian Submarine captain and David Warner as a Russian scientist obsessed with 80's pop music. Hide is another very tense episode set in a haunted house in 1975. Journey to the centre of the Tardis does what it says on the tin. A brilliant episode which sees Clara trapped deep in the heart of the Tardis and The Doctor has to rescue her. The Crimson Horror is a fun episode set in Victorian London with an excellent guest performance from Diana Rigg and sees the return of the excellent Vastra, Jenny and Strax from The Snowmen which sees them investigate a mysterious factory in Yorkshire. Nightmare In Silver sees the return of old enemies The Cybermen set on an amusement planet. Probably the weakest episode here but good fun as The Doctor takes 2 children that Clara is looking after to the planet for some harmless fun only to run into The Cybermen. The Name Of The Doctor is the series finale and if there is one thing that modern Doctor Who does well it's a series finale and this is an absolutely superb finale and like the earlier Cold War destined to become an absolute classic which sees the return of River Song, Vastra, Jenny and Strax who are so good they deserve their own spin off series and Doctor Simeon from The Snowmen. The episode sees The Doctor at his tomb and sees cgi footage of classic Doctors 1-8 and glimpses of 9 and 10 which works brilliantly into the episode as The Doctor solves the mystery of Clara once and for all. The episode leads into the 50th anniversary special with an absolutely jaw dropping twist that looks like changing the show and what we thought we knew about The Doctor forever. It's going to be a long wait for the special. An excellent collection of episodes and Matt Smith's best episodes yet.
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