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Doctor Who? What? Why?,
This review is from: Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Lets start off by saying I'm a big Doctor who fan.No denying that,I have watched the series since Christopher Eccleston who to be honest,was my Doctor.I did not even know about the Doctor's regeneration ability until he...well...regenerated.And suddenly he changed. I liked Tennant aswell the Christmas invasion introduced him really well and only by the end of that episode could we appreciate this new Doctor with realistic companions and monsters(except maybe that one episode and if your a fan you will know which one I'm on about),but as we ended the Tennant with a sad farewell we get...Matt Smith.
Now let me tell you,this series isn't horribly bad. Just mostly bad. Now Matt Smith isn't a bad actor,he just can't play a realistic Doctor as his interpretation feels like a characture of a mad scientist.I'm not saying it's bad,but it is. The first episode feels rushed,trying to get to the action when really we need to see some character development.And it shows, in the fist two episodes the continuity is literally screaming at you.The fist two episodes are appalling with audio being off set with the film.But once you actually get past that mess the series is...well...still bad...but not as bad as the first two episodes of series 5. I reckon the Doctor who team gave us a few really crap episodes to make the rest seem good in comparison.Did it work? No it didn't. Amazingly,for the first time there isn't an episode I like,none of the episodes jumped out at me,none of them are scary, all the monsters are CGI except when they look human which is boring and half the monsters are invisible.
The Acting is good, but its good in a way that makes you feel like your watching a piece of theater where all the characters exaggerate there movements and honestly I don't believe these characters are real. But hey the Daleks are even better now right? "Nope" they now come in multi colours and even thicker than ever.Only character I actually liked was River Song. And last but not least,there is no mention of the previous series,he never once says oh I traveled with a woman called Donna/Rose/Martha.This series just feels like one big test series for Stephen Moffat as the new head writer,I liked his stories in the past but this series is like Marmite your either going to like it or hate it.
Thank you for reading my review "cough"
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2013 15:29:29 BDT
The continuity is there for a reason .. Donna/Rose/Martha don't need to be mentioned, even though it continues the story from David Tennant's era this is still supposed to be a fresh start with a new cast. There are mentions of the previous series though: "Victory of the Daleks" contains a reference to "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End" when the Doctor says about Daleks invading Amy's world; I'm pretty sure that the Weeping Angel stories contain some references to "Blink" and of course the biggest reference is that Matt Smith, for the first 40 minutes of his first episode, is wearing David Tennant's clothes. Admittedly maybe Steven Moffat's more recent episodes maybe haven't been up to scratch, but for his first year here as showrunner he was on fire.
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