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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent introductory box-set; could've had a bit more content., 27 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Regeneration [DVD] (DVD)
Apparently Doctor Who DVD collectors are something of a mad cult who feel morally obligated to buy anything and everything the BBC puts out that so much as mentions Doctor Who, hence everyone's been up in arms about this product in particular. As a short-time fan of the show, I can't really comment on feeling ripped-off or cheated by those "greedy money-grabbing BBC suits", but I can appreciate the sentiment towards Tenth Planet being released as part of this box set before a standalone release.

Judging the box set on its own merits, I'd say it's a nicely-presented - if a little thin on the ground - introduction to Doctor Who. As much as I'd like to collect every Who DVD, I simply don't have the shelf space, so I'd want any DVDs I do get to look as nice as possible. And this set certainly does. The slipcase and book are nice and solid (although the book fools you into thinking it's a lot longer than it is, when in fact it's composed of just 12 thick cardboard pages designed to house the six DVDs), and the photographs and text in the book are very pleasing to the eye.

Of course, the episodes themselves are the primary focus here, especially the newly-animated episode 4 of The Tenth Planet. From what the team had to work with (a few stills, the audio track for the episode and the odd bit of remaining footage), they've put together a good reconstruction of William Hartnell's final episode. The animation does look a little wooden at times (especially some of the front shots of Hartnell, as they've just used a traced version of one of his most famous publicity stills so the head doesn't quite match the body). The rest of the episodes have been well-restored, although most of them aldready had been in the past.

One complaint that I have (having seen some of the standalone DVDs in action) is the complete lack of any bonus features. You just get the episodes. No commentary, no behind-the-scenes, nothing. Something I would have thought would be a given in a set like this is a little featurette about each regeneration. Even something detailing how the concept was created. All you get on that front is a little paragraph at the end of the description of Tenth Planet: "Back in 1966, when The Tenth Planet was first transmitted, the viewers had no inkling about regeneration, no idea that the Doctor - and the programme - was about to change almost beyond recognition..."

So in summary: if you're just after the fancy bonus-featured Tenth Planet, don't be naive idiot and just wait for the standalone DVD release in the Autumn. If you'd like a fairly decent introduction to the classic series - as well as a nicely-presented coffee table book, go for it.
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Initial post: 12 Jul 2013 16:45:15 BDT
Mark Butler says:
Very well thought out and presented review. I am afraid i'm one of the die hard fans who will buy anything Doctor Who connected!!

Posted on 13 Jul 2013 13:48:12 BDT
Simon F. says:
Thanx for letting us know that there are no bonus features. Shan't be adding this to my collection.
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