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"Fantastic!" - Autons, Platform 1 and Victorian Cardiff,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
I was a new comer to the series of `Doctor Who' and it was in 2005 that I first encountered the time traveller in his own blue box.
Here on this DVD are the first three episodes of the new series of `Doctor Who' starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. It is a brilliant start to a new series of stories especially for a younger audience who have never seen the show before. Back in 2005, `Doctor Who' was being revived and it has become more popular today thanks to this first season. These episodes will be cherished and treasured in years to come.
I found this episode really good to start of the new series as we meet Rose who drives the story forward from getting attacked by living plastic creatures at a clothes shop, rescued by the Doctor, to her curiosity getting the better of her as he wants to find out more about this strange man with a blue box. It's a wonderful start to the series with some lovely performances by Billie Piper as Rose and a great introduction to a new Doctor by Christopher Eccleston and beautifully written by the man Russell T Davies himself. It's funny, fast paced and very clever structured. Just be careful you watch out for plastic dustbins that try to eat you.
`THE END OF THE WORLD'
This is another good enjoyable episode as the Doctor takes Rose to the future in the year 5 billion and witnesses the end of the world where Earth gets destroyed by the sun. It's wonderful to experience how Rose sees through her eyes the future and aliens and the sadness of how her world gets destroyed. The Doctor also has a sadness to him as we get to find out he is the last of his kind - the Time Lords. Another witty script from Russell T Davies and a chilling guest appearance from Zoe Wanamaker who plays Lady Cassandra O'Brien in this story.
`THE UNQUIET DEAD'
The final episode on this DVD is a very scary ghost story set in Victorian Cardiff 1869, as the Doctor and Rose meet Charles Dickens (played wonderfully by Simon Callow) and fight against aliens made of gas who take over the dearly departed at a funeral parlour and become zombies. This episode also features lovely Eve Myles who plays Gwyneth the house maid in the story (who would later go on to play Gwen Cooper in `Torchwood'. Written by Mark Gattis (best known for `League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'), this story sets out to scare the living daylights out of you. But it also a very sweet story of how the Doctor inspired Charles Dickens before his untimely death in 1870.
This is the first of four very good Doctor Who DVD from the new series. For those who've never met the Doctor and Rose and want to meet them, this is the best place to start.
The next DVD to watch is Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 2.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2013 19:48:31 GMT
Great review oh why oh why has Christopher Eccleston snubbed Doctor Who in it's Anniversary year annoys & upsets me.
He brought the show back & made it great yet now seems dismissive of the series & i don't like that type of attitude from him as a fan Doctor Who fans are loyal & supportive yet CE don't want to know.
I find it strange he accepted the part if he doesn't like being associated with the role.
Great written review Tim the Unquiet Dead was exellent & favourite Ninth Doctor story.
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Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2013 11:21:43 GMT
Tim Bradley says:
Gllad you enjoyed this review!
Yes it is such a shame Chris Eccelston's not taking part in the show's 50th anniversary celebrations. He was my first Doctor and I wished he'd done another season rather than just doing one.
He did enjoy playing the role of the Doctor I'm sure, but maybe he finds it difficult returning to a past role since he's claimed to be a serious actor and sets his priorities in terms of acting. I hope he does come back to play the Doctor in some form in the future. It would be a shame if he didn't since he was a very good Doctor.
'Rose' and 'The End of the World' are my favourites from this set of episodes on this DVD. I did enjoy 'The Unquiet Dead' and Simon Callow is definitely believable as Charles Dickens. It's rather clever they did something like a ghost story in the Victorian age.
Thanks for your comments. Tim.
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