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"I don't believe it, I've morphed into a gas mask",
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 3 [DVD]  (DVD)
'The Long Game' is slick, stylish and very cool (in more ways than one), and is set in the far future on Satellite 5 - a broadcasting satellite. Russell T Davies takes a satirical swipe at 'The Media' in this highly entertaining 'tongue in cheek' episode, featuring excellent guest stars: Simon Pegg (The Editor) and Tamsin Greig (the nurse). However, the most mischievous thing about this, is to do with the new (and very temporary) assistant, Adam who Rose picked up at the end of 'Dalek' as her latest boyfriend, who the doctor describes as being "too pretty" (he may even be jealous) - that is, until he and Rose realise what an irritating spineless wimp they've picked up. The Doctor (doesn't suffer fools gladly) Eccleston, kicks him out, which should have happened to an assistant called Adric back in the 80's, who was allowed to stay on until he met with his death (crashing a Space Freighter into Earth), and that is what I think this is sending up.
'Father's Day' is almost pure 'Soap Opera', and if it wasn't for the flying dragons/lizards (The magnificent 'Reapers') you could be forgiven for thinking that this was not sci-fi/horror at all. At times the new series has been too soapy, so I shouldn't really like this that much, but surprisingly, I think it's excellent because it's incredibly moving and convincingly acted.
'The Empty Child' and 'The Doctor Dances' are brilliant and are written by Steven Moffat (Coupling), who has come up with arguably the best two episodes at this point in the show, which has now 'morphed' a good new series into an excellent one. This two parter is about a four year old boy living in London during the Blitz, who is looking for his "mummy", which doesn't sound scary, but surprisingly, it is very spooky. I can just imagine around the time this was broadcast, that kids in the playground were asking everyone "are you my mummy?" These two episodes feature the excellent Richard Wilson who plays a doctor, who morphs into a gas mask, as have all his patients previously. They then start to leave their hospital beds to roam the streets like zombies, which is something that Christopher Eccleston should know all about (28 Days Later).
This third dvd is easily the best so far, as you get the best two episodes (at this point) in the series on it, plus the storylines are getting stronger and this dvd represents the best value for money as it contains 4 x 45 min episodes.