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Doctor Who - Series 6 is THE event of the year. Join Matt, Karen, Arthur, Alex and The Moff on a terrifying thrill ride!,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Complete Series 6 [DVD] (DVD)
Since the show started in 1963 Doctor WHo has remained for nearly 50 years THE pioneer show for the BBC, to date it is a title that has not been touched. It is a landscape, an icon, a brand that has sustained popularity, turmoils and tribulations and into every era of the show has ensured a generation of audiences have a reason to be in awe of it and "hide behind the sofa". In 2010 we saw a new timelord cast as The Doctor. And since The Eleventh Hour he was indeed MY personal doctor...the one that made me love the show like never before. YES I am talking about the fabulous Matt Smith! Not only that but we had the introduction of Karen as the electrifying Amy Pond and a style that reflected a "Dark Dreamlike Fairytale Universe".
Here in 2011, Series 6 was unleashed onto us and catapulted audiences into a new dimension and a new territory the show had never touched before. Mixing up the shows entire structure, and allowing for questions from series 5 to seem its way into this series and also a dark and contrasting new story arc to be the basis for the year. Therefore the style very much is reminiscent of David FIncher and Hitchcock as opposed to Series 5s Tim Burton style. This allows for more thrills, chills and genuine terror. And here is my overview episode by episode...
A Christmas Carol - The 2010 Christmas Special. Absolutely magical from beginning to finish. Of course usually these specials are not up there with the "best episodes" but this for me is the closest it has come since The Christmas Invasion in 2005. It is a contrast to previous specials and is very light hearted and warming to watch. All the ususal Moff writing is there. SOme moments of tension with the "Shark aliens" but so joyous and defintiely...Christmass-y! A real joy to watch to put you in the spirit. and also a lovely break after the phenomenally explosive climax of series 5 and for what is to come...8 out of 10.
The Impossible Astronaut(1) - Here is where everything changes gear. We start with an epic two part storyline that focuses a lot on The "Silence will fall" arc that was referenced throughout Series 5...and they are definitely here, you have been warned. Never since Buffy episode "Hush" have i seen anything so psychologically terrifying and eerie, absolutely my favorite villains on the show up there with the Daleks and Weeping Angels. We also open with a beautiful Utah setting that reunites The Doctor with Amy, Rory and River Song, and of course....a death that starts the series arc with a bang! Some spectacular direction and writing here and President Nixon is the historical figure of the hour....as well as an introduction of Canton Delaware. Also a thrilling cliffhanger. 10 out of 10.
Day Of The Moon (2) - Continuing heavily from Part 1, this sets the scene some months after the conclusion of The Impossible Astronaut. The tension is heated up and we are treated to the greatest pre-title sequence the show has ever had! Again we are given some extraordinary scenery and direction here. And the chemistry between the 4 leads really is pushed forward across this two parter. A creepy Orphanage and some spectacular tension sequences make this episode and more is revealed about The Silence. Not to mention a phenomenal action scene as the gang take on The Silence in a spectacular showdown. 10 out of 10.
The Curse Of The Black Spot - Filmed near me in Charlestown, Cornwall this is what usually makes the series opener, an absolute corker of a romp. While not without its quips this is a very joyous adventure after a spectacular two parter and before more tense episodes. It makes for a breath of fresh (sea?) air! Lily COle is on fine Hammer Horror form as a Siren haunting a cursed Pirate Ship. There is also a pretty hitting scene between Amy and Rory in the episodes final moments. 8 out of 10.
The Doctor's Wife - This Neil Gaiman penned episode sustained much hype and hysteria after press releases about the episode, not just for the title alone but the fact that Neil Gaiman is such an iconic writer in science fiction and fantasy....it just CLICKS! This for me and millions of fans is the instant classic episode! Visually it is just a breathtaking piece of work. It shows Matt Smith on stellar form (as ever) alongside a quirky Surrane Jones taking on her inner Helena Bonham Carter as a HUMAN TARDIS! here we see a load of how the TARDIS as a character feels about our beloved Doctor. Not only that but we see the return of the Ood, a terrifying unseen foe by the name of House, a DIY TARDIS, the entire labyrinth of the TARDIS in which we see Amy and Rory engage in claustrophobic hysteria! and a TARDIS, Timelord graveyard. This episode is an absolute masterstroke like watching a masterpeice artwork come to life. And the final moments of the episode are absolutely tear jerking. 10 out of 10.
The Rebel Flesh (1) - Here we get treated to the first part of an Old Skool style Doctor WHo romp. Which provides the setting of an abandoned castle which embodies a landmark of Acid mining, and cloning it is very much a storyline that reflects the style of the SIlurian two parter last series....but all the more tense and very VERY macabre. This first part is mainly the setting up for what is to come in part two. Therefore it provides some very claustrophobic sequences in the tunnels of the castle and also some very witty dialogue amongst the leads and supprting cast...and a bit of a tantalising cliffhanger. 8 out of 10.
The Almost People (2) - Far stronger than the first part. It is refreshing seeing Matt Smith act alongside himself as a cloned double. The effects are pushed even further towards the disturbing here with mutations Hills Have Eyes style. Also seeing Rory split from Amy sees some interesting development from both actors and characters perspectives. And there is an explosive resolution to the storyline, with some emotional pulls here. But, it is the mind-bending cliffhanger here that really made audiences gasp! 9 out of 10.
A Good Man Goes To War - The phenomenal mid-series finale. Here was a major risk taking episode that dealt with the resolution to the cliffhanger of The ALmost People. It is on an epic finale scale in terms of cast members. We are therefore treated to the second mind bending pre-credits sequence of the series which is visually stunning! And also has Rory Vs the Cybermen. Is introduced Silurian Madame Vastra and her "partner" Jenny into the show and they have gathered a cult following since this episode (easy to see why!) and a Nurse SOntaran. Not to mention a legion of Judoon and some horrifically terrfiying Headless Monks (referrred to in the Weeping Angels two parter in series 5). It sees Francis Barber shine as Madame Kovarian (the eye patch lady she was referred to across the first episodes as cameos) truly one of my favorite villains...and as this series goes on you will see why. There are spectacular action sequences and many twists throughout...and Rviers identity was fianlly revealed to The Doc and Amy and Rory. 10 out of 10.
Let's Kill Hitler - After a break of 3 months the show returned on spectacular form here. Lets Kill Hitler really turned the show on its head providing so many answers to the series arc and River SOng as possible. It really showed Alex Kingston on fine form here, as River really went into BADASS gun toting assassin form here. There was a spectacular setting of Berlin which was a visual treat. It showed Matt Smith really push to reflect the Doctor in a very vulnerable state of near-death but also as mad as ever. It had a Terminator style "foe"to face. Some fantastic sequences of action and in jokes galore here. And not to mention Hitler was not completely required for the episode at all...but it was nice to see Rory beat the crap out of him and pit him in the cupboard. It also was very nice to see how Amy and Rory brought up River...in a very "this is the only show they can do it" way. Fantastic episode, and an experiment very worthwhile. Absolutely brilliant. 10 out of 10.
Night Terrors - After some arc heavy storylines we were treated to something a little softer...if Urban and quite eerie in tone. The menaces here are rather intriguing and the set up of a plagued dolls house with very creepy Peg Dolls is quite a genius set up. While resolutions are simplistic it is quite the rompy storyline. 9 out of 10.
The Girl Who Waited - Another genuine instant classic of the show. Karen really out shone herself and proved why she is my favourite full time companion the show has had. And Arthur excelled as Rory here. And Matt played his vulnerable strengths yet again here. It was a genuine treat to see the three leads act off each other on such fine tuned form. It is an emotionally driven plot. And while the Hand Bots add some intensity as the menace of the story, it is very "timey wimey" and mind bendingly brilliant stuff. Not to mention Older Amy by the way of Xena in a fantastic action sequence!The best Doctor-Lite episode of them all. 10 out of 10
The God Complex - A very tense standalone episode that played to Stephen King style very well....in fact it is VERY The SHining by way of greek mythology. The use of abandoned Hotel was very well played and an effective Minotaur made for very tense sequences. It is a very thrilling episode that plays to each actors strengths and guest David Walliams even added some quirkiness to the plot. Then of course is the final scene that came as quite a massive surprise as we say a bitter goodbye to two favourite characters. 10 out of 10.
Closing Time - The Lodger Part 2. Here we see the return of the wonderful James Corden, as he and Matt SMith act off the screen. Not to mention a screen return for Lynda Baron oh...and of course Cybermats and Cybermen too! and a baby! It is a fantastically heartfelt romp that shows Matt alone can really be apptising to watch as he and COrden prove to be the most loveable unlikely couple in TV history. Abolutely cracking stuff before we head for the series finale. 9 out of 10.
The Wedding Of River Song - An absolute mind bending MASTERPEICE! In spectacle, in direction, in plot, in finale terms....this episode has it all in spades. We are treated for some surprising cast returns (Churchill, Dorium, Dickens) and some references to previous show members (a touching scene about The Brigadier) and we have the pre-title sequence other shows would DIE for! as al of history happens at once! as time literally bleeds out. Steampunk trains emerge from iconic buildings and Pterodactyls attack school children! What other show? Oh and there are some phenomenaly iconic scenes from the main cast too! The Silence return as does Madame Kovarian in a phenomenal claustrophobic action sequence in the pyramid. And we see Pond, Amy Pond take them down with guns ablazing. We also see a viking eaten by a mass of skulls. Evil eye patches, and River Song and The Doctor embarking of the wedding of a life time. We see the Doctor escape his demise in the opening scenes of The Impossible Adtronaut in unpredictably simplistic terms. And an absolutely appetizing script! So many questions are answered and more are left open for the future of the show. But all in all...this is the MOTHER of all finales. 10 out of 10.
A phenomenal run of episodes. And arguable Doctor Who at its massive peak yet! The media, fanbases...astounded by te debates of the show...plot points heated in the media...Doctor Who has literally never been on such a high point and here it is on DVD. Loaded with extras.
Absolutely brilliant...Series 6 is cool! 10/10