Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set  [DVD]
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All 13 episodes from the first series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, written by Russell T. Davies and starring Christopher Eccleston as the legendary Time Lord. In this series, the Doctor meets new companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) while saving her from the living-plastic Nestene Consciousness, before taking her on adventures through time and space, where she meets Charles Dickens (Simon Callow), tries to save her father from dying when she was a child, and helps the Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) battle the evil Daleks and save the world. The episodes are: 'Rose', 'The End of the World', 'The Unquiet Dead', 'Aliens of London', 'World War Three', 'Dalek', 'The Long Game', 'Father's Day', 'The Empty Child', 'The Doctor Dances', 'Boom Town', 'Bad Wolf' and 'The Parting of the Ways'.
It was always going to be a risk for the BBC to revamp Doctor Who--few television programmes inspire as much rabid and cultish adoration. With the 2005 series, however, the BBC have really outdone themselves. Their updated Doctor Who is a revelation: a cult science fiction series that has real mass appeal, and works for both children and their parents. Christopher Eccleston is an inspired and charismatic Doctor--he leaps around the sets with an unrestrained glee, like hes a child running amok in a toy shop. His enthusiasm in downright infectious. His sidekick Rose (Billie Piper) adds a real human touch, particularly as she gradually and believably matures from in-over-her-head city kid to tough-minded interplanetary hero. Much of the credit must go to writer Russell Davies, who has a much-practiced knack for finding popular appeal without dumbing-down his ideas, and who appears to have let his imagination run riot. Even the special effects, whilst not of a big-budget cinematic quality, still manage to strike a balance between cheesiness and realism. Thrilling, funny and thoroughly entertaining, this Doctor Who is a hero for the new millennium. --Robert Burrow
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This is the series that started it all, revitalised and rebooted Doctor Who for a new generation and upon watching it back, I have more than just fuzzy, fond nostalgia; this is a genuinely clever, ambitious and incredibly well produced series that sets the bar for everything that precedes it.
Christopher Eccleston electrifies the screen as the ninth Doctor. Haunting, pained and filled with the inner self hatred and regret from the time war, Ecclestons Doctor is edgy, dark and unpredictable without ever being melodramatic. Billie Piper astounds as Rose Tyler - an average 19 year old from a London council estate. The writing for Roses character is very well defined. Rose could be anyone we all know. But it is Pipers warm and grounded portrayal of an innocent, wide eyed girl from inner city London taken across time and space that makes Rose, personally, my favourite of all the new companions so far. Piper gets a chance to really shine in this series too, showing off her diverse range of acting skills from terror to wonder, to confusion, anger, and raw, heart wrenching emotion. Those performances, alongside the brilliant chemistry of the two leads and you have yourself a very intelligent debut series.
I won't reel the episodes off in stars or review them or anything like that; it's been done before. But what I will say is this; series 1 of Doctor Who has a clever story arc, new monsters, old scares (yes, the Daleks are back!) and a genuinely inventive finale that weaves everything from the previous 12 episodes together. The writing is sharp and the characters relatable; no easy feat considering the madness of the stories.
From a technical standpoint, Doctor Who series 1 has never looked better. As has been previously pointed out, this is not absolute, true HD; it can't be - the source material simply doesn't allow for a true HD transfer. What we get, however, is the quality upgraded from the DVD to as close to 1080p as can be. There is a very noticeable difference, too. Colours are more realistically balanced, the image quality is definitely sharper, and there's clarity like never before - it's definitely worth the upgrade in my opinion. Also, the blu rays spread over 3 disks which is nice!
Often overlooked, series 1 of Doctor Who is a masterpiece in modern television, and this blu - ray, FINALLY available separately, is a great starting point. But it - the upgrade is absolutely worth it.
Over the next week or so I will add to the review disc by disc, must admit until tonight I
haven't watched 'The Doctor' since watching the 1965 Film 'Dr Who and the Daleks'
However for some time now I've been reading well written and interesting reviews that
cover both the 'TV' -Series and many 'Audio' 'Doctor' Stories written by fellow reviewer
'Timelord' frankly I've been wondering what I've not been watching these past years.
'Doctor Who' originally ran on BBC between 1963 - 1989 many fans were disappointed
when they wound it up.............and of course they resurrected it much to the joy of the
faithful in 2005, of course a new following have also emerged
This 5-Disc Box-set (Police Box) First - Series Edition with a booklet is of the Ninth
Doctor played by 'Christpher Eccleston' joined by 'Rose' played by 'Billie Piper'
Episode One - 'Rose'
The Doctor stumbles across 'Rose' who appears to being chased by Tailors Dummies'
in the basement of the store where she works, the Doctor believes the Dummies are
in fact after him, he helps 'Rose' escape.
When the problem is resolved the Doctor invites his new friend to join him as he travels
backwards and forward in time helping to solve problems throughout the 'Universe'
Episode Two - 'The End of The World'
The Doctor and Rose gate-crash a party watching the final moments of Earth in 5-Billion
The guests on-board the Space-Module have gathered from around the Universe to watch
One of the invited guests have brought metallic spiders onto the vessel to ensure those on
the Ship to perish as the Sun destroys the Earth, the innocents on board are in great danger
things are hotting up.
'Rose' has been snatched and is put into extreme danger of being roasted alive, the Doctor
try's to reach his partner, and combat the threat of the ship suffering the same fate as 'Earth'
Rose is beginning to learn being a 'Timelord' has it's advantages, the Doctor and Rose are
about to travel back in time for a new adventure.
Episode Three - 'The Unquiet Dead'
The year 1869 it seems there is a problem, the dead are not sleeping easy.
These are the times of writer 'Charles Dickens'
For Rose going back to this time is an excuse to dress the part, also a novel experience seeing
how thing were in the 19th Century.
The Doctot of course looking for his next adventure, he doesn't have to wait long as screams
sound out from a Theatre where 'Charles Dicxens' is giving a recital of his works 'Scrooge'
a ghostly figure sits among the audience.
'Rose' meanwhile has been kidnapped by the local undertaker at who's parlour the Zombie like
creatures appear to be rising from.
The Doctor along with the writer are in pursuit - when inside the parlour the Doctor' realizes
the undertakers 'Maid' has a connection to whatever is trying to transfer their being into bodies
of the dead.
A phenomenon the 'Doctor' has to try and resolve.
Must admit, I'm quite enjoying the series so far, though I'm only one disc in, obviously there are
many reviewers on the Amazon website that have a more knowledgeable insight in regards to the
Doctor and it's History........I myself experimented because of reading the many reviews of
'Timelord' 007' other reviewers I've glanced at that have wrote many 'Dr Who' reviews and are
as enthusiastic 'Tim Bradley' and 'Keen Reader' among them, all three having knowledge of
the 'Dr Who' journey down the years.....I look forward to disc two and beyond, then who knows ?
Special Features on Disc One -
* Interview with 'Christopher Eccleston' (BBC Breakfast)
* Destroying The Lair
* Making 'Doctor Who' with 'Russell T Davies'
* Waking the dead - 'Mark Gates' Video Diary
* Laying Ghosts - The origin of 'The Unquiet Dead'
* Launch Trailers
DISC TWO - Episode Four - 'Aliens of London' (Part One of two)
The 'Doctor and Rose' have returned to London after their adventures, the 'Doctor' initially believes
that they have only been away for 12 hours.
'Rose' goes to see her Mother, the 'Doctor' meanwhile notices 'Missing' posters for his travel companion
and realizes they have actually been gone for 12 months.
Meanwhile an 'Alien' ship hurtles its way toward Earth, seemingly out of control, before crashing into
the Thames it destroys much of 'Big Ben'
Panic coupled with curiosity spreads throughout the World, but, where is the British P.M at a time of crisis ?
The Doctor of course has a need to investigate the happening of the day.
A body that has been recovered from the 'Alien' ship below the surface of the River may not be as dead as first
Also there is something not quite right at 10,Downing Street, the 'Doctor' has work to do, has he met his match
this time ?
Part One - 7/10.
Episode Five - 'World War Three' (Part Two of Two)
The 'Aliens' initially appear to also be victims of their own technology as they set about killing members of the
British Cabinet, the 'Doctor' however escaped.
'Rose' and 'Back-Bencher' 'Harriet Jones' are trying to avoid detection within number'10' as the beings try to hunt
The Doctor joins up with Rose and Harriet, it seems the 'Aliens' are not actually invading Earth, so what is it they
actually want ?
Inside a sealed room within number '10' they manage to contact 'Rose's' boyfriend with access to a computer, by a
process of illumination the 'Doctor' works out who the 'Alien' visitors are, 'The Slitheen'
This information saves both 'Rose's' mother and boyfriend with the knowledge of how to destroy the one that had
tracked them down at home.
The 'Slitheen's purpose for being on 'Earth' causing mass hysteria, they want to cause the Earth's demise with
Weapons of Mass destruction using the radiation contaminated remains as a fuel-source to trade.
Part two 6.5/10
Episode Six - 'Dalek'
'Rose' decides not to remain on Earth and re-joins the Doctor on a new adventure....
The 'Tardis' doesn't arrive where the 'Doctor' had intended, the 'Doctor' and 'Rose' find themselves in 'Utah' beneath
the Salt-plains, strangely in a museum owned by billionaire 'Henry Van Slatten' who collects 'Alien' artifacts.
When 'The Doctor' is shown a chained-up metallic robotic item, the billionaire has not identified, the Doctor comes
face to face with his oldest and deadliest enemy....a 'Dalek'
Until now, the 'Doctor' believed all 'Daleks had been destroyed in a battle with the 'Timelords' years past, a battle
only the 'Doctor' had survived, or so he'd thought.
The billionaire wants to repair and preserve the 'Dalek' to serve his own agenda, the 'Doctor' knows a rejuvenated 'Dalek'
can destroy mankind....the battle is on.....
The Dalek demonstrates it's power (it can now levitate also) strangely 'Rose' has made a connection with the killing machine,
will that connection save the day ?
Special Features on Disc Two.
* Deconstructing 'Big Ben'
* On Set with 'Billie Piper'
DISC THREE -
Episode Seven - 'The Long Game'
The 'Doctor' has an extra companion from his previous adventure for his and 'Rose's' next adventure 'Adam'(Brian Langley)
they surge tens of thousands of years into the future, they have landed on 'Satellite 5' which broadcasts to the entire
The 'Editor'(Brian Grant) appears all-knowing, the 'Doctor' soon suspects manipulation on a grand-scale, trouble is there
is a power beyond that of the 'Editor'
The 'Doctor' sets out to get to the bottom of 'Satellite 5's' secrets.
Will the 'Doctor's' new companion 'Adam' step-up to the mark or is he a self-serving individual ?
(On 'Satellite 5' you really don't want to be promoted)
A well crafted 'Doctor' tale - 8.5/10.
Episode Eight - 'Fathers Day'
The 'Doctor' and 'Rose' continue their travels having despatched 'Adam' back to his home, they have arrived on earth the year
1987 which is when 'Rose's' Father she never knew died in a hit and run.
'Rose' try's to interfere with the course of events, this against all the principles of the 'Doctor's' guidelines.
Trouble is, the interference has cheated the 'Grim-reapers' who now wreak vengeance upon Earth for their loss.
What, if anything can the 'Doctor' do to put things right, there is sadly an obvious answer, one that 'Rose' will find difficult.
Great Special Effects, captivating tale - 8.5/10
Episode Nine - 'The Empty Child' (Part 1 of 2)
The 'Doctor' and 'Rose' have followed a stray 'Cylinder' to London 1941 during the blitz.
It soon becomes obvious there is strange happenings, 'Rose' hears a child calling from the top of a building, she proceeds
to investigate somehow finding herself dangling from a rope attached to barrage balloon, to the rescue 'Jack Harkness'(John Barrowman) a new 'Hero' perhaps ?
A group of homeless children living in the ruins of the blitz are seemingly being cared for by 'Nancy' however they are being
terrorised by an unearthly child who keeps asking after his 'Mommy'
Who or what is this child really.
Meanwhile the 'Doctor' try's to get to know 'Nancy' who not only cares for several homeless children she also seems to know
about the cylinder and it's whereabouts, what else does she know ?
The 'Doctor' has a series of yet unknown mysteries to both uncover and resolve.
A creepy beginning to this two-part tale - 8.75/10
Episode Ten - 'The Doctor Dances' (Part 2 of 2)
The 'Doctor' and 'Rose' form an alliance with the self-proclaimed traveller and con-man 'Jack Harkness' it seems the 'dead'
are walking, including the mysterious child, 'Nancy's' younger Brother 'Jamie' ?
All wearing 'Gas' masks and all seemingly asking 'Are You My Mommy' ?
It seems 'Nancy' still has many answers that the 'Doctor' needs to learn of, what is causing the 'Zombie-like phenomenon ?
Answers have to be found, what is the secret of the cylinder ?
Can it be stopped before it affects the whole of mankind.
The second and concluding part of 'The Empty Child'
Certainly holding your attention throughout...9/10.
The use of Special-Effects improving all the time.
Special Features - (in addition to commentary on each episode)
* Mike Tucker's' Mocks of Balloons.
Episode Eleven - 'Boom Town'
The 'Doctor' and companion 'Rose' along with new-fellow traveller 'Jack' are taking a break from saving the Universe - A
However whist sitting in a 'Cardiff' café the 'Doctor' spots a headline in a paper, a new mayor has been elected, it's the
face he'd encountered on an earlier adventure, he thought all the 'Slitheen' had been killed.
In Cardiff a new Power-Station is being built, however the Construction is being used as cover for the 'Aliens' plot to
The 'Slitheen' is captured, now the 'Doctor' is preparing the 'Tardis' to return the captive to her native planet, where she
will face certain death.
'Jack' continues to prepare the 'Tardis' using a component taken from the 'Slitheen' to enhance it's performance, meanwhile
the 'Doctor' takes the captive to a restaurant for what could be called her 'last supper' while 'Rose' and 'Micky' who had
met up with the returning travellers, go for a drink, and catch-up.
At dinner, the 'Slitheen' gives the Doctor food for thought with a reality check, suddenly a thunderous noise rocks Cardiff the source - The Tardis'
The power panel they had taken from the 'Slitheen' for their own benefit proves to be the culprit of the phenomenon opening a 'Rift' as the 'Alien' had planned all along.
Can the 'Tardis' crew advert destruction ?
Episode 12 - 'Bad Wolf' (Part 1 of 2)
The 'Tardis' has taken our crew to a strange place this time, it appears to be run by 'Androids'
They have strangely become part of a futuristic reality-shows, 'Rose' finds herself on 'The Weakest Link' hosted by 'An-Droid' the 'Doctor' is taking part in 'Big Brother' and 'Jack' is being submitted to a TV make-over.
They are on a 'Game-Station' - but what is really going on, it seems failure within the games result in disintegration.
'Bad Wolf' run the Station, the inhabitants of Earth are in great danger.
The 'Doctor' realizes that 100 years earlier he and 'Rose' have encountered the 'Station' before, they are back on 'Satellite -5'
Has an old-enemy resurfaced, what had the 'Doctor' created 100 years before.....what is being hidden ?
Episode 13 - 'The Parting of the Ways' (part 2 of 2)
A couple of Thousand years ago the 'Doctor' and his kind had destroyed their fiercest enemy leaving just the 'Doctor' are they really back, how did the 'Daleks' survive ?
The 'Emperor of the Daleks survived, the Army of Daleks have been reformed in their thousands, how are the 'Doctor' and his
companions going to resolve the crisis.
The 'Daleks' are closing in on 'Satellite 5' prior to completing their purpose of destroying mankind....the 'Doctor' has sent
both 'Rose' and the 'Tardis' back to 'Rose's' own time, fulfilling his promise to keep 'Rose' safe.
However 'Rose' back in her own time has no intention of leaving her friend to die on 'Satellite 5' at the hands of the 'Daleks'
It's the 'Doctors' time to change.
Special Features -
* Commentary on all Episodes.
* Designing 'Doctor Who'
* The adventures of 'Captain Jack'
DISC FIVE - 'DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL'
A series of documentaries that examines the bringing back of the 'Doctor' explanations into the background of each of the
thirteen episodes, character building, 'Christopher Eccleston' becoming the Ninth Doctor and building his personality into
the role, the introduction of 'Rose' and the decisions she has to make to become the Doctor's companion.
The Tardis it's deceptive size on he outside and the reality's of within.
An examination into constructing each of the Thirteen Episodes, the how's and why's involved in the story lines and
characters within the story's.
The C.G.I how it was used and how it was portrayed by the cast, the monsters and strange beings the outfits and make-up.
The workings of the characters within the stories including that of the 'Daleks' - where would 'Doctor' stories be without
Lastly a look at the Christmas edition with the Tenth Doctor - ''David Tennant'
Disc Five's line - up.
* Bringing Back the Doctor
* The Good, the Bad And The Ugly.
* Tardis Tales
* I Get A Side-Kick Out of You
* Why On Earth ?
* The Dark Side
* Time Trouble
* Special Effects
* Weird Science
* Unsung Heroes And Violent Death
* The World Of Who
* The Last Battle
PLUS - Take a look at the new Doctor, David Tennant in backstage at Christmas, an exclusive look behind the scenes of
the the BBC Doctor Who 'Christmas Invasion'
The Bonus disc well worth taking time out to watch, if you haven't already of course, it's a great insight into the series.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is the first time I've sat down and watched 'Doctor Who' for many a long year, I have to say
overall I enjoyed the experience and thank those who encouraged me to take time out to do so, many of whom have participated
in the Comment/Discussion at the foot of my review........(I enjoyed it enough to order series Two)
Let's face it, Series 1 of Doctor Who is the best by far. It was the one that had to impress audiences every week, and only twice did they really trip up. Rose is great, The End of The World is pretty good, Aliens in London and World War Three is a surprisingly good satire and has got some chilling moments, Dalek is a straight-up masterpiece, The Long Game, while having some good ideas and setting up the finale, is a bit of a pup, Father's Day draws tears from my eyes everytime, The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances are chilling and have a surprisingly happy ending for a creepy World War II story based in the heart of the Blitz, Boom Town is... okay-ish, it does have some superb acting by Annette Badland and Christopher to prop it up though, and finally, the pitch-perfect (though slightly dated by it's choice in game shows), balls to the wall finale; Bad Wolf and The Parting of The Ways, which just gets every little thing perfect.
I had collected Series 1 in the volumes, and had been thinking of getting the DVD boxset when I found this. The picture is pretty good for an upscale, and I'd really recommend this to anyone
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