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Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD]
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Thus it does move at a fair old pace, particularly early on.
The story sees the Doctor visiting the nevada desert in the 1950's, and chancing on an alien artefact in a diner. The US military and a few aliens would both like to get their hands on it. Thus the Doctor and the lady who runs the diner plus an indian friend of hers are caught up in the middle of things.
A pretty standard doctor who plot follows, but it does keep moving nicely thanks to the pace of the thing so it's enough to hold your attention. The human villain turns out to be well characterised and the voice of the alien leader is nicely done thanks to some electronic treatment.
Actress georgia moffett does a good american accent as the diner owner but she and the indian guy are rather underused, spending most of the time trailing along after the doctor.
The animation is very colourful and eye catching, although the figures don't sometimes go that well with the background. And they run like puppets from a gerry anderson show. But apart from that it's pretty good.
The disc has subtitles in english and the only language track is in english.
Also in with this on a second disc are three documentaries recently shown on bbc4 called doctor who's greatest moments. Running a little over 50 minutes each they take clips from the new series and have the actors discuss them in typical tv documentary talking heads fashion. They deal with the doctor, the companions and the enemies respectively. The talk on the first two can be pretty interesting at times but there's nothing in them you won't have seen before.
But all in all this is one more tenth doctor story and it's not desperately expensive, so it's worth a look.
The artwork is generally very good, though some of the movement is very jerky and the characters all seem very tall and thin. This works fine for the aliens, but looks odd in the Human characters. However, the backgrounds and features of the characters are superb.
The box also contains a second DVD which contains three,55 minute documentaries from the same year focusing on the Doctor, the Companions and the Enemies respectively. These feature contributions from many of the stars of the show and are really worthwhile if you like clip shows and seeing your favourite Who stars extolling the virtues of the program.
A bit of a quibble is the absence of special features for Dreamland, it would have been nice to see some original artwork and a commentary, but you can't have everything. All in all, good value for money, though and this story of Area 51 and the Roswell crash, Men in Black , insectoid aliens, traditional 'Grey' aliens and the paranoia of the American military and their fear of the Russians, is probably canon too, as the spaceship and Mr Dread both turn up in different episodes of Sarah Jane.
Buy it, it's good!
What detracts from this otherwise classic bit of Who is the animation - the backgrounds are sound enough, nothing wrong the environment designed for this chapter.
The people however are stiff and sometimes pushing into uncanny valley territory. Movements are jagged and unnatural, which detracts from the tension one is supposed to feel during the chase scenes.
Apart from that, it's a jolly bit of sci-fi, with all the tropes of 50's paranoia and aliens to match. Its price is certainly not an issue, worth purchasing just for the lovely retro feel of everything, and to enjoy the tenth doctor's tendency to ramble
with enjoyment and enthusiasm - as we remember him from before his increasingly serious and dark turn preceding his "death".
The cliffhangers are mostly at the end of key scenes - so merging the episodes together doesn't create many problems.
The story is good overall - and sees the Doctor traveling back to the the time of the cold war, trying to stop some US army officials using an alien weapon to attack Russia - as well as trying to stop the same alien species destroying all of earth.
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Been a Dr Who fan since the Tom baker days these ones are a great additionPublished 5 months ago by MR D F HILL
I'm 70 and I enjoyed it I gave it to a 6 year old and so did he.Published 7 months ago by thomas cook
Just a s described, better than expected. No delay in postage. Fab!Published 10 months ago by Mr. Vince Hosken