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Doctor Who - The Complete Series 7 [Blu-ray]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 7 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by Raizean
Price: £17.03

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great (but sadly Interrupted) Series, 5 Sept. 2013
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I've seen a lot of criticism about the 2012/2013 series of Doctor Who; most of it the usual bilge coming from people with a bordering on the obsessive dislike of Steven Moffat and some of it a general dissatisfaction with overall pace and characterisation. However, I personally think a lot of problems with this series generally stem from the fact that Series 7 was spaced out over two years with an increasingly frustrated fandom waiting impatiently in the background. Having watched episodes Asylum of the Daleks - The Name of the Doctor in their full run in a recent re-broadcast on BBC3, the series feels more fleshed out and enjoyable. There are some episodes which don't particularly live up to their "Blockbuster" promise of Moffat (Power of Three, Rings of Akhaten, Nightmare in Silver) but the vast majority of episodes are fun, fast and exciting as we welcome new companions and say goodbye to old one's. The direction this year is also something that cannot be faulted - even the weakest of episodes have their own unique flair and beauty - and continue to push the cinematic feel of Steven Moffat/Matt Smith's era.

Overall, this boxset will be a welcome addition to those which precede it (thankfully including 2011 The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe - an episode with a mixed reaction but still allowing the boxset to call itself "complete") and an excellent warm up to the big event on November 23rd. It'll be interesting to see how well the series stands up in years to come, but I think it will certainly benefit in complete boxset form, with episodes that can be happily re-watched again and again (Asylum, Dinosaurs, Bells of St. John, Cold War, Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor being particular highlights).
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Doctor Who  Series 6 - Part 1 [DVD]
Doctor Who Series 6 - Part 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £7.74

20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fairytale becomes a Nightmare !, 21 Jun. 2011
Series 5, Steven Moffat admitted, was Doctor Who: The Dark Fairytale; and it was. By the end of Series 5, Amelia Pond, the girl who waited, had waited long enough and was now traveling with The Doctor as a happily married woman with her husband and parents and the universe as it should be back into place. However, come Series 6... the nightmare begins.

Doctor Who has always been at its best when it isn't afraid to scare and Series 6 is definitely full of those moments. There are The Silence who are so terrifying you'll never remember them, the Ganger's who can steal your life or mutate into horrifying monsters and the never ending corridors inside a time machine that can't wait to kill you. In fact, Series 6 of Doctor Who is possibly the scariest the series has been since it returned in 2005.

Not only does Steven Moffat's second series deliver on the fear factor front, it also begins to unravel the bigger mysteries that have been haunting the mythos of the show since 2008 as we finally find out WHO River Song really is. Whilst giving us answers, the series also poses even more questions, with a major character being killed off within seconds of the first episode.

One of the series's major strong point is its design and tone, creating believable junkyard planets, asteroid army bases, futuristic acid monasteries and 16th century Pirate ships. The series has never looked more atmospheric and rich. Another triumph is the return of The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, who continues to be astonishingly brilliant in the lead role. This year see's a Tardis team who are all keeping secrets from one another - who all know they really should have moved on by now.

In terms of the actual DVD content, unusually for early releases, contains 5.1 surround sound and special features. They also contain the entire first half of the season so whilst I'd suggest waiting for the entire two halves box set which is bound to be released later in the year, if you can't wait to get your hands on this half of the series, this DVD isn't a complete let down.

Series 6 is Moffat on top form with only 'The Curse of the Black Spot' being an arguable weak point in a set of episodes which see Doctor Who at its best!

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special  [2010] [DVD]
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special [2010] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £3.07

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for halfway out of the Dark - Though maybe not for the light.., 7 Mar. 2011
Doctor Who: 'A Christmas Carol'
Steven Moffat promised "the most christmassy christmas special yet" and he doesn't disappoint in this festive romp! Following on from the wedding at the end of the last series, the episode opens on board a retro spaceship bridge (almost a loving homage to early Star Trek and classic Who episodes of the 70s) plummeting through the thick clouds of Planet Snow. Helping the frantic crew are newlyweds, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) who take a backseat in this special, though still as important to the plot as ever. However, below the clouds, a cruel man resides, with the power to save a million lives on Christmas - which he doesn't have any interest in. Kazran Sardick (played spectacularly by Michael Gambon) is the Scrooge character whose life is changed (literally) before his eyes by The Doctor (Matt Smith) in order to give him a heart.

Moffat takes the main aspect of a Christmas Carol and completely twists it in his own "timey-wimey" way. The story is a rollercoaster of emotions with plenty of comedy and heartbreak along the way. Unlike other christmas specials, A Christmas Carol feels like a story designed for festivity; previous efforts such as Runaway Bride (2006), Voyage of the Damned (2007) and End of Time (2009), although maintaining the Christmas venue, could take place anywhere else and still be more or less the same. A Christmas Carol feeds off the spirit of Christmas and it works without skewing a perfectly entertaining story, making it perfect viewing during the Holidays.

The acting is stellar, with Michael Gambon and Matt Smith taking the script to another level, particularly Gambon's acting as his life changes before his eyes. Smith has totally settled into his incarnation of the Doctor and it works perfectly with the mad festive planet he's landed in. New to the acting scene is Opera singer Katherine Jenkins who plays Abigail, what could have been argued as `stunt casting' (coughKyliecough) is completely the opposite, Jenkins portrays the character perfectly and her natural talent for singing is made use of towards the end of the episode.
Taking on the direction is last year's finale director Toby Haynes, who uses the stunning set designs to his advantage and creates a Burton-esque world which wouldn't look out of place in a movie. The visual effects are hit and miss but mostly spectacular with the absolutely amazing post-credits opening shot of the city landscape panning down to the world below. The music is also perfect, with Murray Gold's usual bombastic cues, not forgetting the anthem of the Eleventh Doctor, `I am the Doctor'.

Overall a perfect episode with the only real weakness being that it's viewings are limited to the holidays (I mean are you really going to be in the mood to watch this in the middle of July?). Moffat delivers on his first Christmas special and I look forward to what he has planned for 2011's festive offerings.
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Doctor Who - The Complete Series 5 (Limited Edition Steelbook) [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 5 (Limited Edition Steelbook) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by the trade inn
Price: £11.98

18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crack 'ing Series!, 8 Oct. 2010
Wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey MADNESS! But brilliant madness, as Series 5 of Doctor Who takes you on a whirlwind of fun and adventure!

Matt Smith is excellent, a new series Doctor who combines the essence of both classic and modern into a Troughton-esque hipster, with gangly legs and a cool bow tie (bow tie's are cool). As soon as Matt pops his head out of the crashed Tardis in little Amelia Pond's garden, you just know your gonna love him! An endearing mix of awkward, bumbling, nutty professor and dark, brooding man of the universe, Matt Smith is quite possibly one of the best Doctor's we've ever had.

Karen Gillan is the 'feisty' Amy Pond, and boy does she live up to it! A sexy kissogram, a vulnerable child, completely mysterious with a life that makes no sense! Karen is fantastic and although Amy can be selfish, Karen embraces the character completely making her instantly likeable seconds later.

Steven Moffat is a genius and a worthy successor to the man who brought Doctor Who back, Russell T Davies.

It's a series that has split fan opinion (New Daleks, New Silurians) and has united them with utter joy (Eleventh Hour, Time of Angels). On the whole Series 5 delivers with a fantastic team of writers and directors (Adam Smith's cinematic direction stands out) the stories are entertaining and the over arching 'crack in the wall/silence will fall' plot is one of the most tense and exciting since Series 1's 'Bad Wolf'.

You'll laugh, cry, gasp and punch the air watching Series 5.
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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.95

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Did I just give Time and The Rani 5 stars, 18 Sept. 2010
... Never in the history of 'EVER' did I think I would be giving Time and The Rani a 5 star rating. In my mind it's an appalling story made in a very fractured time of the shows history. The story is absolutely bizarre, with a dodgy regeneration (McCoy in a curly wig to McCoy), some dialogue disaster's ('Leave the girl... it's the man I want') and an erratic buffoon claiming to be 'The Doctor' and The Rani.

However 2Entertain have made this DVD a worthwhile must have for any Who Fan with some fantastic extras to mull over. The documentary 'Last Chance Saloon' gives a very interesting insight into the state the show was in by the late 80's. Not only does it reveal the hardships that were undertaken but also how the show could have been. My definite highlight of the DVD is the Seventh Doctor's audition tapes, showing Sylvester, David Fielder and Dermot Crowley giving their take on the Doctor. The commentary is friendly and enjoyable to listen to with Sylvester and Bonnie (she doesn't scream... in the commentary, blimey she goes for it in the actual episode!)

It may be one of the least loved stories, If I remember correctly, coming last in a recent DWM poll, but Time and The Rani is an essential addition to the Classic collection for any fan.

Leave the episodes... it's the extra's I want.
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Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 2 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £2.20

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! CONTAINS IMAGE OF AN ANGEL, 25 Jun. 2010
Don't Blink! You don't want to miss a second of these amazing episodes.

Steven Moffat has triumphed in his two parter, 'Time of Angels' and 'Flesh and Stone' which sees not only the return of the creepy Weeping Angels (first seen in 2007's 'Blink') but also welcomes back Alex Kingston as the complex, timey wimey River Song. The Doctor and Amy are recruited by Doctor River Song and an army of clerics to search the crash of the Byzantium for the lone Weeping Angel trapped inside it. However things soon turn sinister as Amy learns the dreadful truth that even an image is powerful and Clerics begin to get their necks snapped. Soon The Doctor discovers it's not the Weeping Angel that's trapped, it's him! The Doctor and his friends are stuck in the maze of the dead surrounded by Angels, but there's one thing you never put in a trap - and it's him.
In what is the most cinematic episode of Doctor Who ever, Adam Smith directs beautifully, with the pace and action continuous and flowing wonderfully with Steven Moffat's juicy script. Matt Smith (incredibly this the very first episode he filmed) shows the more brooding, serious side of his Doctor and Alex Kingston returns with a much feistier River Song, with a more electric chemistry with this Doctor than the last.

'Flesh and Stone' picks up where the last episode left us with our jaws hitting the floor, and doesn't disappoint! The Angels are winning, Amy has seconds to live, The Doctor is helpless. It's a race against time inside the ruins of the Byzantium and the action doesn't stop! We soon learn the terrible truth of the crack in Amy's bedroom wall and that River Song isn't a woman to be trusted.
The conclusion is a satisfying one but with so many more secrets and revelations yet to be discovered. Again, direction and script are fantastic and the lead actors dazzle! Special acknowledgement goes to Iain Glen as the lead cleric, with a certain scene between himself and Matt Smith being one of the highlights of the episode, tragic and beautiful with a big fat juicy shocker!

Next we move to a stag party in Leadworth, and as the stripper arrives in a big cake... out pops The Doctor and he's got something to tell Rory Williams, his fiance tried to kiss him! So off we go to Venice in the aptly titles 'The Vampires of Venice' with a new Tardis trio, Amy and Rory are taken on a date to the most romantic city of all! Except instead of romance, death and mystery stalks the streets of Venice.
Toby Whithouse (Being Human), delivers a stellar romp of a script, with so many laugh out loud moments and great interaction dialogue between The Doctor and new recruit Rory. The direction is beautiful, with the streets of Croatia really becoming a believable Venice! Action, explosions, romance and some fish, 'The Vampires of Venice' is another hit for this series and continues to show just how lucky we are to have Matt Smith as The Doctor.

And remember, the image of an Angel can become an Angel...
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Doctor Who  - Series 5, Volume 3 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Outweighs The Bad, 25 Jun. 2010
In this DVD, the story continues in 'Amy's Choice', by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly). 'Amy's Choice' begins 6 years later in a sleepy English village with The Doctor visiting a very pregnant Amy and a very pony-tailed Rory. However, nothing is as it seems as the gang wake up seconds later in the TARDIS console room... And then they're back in the village... So which one's real and which ones fake? And how would you decide if your life depended on it?
'Amy's Choice' is one of the boldest, bravest episodes of Doctor Who history, with moments that will make you laugh out loud, pensioner villains that are genuinely creepy and at the same time extremely funny and an ultimatum for Amy Pond that will break your heart!
The script is fantastic, the direction captures the true dream-like world the trio are stuck in and the acting is superb with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan taking it to the next level along with the fantastic portrayal of the Dreamlord by Toby Jones who is both utterly sinister and comic.

'The Hungry Earth' and 'Cold Blood' are this seasons (and I use the term lightly) duds! In a slow but acceptable first part, we are introduced to a Welsh mining village in the year 2020, with the biggest drill into the earth the world has even seen, led by Nasreen Choudry (Meera Syall). Soon as the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive things begin to get a bit strange as the Earth sucks Amy underground and we learn that the Silurians (with a major face lift) are living there. In what is a slow opening episode there are often moments of great dialogue and the show is saved by Matt Smith's engaging performance. However, 'Cold Blood', in what should be a rip-roaring race against time, feels tired and dragged out, even Amy herself yawns at one point. The very end of the episode does shock, and is beautifully played by Karen Gillan (I'll say no more).
Ashley Way's direction is great and attempts to pace an episode written with no pace or little action.

The positives really outweigh the negative here with this selection, while 'Amy's Choice' is an utter triumph, The Silurian two parter isn't entirely that bad. Tweet-Tweet!

Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 1 [DVD]
Doctor Who - Series 5, Volume 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £1.99

23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change M'dear - The Adventure Continues..., 15 Jun. 2010
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You can all relax now, Matt Smith is BRILLIANT as The Doctor. What is shaping up to be a marvellous series, this DVD contains the first three adventures of The Eleventh Doctor. Kicking off in bombastic style is 'The Eleventh Hour', a feature length episode introducing the new Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond, brilliantly played by Karen Gillan. Within minutes you should fall in love with Matt Smith's portrayal of the 900-something year old Timelord - his awkward, jerky mannerisms and rich tone of voice, he certainly takes the role somewhere different from more recent predecessors, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. The Eleventh Hour is great fun, with some genuine laugh out loud moments courtesy of Steven Moffat. We then move on to the Starship UK in the second episode of the series 'The Beast Below'. With generally creepy villains, The Smilers, and sassy heroine Liz Ten, 'The Beast Below' is a pleasant episode that has some touching moments.
Our next trip in time and space is an adventure that seems to have divided much fan opinion, 'Victory of the Daleks' by Mark Gattis is not, I repeat NOT a dark, chilling, War epic as many believed it to be. Gattis delivers a romp and a bloody good romp it is too! Daleks serving tea, a Spitfire dogfight in Space with a Dalek saucer and yet another stand out performance from Matt Smith, Victory of the Daleks is not as bad as some would make out. The main problem here are the new Daleks, chunkier, taller and colourful, some have criticised, moaned and complained about the new design, however I think if something like that generally 'bothers' you, you really need to grow up.

Overall a great start to the Eleventh Doctor, and I honestly cannot praise enough the brilliance of Matt Smith as The Doctor.
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Doctor Who: The Story of Martha
Doctor Who: The Story of Martha
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Dark, 3 Feb. 2009
I really enjoyed this book, I think it's unlike many of the New Series novels, and the reason it's not been recieved as ultimatley fantastic is that it's so different to the other novels that its unnerving at times. There hasn't really been a novel that has relied on continuity so much, and a novel that has the abillity to end on a dark note because we all ready know the ending.
I say by all means get this book because it's pretty fantastic (admittedly I enjoyed the actual story of martha rather than the stories she tells the prisoners of earth) Plus it makes watching Last Of The Timelords 10 x Better and more intense!
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