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4.5 out of 5 stars
Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD]
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on 10 March 2016
Daughter and granddaughters very happy.
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on 1 January 2016
arrived quickly and daughter loves it..
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on 25 March 2011
The service of Amazon has never failed to dissapoint me at all in the past and this was no different!

The Limited edition box set itself looks really snazzy, small and compact at the same time. The series (like the previous new Who DVD box sets) is spread out with each DVD containing video diaries and small features relating to the episodes on that disc. A seperate disc contains the cutdown versions of the confidentials for the entire series.
This is a great start for Matt Smith as The Doctor, I believe everything was done just right to help him step into those VERY big D.T. shoes! Whilst containing a few weak episodes, it contained possibly one of the best finales of the new Who's, being very smart and intelligent, as well as keeping that traditional formula of suspense and humor! I think the addition of Moffat as lead writer now was a very smart move, and I hope he continues to take the series back to its more traditional roots, keeping the classy, smart, sheek look and feel of Matt Smith's Doctor for this series, and expanding on it. His previous episodes 'Blink' and 'Silence in the Library' to name a few, really do show he has great writing talent.
Really would love to see more old 'classic' monsters return in the future including the Sea Devils and the Ice Warriors, and maybe the original Cybermen (beings as the updated ones where built by John Lumic) - The classic ones originating from Mondas and Telos are still out there!!

Great box set for the fans who need to crack open an episode whenever they like! Hope Moffat's Who keeps getting better, because this was a great, great foundation!
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on 2 December 2013
For me this is the best series of Doctor Who since the series was resurrected in 2005. Matt Smith is outstanding as the Doctor and Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston all impress as well.

The season starts with 'The Eleventh Hour' a blinding opener which features a gloriously energetic debut performance from Matt Smith and gets the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era off to an electrifying start. Sadly 'The Beast Below' is confusing and tedious, many elements seem to have been included just to be creepy rather than for a plot reason.

'Victory of the Daleks' is an average episode which is dragged down by the dreadful design for the new multi-coloured Daleks and the ridiculous spectacle of spitfires in space. On the upside the Daleks in the war cabinet are very creepy and Ian McNeice gives a good performance as Winston Chruchill.

The Weeping Angel two parter 'The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone' is thrilling even if it is inferior to 'Blink'. It's well acted, exciting and terrifying with a clever resolution. The cliffhanger to 'The Time of Angels' is stunning and River Song's return is most welcome.

'The Vampires of Venice' is a simple story, but nonetheless it's consistently very funny and entertaining. The tension between The Doctor and Rory is very interesting. 'Amy's Choice' is a masterpiece which blends comedy, surrealism, horror and drama to compelling effect. Toby Jones is fabulous as the Dream Lord.

'The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood' reintroduces the Silurians but they look utterly unrecognizable from their classic series appearances. The first episodes is rather average but the second is far better and brings the two parter to a very satisfying conclusion.

'Vincent and the Doctor' is the highlight of the series which in this series really is saying something. Tony Curran gives a captivating and incredibly moving performance as the tormented Vincent Van Gogh. The episode looks gorgeous and some of Van Gogh's paintings are cunningly worked into the story.

'The Lodger' is an episode that really shouldn't work, featuring prominently as it does the loud mouthed and obnoxious James Corden, but somehow The Lodger is 45 minutes of gripping television. Unexpectedly Corden is actually fairly likable here and he turns in a good performance, but really Matt Smith is the star here he is utterly magnificent here the sequences with him playing cooking, playing football and just generally interfering in Craig's life are memorable.

The series finale 'The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang' is as far as I'm concerned the finest season finale of the new series so far; its an epic in every way. The first episode builds up the tension beautifully and then the second becomes very complex and intricate and could have descended into a shambles but Steven Moffat and the actors hold it together and it makes for wonderful entertainment.

This a very consistent season, 'The Beast Below' being the only poor episode, everything else is average or better. Leaving aside the 'The Beast Below' fiasco Moffat's scripts are all of a very high standard. So in conclusion don't listen to all the bitter people who say that Doctor Who declined in quality after David Tennant left or that Matt Smith is inferior to Tennant. If anything Smith is superior to Tennant as he demonstrates here.
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on 19 October 2011
Another successful transformation for the Police Box Show and like when Jon became Tom, an iconic Dr has been replaced by 1 who has quickly made the role his own. Matt Smith's Dr is a little off kilter with the social graces (throwing food out the door if he doesn't like it before settling on "fish custard" & telling Rory his fiancee kissed him but it "could have been anyone!")slightly like Jeff in showrunner Steven Moffat's sitcom Coupling. He's a bit more eccentric than David Tennant and if I was comparing him to any previous Doc, then maybe there's a little Troughton.
Introduced in strong character based opener The 11th Hour (by Moffat)Matt Smith ably handles many comedic moments , still snapping to it for dramatic moments and credibly striding through his predecessors'images to take charge at the end.
11th Hour also offers a new twist on the companion here meeting the Doctor when she's very young. He says he'll be gone 5 mins and pops back when she's an adult, becoming her imaginary childhood friend. Karen Gillan is excellent as new companion Amy Pond, like Smith ably handling comedic or dramatic moments as the occasion demands.
Things dip a little for The Beast Below, also by Moffat with great ideas, population in a starship, rough diamond Queen etc. which just don't jell into a satisfying story.
There's a Dalek movie style romp in Mark Gattis' Victory of the Daleks (which is a bit of a riff on the Troughton tale Power of the Daleks)where tea making Daleks aid Churchill in WW2, only the Dr suspecting they are up to something. Fun ride with spitfires in space & new Daleks.
Darklord Moffat brings back Riversong and the weeping Angels in Time of the Angels/Flesh & Stone, re-introducing River in a sequence that would do a Hollywood blockbuster proud. there is a good creepy tale her with treats such as having to walk past Angels with your eyes closed.
Amy's fiancee 1st seen in 11th Hour, joins the crew in the highly enjoyable Vampires in Venice where writer Toby Withouse gives them a mystery to solve with Vampires blatantly taking young girls into their care.
Amy's Choice is Simon Nye's clever character based tale wher the crew must choose between the different realities offered by Toby Jones' creepy Dreamlord.
The Silurians are back with a sting and a big redesign in "The Hungry Earth/in Cold Blood. This is a good solid mixture of "Dr Who & the Silurians (plus the novelisation) and Inferno with an honourable mention for Frontios (people get sucked down into the Earth). true to the original concepts of these monsters and now we are able to see what their incredible civilisation looked like.
Vincent and the Doctor is a character based number from Richard Curtis. A poignant tale with a beautiful central performance by Tony Curran as the artist. Like vampires it's shot beautifully in Croatia.
Character based again as author Gareth Roberts exiles the Doc to Earth temporarily in The Lodger. While solving a problem the Doctor gets some bloke time with James Corden's Craig, both actors working well together in this fun tale.
The darklord's take on the end of season biggie is The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang where all of creation's at stake (well if it was only Woking Bus garage under threat it might not be big enough), there's a mighty time paradox and an alliance of aliens; Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians... best not to think about how that got organised but there's sadly no deleted scenes of Daleks getting Cybermen on speed dial-"Well the Sontarans are coming!"
A great end to a great season, different to the Russell T era but still hugely enjoyable. many stories are 3 handed the Doc , Amy & Rory. this works well with the Dr as well the Doctor, Amy as moral compass and Rory as viewer identification. Arthur Darvill together with the writers stops any sense of Rory becoming a cypher. Great use of Riversong played with no holds barred by Alex Kingston who makes the most of everything she's given-e.g. sequences like River posing as Cleopatra.

The recession seems to have taken a bite as we now get commentaries on selected episodes.They are in-vision which adds nothing (small figures on seats in the corner of your screen) but quite fun e.g the Darklord Observes how the Millennium Dome is visible in a scene set earlier than it's construction & it's remarked that far from refusing to wear a fez, Matt Smith would never want to take it off. But why there are commentaries on 1 half of a 2 part story? don't know!

Smith, Darvill and Gillan all do video diaries, Matt Smith starting with the regeneration sequence. These are a great supplement to the confidential cutdowns with Karen Gillan enjoying some stunt work she's allowed to do and Matt Smith calling Arthur Darvill's efforts "Rory Confidential". Inevitably some good Confidential stuff is lost but editing allowed Whithouse's trip to Venice & Tony Curran seeing Van Gogh paintings in a museum, plus some of the other best bits. Nice job.
Some confidential stuff is also re-edited as monster files. there are also a few short extra scenes that can be played on their own or as part of the episode they are base around (essentially they are pre-title moments) Good stuff.

Inexplicably the next time trailers have been lopped off the episode ends to be promoted as a special feature. There are also deleted scenes

Summing up different to the previous regime, still terrific fun, but slightly disappointing range of extras. If you've enjoyed New Who up till now, I think you still will
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on 22 October 2014
Quick delivery. Very happy with item.
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on 21 February 2016
Just as expected.Grandson delighted!
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on 14 September 2010
Absolutely spectacular and imaginative. Certainly a need-to-get for its over the top acting and superb monsters. Full of fun and scares, definitely one of my favourites, including from series 2-4 with David Tennant!
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on 12 September 2014
Although only different cosmetically from the original release, this is still a must for any Doctor Who fan!
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on 23 January 2015
This was a present for someone else
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