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VINE VOICEon 25 August 2013
Doctor who still amazing despite changes in lead roles. Clara is great as the new assistant and matt smith is still brilliant as the doctor.
A must have for all Who fans! Just got to wait for the next series now!
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on 25 April 2017
Thank you it's good condition
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on 7 June 2013
This was a gift so I am unable to personally comment - but no complaints from the recipient. But as described.
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on 30 December 2013
After the departure of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as Amy and Rory Pond, I was really interested in seeing how the new companion would be handled. While I enjoyed the run with Amy and Rory, there were times towards the end where I felt the series was becoming more about their relationship rather than their friendship with the doctor.

The Doctor's new companion makes her 'official' debut in the form of Jenna-Louise Coleman as 'The Impossible Girl' Clara Oswald, and she does a fantastic job in her first series. She and Matt Smith have great chemistry, and while I look forward to see what Peter Capoldi does with his version of The Doctor, I am a little unsure if he will have the same chemistry with Jenna as Matt did.
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on 20 June 2013
Jenna-Louise Coleman has had a very tough act to follow and is doing it brilliantly. The Ponds have been part of the scenery for a long time. She gives the role her own spin. She doesn't allow the Doctor to overwhelm her. She's impressed, but not blinded by him. She'll step into the TARDIS, but then go back to her daily job. Everything is matter of fact for her and she is so likeable for it.

The very best episodes, the ones that have some genuine humour and funny situations, are the ones featuring Strax, Madam Vastra and Jenny. Jenny steals the show time and again with her matter-of-factness about her rather unusual lifestyle. Strax is genuinely wonderful as a butler and pulls off brilliantly lines suggesting that a full frontal assault with every kind of arm known to his race is the solution to the most trivial of problems. Sooner or later I hope that we will get the back story to how the Doctor came to know Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax and how they came to become detectives in Victorian England (and the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes).

Although not all the episodes are top quality (I did not particularly enjoy "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS") the story has ended on another neat cliffhanger with a mystery "bad"(???) Doctor appearing when we know that the Eleventh Doctor will be around for two more episodes yet. Who is he? Where is he from? Is he going to be the Twelfth Doctor? What I do know is that these series are cleverly linked and that a seemingly trivial episode some time back may suddenly be revealed to have been a key incident and clue to what is happening. Doctor Who is getting deep and cerebral and some fans are seeing that as laziness on the part of the scriptwriter when it is more a reflection of their own laziness and unwillingness to think a bit deeper: I have to say that I have absolutely loved series 5, 6 and 7 because things are never what they appear to be and you do have to think a bit to link events and try to work out their meaning.
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on 29 May 2013
The Perennial Doctor now enters his 7th series and shows no signs of fatigue. With a new companion and the boost of a 50 year anniversary this series shows some nice innovation and makes efforts to bring back old foes famous and infamous whilst introducing some ghastly new ones.

Clara is the new addition. A feisty girl full of attitude but with a warmth that makes her easy to root for. She joins the Doctor as the Impossible Girl, named for reasons that are revealed throughout the show. Her relationship with the Doctor is one of the strongest we have seen for a while, certainly since Billie Piper's days as his assistant. Their relationship gets stronger as each episode passes and there is a real sense of affection.

As for the stories themselves it is a bit of a mixed bag. Its starts off strong and then sags a little in the middle. If the middle is a let-down it is certainly made up for with the emotion driven finale perfectly setting up the anniversary episode. The Cybermen make a welcome return as do some of his past friends. It is a welcome break from the Daleks, but it would be nice for them to appear in the anniversary episode. Also the emotional weight of the finale will really hit hard with fans, tempting them with a secret the Doctor has held for 50 years.

New enemies such as the Whisper Men will send shivers down your spine. It is good to see the Doctor still has the ability to thrill and scare in equal measure. With the tantalising finale cliff hanger the anniversary episode couldn't come quickly enough.
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on 18 July 2013
I give it five stars for:
1. Storyline - always fresh, engaging and with unexpected twists.
2. Characters - the Doctor has his weaknesses, just like Superman, which makes him even more of a hero. Each assistant is quite distinct, and when two or more come together in an episode we are waiting for the inevitable interaction.
3. FX - thoe FX are great, but the show does not rely on them.
4. Actors - even though the characters are usually out of this world, the actors succeed in giving them humanity, which makes it possible to really relate to them.
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Doctor Who's 50th year sees what is in my opinion one of the strongest seasons of the show since it came back in 2005. It saddens me that so many new series fans seem completely unaware of the show's rich long history and seem to think that Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant were the first Doctors instead of the 9th and 10th. Hopefully this series and the upcoming anniversary special will educate them. The Snowmen is the christmas special that starts off this boxset. Getting over what happened to Amy and Rory in Angels Take Manhatten, The Doctor has become a recluse in Victorian London vowing to never get involved again but gets instead involved with a Victorian governess and a case involving snowmen and a familiar enemy from The Doctor's past, The Great Intelligence, last seen during the Patrick Troughton era that's the 2nd Doctor to any new series fans. One of the best christmas specials the episode is great fun to watch with guest star Richard E Grant on great form as Doctor Simeon and Ian Mckellan superb as the voice of The Great Intelligence while Jenna Louise Coleman makes an impressive start as Clara. The Bells Of St John starts series 7 part 2 properly, set in modern day London The Doctor meets Clara again who seems to die more than Rory and is intrigued by her and determined to solve the mystery of why she keeps dying and coming back to life and meeting him in different times but doesn't seem to remember him. Clara is one of The Doctor's most intriguing and mysterious companions and the two investigate monsters loose on the internet and come against new adversaries called The Spoonheads and is a good, solid opener to series 7 part 2. The Rings of Akhaten is next with Clara's first trip in The Tardis to a planet in the distant future where they come up against a god like creature and is another good, strong solid episode. The Cold War sees The Doctor and Clara on a Russian submarine in 1983 where they come up against an Ice Warrior. Last seen during 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee's era this is a thrilling, very tense episode and in my opinion destined to become one of Doctor Who's all time great episodes with 2 excellent guest performances from Game Of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham as the Russian Submarine captain and David Warner as a Russian scientist obsessed with 80's pop music. Hide is another very tense episode set in a haunted house in 1975. Journey to the centre of the Tardis does what it says on the tin. A brilliant episode which sees Clara trapped deep in the heart of the Tardis and The Doctor has to rescue her. The Crimson Horror is a fun episode set in Victorian London with an excellent guest performance from Diana Rigg and sees the return of the excellent Vastra, Jenny and Strax from The Snowmen which sees them investigate a mysterious factory in Yorkshire. Nightmare In Silver sees the return of old enemies The Cybermen set on an amusement planet. Probably the weakest episode here but good fun as The Doctor takes 2 children that Clara is looking after to the planet for some harmless fun only to run into The Cybermen. The Name Of The Doctor is the series finale and if there is one thing that modern Doctor Who does well it's a series finale and this is an absolutely superb finale and like the earlier Cold War destined to become an absolute classic which sees the return of River Song, Vastra, Jenny and Strax who are so good they deserve their own spin off series and Doctor Simeon from The Snowmen. The episode sees The Doctor at his tomb and sees cgi footage of classic Doctors 1-8 and glimpses of 9 and 10 which works brilliantly into the episode as The Doctor solves the mystery of Clara once and for all. The episode leads into the 50th anniversary special with an absolutely jaw dropping twist that looks like changing the show and what we thought we knew about The Doctor forever. It's going to be a long wait for the special. An excellent collection of episodes and Matt Smith's best episodes yet.
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on 16 February 2014
I felt that the second part of Series 7 was an improvement on the first part. The episode quality was more consistent and the episodes were in general more focused. I should also note that Steven Moffat's episodes here are far better than those he penned for the first part of the series.

This set starts with the 2012 Christmas Special 'The Snowmen', this is the best Christmas special since 2005's The Christmas special (not that that's anything to be proud of; most Doctor Who Christmas specials are mediocre or worse). Strax, Vastra and Jenny all make very welcome reappearances. All three are great, Strax in particular is very, very funny. Ian McKellen is excellent as the voice of the great intelligence. The Doctors impersonation of Sherlock Holmes is priceless and the introduction of the fabulous new Tardis console room is superb.

The second part of the season starts properly with 'The Bells of Saint John', a fast paced, exhilarating story. The Doctor riding up the Shard is an iconic moment and there is some fabulous London location work showing off London landmarks. Celia Imrie is brilliant as Miss Kizlet and this is Steven Moffat at close to his best.

'The Rings of Akhaten' is even better. Writer Neil Cross creates an utterly captivating alien world and it is brilliantly realised. The scene where all the aliens join together in song is very uplifting. A very good episode indeed.

'Cold War' was a highly anticipated episode since it involved the first appearance of an Ice Warrior since 1974's 'The Monster of Peladon'. The episode, while good, was mildly disappointing. On the plus side it's very atmospheric and the sets for the submarine are well lit and look suitably cramped. The Ice Warrior looks great in its armour, but did we really need to see it out of its armour? Of the guest characters Professor Grisenko, played by David Warner, is easily the best; his obsession with western 1980's music is hilarious. Captain Zhukov is also quite good, but none of the others leave a lasting impression.

'Hide' is a creepy, slow paced episode. With such a slow pace, the acting needs to be really good and fortunately it is. Sadly it falls apart a little towards the end with the revelation that Hila is a descendant of Emma and Alec. The trouble is Hila is a very underdeveloped character who gets very little screen time.

I had high hopes for 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS', after all it had a dynamite premise and it ended up being wasted. This episode was a mess. The guest characters are really boring and the guest performances are dull. The plotting is lazy with far too much repetitive walking and running through corridors. There is also the pointless revelation that Tricky is not an android after all and the Doctor and Clara's conversation about how he met other versions of her and how they died which Clara infuriatingly later forgets about. The ending is a real cop out.

'The Crimson Horror' helps to erase memories of the previous episode and it's refreshing to have an Earthbound Doctor Who story set somewhere other than London or Cardiff. Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are both brilliant as Mrs Gillyflower and Ada respectively. Ada may be the best guest character this series. Strax, Vastra and Jenny are all good as well. Jenny in particular is great here. There are some very funny lines, but some of the humour falls rather flat; the 'Thomas Thomas' sat nav joke is pathetic and the lame fainting gag is bewilderingly repeated three times.

'Nightmare in Silver' tries to reinvent the Cybermen and it does this reasonably successfully. The little cyber insects or Cybermites are very creepy. There are some memorable scenes of the Doctor’s mental battle with the cyber controller and Matt Smith excels as the cyber controller. Warwick Davis is good as Porridge.

Season Finale ‘The Name of the Doctor’ is the best Steven Moffat script in quite some time. The little appearances from all of the Doctors are very charming especially the scene with Clara and the William Hartnell Doctor. Strax ‘Holidaying’ in Glasgow and brawling with Scotsmen is very amusing and it’s also one of the best outings for Alex Kingston as River Song, I hope this wasn’t her last appearance (she could work very well with Peter Capaldi). It sets up the 50th anniversary special very well indeed; the introduction of John Hurt at the end is stunning.

The continuing lack of two part stories is troubling and there are no bona fide classic stories here, but most of the episodes are good or better.

As for extras there are a couple of amusing sketches to set up ‘The Snowmen’ and a decent prequel/teaser to ‘The Bells of Saint John’. There’s also a three minute long feature about location filming for ‘The Snowmen’. There’s also a short teaser for ‘The Name of the Doctor’.

‘The Companions’ is a long winded (43 minutes) but at times entertaining documentary about the role of companions in new series Doctor Who. There are contributions from Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith, Jenna Louise Coleman and many, many others including Caroline Skinner before her unpleasant falling out with Steven Moffat.
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VINE VOICEon 31 July 2013
After over two years, Amy & Rory were gone from the Doctor's life. And the finality of their departure was one of the most heartbreaking exits in Doctor Who. And for that to cap-off a string of really consistent episodes, made the first-half of Doctor Who: Series 7 a true winner, perhaps the best since Series 4.

And how does Steve Moffat decide to follow-up on his major-turning point? Midway through the series? He revamps the show. There's new opening credits, new theme music, brand-new TARDIS interior and a change of attire for Matt Smith; all of which are really snazzy, and the best way to move on from the Pond-era, and into the next chapter of Matt Smith's tenure as the Eleventh Doctor.

Following the tragic departures of Amy & Rory, the Doctor has once again fallen into deep despair. But unlike previous mourning for lost companions, the Doctor has decided to retire from travelling/adventuring altogether! It seems legitimate, until a mysterious young woman called Clara enters the Time Lord's life. She soon perks him back up, but there's something else about this new companion...something hauntingly familiar. Has he met her before?

After the singular-episode format for Part 1 of Series 7, Moffat further changes the creative direction by reverting back to typical story-arc mode (which has become Doctor Who's trademark since the series' 2005 relaunch). It works for this second-part of Series 7, as Moffat's `Impossible Girl' arc merits such treatment. And unlike the overly-convoluted `Death of the Doctor' arc that ruined Series 6 for me...Moffat doesn't go overboard this time, producing & resolving his latest mystery with great coherence, intricacies and satisfaction.

As ever, Matt Smith is on form with his Doctor. This Eleventh version of the Time Lord can only grow from strength-to-strength, and it's certainly benefitted from the major development the character received in "The Angels Take Manhattan", which Matt uses to drive his ace-rendition of the Time Lord even further.

But really, the greatest strength of Series 7: Part 2 is Jenna-Louise Coleman herself (returning from her guest-role in "Asylum of the Daleks"). As Clara, Jenna has instant chemistry with Matt, and is a real breath of fresh-air, infusing such life into the Doctor's newest companion. Speaking of which, Clara is a natural companion who fits all the criteria; beautiful, brilliant, relatable, courageous, compassionate etc, but who also has an independent streak from the Doctor that sets her apart from her predecessors. Clara's personality shines through, and while the character's depth/development takes a while to emerge, Jenna's performance makes her a real winner. This mysterious `reincarnation' aspect about Clara is handled very well, and it isn't dragged out for ages like River Song's identity or the whole-tedious `Silence will Fall' palaver.

However, from a consistency standpoint, this second-half of Series 7 doesn't match the overall excellence of Part 1, or Series 4 for that matter. To start with the 2012 Christmas Special, `The Snowmen' is absolutely rubbish. After SUCH a promising-start to Series 7, this Christmas Special degenerates into an embarrassing shambles full of flat moments, pantomime-silliness and the relief that it finally came to an end! Not even Matt & Jenna could save this one! `The Snowmen' is such a disappointment, and the worst Christmas Special I've ever seen in Doctor Who.

However, Moffat really redeems himself with his writing in the following episode "The Belles of Saint John", a hugely-satisfying romp that's full of heart, and a great story. As the Doctor continues to investigate the mystery behind that Impossible Girl, he now meets a THIRD version of Clara (who becomes his full-time companion), and uncovers a sinister Wi-Fi plot(!) headed by Celia Imrie (excellent as ever!).

Why I love "The Belles of Saint John" so much is because it hearkens back to what made the Russell T. Davies era so special. There's plenty of human-warmth, character & riveting adventure, and it's perfect in (re)introducing Clara, and kicking-off this latest batch of new Doctor/Companion adventures. It sets the standard for the rest of the arc, and it gains more points for further-establishing Old-Who baddie The Great Intelligence (last seen in 1968!) as a worthy main-antagonist for the rest of the series.

Unfortunately, other episodes are hit-and-miss overall. Episodes like "The Rings of Akhaten" are beautifully moving, and "Cold War" is a great reintroduction to more Old-Who baddies (The Ice Warriors). But "Hide" ends up so underwhelming after a really tense, scary start. "The Crimson Horror" is simply dire, and "Nightmare in Silver" - which features an awesome redesign for the Cybermen - fails to live up to the hype, because it focuses too much on irritating kids and the Doctor playing chess with himself!

Another big problem is Stephen Thompson's "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". For forty-minutes, it's a huge rollercoaster-epic, featuring long-awaited development for Clara and the mystery surrounding her. It shapes up to be the best episode of the series, but then it's squandered in the last five minutes by a clichéd and frustrating ending. It's a blemish this portion of the series really could've done without.

Thankfully, series-finale "The Name of the Doctor" rounds things off with a true bang. Boasting a really-dark atmosphere, a sinister performance from Richard E. Grant (as the Great Intelligence), and the returning River Song (Alex Kingston). It's also Clara's finest hour, resolving the `Impossible Girl' mystery in winning-style, as well as setting the scene for the 50th Anniversary Special with a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger! I can't wait to see what happens next!

It's unfortunate that Part 2 falters in places, especially after Part 1 was so essential. It does bring the overall mark down for Series 7, but Doctor Who is still going strong after what's (essentially) a really strong batch of episodes. Again, not as consistent as Part 1, but this is still a box-set that's worth having.

Roll on the 50th Anniversary Special!
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