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on 18 September 2013
Scream of the Shalka is an anomaly, a one off, a dead end. Intended as a new start for Doctor Who its now relegated to a footnote in the programme's history. I had hoped this dvd release might reveal a lost gem but unfortunately its a fairly ordinary story, a generic alien invasion. The animation is the basic Cosgrove Hall style and the picture quality is surprisingly poor for such a recent production. Richard E Grant plays the Doctor in a performance that Russell T Davies has described as lazy. This seems unfair, he is playing a character consumed by ennui and drained of passion and he livens up considerably when the Doctor "finds some form" in the later episodes. Derek Jacobi's rather camp performance as the Master is not a patch on his later appearance in the episode Utopia. David Tennant has a very brief cameo as one of the Shalka's victims but the rest of the cast get little to do and are rather forgettable.
As is usual with the BBC Doctor Who dvd range there are plenty of interviews, documentaries etc. Of particular interest is an isolated soundtrack of the musical score for the story. In spite of the effort involved in this dvd it still feels inconsequential and probably will only be of interest to Doctor Who completists.
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on 16 December 2016
What Who could have been - Richard E. Grant superb in this Cosgrove & Hall production for the BBC, And Derek Jacobi as the Master years before the 2005 return of the live action series. Just remember its an animation when you start watching it, and have a ball. Lot's of classic lines. Non stop action.
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on 28 November 2015
Never saw this first time around but thought I'd give it a go. The animation is quite basic, perhaps due to the medium it was intended for. The style of the animation however is sharp and moody but also lively and colourful when it needs to be and it wholly adds to the drama. The new version of the theme tune is actually rather good and we get to see a few new elements that Russell T Davies revisits in the following years, including the first use of the TARDIS car alarm gag.

The Shalka aren't a memorable villain but the combination of Richard E Grant as The Doctor and Derek Jacobi as The Master lends a certain class to the production. Perhaps Big Finish could explore this combination one day and let this (alternative) 9th Doctor have further adventures in time and space.

I went in to watching this not expecting a great deal, but was sufficiently impressed with the episodes and the special features on the disc to be happy to revisit this again in the future.
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on 13 September 2015
Interesting how this came about and not a bad story either - what might have happened to doctor who had, after making this, it was announced that they would actually bring it back on telly so they abandoned the web series. It kind of crept through prematurely to our watch list as i had it on low priority so i wouldnt forget it but when it arrived we watched it and my 6 year old, who has been enjoying in chronological order the first 4 doctors for the last year of so with my older daughter found it too scary, but my 10 year old was fine. in real life he could have been a good doc, Not sure if this makes him the un/official 9th one though.
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on 21 January 2014
Made by the staff usually employed on Dr. Who, when announced there were to be no further stories in the series approached Cosgrove Hall to make an animated episode. Together they worked until this story was made but in the meantime BBC announced that DR. Who was returning to Tele-Vision. Now earlier series made with missing episodes are produced with the missing shows in animated form rather than still pictures of the cast with voices dubbed, makig it easier to follow the stories.
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on 1 November 2016
The last classic DVD I needed to complete the set. The extra features are better than the actual story.
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on 15 June 2017
Very enjoyable, I'd never seen this before. Richard E Grant and Derek Jacobi really make this a little gem.
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on 22 June 2018
A fascinating glimpse into a "could'a" timeline.
While Im very happy to have had the show return in full in 2005, I do enjoy this little sidestep.

A must have for collectors!

GR
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on 29 October 2013
A interesting side step in the world of Dr who which I enjoyed, it has a good story and is fast paced.
Richard does a brilliant job playing the 9th bbci animation version of Dr who.
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on 5 March 2016
great
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