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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start but room for improvement, 8 May 2005
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 1 - Volume 2 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
I would like to express what a good job Russell T. Davies has done in bringing back Doctor Who for a media savvy 21st century audience. The new show is funny, stylish, contemporary and moves at a frenetic pace that appeals to all age groups and is designed to eliminate the anorak tag that it got in the eighties. It also has great guest stars each week. However, at times the show over does the humour content at the expense of the horror, like this two part Slitheen story, which I started to watch and was really getting into until it all fell apart with the laughable pig in an astronaught suit and the Slitheen who are, let's face it PANTS! These baby faced Slitheen wouldn't scare a 5yr old and are probably better suited for the Muppets or Sesame Street, and this is another problem that the new show has, that it hasn't worked out how to do monsters and aliens in a scary and convincing way just yet. However, the spaceship crash landing into Big Ben, then landing in the Thames was pretty spectacular and there were times when the script was really sharp, witty and satirical and it was nice having an Andrew Marr cameo in this, but this two parter was also badly let down by juvenile fart jokes.

'Dalek' is a spectacular episode, especially when the new state of the art Dalek suckers a soldier to death, and also when it's on the ceiling and sets off the water sprinkler system that electrocutes almost the whole battalion of soldiers. This episode more than compensates for the other two, and it's worth buying just for this alone.
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