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 Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series


  Review by Suzanne 11/20/10

I loved the first four seasons of the new Doctor Who. I really meant that. It was my favorite show and it got better and better. I loved both of the previous doctors, but I especially loved the last one, played by David Tennant. He was not only a great actor but gorgeous. The writing was fantastic, too. The show was written by the fabulous Russell T. Davies. Unfortunately, both Davies and Tennant left the show.

First off, I don't like the new Doctor Who, played by Matt Smith, nearly as much as the first two. He has grown on me a little bit, but he is no David Tennant (or even Christopher Eccleston). For one thing, he seems to be copying Tennant quite a lot. He doesn't seem to be putting his own spin on the character, as much as he tries (whereas Eccleston and Tennant were both very different). Also, he is not that great looking. To me he kind of looks like Frankenstein. So that has been a great disappointment to me. Tenannt is a tough act to follow, of course, but I don't think Smith measures up. However, I seem to be in the minority on this point as I have read many rave reviews of him.

Secondly, the people writing Doctor Who are not nearly as good as Davies was. The show seems to be aimed more at children even than the old show was, which means it is sillier and giddier and more over-the-top, and it frequently doesn't make sense. Secondly, it seems to me that they are already copying a lot of the stories from the first five years. The show is just missing that spark that it previously had and seems more derivative and predictable than anything else. It had a good cliff hanger at the end of the season, but I don't see how they can possible get out of it and still make any kind of sense, since they literally ended the universe.

The character of Amy Pond, and the actress who plays her, and the guy who plays her boyfriend, Rory, are both great. They are the only things I liked about this season. I also loved the return of River Song.

I still watch it, and I still enjoy it, but not nearly as much. It was one of my four favorite shows the previous year, but it has fallen off that list.

Anyway, getting back to the DVD, it is a great set for those of you who are Doctor Who fans and loved last season. It has many many features. Each disk has a ton of them. Actually, I think I enjoyed the features more than I did the shows themselves.

I thought they did a very good job with the commentary. I don't usually watch commentary, but I think most of the time it is audio commentary. In this set, they show the people speaking so it is more interesting. The actors used a video camera to make a diary of their days on the set, so that was fun to see. They clearly had a good time and enjoy their jobs. Of course the set has tons of commentaries, out-takes, teasers, trailers, and additional scenes. Those are always fun. I particularly liked the additional scenes. There are a few other specials, "Meanwhile in the Tardis" parts one and two are short sequences between episodes, kind of like deleted scenes. There is also a special "the Monster Files" about the aliens, and there are also the "Doctor Who Confidential" webisodes. It's a very good collection to have. You might enjoy it a lot more than I did!

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Synopsis: Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who coming to DVD and Blu-ray. After his explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash! After falling from the sky, he pulls himself out of the wreckage to come face-to-face with young Amy Pond. The Doctor promises to take Amy to the stars. But first they must divert an alien plot that could destroy the Earth. The Doctor makes good his promise, and Amy boards the regenerated TARDIS, ready to take to the stars on a series of wild adventures that will change her life. As always, wherever the Doctor goes, his oldest enemies, the Daleks, are never far behind. They are hatching a new master plan from the heart of war-torn London in the 1940s. But they are not the only strange creatures the Doctor and Amy must face there are also alien vampires, humanoid reptiles, the Weeping Angels, and a silent menace that follows Amy and the Doctor around wherever they go.

Available on DVD:       November 9th

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