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Doctor Who: The Complete Specials
I love Doctor Who, especially the new version that started in
2005. The first Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, was very good. When he left after
the first year, it was disappointing. However, the next Doctor, David Tennant,
was so wonderful and cute that the disappointment quickly faded. In 2007, it was
announced that Tennant was leaving, as well as the man who runs the show,
Russell Davies. Also, season 4 would finish in 2008 and there would be no new
season until 2010 (which at that time, seemed like way too long to wait).
In the meantime, they mercifully made a few Doctor Who special movies to keep us
going while they found a new doctor and reshuffled things behind the scenes.
This set has those four specials, plus quite a few extras. They are very good,
The first special, "The Next Doctor", arrived Christmas 2008 after fans had
anxiously waited a long time. It was excellent and well worth the wait. They
teased us with the title, with the idea that this gentlemen that the Doctor met
might be one of his former selves that had lost his memory. Would this be the
new doctor? They chose an excellent actor to portray him. Of course, he's not
really The Doctor, but the story about why he thought he was The Doctor and how
it was revealed was excellent. Heart-wrenching, even, as this show can often be.
I cry sometimes when I watch it, just as much as I laugh, smile, and get giddy
with excitement. It also involved Cybermen, one of the evil foes that the Doctor
The next movie was "Planet of the Dead", arriving April 2009. This special
brought the doctor a new companion, although just for this one special. Again
the casting job was great. They do a fine job of making sure that
one-time-only-important guest stars are fabulous. She robs a museum and then
gets on a bus, where the doctor is waiting. The bus then gets accidentally sent
to a desert planet. Now, quite a few of the newer Doctor Who episodes involve
the Doctor, stuck somewhere with a group of doomed people that get picked off
one by one. They seem to like this type of story. However, every time I think,
"Oh, no, not again", they give it some great twist to make it all worthwhile.
The story was a bit silly at times, but it was very exciting and adventurous.
The third special was "The Waters of Mars", where The Doctor visits Mars in
2059. He figures out that the people there will die soon, and it's an important
moment in history, so he doesn't want to stop it. It is a gripping episode.
The last special, "The End of Time", was a two-parter that just aired in
December. It's the last episodes that will star David Tenannt, so that made it
sad for me. It was an exciting show, though. It guest-starred Timothy Dalton
(James Bond!) as another Time Lord. It had the wonderful John Simm returning as
The Master, plus many great guest-stars from past Doctor Who episodes. I don't
know how they will top themselves after this. What can Doctor Who save everyone
from that's worse the end of time itself?
There are over seven hours of special features on the set! It includes all of
the "Doctor Who Confidential" episodes that they showed on the BBC; deleted
scenes from the specials; introduction by Russell T. Davies; Video Diaries by
audio commentary, and some other features like "The Final Days" and "Doctor Who
at Comicon". It's a great set for anyone to have, but especially Doctor Who
The DVD will be released February 2nd, 2010.
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