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|Doctor Who - The Complete First Series
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Actors: Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, John Barrowman, Graeme Harper
Publisher: BBC Warner
Studio: BBC Warner
Manufacturer: BBC Warner
Label: BBC Warner
Format: Box Set, Closed-captioned, Color, Ntsc
Language: English (Original Language)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Running Time: 545 minutes
Number Of Items: 5
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.7
Dimensions (in): 7.3 x 5.6 x 1
Release Date: July 4, 2006 (New: Last 30 Days)
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The venerable science fiction program Doctor Who returned to British televisions in 2005 after a 15-year absence and delighted the majority of fans and critics with its adherence to the adventure and charm of the original series while making admissions for a new generation of viewers (hipper editing and score, CGI effects). Thirteen episodes were generated, all starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor and pop-singer-turned-actress Billie Piper as his companion Rose; acclaimed writer/producer Russell T. Davies (Touching Evil, Queer as Folk) oversaw the show as chief writer and executive producer. The new series proved so popular that the BBC agreed to revive the program for second and third seasons--though without Eccleston, who has since been replaced by David Tennant. This six-disc set comes with all 13 episodes plus the battery of supplemental features now customary to all Doctor Who DVD releases.
Eccleston is very engaging in the title role, bringing a manic curiosity tempered by occasional bouts of gravity (which befit a personality with a long and dramatic a lifespan as the Doctor's) that hew closely to the (arguably) most popular Doctor, Tom Baker. Piper is equally adept as department store clerk Rose--she's afforded more of a back story than most of the Doctor's sidekicks have received in the past, and she more than handles her own alongside Eccleston. Highlights among the 13 episodes include the season opener, "Rose" (which sees the return of an old foe, the Autons, and their controlling force, the Nestene Consciousness); the revamped Daleks in "Dalek" and the two-parter "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways"; a trip to Victorian England to aid Charles Dickens in "The Unquiet Dead," and of course, the arrival of the tenth Doctor at the conclusion of the action-packed "Parting of the Ways." The episodes strike the right blend of quirk, excitement, and imagination, thanks largely to the engaging performances and the guidance of Davies, whose admiration for the show and its history is evident throughout.
Supplemental features--and there are many--including commentary on all 13 episodes by members of the cast and crew, including Piper and Davies; numerous making-of featurettes, including a profile of Davies; a video diary by Piper; an interview with Eccleston, and best of all, a glimpse at the 60-minute Christmas special, "The Christmas Invasion," which picks up where the series concludes. Who fans won't be disappointed. --Paul Gaita
Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner, his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger. But when it comes to human relationships, he can be found wanting. That's why he needs Rose. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose understand and complement each other. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination.
Audio Commentary: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix on all eps Almost 5 hours of ?making of? interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Other:Star studded team of writers including Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk), Steven Moffat (Coupling), and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen)
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FANTASTIC! July 21, 2006
0 out of 4 found this review helpful
The World's Longest Running Science Fiction Show finally hits the US again after so long.
And it's Better than ever!
The spirit of the classic show is there, but it's 21st Century now.
Winner of 3 BAFTA's ("emmys")
Winner of 2 National Television Awards ("People's Choice")
And now one of the marquee programs of British Television.
Any fan of SF should check this out today.
Fantastic! July 17, 2006
5 out of 6 found this review helpful
Let me just get this out of the way: no, I haven't seen the classic "Doctor Who," okay? But the 2005 series is one of the best TV series I've ever seen. Even if you're not a "sci-fi fan," it's such a well-produced show that you'll find plenty to enjoy. I'll give you two main reasons why.
First, the writing is superb. Many science fiction series fall victim to writers (and, no doubt, producers) who are primarily concerned with coming up with nifty plots and who don't want to be bothered with character. I don't know about you, but if the characters are two-dimensional, I'm going to lose interest pretty quickly. The 2005 "Doctor Who" scripts, however, are rich in emotion and character while also filled with drama, comedy, and adventure in near-perfect proportions. If great writing is more important to you than genre, you definitely have to watch this. However, if you are a sci-fi fan...well, you've probably already seen this; but if you haven't, watch it. You'll be glad you did.
Second, the two lead actors are incredible. Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as his companion Rose not only give compelling individual performances, but their chemistry with each other is magical. These two were meant to be onscreen together. My favorite scenes are Doctor/Rose scenes because of the joy of watching them interact.
The Doctor could so easily have come across as campy or cheesy, but Eccleston makes him completely believable. He (Eccleston) displays a range he's not often given the opportunity to show and makes it clear what a complex character the Doctor really is. The Doctor has a vast amount of emotional baggage, and Eccleston nimbly shifts from heroic to stubborn to joyful to angry to melancholy to silly and everything in between.
Piper, not nearly as experienced an actor as Eccleston, more than holds her own. She's a talented young actress to keep an eye on. Rose is only nineteen but she's not intimidated in the least by the Doctor, and she doesn't hesitate to tell him when she thinks he's wrong (nor he her). Piper, too, has range and believably fleshes out what might have been just a sidekick into the Doctor's equal in many ways. Rose has confidence, courage, and heart beyond her years, all ably portrayed by Piper.
I must also quickly mention Murray Gold's score, which is wonderful. I dearly hope a soundtrack release is in the works. Anyway, I could go on and on, but it would involve revealing spoilers. Suffice it to say that I've driven my family, friends, and coworkers nutty with my praise for the show, but it's so good I just can't help myself. Watch it for yourself and you'll see why.
Simply Smashing Series July 16, 2006
6 out of 7 found this review helpful
At last, at last Dr. Who is back. It's been a long spell without him, but Christopher Eccleston was worth the wait and Billie Piper as Rose joins Ace, Sarah, the first Romana, Leela and K-9 as my favorite companions.
Although it is somewhat disappointing that the series did not pick up where the Sylvester McCoy stories ended (because it really seemed as if the McCoy stories were headed SOMEWHERE,) this series is eminently satisfying. The Doctor seems more unhinged-- he doesn't have to worry about the Time Lords riding herd on him and he is free to swing around the galaxy and do whatever he wants, although he mostly hangs around earth.
The hint of a romance between him and Rose is a different direction for the Doctor, but it feels natural with the doctor's new sense of being alone in the universe. The chemistry between the two of them is terrific. I also loved the character of Captain Jack in the last few episodes in the series-- he reminded me a lot of the alternate Rimmer (Ace "Save me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.") on Red Dwarf.
It doesn't matter if you've never watched Dr. Who before. Watch it now! It's terrific!
Only Thing Missing is the Jelly Babies July 16, 2006
7 out of 8 found this review helpful
It is so good to see Dr. Who again-- and completely new episodes as well. Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper make a terrific duo as the lonely doctor has to wrestle with the knowledge that he is the last living Time Lord.
The episodes in the first season all intertwine beautifully, with familiar characters popping up throughout. The only complaint I might have-- and it's a small one-- is that I would like to see some episodes that are not so earth-centric. However, that in no way detracts from the fabulosity of the new series!
It is good to see that they have retained most of the elements of the classic series-- the new TARDIS does take some getting used to, but by about the fourth episode, it grows on you.
It is absolutely smashing! (And I must say, it was quite interesting to see the Doctor actually engage in his first televised kiss!)
Great July 16, 2006
0 out of 6 found this review helpful
Christopher Eccleston & Billie Piper make a great team. The first season is brilliant and even though the writing starts to go downhill in Season 2, it's an enjoyable & fun series.