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Doctor Who: Series 5 - Volume 1 (2010) (Blu-ray)

Released on 07 June 2010

Featuring: Matt Smith & Karen Gillan

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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Brand New Doctor! Exciting New Adventures!

Matt Smith is the new Doctor, mercurial & energetic. Karen Gillan is Amy Pond the Doctor's new smart & sassy assistant.

Volume 1 of the highly anticipated brand new series, contains the first 3 episodes, including the hour long premiere episode, and promises more adventures and travels through time, with the 11th Doctor and his new companion...

Episodes Comprise:

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. The Beast Below
3. Victory Of The Daleks
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    The Monster Diaries - Produced by the team behind BBC3's hugely popular Doctor Who Confidential series, the Monster Files will get under the skin and inside the minds of the latest Doctor's most challenging opponents. With previously unseen footage and exclusive comments from cast and crew, the Monster Files take fans old and new even further behind enemy lines.

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 Matt Smith is the Doctor ... but in what?

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The best thing about these 3 episodes is Matt Smith. He is just wonderful, nailing the essence of the Doctor from the second he appears.

Sadly however, the start of series 5 is in no way comparable to the far superior prevous 4 series. The new production team under the guidance of Stephen Moffat have lost their way already and this reboot to a very successful BBC series is unwarranted and unnecessary.
The scripts are lacking any depth as viewers have become accustomed to. There are plotholes aplenty and the stories jump from place to place without any particular explanation as to why.
Direction is dire and there are many continuity errors in the scenes. Surely the producer should have noticed all these before transmission? This series has had far too many already in the these first 3 episodes, more than the previous 4 series put together.
I was always worried about Stephen Moffats appointment to Doctor Who as in the late 1990s, when he was interviewed by DWM, he said that if he was in charge he would reboot everythig, Doctor 1, day 1. Over 10 years later, he has done just that more or less with an awful new title sequence and rearrangement of the theme and a terrible new logo leading the way. More importantly, TARDIS redesigns I can live with, but the actual overhaul and redesign of the Daleks in epside 3? Absolute nonsense - not needed at all. They now look like Renault Meganes.
The CGI, for once, is also highly questionable... its no way near as good as it was - why??
These first three stories also lose the pace and colour of the superior previous series and whereas Doctor Who used to leave you wanting more, this series seems to plod onand on ... we are only just finished ep 3 as i write and it feels like its been on for far longer! I'm almost bored with it now.

As for the colour. If you are going to make a series for HD, then lets see the colours! They seem to now be shooting it in drab, unexciting, grainy styles. Awful.

This is certainly not the Doctor Who I've been watching all these years and even though I know Stephen Moffat has his fans who will argue he can do no wrong, I would disagree. This series of Doctor Who in these first 3 episodes is dull, boring, inconsistent, drab, slow and just plain self congratulatory. His philosophy of "if it aint broke, lets fix it anyway" just doesn't sit well.

A leading man like Matt Smith needs much better scripts. Very disapointing.
RTD - come home!

 The Grimm new adventures of Doctor Who

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Much has been written regarding the casting of Matt Smith in the titular role, and whether or not Doctor Who would skew towards a younger audience. This is a view I never shared with fellow fans or the series' detractors! Peter Davison (the fifth Doctor) wasn't much older than Matt and his incarnation was far from infantile.

Doctor Who has always been a show with the broadest appeal and why would Steven Moffat break what isn't broken (unless you count the final few seasons of Russell T Davies' tenure, which fell into self-parody)? Incidentally, Steven Moffat's 'The Girl in the Fireplace' (S2) is one of my all-time favourite Doctor Who stories. So, I was hoping for a move towards darker fairytale motifs in the new season.

Geronimo! Here, we see the adventures of our beloved Time Lord framed as a fairytale. Not a fairytale in the mainstream sense, as popularised by the Hollywood studio system, but as a darkly lyrical coming of age story penned by the Brothers Grimm or Lewis Carol.

Moffat's narrative adroitly references famous literary works with gusto: from a red apple to being late for a very important date. It's haunting, poignant, brilliant...

Aside from Murray Gold's continued attempts to destroy the iconic main theme (the original will never be surpassed) and not at all reflective of his compositions therein. Doctor Who S5 is off to a superlative start - Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) are effortless - and the return of iconic adversaries, throughout the season, will bring more twists and turns than any rabbit hole that Alice (or Amy) might tumble down.

 "..BRILLIANT AND ORIGINAL SCI-FI.."

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Matt smith has done a brilliant job already of filling the shoes of the doctor in this classic sci-fi series, he plays the character with a fresh approach and steals aspects of all the previous actors who have played the doctor, hes the first doctor so far of the series who has settled into the role quite quickly and comfortably I think. But his performance is boosted along the way with the help of Karen Gillian who is the best assistant so far in the new series since 2005, she plays the role of the still mysterious Amy Pond who has such a great approach to her role too, the pair are great on screen together in all the episodes, the stories are fantastic so far, darker and with great dialogue and the odd humour. Victory of the daleks alone is one of the greatest stories ever in the series, fantastic acting from all involved, great story and an epic and inventive return of everyones favourite enemy the daleks! Great show certainly for the true doctor who fan, but its worth waiting for the box set at the end of the year.

 Don't believe the hype!

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These first three episodes are a complete waste of time. Matt Smith is all over the place in terms of his acting and Karen Gillan is a very weak actress. These stories are cheap, unexciting and actually very dull. The first outing for the Doctor sees him crash land on earth and meet a young Amy Pond. Not very original and the story with Prisoner One is very poorly directed, for example, when you see the interior of the TARDIS for the first time you never get a full wide shot making the whole thing very odd.
The next story, The Beast Below, is an exceptionally bad story with no real excitement or plot really. Finally Victory of the Daleks - well, the new Daleks when revealed are so embarrassing that, combined with a weak plot, it makes you hang your head in shame to be fan of Doctor Who. This series is not worth the money so wait until these discs are in the sale!

 dr who

| | See all joejmd90's reviews (3)

people should not judge this just beacause their is no extras you need to wait for the boxset apart from that a fantastic series from matt smith its taking awhile to get used to him beacause david tennet was so fantastic 10/10

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ActorsMatt Smith & Karen Gillan
CertificatePG
Year2010
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish
Duration2 hours and 15 minutes (approx)