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Doctor Who (New Series): Complete Series 1 Box Set (5 Discs)

Released on 21 November 2005

Featuring: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper & Simon Callow

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner (it's difficult keeping up with friends when your day job involves flitting through time and space), 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 new assistant Rose.

Rose (Billie Piper) is a shop-girl from the present day. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soulmates. They understand and complement each other. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination. She starts out as an innocent, unfettered by worldly concerns. But she ends up an adventurer who, by the end of the series, can never go home again...

Episodes comprise:

1. Rose
2. The End Of The World
3. The Unquiet Dead
4. Aliens Of London
5. World War Three
6. Dalek
7. The Long Game
8. Father's Day
9. The Empty Child
10. The Doctor Dances
11. Boom Town
12. Bad Wolf
13. The Parting Of The Ways
  • Audio commentary on every episode, some of which feature Russell T. Davies, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Mark Gatiss and Simon Callow
  • 'On Set With Billie': Billie Piper's video diary
  • 'Waking The Dead': Mark Gatiss' video diary
  • 'Destroying The Lair' featurette
  • Mike Tucker's Mocks Of Balloons' featurette
  • 'Designing Doctor Who' featurette
  • Laying Ghosts - The Origins Of The Unquiet Dead' featurette
  • 'Deconstructing Big Ben' featurette
  • 'The Adventures Of Captain Jack' featurette
  • BBC Breakfast interview with Christopher Eccleston
  • 'Making Doctor Who' with Russell T. Davies
  • Exclusive 'Doctor Who Confidential' disc featuring behind the scenes footage from 'The Christmas Invasion'
  • Collector's booklet including an introduction from Russell T. Davies
  • Trailers

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 Fantastic. From start to finish.

| | See all ArticFox78's reviews (1)

Doctor Who returns to television, or DVD in this case, and we are in for a real treat.

I was a metaphorical virgin when it came to Doctor Who, i have never seen any of the old serials so this is from a completely neutral and unbiased stand point, and i enjoyed every second of this series.

Yes it is cheesy, yes some of the special effects are pretty pants, but do you have fun? Yes. By the bucket-load. From the first introduction of The Doctor "Run for your life!" to his cheeky farewell "You were fantastic... and so was I" Chistopher Eccleston has you captivated, The Doctor is clever, witty, cocky and at times even scary. Eccleston has a large emotional range, jokily explaining the Autons in the first episode to being full of fear when faced with the menacing Daleks. Billie Piper also brings alot to the show, giving the perfect verbal sparring partner to Eccleston. The two have excellent chemistry and are very entertaining to watch.

Each episode brings a new villain or situation that The Doctor must solve, some ideas are admittedly better than others (Aliens infiltrating Downing Street being a particular highlight) but each episode brings something new and different to the table.

Supplementing each episode is a commentary track providing interesting insight into the acting and other things. The real meat of the special features is CONFIDENTIAL, a set of 13 documentarys, one for each episode, narrated by Simon Pegg, with interviews from the cast and crew and fun factoids on how the fans reacted and how the creatures were created. Definately worth a watch.

Although some episodes stand out in front of others, the sheer entertainment granted from the package of a whole is more than enough to sway the score towards the might 5/5. Personally i would have given 4.5 but i'm rounding up as i am a fan of this series.

Now for a quick run down of the episodes. (tl;dr sorry)
1. Rose - 4/5
2. The End Of The World - 4/5
3. The Unquiet Dead - 4/5
4. Aliens Of London - 4.5/5
5. World War Three - 4/5
6. Dalek - 5/5
7. The Long Game - 3/5
8. Father's Day - 5/5
9. The Empty Child - 5/5
10. The Doctor Dances - 5/5
11. Boom Town - 3/5
12. Bad Wolf - 4/5
13. The Parting Of The Ways - 5/5

 just utter fantastic

| | See all Jaywass08's reviews (132)

best science fiction show I've seen in a long time just a real shame that Christopher Eccleston left so soon because he was outstanding in this and was the best doctor ever much better than David Tennant in my opinion this show should be brought back to it''s glory days and Eccleston should come back into it hopefully when the 5th series starts with Matt Smith in it it will be brought back to it's glory days. and lets hope that Catherine Tate isn't in it either she should also stick to what she's best at which is comedy not sci fi.

 bringing the Doctor into the 21st century

| | See all celticpunkguy's reviews (28)

Christopher Eccleston is fantastic as the Doctor, and Billie Piper is a brilliant assistant! I love the old Doctors, Tom Baker & William Hartnell etc. are amazing but Eccles Cakes & David Tennant are my favourites! I was 15 when Eccleston's Doctor appeared on telly , this series revitalised Doctor Who for a new generation of fans (including myself!)

This series is the beginning of a new golden age for Doctor Who! the Russell T. Davis era is brilliant! essential for young & old fans of the Doctor!


| | See all THEMOORE's reviews (184)

The revamp of Dr. Who was the most talked about event of 2004/05 and it is easy to see why. The series returns to the BBC with a bang and from the moment Rose grabs the Doctor's hand you know that the series itself is in good hands. The casting of Eccleston in the lead role is as he would say fantastic as he brings a darker edge to the character and the mystery is made darker by the fact that the story arc reveals a lot has happened to the Doctor since he left San Francisco in 1999. Billie Piper as Rose is also a good move in the casting department. The way that her character is bored and searching for something fits in so well with Eccleston's run as the Doctor. The episodes are also very well written and the only one that I wasn't 100% sure about was the first two-parter 'Aliens of London' and 'World War Three' with the farting aliens. That aside the rest of the episodes were brilliant with 'Dalek' being the best out of the lot simply down to Eccleston's performance. The sad fact about this run however; is that it is both Eccleston's first and last at being the Doctor which is a shame. But if you take into account future episodes, you could say he made the right decision to leave giving us less rather than more.


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This series is ace! Christopher Eccleston makes a brilliant Doctor, he is such a diverse Doctor, delivering emotional scence, comical scenes and good old alien fighting scenes in such a different way to the Doctors before him! Billie Piper as sidekick Rose Tyler was a pleasant surprise, she has a real talent for acting and makes a brilliant team as the Doctor's sidekick!
This boxset is ace it has loads of extras that give fans a real insight into how the aliens are made and what the actors are like behind the scenes!!
Buy it now!!

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ActorsChristopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Simon Callow, Zoe Wanamaker, Alan David, Joe Ahearne, Andrew Marr, Bruno Langley, Simon Pegg, Richard Wilson, Camille Coduri, Tamsin Greig, Noel Clarke & John Barrowman
DirectorKeith Boak, Euros Lyn, James Hawes & Joe Aherne
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesAudio description for all episodes
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration9 hours and 40 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.