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Dexter: Season 4 (4 Discs)
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Superb performances all round, an ending so good that I really want to avoid spoiling it. After the dissapointment of season 3 this was a true return to form.
Doctor Who: Series 5 Christmas Special - A Christmas Carol (2010)
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It's a shame to see the negative reviews, after years of incoherant nonsense finally we have a superb christmas special. The underlying premise is clever and well executed.Jenkins shows she may have a successful secondary career as an actress (and given this is her first acting role that was particularly impressive) and Gambon is superb as ever.I can understand some people taking issue with things such as the shark sleigh ride, it definitely only works at christmas (the Christmas themes run non stop throughout the episode). Buy it, but perhaps don't watch it until next christmas. It's not bad who, but it is fantastic holiday cheer (and I feel sorry for anyone who was bah humbuging it all the way through).
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It's a shame to see the negative reviews, after years of incoherant nonsense finally we have a superb christmas special. The underlying premise is clever and well executed.Jenkins shows she may have a successful secondary career as an actress (and given this is her first acting role that was particularly impressive) and Gambon is superb as ever.
I can understand some people taking issue with things such as the shark sleigh ride, it definitely only works at christmas (the Christmas themes run non stop throughout the episode). Buy it, but perhaps don't watch it until next christmas. It's not bad who, but it is fantastic holiday cheer (and I feel sorry for anyone who was bah humbuging it all the way through).
Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver Wii Remote
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Got this as a present, an apologetic one after the Dr Who game reviews came out, but there was no need to be, the Wii game may be terrible but this is a superb controller.
It's light and shaped well for pointer based games (I've been using it on Goldeneye and it feels great). Compared to the standard controller the D-pad seems larger and easier to hit.The A button is a little lower than on the standard remote, however but still easy to reach.
The B button is incredibly responsive, again great for shooters. The plus and minus buttons are a little small and fiddly however.
Build quality is high and it charges directly for a USB cable, so unlike your standard remotes you don't have to buy batteries or a charging kit. The speaker also seems to be of slightly higher quality.
Plus it looks cool :) Avoid the game it was designed for but this is a superb choice so long as you're not wanting to use the motion plus (it can be inserted, but not clipped on so it could be knocked out, and looks a little weird).
Doctor Who: Series 5 - Volume 3 (2010)
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The first episode on this disc is Amy's Choice, one of the most controversial episodes of the series, many touting it as one of the best episodes the show has ever produced, others not really digging it's trippy nature. Personally I absolutely love it; the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves flitting between worlds faced with an unknown protagonist insisting that they chose a reality, choose correctly and they will be released, incorrectly and death awaits. Even in this bizarre scenario all is not as it seems.
The second two parter, which see's the return of the Silurians successfully builds up plenty of scares, the new incarnation having some genuine personality. It's no classic, but the ending of part two had my jaw placed firmly on the ground, one of the finest, most disturbing moments the show has ever enjoyed and asking yet more questions not to be explained until the finale.
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Doctor Who: Series 5 - Volume 2 (2010)
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Going in to series 5 a lot of people have been apprehensive, and Steven Moffat, a believer that the transition should be difficult has made no attempt to put viewers at ease.
The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone are a wonderful re-introduction of the weeping angels but is also the true beginning of the crack story arc, just what are they and what happens to those engulfed by them? The identity of River Song is also hinted at, clearly her past is a lot shadier than we were previously aware; a woman we had previously known as a self sacrificing hero has served jail time for... well I don't want to spoil anything.There is debate over whether the angels should ever have been seen to move, some claiming that it breaks the fourth wall, but my personal take is that it was done in such an effective and chilling manner that it really works. The atmosphere is top notch, the performances superb and some wonderfully dark humour, angel bob is both a chilling concept and a great source of humour.
My one complaint about this two parter would be the scene in the forest, and Amy with her eyes closed, no doubt chilling for the kids but it was an instance of the need to scare outweighing established continuity.
The final episode on this disc is Vampires of Venice, a funny and wonderfully charming romp, good characterisation (we are reminded just how alien the Doctor truly is within the first five minutes), but not particularly deep. A little light hearted fun after the tension that was the Angels two parter.
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Doctor Who: Series 5 - Volume 1 (2010)
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Bang! Matt Smith has entered the building and instantly stolen the show. Having shot up to the top of fan favourite polls their is little more to say, other than to congratulate the team on a magnificent piece of casting.
Really and truly this is what it should have been since day 1, having been a fan since being a kid I found the magic button and plot hole riddled RTD era generally entirely unpalatable (obvious exceptions being Steven Moffat and Paul Cornells contributions). It's a real shame the BBC has opted to slash the budget as this team is clearly far more competent.
Episode 1 is all about introducing the new elements, and from the Doctor to Amy to the new wonderfully Jules Verne TARDIS it delivers. Packed with one liners it gets more enjoyable every viewing. The story isn't the focus here, it is an episode of setups, but it is so with style.
Episode 2, the Beast Below is the perfect choice for a second episode as it introduces you to the style of the new series, very much a modern take on the original show. The ending is clever but perhaps could been better served as a two parter.
The Daleks are the one disappointment of these three episodes, the design is a far cry from the 2005 triumph, and pretty reliable rumours have it that this was in a deal with BBCA to give them a whole new set of Dalek toys to sell, in exchange for them not cutting their investment. Still the voices are even more chilling.
Next release sees Time of the Angels, possibly the best episode in the history of the show. Isn't it brilliant? No more belching bins, farting aliens, time rewind switches or magic chanting! Dr Who is back, thank you Moffat! Keep up the good work!
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First of all lets get this out of the way, Matt Smith is PERFECT for the role, he has a wonderful out of time quality and a giddy enjoyment of everything around him.
Episode 1 is a fantastic introduction to all the new elements the show has brought. Smith is fantastic, Amy is actually a damn fine character (as well as being welcome eye candy). The new TARDIS has a wonderful magical and quirky quality perfectly complimenting the Doctors new personality. With so much to introduce the story somewhat falls into the background, but this an episode that did what it set out to.
Episodes 2 and 3 are both excellent adventures, respectively the best episodes 2 and 3 we've had from any of the seasons thus far. The budget cuts are showing (especially in the Dalek re-design), and both could have done with a longer running time, but this feels like nit-picking.
The biggest problem with the new series is that it seems to be trying to prove it can live up to the previous ones, with the exception of season 1 they'd been quite disappointing, hopefully, now that Moffat has shown he can do anything RTD could do he will now go back to what he does best, episodes like Blink, The Empty Child etc.