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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.
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popular that the BBC agreed to revive the program for second and third seasons--though without Eccleston, who has since been replaced by David Tennant.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
Streaming video quality is horrible — faces were unidentifiable blurs. Unwatchable.Published 20 hours ago by Jill H.
Was not impressed with this episode. Very weird and not that good of acting.Published 1 day ago by Roofenea
This was a very nice complete first series DVD set that worked well and was fun to watch. We bought this for my step-daughter for Christmas and she was very excited about it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Billie K
Amazon Prime took Dr. Who them away from my Favorites' so now I can see them when ever I want & don't have to put up with the downloading every 5 min,Published 5 days ago by Patricia Baizel
I have watched the reboot series at least 10 times, and that's downplaying it. But after watching season 7&8 together and coming back to this 1st season, man, I was crying every... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Stephanie C.
What a terrific start to the new series! Christopher Eccleston is certainly putting his own (and good) stamp on The Doctor and Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper) is a terrific... Read morePublished 23 days ago by J. Sexton
It was exactly what it said on tin ;) No complaints and I would totally buy other products from them.Published 27 days ago by Lindsay Crain
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|Why is it so much money?||
Yeah I agree its quite a bit of money. I probably would have bought it if i hadn't got it on netflix. If you dont want to buy it, go rent it on netflix, you wont regret it.
Apr 22, 2008 by K. McGillick | See all 27 posts
|Did Eccleston leave too soon?||
I totally agree. I just started watching Dr. Who last week and I've already seen all but the very last episode (I'm dying to see it) and I'm so disappointed to realize that he's not coming back. I understand the new Dr. Who might be a little more handsome, but I've fallen absolutely IN LOVE... Read More
Sep 23, 2007 by K Dawg | See all 22 posts
|Anyone know if this will be released on Blu-ray?||
Okay, so I checked it up a bit -- apparently, because there were so many special effects, most of the doctor who episodes were shot in some stupid digibeta format, which CANNOT be upgraded to HD.
However, starting from the S4 specials (Planet of the Dead onwards), all the episodes are being shot... Read More
Apr 26, 2010 by P. Marla | See all 12 posts
|Edited Sci-Fi Channel version or full episodes?||
I'm under the impression that they will be the full versions. The US is getting a the Canadian release for the most part, and since it does have the BBC label I would safely assume it has the BBC cuts. The DVD was supposed to be released out here before SciFi had plans to show it, anyway, so I... Read More
Jun 16, 2006 by KBex | See all 16 posts
|Do you have to watch the original series to understand the new one?||
Key points. The Doctor stole the TARDIS from Gallifrey, and brought with him Susan, his granddaughter. She left after falling in love with a freedom fighter after a Dalek Invasion of Earth in the far future. During an adventure with the Cybermen, he became weak and regenerated for the first time... Read More
Aug 14, 2010 by Jeffrey Grant | See all 5 posts
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