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Doctor Who: The Complete First Series (2005)

Billie Piper , Christopher Eccleston  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, John Barrowman
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,022 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E41MS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Complete First Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on five discs
  • Commentary on all episodes by combinations of writer Russell T. Davies, producer Phil Collinson, actors Simon Callow, Billie Piper, and John Barrowman, and other cast and crew
  • Interview with Christopher Eccleston on BBC Breakfast
  • Destroying the Lair
  • Making Doctor Who with Russell T. Davies
  • Waking the Dead: Mark Gatiss video diary
  • Laying Ghosts: the origin of the unquiet dead
  • Deconstructing Big Ben
  • On set with Billie Piper
  • Mike Tucker's Mocks of Balloons
  • Designing Doctor Who
  • The Adventures of Captain Jack
  • "Doctor Who Confidential" - 165-minute collection of featurettes on the new series narrated by Simon Pegg
  • Backstage at Christmas: an exclusive look behind the scenes of Doctor Who Christmas Invasion
  • Storyboard of opening trailer
  • Launch trailers

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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.

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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


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387 of 422 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Doctor Who finally hits America! March 22, 2006
Format:DVD
Having barely seen an episode or two on PBS in my youth, I really got into the series after seeing the 1997 US TV movie. I quickly snatched up every VHS tape, and found every other missing episode and unreleased story on bootleg videos, to obsessively have every inch of existing Doctor Who known to man. I preferred Jon Pertwee's Doc the best, with Troughton and T. Baker next. No need to get into the original classic series, so on with the new one.

Right from the start, I really enjoy Eccleston's portrayal of the Doctor. It seems he really did his homework and seems to have found just the right combination of wit and intellect that made so many previous doctors a success. His quick tongue seems to keep up to the fast new pace of the show. While the longer episode, vintage shows had more time for character development and interaction, in today's fast paced world of 32x fast forward speed DVD capability, you can't have 4 to 6 part episodes and expect to keep people's attention to that one storyline. It worked in the 70's, but certainly wouldn't work now.

Vintage Doctor Who always had great supporting casts and guest stars, and the new series is no different. Rose's boyfriend and mom keep up nicely to the pace and plotting of the show. Simon Callow gives a great performance as Charles Dickens in the series 3rd episode.

Episode 1, Rose, sweeps us back into the whirlwind world of Doctor Who that we all know and love. It seems like it nearly skipped a beat since 1989, with only the surroundings and special effects being updated. It also offers enough info to keep a new viewer interested.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's finally here & it's FANtastic!!! June 30, 2006
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Dr. Who is Forty (actually he's 900, but like the Doctor, the show had been around in one form or another since 1964). The BBC celebrated in 2005 by bringing the show back to television for its 27th season (or as it is more consistently called: SEASON ONE)in a glossy, fast-paced enough to satisfy contemporary audiences, while still conscious of its roots. This SET contains all 13 season one episodes from the rebirth of the longest running sci-fi series in TV history. The producers clearly have a respect and understanding of the UK icon. Obviously, fans, the creators do things with the show we would do ourselves.

EXTRAS:

SET features the companion series DR. WHO CONFIDENTIAL, a behind the scenes show that ran concurrently providing an episode for all 13 shows supplying fun chart toping tunes to film footage, interviews and more. Set also includes commentaries by cast and crew actually worth listening to!!

Doctor Who has always has a voice defined by the decade each in tune with its era and this holds true to the new Doctor Who. This Doctor is almost child-like in his enthusiasm and wonder. Featuring the Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave, Gone in 60 Seconds), infusing the character with great intensity and humanity, while remaining mysterious and alien, along with his companion Rose played by Billie Piper, growing from an awed slacker to a seasoned space adventurer. However, the format of the show has changed to 45 min. parts, some 2 parters ending with cliffhangers, some without. Like any "new" series there are good episodes and not-so-good ones, the upside here is MOST of these are great episodes!
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149 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets. March 21, 2006
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Rusell Davies reinvention of the British classic has been the broadcasting story of 2005. Put quite simply it is the biggest show on Tv in the Uk at the moment. I think that sometimes it is hard for people Stateside to grasp this. This is not a cult hit, one in 6 people in the Uk are watching this.

This DVD set collects together all 13 episodes from the first series along with a good series of extras (although not as outstanding as we had all hoped) and shows off a dazzling array of inventive and intelligent telefantasy stories.

Christopher Eccleston nails the Doctor completely and shows just what a good actor he is. Billie Piper is also superb as the companion Rose Tyler. But it is the writing where the series really scores. RTD and his team really show their love of the old show without missing the point that today's Tv market calls for a fast paced modern approach.

This is the show that has redifined TV in the UK, it can be watched and enjoyed by everyone from 1 - 100 and has already found its place at the top of the television tree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the words of the Doctor, "Fan-TAST-ic!" April 25, 2006
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After being off the air as a regular series for 16 years, it's understandable that the public was more than a bit skeptical about the return of Doctor Who. Known primarily as "that show with the really low budget" and set to be relaunched in a time when the Star Trek franchise had come to a crashing halt, was this really a good move?

As it turned out, the advertising slogan was correct: "He's back, and it's about time."

Helmed by writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk, Bob and Rose, The Second Coming), the new Doctor Who was in many ways how fans of the original had always pictured a modern day incarnation of the program; slick, edgy, sharp, and fun. Assembling a group of writers who'd worked on other hit British shows (Coupling, The League of Gentlemen, Casualty), Davies and company wrote 13 stories that really proved that Doctor Who could and would still be topical in this day and age.

Even the worries of a bit of stunt casting in the form of former British pop star Billie Piper as the companion Rose to Christopher Eccleston's Doctor proved to be all for naught; not only are both leads excellent actors, but they have such an instant chemistry that it's easy and understandable to see why the two continue to travel together.

This first season has something for everyone. For long-time viewers there are classic foes from the past, but new viewers won't feel left out, as any bits from the past are presented in a way to make everyone welcome and on the same page. With high points with episodes like Dalek, Father's Day, and The Empty Child, you'll want to watch one episode after another in rapid succession.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who review saying it was good. I am confused about this second request
I have already submitted a Dr. Who review saying it was good. I am confused about this second request. Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Evil ones acting poor, even as spoof.
Published 1 day ago by Roy Seay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
My son loves it!
Published 1 day ago by melissa a petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccleston as the Doctor is absolutely perfect for the revival
So silly, but so bloody enjoyable. Eccleston as the Doctor is absolutely perfect for the revival. And I really didn't think Billie Piper is much of anything, so couldn't believe... Read more
Published 1 day ago by JBJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great foundation to a renewal of the Doctor Who legacy!
People knock the 9th Doctor, but I like him!
Published 1 day ago by John Stein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely my favorite season.
Published 1 day ago by D. Ruzicka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Curtis matshall
4.0 out of 5 stars While I still think Tenant is the best Doctor recently
I didn't give this Doctor the proper chance. While I still think Tenant is the best Doctor recently, I wish I'd have given Eccleston a better go.
Published 2 days ago by Kay F. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's pretty silly, but enjoyable!
Published 2 days ago by Erica James
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge Doctor Who by this series.
I've been a Whovian since the 70s and this series is marginally worse than the original series from the 60s. The acting is mediocre and the directing is just down right awful. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen VC
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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 Kelley Harvey |  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 Amazon Customer |  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
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