Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series [Blu-ray]
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I'm sure I wasn't the only fan who was skeptical that this lanky upstart Matt "Who?" Smith (Ha! Did you see what I did there?) could replace the wonderful 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant. But we long-time fans have come to accept that the role of the Doctor is going to change every few years. And in the case of Matt Smith, the role couldn't be in better hands.
But Doctor Who doesn't just have a new face in front of the camera; Steven Moffat, writer of such modern-day DW classics like "Blink" and "The Girl in the Fireplace" took over the showrunner position from Russell T. Davies. And again, the show couldn't be in better hands. Moffat has been very vocal about his reimagining of the series as a sort of dark fairy tale. And this is evident right from the start, as the TARDIS crash-lands in the back year of 8 year old Amy Pond. The figurative monster under Amy's bed is actually a crack in her wall, one that will have cosmic consequences throughout the season.
New companion Karen Gillan (playing the adult version of Amy) brings a spunky kick to the new Doctor's adventures. Yet one can still see hints of that lost little girl from time to time. Gillan and Smith perfectly compliment each other, as both appear wise and experienced far beyond their years. She almost immediately endures herself to the Doctor (and the audience, hopefully) in the 2nd episode, "The Beast Below," by preventing the Doctor from making a terrible mistake.Read more ›
For this reason, I'm going to start with OBJECTIVE commentary - standards of writing, storytelling, etc. - and then proceed to the SUBJECTIVE, as in my personal take on the direction of the show, the style, and the acting.
First the objective.
Overall, this is a more tightly written series than the four which preceded it. There's a little more attention to plotting and logic, which is due in no small part to Moffat's talent for writing puzzlebox stories. In past seasons, you always knew you had to suspend a lot of your logical faculties to enjoy the season finales; this time around, it's much more acceptable on that front. There are still exceptions, specifically Victory of the Daleks, but in terms of plot this series is hitting higher peaks and just maintaining a higher average.
THE PRODUCTION VALUES
This is something I'm least inclined to give importance, since Doctor Who was always enjoyable regardless of its production, but the effects have definitely improved from the last season. Part of it comes from less overt reliance on CGI for the most part. You certainly don't get anything on the level of the TARDIS towing a planet. Additionally, the locations are substantially more effective and interesting.Read more ›
I wasn't at all sure about Amy until I realised later in the series that we weren't talking about 'just' Amy but her interraction and role in a larger cast of characters including River Song. When placed in the Doctor's 'party' of travellers, she is an effective companion. She certainly isnt pulling off all the notes and expressions of Donna Noble or filling the doctor's heart and soul like Rose Tyler, but at this stage of the doctor's life I think that with the rest of the ensemble she does an admirable job. It's important not to consider her as a replacement for companions of the past because if you do, she doesnt feel (to me at least) like she is completing the picture, especially in the beginning episodes when you really focus on her.
It's definitely not the same as previous seasons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great buy, love seeing Matt Smith's beginning as the Doctor on blu ray. Beautiful show, one of my favorites.Published 6 hours ago by Phillip Towne
The writers come up with a unique plot that has a twist that is un foreseen! Some of the stories are poignant without being schlocky!Published 3 days ago by George Jake
Total Doctor Who fan! Must have to complete your collection! Great for kids and adults! Great buy!!Published 18 days ago by Jess
"Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series...." was purchased for my 15 year old grand-son for his 16th birthday in February. He will flip!!Published 19 days ago by Linda Felger
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Are the images on the dvd backs fuzzier than before, too? I happened to get a set of this at the same time I had it checked out from the library, and the library discs have extremely bright and crisp pictures while the new set is fuzzy, kind of like a photocopy of a cheap newspaper image.
Jan 11, 2012 by RLCM | See all 4 posts
|Regarding the three special graphic design cards||
I am thinking about ordering the 5th season box set. I thought the cards were supposed to be in there, so I have a question about the packaging of the 5th series you received. Was the one you received enclosed in a protective binder jacket with each disc enclosed in a page of a plastic... Read More
Oct 24, 2013 by Patsy Franklin | See all 2 posts
|Matt Smith is the least Doctor Who||
I have to disagree with you and say that Smith is one of the best Doctor's we have had in a long time - perhaps since Tom Baker's #4. Matt is a good combo of the other doctors (especially Doctor #2 and Doctor #4). Baker's doc was also a know-it-all - which is not a bad thing as long as you... Read More
Jul 20, 2010 by Travis Kline | See all 79 posts
The Christmas special will probably be included with season 6. That's the convention they've followed with previous Christmas specials. That is, they include them with the next full season DVD release. They're usually available as separate purchases too (in the UK anyway).
The one thing that may... Read More
Jan 14, 2011 by C. Parent | See all 4 posts
According to the BBC America site, subtitles will be available in English only; this has been the case with all of the new series releases.
Nov 5, 2010 by John C Harvey | See all 2 posts
|Does this come with a slipcase?||Be the first to reply|
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