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Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars / The End of Time Parts 1 and 2) (2010)

David Tennant , David Morrissey  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Tennant, David Morrissey, Michelle Ryan, Lindsay Duncan, Bernard Cribbins
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Subtitled, 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: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 311 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZHKZEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,935 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars / The End of Time Parts 1 and 2)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1: The Next Doctor
Disc 2: Planet of the Dead
Disc 3: The Waters of Mars
Discs 4-5: The End of Time, Parts One and Two
Doctor Who Confidential
Doctor Who at the Proms
Deleted scenes with introduction from Russell T. Davies
David Tennant Video Diaries: The Final Days
Doctor Who BBC Christmas idents
Audio commentaries
Doctor Who at Comic-Con

Editorial Reviews

This stunning collection of Doctor Who specials--The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, Part One & Two--is a must own for all Doctor Who fans. The four imaginative, action-packed specials are the farewell to star David Tennant, and Russell T Davies, the mastermind behind the rebirth of the modern Doctor Who. The specials culminate in the dramatic regeneration of the Doctor, giving fans their first glimpse of the eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. The specials are packed with a terrific lineup of guest stars including Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), David Morrissey (State of Play, Sense and Sensibility), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rome, Under the Tuscan Sun) and many more that we can't reveal just yet!

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159 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 1 Special Features January 2, 2010
By Harlow
Format:DVD
Although Amazon doesn't give any details about what special features will be included in this box set, BBC America does. Region 1 box set should have the following:
Special Features:English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
* Doctor Who at the Proms
* Doctor Who Confidential - The Next Doctor (New)
* Doctor Who Confidential - Planet of the Dead
* Doctor Who Confidential - The End of Time, Part One
* Doctor Who Confidential - The End of Time, Part Two
* Deleted Scenes
* David Tennant Video Dairy - The Final Days
* BBC Indents
* Audio Commentary
* Doctor Who At Comic Con
* 5.1 Surround Sound
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete 2009 Specials December 13, 2009
Format:DVD
Ordinarily, I'd have to agree that this might seem a little steep. Five episodes, five disks, $40+. But if this is comparable to the British release, in addition to the specials you're also getting the full Doctor Who Confidential episodes for each special (as opposed to the 'Cut Downs' normally included in the Doctor Who boxed sets), David Tennant's video diaries (which are always good for a laugh, in my opinion) and the Doctor Who at the Proms special from last year which hasn't been released in this country at all.

Of course, I'd really prefer to see some confirmation from Amazon that this release matches the Region 2 release in the UK (which is out in January, incidentally). If it does, I'd say it's worth what they're asking.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As the Doctor might say, "Fantastic!" January 24, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you're a fan of Doctor Who, or just good science fiction, who's been putting off the upgrade to Blu-ray...here's a most compelling reason to make the switch now. These 4 special episodes shine brightly in the hi-def format. BBC gave us a taste of this with last year's release of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead [Blu-ray] (which was the first episode to be filmed in HD) as well as the 3 series of Torchwood. I'm not sure what the British are doing different from the U.S. or other countries, but their hi-definition programs are simply the best I have seen in the format.

On the chance that you're not familiar with these special episodes themselves, here's a quick run-down. Please note, this review does contain minor SPOILERS:

THE NEXT DOCTOR: The 2008 Christmas special. The Doctor visits Victorian England, where he encounters another man claiming to be the Doctor. I won't spoil the surprise, but there are some nice twists and a standout performance from David Morrisey in the title role. This was the first of the modern Doctor's episodes without a regular companion. It was also the last episode before the switch to hi-definition, but the upconvert used here looks fantastic, so it's really a non-issue as far as I'm concerned.

PLANET OF THE DEAD: Aired on Easter, 2009. The Doctor and a woman on the run (The Bionic Woman's Michelle Ryan) are among a busload of passengers who find themselves stranded on a desert planet overrun with terrifying flying creatures. Most folks agree this one's just an average adventure. But, it looks stunning.

THE WATERS OF MARS: A great, creepy tale set on mid-21st century Mars.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 12, 2010
By mm
Format:DVD
While there are legitimate concerns about packaging and the extras, it's difficult for me to really complain, simply because I found the stories in the collection to be worth the money. David Tennant has become one of the most beloved incarnations of the Doctor, and his send-off is suitably dramatic. The specials take the Doctor through a roller coaster of emotions, and for the first time we truly get to see the Doctor at his darkest. It's both exhilarating and frightening (as the Doctor should be) and it helps to balance the disappointment of knowing that this is the last of Tennant we'll see in the role. This is partly because it's a satisfying conclusion and partly because the events that transpire force the Doctor to become something that viewers understand is a bit of something twisted--a character arc that comes full circle in the two-part finale. These are dark episodes, bittersweet and powerful, and Tennant's acting ability is impressive. For the first time, we see him manipulate the world to his own liking, and it provides a sense of the necessity of the regeneration. At the end, Tennant's doctor, for all of his fear of being left behind, manages to convey the impossibility of following this path. He's tired, he's a little broken, and he's losing his way, and a fresh incarnation manages to be almost a relief, as I was left with a sense that I would rather see him regenerate than self-destruct.

That doesn't mean that the last three episodes don't leave you with a bit of a broken heart to see Tennant go, but it's the kind of ending that dazzles. As much as I loved the Parting of the Ways, I really appreciated being able to see the emotions and tribulations of a regeneration in more depth, and to witness his attempt to say his farewells was lovely. And frankly, I needed the opportunity to wallow.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price January 4, 2010
By Capo
Format:DVD
Normally $40+ for five episodes of any show would be steep, but when you put things into perspective, the price isn't bad.

These are the final five episodes of David Tennant as The Doctor, who many viewers, (especially newer viewers,) consider to be one of the best doctors throughout the show's history and all of them are amazing episodes.

Russel T. Davies, (who wrote all the episodes,) is now stepping down as executive producer of Doctor Who and many people admire him for helping to bring Doctor Who back to life and for his many other works, which are incredible.

All of the extras are completely worth it. The Doctor Who Confidential and the David Tennant video diaries are not only good for a laugh, but they're very interesting to say the least.

Overall the show is brilliant and with all the bonus material, it's worth the price. That and the run time must be a typo. The final two episodes alone are roughly an hour each, and the other three are forty-five minutes. There's no way the run time could be that short, just to help clarify if anyone was confused.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should be combine with an actual season
I love Doctor Who and David Tennant but find it a bit ridiculous that we have to purchase these specials separately from the season and would have liked them to have been combined... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Briana Klass
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous dvd
Some of my favorite episodes. Glad to have them one one disc. David Tennant is simply marvelous....he'll always be my Doctor.
Published 1 month ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Farewell
The time always comes for a Doctor to hang his coat for the last time and this is David Tennant's. Included with this set are all the specials leading up to the final farewell to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Who Specials
Really now, Dr' Who, anthology of specials, good price, good quality, no further information is, or should be, required for any fan. Allons-y. :)
Published 1 month ago by jbshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure-Trove for ALL Doctor Who Fans-From 1963 to Present
I just got this yesterday, & I'm just recently collecting the "revived" (2005-Present) Series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by drumbri24
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Whovian
I've been a Dr. Who fan for years. Favorites are Tom Baker and David Tennant. Have Tom Baker on videotape but they are starting to deteriorate. Must get them on CD.
Published 2 months ago by Deirdre Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for soemone who loves this series.
The box should list the titles of the movies because I purchased other dvds that matched the ones in this and had to return them.
Published 2 months ago by Merry Greener
5.0 out of 5 stars Plant of the Dead did not load at first
Love the box set of specials, but as always it seems every time I buy a box set from BBC one of the discs will not play the first time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Traverse
5.0 out of 5 stars dr who specials dvd
This dvd was really better than awesome, I love it. David Tennant is really a fantastic dr who. Very worth it this dvd.
Published 3 months ago by Dimitrios
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great set of DVDs. A must-have for serious Whovians. I was pleased to find all of the specials in one set. It's well worth you time to get this set.
Published 3 months ago by A. Ward
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Disk quality
I have this problem as well.
Feb 14, 2011 by J. A. Hensley |  See all 5 posts
run time 131 minutes??
The Blu-Ray version of the same package shows 311 minutes, so I assume that 131 minutes was just a typo.
Dec 30, 2009 by Dustin Scobee |  See all 6 posts
"As seen on BBC America"
I think the "As seen on BBC America" is simply to hype the channel and it's existence... and even for the edits that bother me as well, it *is* nice to have both UK shows we here in the US would never have the chance to see, as well as show that we would have hunted for on PBS back in... Read more
Feb 11, 2010 by Ian M. Perge |  See all 5 posts
does this pack come with seperate cases?
The Blu-ray version does not, it's in a cardboard fold out case like the DVDs of season 1-4.
Feb 4, 2010 by Kami Amaya |  See all 10 posts
Unfair...$$$
Or you could just have waited until they were all available in a set. Patience has its rewards....
Jan 19, 2010 by Lesley Suddard |  See all 6 posts
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