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Doctor Who: The David Tennant Years (2011)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 26
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FQ1OQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Series Two:
Audio Commentary
Outtakes & Deleted Scenes
David Tennant & Billy Piper Video Diaries
Doctor Who Confidential
Exclusive Doctor regeneration scene

Series Three:
Music and Monsters
Freema Agyeman Tour of the Studio
David Tennant’s Video Diaries
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Read Through of Episode 13
Audio Commentary
Doctor Who Confidential

Series Four:
Doctor Who Confidential
David’s Video Diaries
Deleted Scenes
Teasers
Retrospective Featurette
Exclusive scene: “Timecrash”
Audio Commentary

Specials:
Doctor Who Confidential
Doctor Who at the Proms
Deleted Scenes
David Tennant Video Dairy – The Final Days
Audio Commentary
Doctor Who At Comic Con

The Animated Specials
Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments

Editorial Reviews

In this massive 26-disc collection, the BBC brings together the complete David Tennant Years as the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who! David Tennant made his debut in 2005 in “The Christmas Invasion” and in the four years that followed, Doctor Who grew to new heights of popularity. This collection celebrates Tennant’s tenure by bringing together every David Tennant Doctor Who episode including The Complete Second Series (co-starring Billie Piper as Rose Tyler), The Complete Third Series (co-starring Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones) and The Complete Fourth Series (co-starring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble), all eight specials and two spin-off animated adventures, totaling over 38 hours of Doctor Who plus hours of extras. This is a must-own collection for the legion of devoted Doctor Who fans.

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180 of 184 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea but Poor Execution October 11, 2011
By Z
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I just received my set and at first was very impressed. This set has everything I wanted from David Tennant's run as the Doctor and for a lot less than buying the individual seasons thanks to Amazon's pre-order pricing guarantee.

The book presentation is very attractive and the artwork (primarily stills from the series) is nicely laid out. But as I went through the set, my excitement faded with each turn of the page. The discs are very difficult to remove from the sleeves (one won't come out at all) and many of the discs are scratched. Two of the discs won't play at all, which means I have a 26-disc set that's missing three discs in total. That's unacceptable.

I'm exchanging the set for a new one and hope that the replacement will be in much better condition than my original. If it isn't, I will return it for a full refund.
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282 of 293 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fire Whomever Designed It October 11, 2011
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I just received my Doctor Who: The David Tennant Years. I was ecstatic because it's beautiful. It looks like a book, and when you open it there are gorgeous graphics and a fantastic quote at the beginning. (The "Fire and Ice" quote). Then I saw how the DVDs are packaged. It's a slot at the top (see picture) that is cardboard on each side and very tight. I very carefully pulled each disc out, one by one to inspect them. The first few were fine, but as you go further, the discs become harder and harder to get out. At first it was only a tiny scratch, but when I got to the last disc (one of the cartoons), it practically gouged the disc. I was pulling them out with the utmost care, gently trying to get the slots as wide and loose as possible before moving the disc, but my efforts were in vain. It is terrible packing. Whomever designed it gets a huge fail. What a shame. I was so incredibly excited about it, and the rest of it is gorgeous. Will be sending it back tomorrow. Disappointing. David Tennant's Doctor deserves better.

Update:
Decided to get another set and try my hand at getting all of the discs out, then stretching out the pouches with a disc I don't care about. Will report on my findings. I REALLY want to keep this set!

Double Update All the Way:
Decided to just get a refund on it. I'm so disappointed. For $100, I don't want to have to put the discs in other cases and worry about losing them. I just want common sense packaging. I'll just keep Netflixing the episodes until the box sets drop in price or they fix this packaging problem.
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136 of 142 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adore the show. Baffled by this collection set. October 13, 2011
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After just receiving my set in the post, I've come to the following conclusion - do yourself a favor, prevent stress, and purchase the David Tennant years in their respective individual series sets. I realize you will be forking over more money, but I imagine it's worth it in the end.

Don't get me wrong, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. There are plenty of fantastic portraits and photographs within that showcase pivotal moments throughout the tenth Doctor's run. But the execution behind the structuring of the set is just awful, for lack of a better word. I can't imagine what the creators were thinking when putting this together.

The discs are nearly impossible to remove from their cardboard slots. And once you actually manage, they either get smudged or scratched as you force them out. It's even more difficult putting them back into the slot. And judging from two other reviews, I'm not the only one whose complained about this.

I really wanted to love this collection, I really did. And everything about it is wonderful, that one massive problem aside.

I'll be returning it first thing tomorrow and purchasing series two through four individually.

The show itself: 10/10. I don't see any point in going into the actual mythology behind Doctor Who, as a majority of the people who read this will already know everything there really is to. What can I say? It's pure sci-fi at its best.

The set: 5/10, for the reasons stated above. Images and art are wonderful. Structurally, the ball was dropped.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Defeating Lousy Packaging September 5, 2012
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Here it is, barely 2/3 of (as of Sept 2012) "New Who," all in one big....er, "box." But back to the infamous packaging later.

I've watched all of the original "Dr Who" (1963-89) series (okay, "most," since some '60s stories are missing), and the 1996 movie and the 2005/ Eccleston opener series, so comparisons are inevitable. The original series was always struggling with a low budget -- sometimes it really showed, but sometimes the creators made some fabulous efforts with what they had at the time. "Who" could also have a kind of camp sensibility about itself, only encouraged by the low budget and performers like Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker. Despite being a time travel show, the "historicals" (visits to Earth's past) mostly stopped after the first Doctor (Wlm. Hartnell), concentrating on SF space adventures instead.

By comparison, the new Who seems to have the opposite problems sometimes. Nowadays the show is a little spoiled with visual effects, obsessed w/constant action; filled with wall2wall musical scoring sometimes (and already recycling certain action cues). Still, the writers occasionally overcome this and deliver some really good stories. While Tennant's performance can be a bit spastic at times, he's pretty much got every previously established aspect of the Doctor spot on. Yes, there are return visits from original series characters, but it's not the mindless continuity racket run by John Nathan-Turner in the 1980s.

"Who" has been through many changes over the years, but it's good to see that the Tennant years has done a decent job of reviving the Who tradition, albiet in a very different form, keeping and losing some of the many good aspects of the original run.

Oh, yes, the packaging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really cool package, really good quality. It is perfect.
Published 11 days ago by Dhago
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who the Tennant Years
This was a great compilation of the David Tennant years of the Dr Who saga. Box was received quickly, and in good shape. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal
Can't go wrong with a true Doctor Who fan in getting this. It is a beautiful case and I love it.
Published 2 months ago by Abra M. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing set.
This set is amazing. I loved the design of the box it ca in. A true tribute to the greatest Doctor of all time. A must have for any Doctor Who fan.
Published 3 months ago by The 10th Doctor
5.0 out of 5 stars The best DVD set you could ever buy!
The best set you could ever buy! The best Doctor Who years for David Tennant's fans. Relive those amazing moments with Rose and the Doctor!
Published 4 months ago by Isabelle Mulligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The David Tennat Years
Doctor Who: The David Tennat Years

Doctor Who fan since Tom Baker. Have all the Classic Doctors on VHS.

Chris and David are the start of my updating...
Published 4 months ago by KenD
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctors in the family
The men in my family all love different Doctors and this one was for my youngest but everyone enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by wstous
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The David Tennant Years
Hands down one of the best investments I have made towards my DVD viewing sessions.
The packing is a bit tight when trying to remove DVD's from their holding area. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stewart C. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Doctor Who!
David Tennant is my favorite Dr. Who! I LOVE this box set! If you are a Dr. Who fan I highly recommend it!
Published 6 months ago by Saundra L. Kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars great content for Whovians!
Great copies, great supliments, a real backstage pass.
Except... the packaging is rough on the discs. Thats a BAD thing. Buy it on a deal, but TREAT WITH CARE
Published 7 months ago by ABruchis
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Subtitle?
God, Yes, please confirm Closed Captioning or at least subtitles? I'm quite hard of hearing and if a show has no subtitles I miss out on half of what's going on.
Dec 10, 2011 by Dawn |  See all 3 posts
Complete Specials on new release of David Tennant years?
yes + the 2 animated movies.
Sep 25, 2011 by Porter |  See all 2 posts
Blu-ray??
Dr. Who was filmed on digital tape, then transferred to a DVD-like process for broadcast and subsequent retail discs, rendering any attempt to create a Blu-ray or HD upgrade unneccesary and highly improbably. The original quality of the digital tape is the best it will ever be. STTNG was filmed... Read More
Dec 16, 2011 by Peter Tenuto |  See all 26 posts
Cheaper at Walmart.com than Amazon and Best Buy
No, each season is separately about $60, but the 26 disc set is still over $125 at deepdiscount.com
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