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Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2013)

Richard E. Grant , Sophie Okonedo , Wilson Milam  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo, Derek Jacobi, Diana Quick, Jim Norton
  • Directors: Wilson Milam
  • Writers: Paul Cornell
  • Producers: Muirinn Lane Kelley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6ACW80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Earth has been invaded - and nobody's noticed - in the digitally remastered Doctor Who web series Scream of the Shalka.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Scream of the Shalka" was originally released as 6x15 minute Flash animation webisodes by the BBC to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the program when there was no Doctor Who program currently on-air in 2003. Shortly afterward, BBC One had decided to bring Doctor Who back to the tele and then-showrunner Russell T. Davies in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine announced that the new television Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston) would be the Ninth Doctor, relegating Richard E. Grant's Ninth Doctor to an alternate Whoniverse. Davies later commented that Grant had never even been considered for the role in the new series, quoted as saying in DWM: "I thought he was terrible. I thought he took the money and ran, to be honest. It was a lazy performance. He was never on our list to play the Doctor. Therefore it exists outside of the continuity canon of the Whoniverse." A bit harsh I'd say.

I've enjoyed other animated adventures of Doctor Who including Cosgrove Hall's wonderful work on the 10th Doctor serial Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest and the wonderfully animated reconstruction episodes on Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46), and recently Quarios' work animating the 2 missing episodes from Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (Story 39). I think the animation in "Scream of the Shalka" is equally as good and interesting and enjoyable to watch with good performances by Richard E.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misprint September 18, 2013
On the copy I received it said there were 2 discs, but there were not. Just one. All DVD extras are on the single disc. Just an FYI if your copy has a misprint too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars ~ Terrific Animated Doctor Who Story! September 20, 2013
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka is one of my all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes and that's saying a lot because I'm not normally a fan of animated features unless they're from Disney! I was more than a bit skeptical going into this. A few of the reasons that I enjoy the live action series so much is the little nuances and amusing facial expressions of the actors on the screen. It's impossible to catch the twinkle of the eye or even something like the movement hair. Surprisingly, even though these details weren't present in this feature, the actors voicing the Doctor, Alison, and even the Master really brought the characters to life. Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo and Derek Jacobi are just a few of the famous actors who lent their voice talents to this little masterpiece and later starred alongside the Doctor in the live action series. You know how great they were in the new series so you can imagine how wonderful they were in this animated bridge between classic and new Doctor.

Now for the monsters -- the Shalka. The Shalka, a reptilian-like alien species didn't have much to say, but as you may have guessed from the title of the DVD, their screams are quite grotesque -- not to mention the fact that they took over human bodies to lead earth and humanity into death and darkness. Aliens that can grow out of human foreheads is enough to give anyone the shivers! The Shalka are indeed a very frightening alien, up there with the Weeping Angels and the Silence.

I was very impressed with the animation, the story-line, the monsters, and each of the characters. As much as I enjoyed this, I was a little disappointed that the ending was left open for more adventures with the Doctor and Alison but to my knowledge, there never were any.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scream of the Shalka November 8, 2013
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I was glad they brought this little nugget out of history. Very nicely done with considerable background extras. Nice picture and very good voice acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Doctor September 10, 2014
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“Welcome to the Richard E Grant era of Doctor Who. Blink and you'll miss it.”

Those words, spoken by its executive producer James Goss in the DVD documentary Carry On Screaming, more than adequately describe the reputation of Scream Of The Shalka. Originally produced with the intention of being the first story in a web based continuation of the then still canceled series, this animated Doctor Who “webcast” from 2003 has often been neglected, if not downright forgotten, by fans. With its long awaited DVD release last year, the story has been enjoying something of a much needed reexamination.

There is Richard E Grant's Doctor for example. Grant's Doctor (originally intended to be the Ninth before being “replaced” by Christopher Eccleston) feels like something of a cross between the Doctors of the Old Series and the New. There's an aloofness that brings to mind the First and Sixth Doctors while his rather abrasive attitude towards the military (and especially Major Kennet) calls to mind the Third's early dealings with UNIT. In other ways this Doctor has intriguing pre-echoes of the New Series Doctors that were to follow within just a couple of years. Grant's Doctor has a hurt quality to him with something and someone in his past haunting him which only the events in the story start to help him recover from while some of the dialogue could easily be delivered by the likes of David Tennent or Matt Smith. Like Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, we get only a glimpse of this Doctor and it's something that makes judging his Doctor more difficult but there's certainly plenty of promise here.

The story also has a god cast, some of whom would go onto appearances in the New Series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I liked the story could have been used today Doctor Who or in the classic with some rewriting and remembered as a great episode.
Published 5 hours ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars A good disk for a program that I didn't know existed.
It arrived safely and fast. The disk plays well and has been viewed at least a couple of times since in my collection.
Published 1 month ago by daniel james mceachren
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
not near my favorite doctor who story, cluttered and confusing. but richard e. grant does a good job.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It's Doctor Who... Not a doctor that actually aired, not impressed with this doctor or story.
Published 3 months ago by Laura
2.0 out of 5 stars Richard Grant as Doctor Who
As a Doctor Who fan I thought I'd try this video. I find the commentary interesting so I am glad I have it but I do not like the way Richard Grant plays the Doctor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grant A. Barbey
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I have it in my collection
I am glad I have this in my collection however this is really lame story and animation. Likeing anything that is Doctor Who this is the worse rating I could give it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who DVD
Bought this DVD as a gift. Received as promised - new in plastic and on time. Very pleased with product.
Published 7 months ago by Deana L.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Doctor Who history more important than it seems
There are times in life when even if your dream comes true, it’s not quite in the way you imagined it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lucas Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who: Scream of the Shalka
It's Doctor Who... in cartoon format. I need a few more words here so, I'll just say it again: Doctor Who... in cartoon format!
Published 9 months ago by Dan Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Animated Doctor Who - Scream of the Shalka
We must admit, as an animated feature, we did enjoy this but had a difficult time trying to see the main character as the Doctor. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Roger & Cyndy Wilber
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wow, never thought this would get a release
Apparently it was cleared for DVD release in the UK ages ago but Russell T Davies and the New Who vetoed the DVD release at the time so it's been sitting on a shelf all this time waiting to be released.
Jul 24, 2013 by Matthew Kresal |  See all 2 posts
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