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Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2013)

Richard E. Grant , Sophie Okonedo , Wilson Milam  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6ACW80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,619 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scream of the Shalka November 8, 2013
By Al
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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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21 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read why my rating is bogus. May 18, 2013
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Am I reviewing this product? That depends on what "the product" is. I have not seen this DVD. I HAVE seen the story. It can still be seen in episodic pieces as a BBCi Flash animated production at http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/webcasts/index.shtml. The story is good and the then new, 9th Doctor is, too. This Doctor, who is not included in the Canon, is portrayed by Richard E. Grant, who actually played The Doctor, briefly, in Steven Moffat's hilarious Comic Relief spoof, "The Curse of Fatal Death". Roz Kaveney, in the Amazon.com Editorial Review of the skit on VHS, wrote, "...[Richard E. Grant's] performance indeed gives one uncomfortable thoughts about roads not taken..." I agree. R.E.Grant would have made a fine Doctor. But a different choice was made for live action, so "Scream of the Shalka" stands to one side as a single play. The story and performances are worth watching multiple times. I've watched the streaming version at least a half dozen times, and always enjoyed it. If the DVD has the story stitched together with fewer breaks than the streaming version, and if the picture and sound are of the same clarity, any Doctor Who fan should find this worth buying.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Richard Grant as Doctor Who July 13, 2014
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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. He is abrasive and short-tempered, moreover, one sees next to nothing of the TARDIS which to me is central to all Doctor Who stories.
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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 1 month ago by Laura
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 2 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 months ago by Roger & Cyndy Wilber
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Movie News DVD review
There is so much of a Doctor Who craze going on these days that it is hard to remember the period before the new series had revived interest in the long-standing British sci-fi... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars A necessary addition to your collection.
The Scream of the Shalka was designed to be part of the Doctor Who 40th anniversary.

The story is very good, unfortunately some of the characterization (especially the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric Siglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Same misprint
Cover and spine of DVD both say "2-Disc". Contains only 1.

On product page, front cover doesn't say 2 discs but photo of spine does. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mac McIlmoil
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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.
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