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Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One [Blu-ray] (2010)

Matt Smith , Karen Gillan  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QOB8QQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Monster files - Get under the skin and inside the minds of the new Doctor’s most challenging opponents

The Silence and Gangers

5.1 Surround Sound


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Matt Smith's sophomore outing as the 11th incarnation of the BBC's science-fiction hero Doctor Who retains the charisma and energy that made his debut an immediate hit with fans worldwide. The two-disc set contains the first seven episodes of the sixth series of revamped Doctor adventures. It kicks off with an extraordinary two-part story ("The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon") that reunites the Doctor with companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) to defeat a race of aliens called the Silence (the subject of the "Silence will fall" references throughout series five), which have influenced the course of human history through post-hypnotic suggestion. The two-parter also sets in motion an overall story arc that runs through the subsequent five episodes and reveals some stunning surprises, most notably in regard to Amy and the true identity of River Song (Alex Kingston). Meanwhile, the Doctor also contends with a 17th-century pirate ship plagued by a monstrous siren (Lily Cole, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) in "The Curse of the Black Spot" and encounters a physical manifestation of the TARDIS's matrix in "The Doctor's Wife," which features a script by Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and the voice of Michael Sheen as a sentient asteroid. The first part of series six heads for its conclusion with a second two-parter, "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People," which pits the Doctor against synthetic clones that assume the memories of the humans they replicate, and brings the seven episodes to a stunning close with the action-packed "A Good Man Goes to War," which brings the arc full circle and undoubtedly leaves viewers clamoring for the series' remaining six stories.

Doctor Who: Series Six, Part 1 offers fans concrete assurance that the venerable series remains in good hands with Steven Moffat as head writer and executive producer, as well as a tantalizing direction for the program in the episodes to come. Extras on the Blu-ray set are limited to a pair of Monster Files featurettes, which explore the creation and execution of the Silence and the Gangers in considerable detail, including interviews with the cast and crew (save Smith) and behind-the-scenes footage. --Paul Gaita

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Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return as the Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who! In Part 1, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in Sixties America, battling the invasion the world forgot, then journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard a pirate ship, to solve the mystery of the Siren. In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a remote island in the near future, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. And waiting for them, at the end of all this, is the battle of Demon's Run, and the Doctor's darkest hour. Can even the truth about River Song save the Time Lord's soul? Only two things are certain. Silence will fall. And a good man is going to die...

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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed but spoiler-free review June 12, 2011
Format:DVD
Episode 1: The Impossible Astronaut

Starts things off with a bang (rather literally). The word "impossible" in the title is well-deserved: something you would never have expected to happen really does. Feels more like a typical DW series finale in scope rather than a premiere, and makes for a nice change from the norm. Lots of new plot threads introduced, some new development added to old ones...including the revelation of the Silence, definitely the scariest monster Steven Moffat has created so far.

Episode 2: Day of the Moon

It's hard to believe after watching Episode One, but this episode is even more incredible and jaw-dropping. All the stars get a chance to stretch their acting muscles and add some layers to their characters. Plus, we're treated to what is probably the most shocking cliffhanger ever to be seen in Doctor Who.

Episode 3: The Curse of the Black Spot

Fun but forgettable. A simplistic romp which adds little to the main story arc. It's not terrible, but it falls far short of the show's usual standard of quality (which admittedly was pushed very high by the premiere).

Episode 4: The Doctor's Wife

Definitely the best of this set of episodes. It's so surprising and incredible that I can't say much about it without spoiling the genius of its premise. You aren't a true Whovian unless you've seen this, and even if you're not an avid fan, I guarantee you'll love it.

Episode 5: The Rebel Flesh

An enjoyable return to traditional Who. Very creepy "monsters" (though I'm not sure the term actually applies here). Thought-provoking and engaging. Plus, some things introduced in this episode will become very, very important in the future...
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82 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I'm not going to critique the episodes themselves...people have already done that. What I'm going to focus on is the release itself. True fans, this is just the "vanilla" pack. Notice that there are no extras, no commentaries, and it doesn't even include the 2010 Christmas special. Granted, it's dirt cheap, but you get what you pay for.

I for one will wait until they release the entire set, all 14 episodes, with the Confidentials, the episode prequels, the commentaries, and all the other goodies. Frankly, if you don't get those, then why should you pay for something you could just as easily torrent?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare-Bones edition, but a good value July 19, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This two-disc set contains the first 7 episodes from Season (Series) 6 of "Doctor Who." The video quality, while 1080i rather than 1080p, is nevertheless excellent. Audio quality is equally solid whether played through standard t.v. speakers or through a surround sound system. Another review here suggested that this was a "vanilla" release, which is mostly quite right. There are two supplements presented with the set; two "Monster Files" each about 12 minutes long about two of the creatures featured in four of the episodes, one on "the silence" and the other about "the gangers." Hopefully whatever extras are produced for any "Complete Series 6" set released at some point in the future will also be included with the second half of Series 6 which will undoubtedly be released later this year. Given that this set is available for about $20 it seems like an excellent deal to me and I am happy with the purchase. Had this set included the "prequel" shorts shown on BBC and made available on the BBC official "Doctor Who" website prior to original transimission (one for "The Impossible Astronaut" and another for "Curse of the Black Spot") along with perhaps a few more extras the set would have easily achieved a five star rating from me.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I've enjoyed every story of this series so far which is something I cannot say about series 1-5. Matt Smith is by far the best actor to have taken on the role of the Doctor since the show came back in 2005, and he might just be the best actor since 1963! Tom Baker will always be my favorite Doctor but Matt Smith is easily my second favorite by far. He is the perfect embodiment of the Doctor. He "gets" the character, that much was evident from his very first scene. The companions aka "The Ponds" have been far more 'fleshed' out this series (lol) and I am actually starting to enjoy Gillans performance which is something I had a problem with in series 5. Rory is the best male companion since Jamie McCrimmon. I will probably be waiting for the entire series 6 box set to come out (hopefully by Christmas) before I purchase anything but I can't wait for that day to come. The show is in safe hands with Moffat. Roll on Series 6 part 2!
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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- the Doctor: "I wear a Stetson now. Stetsons are cool."

All hail DOCTOR WHO, back for this Series 6 and more awesome and mind-warping than ever. And this time there's a neat swerve as show boss and head writer Steven Moffat plonks the Doctor (complete with Stetson on noggin) in the American West. The Doctor's close associates - Amy Pond (the amazing Karen Gillan) and her long-suffering hubby Rory (Arthur Darvill) - each receive an invitation (in Tardis-blue envelopes) from the Doctor and off they go to rendezvous with him in a desert in Utah. The enigmatic time-traveler (and prison inmate), Professor River Song, also shows up, her own invite in hand, and to quote her now: "SPOILERS." They all go have a nice picnic, in the middle of which the Doctor gets murdered by an astronaut emerging from a lake. And Series 6 is off to a twisty start. That bloke, Steven Moffat, seems to think he's some sort of clever clogs, and maybe he is. Amy Pond is absolutely inconsolable; the Doctor had perished before regeneration could initiate. It looks like it's eleven and done.

The fantastic two-parter - "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" - goes a ways into resolving certain questions left dangling from Series 5. We learn the nature of the Silence, and there are inroads made in fleshing out River Song's back story and her connection to the Doctor. As usual, this series plays fast and loose with time and space, and that's in a good way. Temporally, the venue shifts from the present to the year 1969, and, as the Doctor cautions his friends: "A lot more happens in '69 than anyone remembers." In 1969 the Doctor and his companions stroll into the Oval Office and meet a President Nixon early into his term and receiving constant phone calls from a terribly frightened little girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first half of Doctor Who's magnum opus of a season
Dr Who has been a favorite series of many a sci-fi fan for over fifty years now. The new series of Dr Who is better in that it's more emotionally gripping, faster paced, more... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Exciting, very well written . Matt Smith is Dr Who. There is so much going on between the actors you just can't stop watching .
Published 4 months ago by Mary Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars i love dr who
Grenat stories. Great actors. What more can you ask for? Quality was excellent will be buying more of tous excellent séries.
Published 6 months ago by Lesa Ohara
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, crappy quality
While the series itself was great in my opinion, the shipping was terrible, and the cd's arrived loose inside the case with scratches covering them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by intheTARDIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Understandingly Delayed
Because we had a snow storm here where I am, this item was delayed almost a whole week, I kept losing track of it & became very anxious. I even had to reschedule a delivery date. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cameron Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who series 6 part 1
I really don't know what else to say than: THIS IS DOCTOR WHO! Matt Smith's doctor became super popular in the United States; and here we find out why.
Published 8 months ago by Dan Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars A great season!!
One of my favorite Matt Smith Seasons!!! Check it out for some great adventures in the US of A!!! Worth the price.
Published 9 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who:Series Six part 1
Great! I am really enjoying the series with Matt Smith. Unfortunately the Christmas Specials are not included. The price was right at the time of my purchase.
Published 13 months ago by MizDG
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Smith is a very smart and action packed Dr. Who.
Another dvd set that is incredible. The stories and the action are truly out of this world. A very good buy this dvd set.
Published 14 months ago by Dimitrios
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 words, "Neil Armstrong's Foot"
Holly Cow is an understatement to this season. This is the type of Doctor Who we all wanted to remember as kids.
Published 15 months ago by Julie Pospyhalla
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Season 6 Half-Season Price vs. Season 5 Full-Season Price
Because this is a no-frills set. It only has one or two small featurettes. The forthcoming full season set will have the Christmas Special, the Comic Relief 'minisodes', deleted scenes, Doctor Who Confidentials, etc., etc. Its price will be in line with Season 5 set.
Jul 27, 2011 by Byron |  See all 2 posts
is there an episode listing on this package?
I'd guess this is the first seven episodes of series 6, starting with "The Impossible Astronaut." Probably not the Christmas episode since that was just released a few months back... same price, too.
May 27, 2011 by Richard Driver |  See all 5 posts
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