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Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part One

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DOCTOR WHO returns to DVD and BD 11/13 with five blockbuster episodes!

Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (aka the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild West adventure and are even kidnapped by the Doctor s oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory s heart-breaking farewell a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There s only one way to find out.


The general excellence of the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who continues with Series Seven, Part One, featuring five episodes of whimsy and derring-do by the mysterious time-and-space-traveling Doctor (Smith) and his current companions, the recently married Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill). "Asylum of the Daleks" finds yet another spin on the Doctor's most inescapable foes, introducing a planet where the Daleks put those of their kind who are too deranged even for them--but the episode's emotional core sneaks up on you, even if you suspect all is not what it seems. "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" features (obviously) dinosaurs, but also Queen Nefertiti and Rory's father, Brian (Mark Williams, who played Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter series), a stick-in-the-mud who gets unstuck; Williams is delightful. The series goes Western with "A Town Called Mercy," featuring an alien gunslinger and some thorny and complex moral issues. Even the weakest episode, The Power of Three--an aliens-invading-Earth story that feels like a warmed-over plot from Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood--is redeemed by some bittersweet conversations between the Doctor and Amy. These conversations set up the final departure of the Ponds in The Angels Take Manhattan, which brings back the creepiest villains ever in a multilayered story that's both clever and heartfelt. Series Seven lacks any overarching narrative threads (like the crack in reality of the fifth season) but aims for dense, chewy storytelling. The bonus features are enjoyable little appetizers: brief snippets of Amy and Rory's lives, nifty preludes to "Asylum of the Daleks" and "A Town Called Mercy," and a featurette in which actual scientists (and, pointlessly, a random assortment of actors and comedians) discuss time travel, cloning, and other ideas embedded in the series and whether they'll ever come to fruition. All in all, an enjoyable half-season that will make any fan, and many a newcomer, eager for the other half. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0094GSRYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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What amazing episodes make up Part 1 of Dr. Who Season 7. If you haven't heard the news or watched the fifth episode yet, then this will be a spoiler for you - the 5th episode is the last with Amy and Rory as the Doctor's companions. The 2012 Christmas special will introduce the new companion (more on that later). Part 2 of Season 7 will air in spring 2013.

Last year, I waited until the combined Part 1 & Part 2 DVD set of Series 6 was available, instead of buying the two Parts separately. This year, though, I'm buying them separately. The amazon price for Part 1 is low, and if pricing this year is the same as last year, it will save a dollars to do so even with also buying the Christmas special separately. I guess I'll have to see if its worth it.

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Part 1, Season 7, November 2012 region 1 DVD release:
1. "Pond Life" Billed as a prequel to Season 7, this has 5 parts, each only a minute long. Every month, the Doctor calls Amy and Rory, and leaves a message on their answering machine. He's having a lively time, because the TARDIS' Helmic Regulator is acting up, and he's having more trouble than usual getting to where he wants to go. Some consequences aren't so bad; the Doctor gets to meet Mata Hari, which leads him to muse, "What an interesting woman." Distractions aside, is the Doctor going to make it back to Earth? Earth at the correct time, that is?
2. "Asylum of the Daleks Prequel" (3 minutes) The Doctor is trying to enjoy his pastry at a Paris cafe, when a purple-cloaked figure approaches him.
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Granted, this is only the first part of the series, and there is no denying that the Doctor still has me in his grasp. It just seems that the first four episodes were more or less delays or build-ups to the fifth episode, in which (if you don't already know this, I guess you managed to miss the BBC's aggressive and somewhat annoying promotion of that particular plot point) Rory and Amy are lost to the Doctor forever. Also, I felt the humor that is so key to Matt Smith's Doctor was lagging in the first two episodes. Usually when this is the case, it is replaced by his "dark side," in which he becomes an angry, unstoppable force. That didn't happen either.
Let it be known, however, that these episodes are still quite entertaining, perhaps even more so to those who don't go into it with the baggage of enormous expectations, as I did. Tastes differ. To give you some idea of mine,. my favorite Matt Smith Who episode to-date is "The Impossible Astronaut." Nothing in this first part of the seventh series even approached the level of creepy terror exuded by The Silence.
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From the very first episode: Asylum of the Daleks to the mid season finale: The angels take Manhattan this series has been awesome!! Need I say anymore. I've been a fan of the series since the 60's with William Hartnell and I can truthfully say that the show has always been the best sci fi of all time. The story of the Ponds and their adventure with the doctor will be one that fans will talk about for years to come. After seeing each episode I feel that the writers did a good job of putting the cap on the series and the Ponds. Highlights from the series would have to be the doctor taking on all the Daleks, the doctor taking on a cyborg robot in the west, and the statue of liberty** oops spoilers*** And with the 50th anniversery around the corner I feel that great things are in store for us doctor who fans. Rumour has it that a couple of doctors from the past will be returning as it is rumoured that writer Stephan Moffet has had numerous meetings with David Tennant and Sylvester Mc Coy!!!! And remember whatever you do don't blink... don't look away... buy this DVD... watch these episodes and dont BLINK!!!!
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The episodes included in Part One continue to show Matt Smith's versatility in the role of the Doctor. I am giving the set a 3 star rating because I purchased the series in Parts One and Two as at the time the listing for the complete series showed no additional special features. Later, more special features were added to the complete series.

If you are only interested in the episodes themselves and not the special features, you would do fine with the individual parts. Note it does not include Doctor, Widow and Wardrobe or The Snowmen. You would have to purchase those separately but that is understandable as they are specials and not part of series 7. They are, however, included in the complete series.

I was disappointed at having spent more money to get less. (The price has since been reduced as well.)
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During the inexorable charge towards the big 50, DOCTOR WHO Series 7 - Part One is that cool glass of water for those parched and impatient for this latest series to be collected on DVD. I won't knock them folks who require their Doctor Who fix soonest, but I think I'll wait for a more comprehensive set, pending bonus features. Besides, the offer of a mere five episodes leaves me shrugging.

Showrunner Steven Moffat's directive for Season 7 seems to call for stand-alone episodes with the added caveat that these episodes come off each like a blockbuster event and peppered with neat reveals and callback moments. The Doctor's progressively darker side is explored. A cause for concern is that, nowadays, he seems more open towards that last resort. One recurring theme seems to be his (systematic?) erasing of himself from existence, so effective that now River Song is no longer incarcerated because the person she once murdered no longer exists. Moffat does what he's best at, which is present scenes rife with misdirection even as he manipulate the viewer's emotions. The fellowship of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill is very soon doomed, but until such time - until Episode 5 - these three still delight viewers with unique chemistry. I'll miss Rory and I'll especially miss Amelia Pond and her spark with Matt Smith. I thought Karen Gillan's tenure a brilliant one. And Darvill's Rory, who started out as a tertiary character, made the most dramatic, most unexpected jump in terms of character arc.

Not all five episodes are as equally strong, but it's not in me right now to point out the flaws.
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