Doctor Who: The Complete First Series
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Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. An alien and a loner, his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger. But when it comes to human relationships, he can be found wanting. That's why he needs Rose. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose understand and complement each other. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination.
The venerable science fiction program Doctor Who returned to British televisions in 2005 after a 15-year absence and delighted the majority of fans and critics with its adherence to the adventure and charm of the original series while making admissions for a new generation of viewers (hipper editing and score, CGI effects). Thirteen episodes were generated, all starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor and pop-singer-turned-actress Billie Piper as his companion Rose; acclaimed writer/producer Russell T. Davies (Touching Evil, Queer as Folk) oversaw the show as chief writer and executive producer. The new series proved so popular that the BBC agreed to revive the program for second and third seasons--though without Eccleston, who has since been replaced by David Tennant. This six-disc set comes with all 13 episodes plus the battery of supplemental features now customary to all Doctor Who DVD releases.
Eccleston is very engaging in the title role, bringing a manic curiosity tempered by occasional bouts of gravity (which befit a personality with a long and dramatic a lifespan as the Doctor's) that hew closely to the (arguably) most popular Doctor, Tom Baker. Piper is equally adept as department store clerk Rose--she's afforded more of a back story than most of the Doctor's sidekicks have received in the past, and she more than handles her own alongside Eccleston. Highlights among the 13 episodes include the season opener, "Rose" (which sees the return of an old foe, the Autons, and their controlling force, the Nestene Consciousness); the revamped Daleks in "Dalek" and the two-parter "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways"; a trip to Victorian England to aid Charles Dickens in "The Unquiet Dead," and of course, the arrival of the tenth Doctor at the conclusion of the action-packed "Parting of the Ways." The episodes strike the right blend of quirk, excitement, and imagination, thanks largely to the engaging performances and the guidance of Davies, whose admiration for the show and its history is evident throughout.
Supplemental features--and there are many--including commentary on all 13 episodes by members of the cast and crew, including Piper and Davies; numerous making-of featurettes, including a profile of Davies; a video diary by Piper; an interview with Eccleston, and best of all, a glimpse at the 60-minute Christmas special, "The Christmas Invasion," which picks up where the series concludes. Who fans won't be disappointed. --Paul Gaita
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Eccleston only played The Doctor for this single season; he did not renew his contract. But his work here sets the ground work for every Dr. Who episode created since. Gone is the absent-minded professor type of the first eight Doctors. Eccleston's Doctor is thoughtful, direct, and action-focused. This is a Time Lord with a plan who doesn't hesitate to do whatever needs to be done and has both the knowledge and experience to solve problems that would confuse others.
He is also a haunted man, regenerating out of the War Doctor (see "Day of the Doctor" from the 50th anniversary specials), the sole survivor of the Great Time War, his conscience thick with the horrors of that war and his role in it, a conscience that makes him more determined than ever to help others -- starting with Rose Tyler in the first episode, "Rose."
This journey with the Ninth Doctor is far too short, our time with him feeling like the blink of an eye. But we are better for meeting Christopher Eccleston's Doctor on this journey of discover that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer.
As you may have guessed, I love Doctor Who. It's THE BEST SHOW EVER. If you haven't watched it and you want to get into it, it may be overwhelming to know the show began back in 1963. If you can't watch all of the Classic episodes of Doctor Who, at least start at the beginning of the reboot episodes with this series (season) from 2005. Pay attention to how well the characters are written, and portrayed by the actors, and you'll be able to see past the somewhat cheesy special effects (they were great for the time, and in keeping with the Papier-mâché Monsters and rickety sets the classic episodes are so well known for, so give it a chance.).
Chris Eccleston is a wonderful actor and one of my favorite Doctors. As much as I love how the subsequent story lines played out after he left the show, I think the only thing I find disappointing about Doctor Who is the fact that Eccleston only did this one season.
But anyway back to this season, it was my first taste of Dr. Who and I fell in love. Yes I believe the series has gotten better, better stories, better special effects , but these first ones still hold a very special is place in my heart. It's our first glimpse of Rose. Our first glimpse of Captain Jack. Christopher Ecclestons Doctor is different then the ones that come after him. He is haunted by the the time war. He hadn't loved Rose yet. He is hurting. As I'm rewatching this after watching all the other seasons, I appreciate it more and more.
If you are coming here to see what all the hype is about, I wish you well on your journey. Once you are sucked into the Dr Who universe, it's hard to escape. A lot of people (I'm told) skip this season. DONT. It is really worth your time!
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