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Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series
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As with the First Series set, the supplemental features are plentiful here; commentary by the show's cast and crew is provided on each episode, and four feature picture-in-picture commentary tracks; deleted scenes and outtakes are also included, as are video diaries by Tennant and Piper, and a lengthy featurette, "Doctor Who Confidential," which covers nearly every aspect of the series' production, including the introduction of the Torchwood Institute and the return of Sarah Jane, both of which would be featured in their own respective spin-off series (the first in Doctor Who's long history) in 2007. Paul Gaita
- 15 episodes on six discs
- Commentary by cast and crew on all episodes
- Picture-in-picture commentary on The Girl in the Fireplace, The Age of Steel, The Impossible Planet, and Doomsday
- David Tennant's video diaries
- Confidential cut-downs
Top Customer Reviews
Aiding this transition is largely the same writing and production staff, as well as the same co-star (Billie Piper as Rose Tyler) and supporting cast (Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler and Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith). It's to Tennant's credit that he not only immediately puts his own stamp on the character but maintains Eccleston's level of chemistry with the supporting cast. Ten is physically younger than Nine, more brash, more impulsive, less tormented by guilt, but still achingly lonely. His loneliness becomes a running theme throughout the season, touched on in nearly every episode. Eccleston played the Doctor as he played Steve Baxter in Davies' The Second Coming (a tormented otherworldly being); Tennant plays the Doctor as Casanova (a young, lovelorn romantic hero).
The Doctor's romantic attachments, in fact, become the vehicle by which Davies explores the central theme of loneliness. Ten and Rose build upon and deepen the romance that Nine and Rose began in the first season.Read more ›
This series has drama, humor, tragedy, everything you could want in excellent TV. For the new viewer, and the old, we learn more about how the Doctor came to be the last of the Time Lords, and he gives out tidbits of his history for the new viewer.
When you get these DVDs, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. It's fantastic!
The Doctor is suffering from post-regeneration stress on the X-mas special opener "THE CHRISTMAS INVASION." Although the Doctor is out-of-it for a major part of the special, Billie Piper and crew carry on superbly until the climax. The greatness of the season opener is no exception, nearly all of the season two episodes are perfect!
The weakest episode is the New Earth (#2)which is the first to competely feature the new Doctor. The Cat-nurse hospital is true to the spirit of the series, but the best parts are body swaping moments in which Rose becomes the posh Cassandra from season one, and so does the Doctor (insanely funny, both performances). The rest of the season features some of the best work ever done in the shows 30+ history, bar none! Other reasons to buy this set:
The Doctor finally meets a werewolf
The return of Parallel universes
The return of Peter Tyler
The return of the Cyberman
The return of K9
The return of Sarah Jane
The return of mysterious reference threads (TORCHWOOD)
The return of another long time villain(s)in a long overdue monster mash smackdown of epic proportions!
The School Reunion, which features the Doctor's reunion with fan-fav compainion Sarah Jane Smith & K9, is a touching and tightly composed story that nicely sets the tone forshadowing things to come, namely the amazing season finale.Read more ›
The succeeding episodes all, arguably, vary in quality depending on how high your standards are. The most annoying aspect is the inclusion of Torchwood - which on reflection wasn't as subtle as the 'Bad Wolf' meme
from last season. For me, the standout were the perfect three episode run - Tooth and Claw (Russell T. Davies), School Reunion (Toby Whithouse) and the absolutely superb and near-perfect Girl in the Fireplace (from the brilliant Steven Moffat). All, for me, perfect Doctor Who episodes and also great examples of the different tones and themes that the series has explored throughout its long history.
New series fans may be perturbed that Rose gets less to do this season. It's clear, in retrospect, that the focus is on creating stories for the new Doctor. While Rose's backstory runs as a subplot in the background. In retrospect this is understandable, but was rather jarring on initial transmission. Especially as Russell's plan for this season wasn't entirely clear from the first few episodes.
The DVD Extras are as great as ever.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a full season of Doctor Who....!
Arrived quickly and in great condition!
I started with Matt Smith but it's hard not to like David Tennant as much. He's clever and funny and a better actor than Chris Eccleston. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Rozell
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