Doctor Who: The Complete First Series
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Doctor Who: The Complete First Series (Blu-ray)
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.]]>
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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.