Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series
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Matt Smith and Karen Gillen make their triumphant return as the Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who coming to DVD and Blu-ray in 2011. This release combines the two halves of series six with the 2010 Christmas Special plus hours of bonus material to make a spectacular collectible that no fan will want to miss! The new series includes the first ever episodes shot in the US and promises new thrills, new monsters, and new adventures which will leave fans pinned to the edge of their seats.
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 The second half of Doctor Who's sixth series, which stars Matt Smith as the United Kingdom's venerable time-traveling hero, answers the question that left fans breathless for most of 2011--how will the Doctor die?--while offering a few other intriguing adventures along the way. The series' central concern is finally addressed in the final episode on the set, "The Wedding of River Song," which finds the world in a state of time confusion, with all history happening at once. To reveal the fate of the Doctor would be tantamount to high treason among Who fans, but suffice it to say that the conclusion does pull together all the threads of the sixth series in a way that may work for some fans but not at all for others. The most notable polarizing element is undoubtedly the Teselecta, a shape-shifting humanoid robot operated by miniaturized humans (not unlike the disastrous Eddie Murphy vehicle Meet Dave) that also appears in the part-two opener, "Let's Kill Hitler," where it is dispatched to eliminate the Führer by a shadowy "Justice Department." One's appreciation for such a complete game-changing character will largely define how Series Six, Part Two is viewed, since the outcome of the Doctor's death is the key story line of the entire series. However, there are also a handful of solid secondary episodes buttressing the main story arc, most notably "The Girl Who Waited," which finds the Doctor's companion, Amy (Karen Gillan), split into older and younger versions of herself on a plague-ridden planet, and "Closing Time," which brings back not only James Corden's Craig Owens (from the fifth series' "The Lodger") but also vintage villains the Cybermen. Series Six, Part Two is an ambitious conclusion for an entirely ambitious series, no matter how one feels about the denouement, and another impressive addition to the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor. Extras on the set are limited to a pair of Monster Files, one devoted to the robotic antibodies patrolling the Teselecta, while the other concerns the revamped Cybermats, the vermin-like tools of the Cybermen. --Paul Gaita
5 specially recorded episode prequels
2 sketches recorded for the UK’s Comic Relief charity event
4 Monster Files - Get under the skin and inside the minds of the Doctor’s most challenging opponents
Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at each episode
Bonus Doctor Who Confidential – “A Night’s Tale” about the exclusive DVD scenes
Audio Commentary on select episodes
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It's annoying, but I don't think it'll deter me from keeping it.
It boasts some of the greatest spectacles in the show's history. The acting by Matt Smith is superb as he plays a very caring doctor with a dark side. He has so many fabulous scenes in nearly every episode. He's a delight to watch. Neil Gaiman turned in one of the best high concept stories into Doctor Who history with "The Doctor's Wife." We also finally began to unwrap the mystery of River Song.
Yet, it was also a series whose most spectacular plot-related episodes fizzled in their second half or didn't make sense. The first few minutes of "A Good Man Goes to War" and the first twenty minutes of, "The Wedding of River Song" are hugely entertaining until the writing heads south. The series is also marked with the worst two part story since the Daleks went to Manhattan in Series 3 and turned depression era transients into pigs with, "The Rebel Fles" and "The Almost People." Series 6 also contained, the singly most offensive concept in Who history with, "The God Complex."
The writing of many episodes seemed lazy. Continuity, not continuity within the whole of Doctor Who history or the new series, but continuity within a single season seemed to be a challenge. The new first rule of, "The Doctor Lies" offered the writers a chance to build up conflicts, trick the audience in the most amateurish way, and pass it off as a twist ending, and render pointless much of the emotional journey of the characters. The writing was the show's most inconsistent this season. The overall plot arch seemed very similar to the prior story with an alliance being formed against the Doctor by people who believe the Doctor is dangerous.
This isn't to say there's not a lot to enjoy in this series. There is. Despite some logic problems, in addition to "The Doctor's Wife" the opening story is pretty fun. Many of the stories not related to the plot arch are enjoyable, "Curse of the Black Spot" is a nice little adventure yarn, "Night Terrors" is heart warming and a great concept, While "Closing Time" doesn't quite measure up to "The Lodger," it's still a nice story with some great emotional moments for Matt Smith. Despite its problems, I found, "Let's Kill Hitler" a fun story with a nice mix of comedy and emotion.
Even some of the poorer episodes of the series had some solid moments. While I found the premise for, "The Girl Who Waited" to have some logical problems, Karen Gillian turned in her best performance of the season. The little tribute to the Brigadier and (Nicholas Courtney who played him) in "The Wedding of River Song" was moving and touching. While the Davies era seem to consistently portray abusive and absent fathers, this series featured not one, but three stories that hinged on father's building relationships with children.
That said, the writing makes this the weakest season of New Who so far, but even that's not terrible compared to what else is on television these days. Overall, this wasn't but could have been much better.