Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series [Blu-ray]
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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 1 inches; 12.8 Ounces
- Item model number : BBCW1000228107BR
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 9 hours and 45 minutes
- Release date : November 22, 2011
- Actors : Matt Smith, Karen Gillan
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : BBC Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B005M2A4DE
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Season 6 is Matt's second season, all of them are great on their own, and together they make a great story. The production, acting and stories are all well done in any of the Doctor and the Ponds. Few if any of the characters were uninteresting, and Amelia was probably one of the better sidekicks. Can't go wrong with this if you like Sci Fi, in particular if you liked any other versions of Doctor Who. Matt is up there with among my favorite.
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.
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This one though....it's disappointing in that it lacks any real value for money save for the exquisite but slightly infuriating artwork. Sophie Cowdrey has done the artwork for the last few re-releases and I've always enjoyed her work but for her to have included the prolific racist & transphobic 'activist' Frances Barber on the rear cover is a huge disappointment. I know she had a significant role in S6 but she wasn't on the original 2011 release artwork and she needn't have been on this one either.
In terms of the contents, there's another problem. Disc holders. There's six discs in this release on account of the 2010 Christmas special "A Christmas Carol" being present on its own disc as well as the bonus disc with the cut-down versions of Doctor Who confidential's final run before it was axed but there's only 2 actual disc holders unlike Series 5 which had the 2 plus a double sided middle tray. This means that 3 discs are crammed in each on top of each other which is far from ideal and will eventually ruin the discs.
It just wouldn't be that hard to have 2 overlapped disc holders on each half of the steelbook with a double tray in the middle. This is basic stuff.
In terms of the episodes themselves, this release gives the best possible presentation of the episodes themselves as it brings the UK transmitted HD masters from the original replacement discs of the 2011 release. For those wondering, the original 2011 discs featured grain issues from the disc authoring. They issued replacement discs with the correct encoding which fixed the issues with grain meaning the episodes were presented in true HD in its original transmitted format with next time trailers intact. So huge points for this being the steelbook releases are exactly true to the transmitted episodes.
Overall, it's a decent release but there's a few features which could've been included such as Doctor Who at The Proms 2010 which was released on the solo DVD & Blu-Ray of " A Christmas Carol" but never on the series boxset. Of course you could buy the Blu-Ray cheap and swap the discs out but fans shouldn't have to spend more just for a bonus feature which shouldn't be single release exclusive in the first place.
Glad to add it to the steelbook collection but it's just going to be a shelf item for me I think.
David Tennant was excellent as his replacement and went on to make the part very much his own with his triumvirate of strong women and a new take on the Master. But the Doctor began to lose his way and in the two-parter, The End of Time, after saving the world from the surviving Time Lords he regenerates into Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor ever!
I really enjoyed his first series watching his performance from crazy kid to displaying an incredible depth of age when he was talking to the young Amy. This second series is even better. His abilities as an actor are all on display and the stories were such fun in a multitude of ways. I can't wait for the next series and the 50th anniversary show. He is a wonderful Doctor and hope he won't leave the show too soon.