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Doctor Who: Dreamland
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This sensational new animated adventure finds the Doctor (voiced by David Tennant) hooked up with two new companions – Cassie and Jimmy – and pits him against a new alien race, the monstrous Viperox, led by Lord Azlok. Day Springs, Nevada, 1958. During a visit to a local diner, the Doctor befriends a young waitress, Cassie, and her friend Jimmy. When the Doctor examines an extraterrestrial artefact, he draws the attention of a mysterious man in black, an alien warrior and Colonel Stark, commanderof Dreamland – the military base also known as Area 51. So begins a momentous mission for the Doctor, who with the help of his new companions and Jimmy’s grandfather, Night Eagle, sets out to rescue the stranded alien, Rivesh Mantilax, and his wife, Saruba Valek, from the clutches of the American military – and from the terrifying alien race, the Viperox, led by the ruthless Lord Azlok. Also includes 3-part retrospective Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor / The Companions /The Enemies. Written by Phil Ford, DREAMLAND sees the iconic TARDIS touch down in thedesert in the USA. Stumbling across a mysterious alien artefact in a local diner, the Doctor is led to Area 51, also known as Dreamland, the US' most secret base. He then finds himself on a momentous mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the ruthless Viperox and the clutches of the American military.
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David Tennant's tenure as the Time Lord Doctor Who gets a brief extension with the energetic animated adventure Dreamland, which was broadcast on the official Doctor Who website in 2009. As we learn in the 45-minute feature, "Dreamland" is code for the infamous Area 51, where aliens have reportedly been spotted, and where Tennant's Doctor finds himself in the middle of an invasion by the insectoid Viperox. With the help of locals Cassie (Georgia Moffett, the daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison) and Jimmy (Tim Howar), the Doctor must put a halt to the Viperox's world domination plans while avoiding a war-mongering US Army general. Dreamland benefits from a solid, action-filled script by Phil Ford (who penned the live-action Tennant serial, The Waters of Mars) but is hampered throughout by its clunky CGI animation, which works wonders with backgrounds but makes Tennant's Doctor and his companions look awfully lifeless. Still, it's better than the dreadful artwork for the previous animated offering, The Infinite Quest, and should please dedicated followers of the Doctor. The two-disc set includes a second disc titled Doctor Who's Greatest Moments, which is comprised of clips from the Tennant years, as well as interviews with all the major participants (and a few surprises, like Sir Derek Jacobi), and lumped into themed categories (The Doctor, Companions, Enemies). Amusingly enough, the featurettes, which each clock in at 60 minutes, are longer than the main feature itself. --Paul Gaita
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I have to say i would have expected the same treatment for both dvds, i was a bit dissapointed that this dvd has no extras, (i don't consider the second dvd with the 3 specials of Doctor Who Greatest Moments extras because they don't have anything to do with Dreamland).
After saying that i was also dissapointed to find that this animation was done in Dolby 2.0 only.... i was expecting 5.1
Besides that the pack is great. You have 2 dvds, 1 with the complete animation of Dreamland (was exhibited as 5 mini episodes as i recall)
The 2nd dvd has the 3 Doctor Who Greatest Moments that aired in the final year of David Tennant after The Next Doctor Episode.
Subtitles only in English.
Voicing and sound effects. One star
Writing and script. One star
Action and animation however were sorely lacking I wouldn't even call it video game animation, video game animation is much better. It was computer animated, I think. You could see what looked like brushstrokes or lines from colored pencils, animation didn't line up properly (he puts his hand over her mouth to quiet her and his open hand barely touches her mouth at all) the action was jerky, and if you see their feet it looks like they are doing the moon walk fowards (feet moving so much more than the background, feet appear to be sliding backward half the time) So, three stars, it would have been better live action, or if they had gone really out there since it's animated. I mean come one, why stick to such simplistic animation. Mostly humans with two alien species, either of which would have looked better on the actual show. It is not a must buy, but not the worst thing I've ever seen. Borrow or rent if you can.