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Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest

3.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (DVD)

In this animated feature, the Doctor and Martha follow a trail of clues across wild and wonderful alien worlds, to find the location of the legendary lost spaceship, the Infinite. They soon discover that they are not alone in their quest - the evil Baltazar (Anthony Stewart-Head) is also searching for the ancient starship, and wnats to use its powers in order to destroy Earth and rule the galaxy.

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Doctor Who fans mourning the departure of David Tennant can get another dose with The Infinite Quest, an animated adventure that pits the Tenth Doctor against a space pirate in pursuit of a vessel that can make dreams come true. After halting the pirate Baltazar's scheme to compress the population of Earth into diamonds, Tennant's Doctor and companion Martha (voiced by Freema Agyeman) are caught up in a quest to find three datachips that will reveal the aforementioned ship, dubbed "The Infinite." Their search takes them across the universe, where they tangle with living skeletons, insect armies, and imprisonment on an ice planet before crossing paths again with Baltazar for control of "The Infinite." Well-voiced by Tennant, Agyeman, and Anthony Head (himself a Who vet, but forever Giles from Buffy), The Infinite Quest originally aired in serial form on the BBC children's series Totally Doctor Who, and it retains its kid-friendly balance of plentiful action and engaging (if not terribly complex) storyline; longtime Who fans that may want to use the feature as an introduction to the series for younger viewers will be pleased to note nods to the show's elaborate mythology, including name-drops of previous foes like the Nestenes and Great Vampires. One wishes the animation was more fluid, as that may make Quest more palatable to first-time Who viewers raised on Disney and Pixar, but the fanciful story, plethora of exotic creatures, and Tennant's fun performance should hold most attention spans. The DVD includes a battery of extras, most of which follow Tennant and friends as they record their lines; a smattering of unfinished deleted scenes and chats with the animators will probably hold interest only for grown-ups. --Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJLD3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest" on IMDb

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By Walter Five VINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
Format: DVD
This release assembles the individual weekly bits of a Doctor Who animated adventure originally broadcast on a BBC Children's activity show based around the BBC TV Show "Doctor Who" in 2006-7. It's the first time it's been available here in the U.S.

As such, it is episodic, and juvenile, rather thin on plot and fairly transparent for adult viewers. But the under-12 set will love it, and it's entertaining enough for adults, provided you're already a fan of the revamped BBC TV Series.

Non-essential Whovian programming if you're not a completist, but perfect for family viewing. Four out of five stars.
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As an American fan of Doctor Who, I knew nothing about this animated version until this DVD was released in the U.S. But I was intrigued by the very idea of an animated Doctor Who, and it's VERY inexpensive compared to the full-season sets, so I decided to give it a try.

As others have said, the overall feel of the show is that it is aimed at younger viewers (ironically, the BBC apparently considers the live-action WHO a kid's program, and everyone I know who watches it is over 30). The plot reminded me a bit of watching the old Space Ghost cartoons from the 60's.

While the characters and background are beautifully rendered, the animation is a bit limited. This is apparently the new accepted style for many animated series, but it takes some getting used to if you're a fan of classic cartoons.

And while the voice acting does appear lackluster at times, I thought Anthony Head (who also appears in the 2nd season episode "School Reunion") does a fine job as the villain.

Extras include brief behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the program. While it's good to see David Tennant and the others working outside their normal venues, most folks will probably watch the bonus features once and never again.

Overall, The Infinite Quest is a mixed bag. If you're a hardcore WHO fan, you'll get a kick out of it. Casual fans, and those uninitiated to the world the time-traveling Time Lord, will probably wonder what the big deal is.
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BBC america shop needs to thanked for bringing this out in this region.
At first there was some doubt wether we would ever see this dvd available here. Many fans went to the bbc america shop website and recommended this and it made a difference. This is a fun cartoon adventure for the whole family which is worth buying and adding to your doctor who collection. After all the classic doctor who stories and newer doctor who are family friendly too. I would suggest going both to the bbc doctor who site and the bbc america shop site and asking for further unreleased cartoon adventures that are provided from the online doctor who site as well. There is even a cartoon adventure of a version of the doctor played by richard e grant. Anyways if you love doctor who you will enjoy this cartoon version of the newest doctor , and the price is very affordable too.
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Tennant translates superbly into a cartoon - the lanky angularity of his movements and the expressive eyes/brows are spot on. There is a lovely bit of The Doctor walking in the snow that is almost eerie with clever mimicry. These animators are very attentive to their craft. In the extras, there are some depictions of the evolution of versions of The Doctor, which shows how dedicated they were to getting him "right". Martha, I think, is even better in cartoon form than in person. They've captured her impish grin admirably and the eyes... pure mischief. In the series, she always seemed to be overcast with a tinge of jealousy and longing when The Doctor lavished her with uninhibited praise, but in animation, the cloud are swept away which puts a brightness on the overall mood. Tennant is such a brilliant voice actor that I see no reason not to continue this sort of work as a retrospective. I would love to add more of his work to my shelf!
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By Chantale F on January 27, 2013
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My husband and I are huge Doctor Who fans and we always watch it when it airs out here in Canada. Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest did not air here so as soon as I saw this dvd I just had to buy it. I am so happy I did because we love it. Vey well done.
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This is one of the good small adventures fit for both adults and kids. It's similar to the key to time adventure. A must have for Doctor Who fans. I love the animation and I enjoyed that they animated the title sequence. I'm happy that the same actors came back to do the voices and Anthony Head makes a brilliant villain.
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By Teleri on February 2, 2009
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An enjoyable episode of Dr. Who, not mind-shattering or anything, but accessible to younger children - I got it for an 8 & a 10 year old, who both loved it (& they are GIRLS, BTW). I especially got a kick out of Giles, er, Anthony Stewart Head, playing the villain :D There is a nice Special Features section with interviews w/Anthony, David Tennant & Freema Agyeman :D
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The story of the Doctor on a quest to find the Infinite, a space ship from the Dark times that promises to grant people their heart's desire is intriguing, if a bit of a departure from typical New Who stories. In some ways, this felt like a classic adventure that involved hopping times and places for solutions.

While I understand this was originally created as a web series, I think Infinite Quest's biggest fault is that it's just not developed enough. It goes too fast leading to quick fix solutions and lack of development in understandng problems. This was a fun production, but I can't help feel it would have been more enjoyable at 90 minutes than it was at 45.
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