Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part Two (Blu-ray)
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The Doctor kicks off this new run of adventures by searching for his companion Clara - an Impossible Girl he's already lost twice. Together they find themselves battling monsters on distant alien planets, trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chasing terrifying ghosts, delving into the heart of the TARDIS, facing the Crimson Horror in Victorian Yorkshire, and coming face to face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. The action grows and the Doctor's oldest secret threatens to be revealed as the world's longest running science fiction series builds toward its explosive 50th anniversary.
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.35 x 0.45 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 26517941
- Director : Nick Hurran, Julian Simpson, Jeremy Webb
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 6 hours
- Release date : May 28, 2013
- Actors : Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Nicholas Briggs, Alex Kingston
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : BBC Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00BXTFDK4
- Number of discs : 2
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my favs are the Bells of Saint John, rings of Ahkaten, Hide, Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, Crimson Horror, and the name of the doctor. personally, I don't see why these episodes are terrible. I actually like how they are. also, i'm in the minority, I admit. I like 11 and Clara together. they were fun to watch to me. people always want the companions, for some reason, to enter and have a lot of drama in their lives. that's what they consider 'deep'. they also seem to want the stories to revolve around them. I was fine with a companion where the stories were mostly just about the doctor and companion on an adventure with no real drama in the background/annoying love triangles/doctor being a dick to his companion bc he misses his previous companion. personally, I was fine with them. but that's just me
As for episode quality, I'm not going to lie, the episodes aren't the best. Unlike past seasons of Doctor Who, season 7 didn't have much of a story arc. Part 1 simply lead up to the Pond's leaving, and Part 2 is basically random adventures with Clara until the last one, which springs your right into the 50th anniversary. It's definitely different than other seasons.
The technical aspects are still incredible and the special effects are up to todays standards. The acting is good as well.
This last series seems more alive and fun than ever before! This is the promise of The Eleventh Hour finally delivered, there is a sense of adventure and wonderment to the script, it's witty, fast paced and thrilling! Matt Smith really shines but so does Jenna Louise Coleman, the focus is back on adventure and discovery, this was the promise to Amy that degenerated into too much domesticity and bickering, to the point where I was wondering if I am watching Coupling in space?! Amy turned sour too quickly, from a curiosity driven companion to a winy wife. And the story of River Song became soo complicated, borderline ridiculous, seemed to be made up as they were taking us along for a roller coaster ride!
The chemistry between the actors wasn't thrilling either.
Now, Clara and the Doctor, that's chemistry!
The episodes have been described at length by other reviewers, what I wanted to say is Thank you Mr. Moffat for allowing the Doctor, The Tardis and Clara to be resplendent in them! The script is fantastic, I haven't had so much fun watching since discovering Chris Eccleston! Yes, there is reverence for Doctor Who pasts, Red Dwarf, Alien, even Sunshine!
There is a lot of action, drama, mystery, but there is also a strong sci-fi component, more focus on time travel conundrums! Ingenious plot twists and unexpected solutions! I thought I knew the Tardis by now, but Journey to the Center of the Tardis is an incredible whirlwind of surprise and delight! The Doctor is fierce, Smith shows a confidence and power that seemed undermined by the women before ( I really couldn't stand River Song mocking his driving skills!) Clara reminded me of Rose in the Parting of the Ways and Doctor 11 can stand up to the End of Time episodes,face off with the full dramatic power of Doctor 10 at his best!
I knew Mr. Moffat is brilliant and he can take the series to astounding new territories ! This is what I was waiting for when I heard he will take over from Russell T. Davies! These episodes exceeded my expectations! And I am confident we will be carrying on just fine with Doctor 12!
There is a wonderful tribute to Matt Smith in The Telegraph, Michael Hogan calls him "a ball of eccentric energy "! I loved that about him! He was the nutty professor that can turn on his heels and stand up to the Daleks ( The Pandorica Opens) , make some tough moral choices ( The Almost People), and even play some ball ( The Lodger). He was more playful and quircky than David Tennant's Doctor (a fez?!) but the way he would tilt his head and fire his gaze when the storm was brewing... And his childish excitement at a new gadget that he came up with, that is so fitting for an immortal young at 2 hearts alien!!!
Thank you Mr. Smith!
Top reviews from other countries
The very best episodes, the ones that have some genuine humour and funny situations, are the ones featuring Strax, Madam Vastra and Jenny. Jenny steals the show time and again with her matter-of-factness about her rather unusual lifestyle. Strax is genuinely wonderful as a butler and pulls off brilliantly lines suggesting that a full frontal assault with every kind of arm known to his race is the solution to the most trivial of problems. Sooner or later I hope that we will get the back story to how the Doctor came to know Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax and how they came to become detectives in Victorian England (and the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes).
Although not all the episodes are top quality (I did not particularly enjoy "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS") the story has ended on another neat cliffhanger with a mystery "bad"(???) Doctor appearing when we know that the Eleventh Doctor will be around for two more episodes yet. Who is he? Where is he from? Is he going to be the Twelfth Doctor? What I do know is that these series are cleverly linked and that a seemingly trivial episode some time back may suddenly be revealed to have been a key incident and clue to what is happening. Doctor Who is getting deep and cerebral and some fans are seeing that as laziness on the part of the scriptwriter when it is more a reflection of their own laziness and unwillingness to think a bit deeper: I have to say that I have absolutely loved series 5, 6 and 7 because things are never what they appear to be and you do have to think a bit to link events and try to work out their meaning.
This set starts with the 2012 Christmas Special 'The Snowmen', this is the best Christmas special since 2005's The Christmas special (not that that's anything to be proud of; most Doctor Who Christmas specials are mediocre or worse). Strax, Vastra and Jenny all make very welcome reappearances. All three are great, Strax in particular is very, very funny. Ian McKellen is excellent as the voice of the great intelligence. The Doctors impersonation of Sherlock Holmes is priceless and the introduction of the fabulous new Tardis console room is superb.
The second part of the season starts properly with 'The Bells of Saint John', a fast paced, exhilarating story. The Doctor riding up the Shard is an iconic moment and there is some fabulous London location work showing off London landmarks. Celia Imrie is brilliant as Miss Kizlet and this is Steven Moffat at close to his best.
'The Rings of Akhaten' is even better. Writer Neil Cross creates an utterly captivating alien world and it is brilliantly realised. The scene where all the aliens join together in song is very uplifting. A very good episode indeed.
'Cold War' was a highly anticipated episode since it involved the first appearance of an Ice Warrior since 1974's 'The Monster of Peladon'. The episode, while good, was mildly disappointing. On the plus side it's very atmospheric and the sets for the submarine are well lit and look suitably cramped. The Ice Warrior looks great in its armour, but did we really need to see it out of its armour? Of the guest characters Professor Grisenko, played by David Warner, is easily the best; his obsession with western 1980's music is hilarious. Captain Zhukov is also quite good, but none of the others leave a lasting impression.
'Hide' is a creepy, slow paced episode. With such a slow pace, the acting needs to be really good and fortunately it is. Sadly it falls apart a little towards the end with the revelation that Hila is a descendant of Emma and Alec. The trouble is Hila is a very underdeveloped character who gets very little screen time.
I had high hopes for 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS', after all it had a dynamite premise and it ended up being wasted. This episode was a mess. The guest characters are really boring and the guest performances are dull. The plotting is lazy with far too much repetitive walking and running through corridors. There is also the pointless revelation that Tricky is not an android after all and the Doctor and Clara's conversation about how he met other versions of her and how they died which Clara infuriatingly later forgets about. The ending is a real cop out.
'The Crimson Horror' helps to erase memories of the previous episode and it's refreshing to have an Earthbound Doctor Who story set somewhere other than London or Cardiff. Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are both brilliant as Mrs Gillyflower and Ada respectively. Ada may be the best guest character this series. Strax, Vastra and Jenny are all good as well. Jenny in particular is great here. There are some very funny lines, but some of the humour falls rather flat; the 'Thomas Thomas' sat nav joke is pathetic and the lame fainting gag is bewilderingly repeated three times.
'Nightmare in Silver' tries to reinvent the Cybermen and it does this reasonably successfully. The little cyber insects or Cybermites are very creepy. There are some memorable scenes of the Doctor’s mental battle with the cyber controller and Matt Smith excels as the cyber controller. Warwick Davis is good as Porridge.
Season Finale ‘The Name of the Doctor’ is the best Steven Moffat script in quite some time. The little appearances from all of the Doctors are very charming especially the scene with Clara and the William Hartnell Doctor. Strax ‘Holidaying’ in Glasgow and brawling with Scotsmen is very amusing and it’s also one of the best outings for Alex Kingston as River Song, I hope this wasn’t her last appearance (she could work very well with Peter Capaldi). It sets up the 50th anniversary special very well indeed; the introduction of John Hurt at the end is stunning.
The continuing lack of two part stories is troubling and there are no bona fide classic stories here, but most of the episodes are good or better.
As for extras there are a couple of amusing sketches to set up ‘The Snowmen’ and a decent prequel/teaser to ‘The Bells of Saint John’. There’s also a three minute long feature about location filming for ‘The Snowmen’. There’s also a short teaser for ‘The Name of the Doctor’.
‘The Companions’ is a long winded (43 minutes) but at times entertaining documentary about the role of companions in new series Doctor Who. There are contributions from Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith, Jenna Louise Coleman and many, many others including Caroline Skinner before her unpleasant falling out with Steven Moffat.
I just do not see the need to have 2 separate cases for just 3 Blu-rays. This is not required as you can have blu-ray cases that any combination up to 6 blu-rays (possibly more). The Alien Anthology Blu-ray boxset I have has a smaller overall space requirement (that is it is thinner) then this box set, even though it contains 6 Blu-rays compared to this 3 disc set.
Surely it would be more economical for BBC Worldwide to produce this boxset in a 2-disc case containers then 2 single cases.
9 day delivery to Australia isn't that bad.
I have really enjoyed Matt Smith's version of the Doctor - but I am sorry to see that he is to leave after the 50th Anniversary special.