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Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

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Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who. After his explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash! After falling from the sky, he pulls himself out of the wreckage to come face-to-face with young Amy Pond. The Doctor promises to take Amy to the stars. But first they must divert an alien plot that could destroy the Earth. The Doctor makes good his promise, an… More >>

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series

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OK, it’s a little premature to judge something that hasn’t been released yet. And I’m sure I’ll make a few additions to this review when the set is released. In the meantime, this review is meant to enlighten you about Series 5 of Doctor Who.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only fan who was skeptical that this lanky upstart Matt “Who?” Smith (Ha! Did you see what I did there?) could replace the wonderful 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant. But we long-time fans have come to accept that the role of the Doctor is going to change every few years. And in the case of Matt Smith, the role couldn’t be in better hands.

But Doctor Who doesn’t just have a new face in front of the camera; Steven Moffat, writer of such modern-day DW classics like “Blink” and “The Girl in the Fireplace” took over the showrunner position from Russell T. Davies. And again, the show couldn’t be in better hands. Moffat has been very vocal about his reimagining of the series as a sort of dark fairy tale. And this is evident right from the start, as the TARDIS crash-lands in the back year of 8 year old Amy Pond. The figurative monster under Amy’s bed is actually a crack in her wall, one that will have cosmic consequences throughout the season.

New companion Karen Gillan (playing the adult version of Amy) brings a spunky kick to the new Doctor’s adventures. Yet one can still see hints of that lost little girl from time to time. Gillan and Smith perfectly compliment each other, as both appear wise and experienced far beyond their years. She almost immediately endures herself to the Doctor (and the audience, hopefully) in the 2nd episode, “The Beast Below,” by preventing the Doctor from making a terrible mistake.

The series touches on more familiar territory–the Daleks, the Weeping Angels, the mysterious River Song–yet stays firmly entrenched in the fantasy world Moffat has helped to create. As the bowtie-wearing Time Lord, Smith channels Doctors of the past from Patrick Troughton to David Tennant. He is, as Amy Pond notes in the first episode “a mad man with a blue box.” And despite his seemingly unhinged nature, Smith gives the Doctor great dramatic weight when needed. . .whether it’s righteous indignation at alien (or human) stupidity, or trying to protect his new companion from the inevitable fate that befalls all his fellow travelers.

Doctor Who carries on in fantastic style, and I for one hope that Smith and Gillan stay with their roles for years to come. I congratulate Steven Moffat and his team for honoring the legacy of Doctor Who, but making it all their own at the same time. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5 / 5

I was very unsure of whether I would warm up to the new cast even as far as midseason. I had absolutely loved David Tennant and Chris Eccleston, and these were some very large shoes to fill. Fortunately, Matt Smith gave me a delightful surprise and ended up owning the character in his own lighter way. He isnt as grave as the 9th doctor, nor as intense as Tennant’s take. Considering the things that were happening in the doctor’s life at the time those actors were portraying him (lost love, recovering from a lost people) it is not surprising that Smith’s version is less damaged and more carefree. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE the previous incarnations, I’m just saying the evolution in personality at this time makes sense. It’s reminiscent of when Tom Baker took over the reins in the early seventies with his big grin and goofy scarf – just replace it with big hair and a goofy (but cool) bow tie.

I wasn’t at all sure about Amy until I realised later in the series that we weren’t talking about ‘just’ Amy but her interraction and role in a larger cast of characters including River Song. When placed in the Doctor’s ‘party’ of travellers, she is an effective companion. She certainly isnt pulling off all the notes and expressions of Donna Noble or filling the doctor’s heart and soul like Rose Tyler, but at this stage of the doctor’s life I think that with the rest of the ensemble she does an admirable job. It’s important not to consider her as a replacement for companions of the past because if you do, she doesnt feel (to me at least) like she is completing the picture, especially in the beginning episodes when you really focus on her.

It’s definitely not the same as previous seasons. The darkness often appears and a few episodes have very sad moments, but theres a resilience in Matt Smith’s doctor and an impeccable sense of comedic timing. If Tennant’s doctor towards the end was a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of guy, Smith’s is almost certainly ‘half full’. Despite his youthful appearance he comes off as far far older. An excellent change of tone for the series and I am looking forward to next season!
Rating: 4 / 5

I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since I first stumbled upon a David Tennant episode late one night with a friend of mine. Since then I’ve come to realize the complexity of Doctor Who and its unrivaled science fiction flare. When Tennant was leaving, I have to say I had my doubts. How could anyone fill that role? But then I saw The Eleventh Hour and Matt Smith, as well as the lovely Karen Gillan, stole my heart. Steven Moffat, who wrote many of my favorite David Tennant episodes, took the helm and made the show what it deserved to be. The added budget and HD quality has only made a great story look fresher than ever. The cinematography has been stepped up, and every episode feels like a movie. This series has also done incredibly well to have nearly every episode bleed into each other and effect the overall plot and finale. I downloaded every episode when they aired, but I’m definitely going to buy the Blu Ray when it comes out. I want to support this series and Moffat especially.
Rating: 5 / 5

I’ve read all the reviews and I’m quite shocked and yet not surprised by some of the negative comments. In my nearly 30 years of being a fan of Doctor Who and even going to a few DW conventions in the past and reading some comments in DWM and the internet the ones who dislike or hate series 5 or season 31 are few and far between. For the most part they are hard core DT fan who are still not used to fact that he’s gone. I was that way for awhile when my Doctor Tom Baker left and this new young guy(Peter Davison) took over. Within 20 mins of Peter Davison debut story I was won over! I never forgotten Tom Baker(who couldn’t and shouldn’t). But, I thought what was I worried about? This Peter Davison guy is going to be alright. The Tardis is in good hands. Even David Tennat said the same thing at Comic Con last year. My point is I thought Matt might be too young to play the Doctor. But I got over that within 5 mins of watching DWC. I was more concerned that Peter Davison would no longer be the youngest person to play the Doctor anymore. Matt has said how much he likes Pat Throughton’s Doctor and that ‘Tomb of Cybermen’ is his fav story. You can tell that he pays tribute to PT in his costume and even the Tardis is similar to the 1st and 2nd Doctor. Throughout the series it pays tribute to pass Doctors every now and then. Which I think is wonderful and educational to all the new fans who just started out with DT and CE. Matt’s Doctor (to me) is a mixture of Tom Baker and Patrick Throughton and judging from his interviews a bit of Matt himself. I love the fact that Amy is not all googly over the Doctor like Rose and Martha. She’s more like Donna or Sarah Jane. I also like that fact that she really does love Rory and doesn’t dump him like Rose did with Mickey. The only thing that I haven’t like about the new series is the new Daleks. They look stupid. I never was a big fan of them anyway. I liked Davors better. Other than that I really loved series 5/season 31. Moff really came through. Some stand outs: The lodger, Vicent and the Doctor and the Vampries of Venice, and The Pandorica Opens. As of me typing this the ‘Big Bang’ has yet to air here in the States(this Sat it debuts). But, from what I read in DWM it will probably be on my list as well.
Rating: 5 / 5

I love the new Doctor and the series. I have followed Doctor Who since the third Doctor, JP. I think he brings a charm and a fresh change. Although, Tom Baker will be my favorite and CE. the 9th; Matt has grown on me and gets the Doctor. I like his new sidekicks and Karen Gillian plays off him very well. I will be buying this series when it comes out, and I highly recommend this, coming from a long time fan!
Rating: 5 / 5

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