Saturday, November 30, 2013

DVD Review - Doctor Who: The Doctor's Revisited - Ninth-Eleventh

Doctor Who: The Doctor's Revisited Ninth-Eleventh
Starring: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Studio: BBC America
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Retail: $39.98
Running Time: 339 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Doctor Who turned the big 50 last weekend and BBC is continuing the celebration by releasing Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited - Ninth-Eleventh featuring a 2-part story for each actor's (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith) tenure as the Doctor. Each story is presented in its original 2-part version, a feature film version with an introduction by Steven Moffat and a 25-minute documentary on each Doctor. Additionally, there are four magnets included with the set.

Christopher Eccleston's stay as the ninth Doctor may have been short, but he did help reboot the franchise for a new generation of fans. His final two episodes, Bad Wolf & The Parting of Ways) are presented in this set. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack Harkness suddenly find themselves separated on various game shows (The Weakest Link, Big Brother and What Not To Wear), only for a few minor changes - the losers are exterminated. As the Doctor escapes the game show, he soon learns his enemy - Daleks are responsible. The Parting of Ways finds The Doctor sending Rose in the TARDIS back to Earth while he tries to stop a Dalek invasion, all leading to his regeneration.

The Stolen Earth and Journey's End are the two final episodes of the tenth Doctor's (David Tennant) third season (series) which brings former companions Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness and Sarah Jane Smith, to help him stop another Dalek invasion (created and led by Davros and the red supreme Dalek), but this time the Daleks are a step ahead the Doctor, as the Daleks have literally stolen Earth and have relocated it. It almost seems the Doctor will finally be defeated by his nemesis, but everyone's fate lies in the hands of Donna Noble.

Before Matt Smith regenerates in this years Christmas special, you can revisit the first two episodes, The Impossible Astronaut & Day of the Moon, of the sixth season (series), in which Amy, Rory and River Song are summoned to a desert in Utah to witness the death of the Doctor. To try to prevent his death, they tag along with a younger version of the Doctor to the year 1969, where the encounter the Silence.

This Doctor Who set concludes the The Doctors Revisited collections and features the recent incarnations of the Doctors. I had already seen all the episodes featured on the 3-disc set, but the three 25-minute documentaries are exclusive to this set, so think I any fan would want to have this in their collection. Plus, I prefer watching the feature presentation over the individual episodes, as it feels move like a movie than watching two episodes. Bad Wolf, The Parting Of The Ways, The Stolen Earth and Journey's End are some of the best episodes from the new incarnations, but I don't understand why The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon was picked for the set. Sure, I do like the episodes, but there are better episodes from the eleventh Doctor that could have been used, like The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang. Overall, I think Doctor Who: The Doctor's Revisited - Ninth-Eleventh is a must-have for fans and will make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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