Friday, February 28, 2014

DVD Review - Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Director: Jamie Payne
Starring: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaladi
Studio: BBC
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 63 minutes


BBC's Doctor Who franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with a slue of DVD/Blu-ray releases, the second half of Series 7 and the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. It all ended with Matt Smith's final adventure in the Christmas Special Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor, which is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, March 4th. Special features include "The Time of the Doctor - Behind the Lens," "Farewell to Matt Smith," and "Tales of the TARDIS."

Picking up shortly after the events in "The Day of the Doctor" that revealed the possible survival of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, the Doctor's Cyberman head "Handles" picks up an odd signal coming from an unknown planet, which the planet is orbited by thousands of aliens, all wanting to know who or what sent the signal.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor; the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) Photo Credit: © BBC

The Doctor's latest companion, Clara Oswald (AKA - the impossible girl), is trying to have a normal Christmas dinner with her family, when the Doctor magically shows up, once again dragging her into the TARDIS to travel to the unknown world to figure out what the signal is coming from. With the use of Handles, they track down the strange signal which is located in a town called Christmas, where the Doctor encounters a familiar mystery - the crack in the wall, which was thought to have been closed in "The Big Bang."

The crack is a message sent from the Time Lords asking for the Doctors help, but the Time Lords' enemys are coming to destroying them - the Cybermen, Silence, Weeping Angels and the Daleks, whom have gathered together on the planet Trenzalore. The Time Lords and the Doctor's enemies all want him to answer once simple question, "What is Doctor Who?"

Doctor Who fans are always a little skeptical when a new actor takes over the roles, especially when Matt Smith became the youngest actor to play the role, replacing David Tennant at the end of the "End Of Time" in January 2010. Of the course of three series (seasons) and several specials, fans have come to cherish his version of the Doctor, but sadly all things must come to an end and Matt Smith had his swan song in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor; giving us fans a farewell conclusion to his storyline and stetting up for a complete reboot with Peter Capaldi as the 12th (well really it is the 13th) Doctor, which will launch sometime this Fall. There are some great extras on the DVD, including an hour-long look back at Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor. Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor cleverly wraps up all loose ends throughout the last few series (seasons) giving a satisfying ending with a cameo appearance by Karen Gillian. Overall, I enjoyed watching the 2013 Christmas Special on DVD and I recommend it to others.

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

No comments:

Post a Comment

I adore reading reader feedback! I will, however, remove all spam and pointless comments.

Please take note that I have the right to delete comments from this site. Please only post constructive and respectful feedback.