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Doctor Who: The Complete First Series (5DVD)

Christopher Eccleston , Billie Piper , Brian Grant , Euros Lyn    DVD
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The venerable science fiction program Doctor Who returned to British televisions in 2005 after a 15-year absence and delighted the majority of fans and critics with its adherence to the adventure and charm of the original series while making admissions for a new generation of viewers (hipper editing and score, CGI effects). Thirteen episodes were generated, all starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor and pop-singer-turned-actress Billie Piper as his companion Rose; acclaimed writer/producer Russell T. Davies (Touching Evil, Queer as Folk) oversaw the show as chief writer and executive producer. The new series proved so popular that the BBC agreed to revive the program for second and third seasons--though without Eccleston, who has since been replaced by David Tennant. This six-disc set comes with all 13 episodes plus the battery of supplemental features now customary to all Doctor Who DVD releases.

Eccleston is very engaging in the title role, bringing a manic curiosity tempered by occasional bouts of gravity (which befit a personality with a long and dramatic a lifespan as the Doctor's) that hew closely to the (arguably) most popular Doctor, Tom Baker. Piper is equally adept as department store clerk Rose--she's afforded more of a back story than most of the Doctor's sidekicks have received in the past, and she more than handles her own alongside Eccleston. Highlights among the 13 episodes include the season opener, "Rose" (which sees the return of an old foe, the Autons, and their controlling force, the Nestene Consciousness); the revamped Daleks in "Dalek" and the two-parter "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways"; a trip to Victorian England to aid Charles Dickens in "The Unquiet Dead," and of course, the arrival of the tenth Doctor at the conclusion of the action-packed "Parting of the Ways." The episodes strike the right blend of quirk, excitement, and imagination, thanks largely to the engaging performances and the guidance of Davies, whose admiration for the show and its history is evident throughout.

Supplemental features--and there are many--including commentary on all 13 episodes by members of the cast and crew, including Piper and Davies; numerous making-of featurettes, including a profile of Davies; a video diary by Piper; an interview with Eccleston, and best of all, a glimpse at the 60-minute Christmas special, "The Christmas Invasion," which picks up where the series concludes. Who fans won't be disappointed. --Paul Gaita

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Rose Tyler has seen danger and wonders alongside the Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test as Earth plunges into an epic war. With the Human Race being slaughtered, the Doctor is forced into terrible action. Will the time-travellers ever be reunited?


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor is Back and Better Than Ever Feb. 27 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I was a huge fan of Doctor who has a kid growing up on Tom Baker. Towards the end of it's run though the show had in my view run out of magic and was a shadow of the Tom Baker ERA. With a terrible 1996 film version nailing the coffin into the series for good I never gave much thought to the possibility of a new series.
Skeptical as I was hearing that the show was being made again I decided to watch the show to see the beloved blue box travel through time. Indeed, I was curious. After watching the show on the CBC run it began to grow on me more and more. Gone were the laughable sets to a more sophisticated visually impressive slicker production.
More importantly though is the improved writing by Russell T. Davis who has made the best supporting character the show has ever had with the beautiful and exceptionally talented Billy Piper who unlike the damsel in distress is anything but in this series. The show Dalek which is the 6th episode in is the point where the show finds its true footing and begins to take off in political and social satire, the actors are in their groove and the show seems surer of itself. There are human stories here not the usual mania wants to destroy the universe repetitiveness of the older shows.
There is a lot of heart in this series and by the end of it I found myself truly caring about Rose and the Doctor.
The DVD has very clear picture excellent sound, and a lot of goodies sprinkled in like commentaries for every episode. There are 13 episodes here but in reality this would be the equivalent of 26 episodes for a normal half hour program in the old series. Each episode here is ~45 minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant Aug. 18 2006
Format:DVD
When I first saw Doctor Who when I was a small girl I hated it. Not so much the series, but the music! It was so scary. So I never really watched any of the episodes, although I do remember a long scarf! However, when I happened upon a repeat of the first new series: I was hooked. Fortunately BBC3 (I live in Europe) broadcast the whole new series with 2 episodes every evening: I stayed home for it! As soon as I had seen the first series, the second series was broadcast and repeated twice in the same week. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. It had me laughing at some of the funny one-liners and at times crying at the relationship between Rose and the Doctor. I bought the box-set (well, it was a gift from my sister), and have seen all the episodes at least 3 times now. Fantastic... The only thing that does bother me? The fact that the box in which the dvd's came was already damaged before I had completely unwrapped it. I have heard of this problem for the European release more often, I hope it is not the same in Canada.

Oh, and whatever the cost: It is soooooo worth it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who First Series DVDs June 2 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
all DVDs worked smoothly and the TV series was very enjoyable
I would recommend this show to any science fiction fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Return For Doctor Who! May 15 2006
Format:DVD
This set is wonderful; all of the new Doctor Who first season episodes as well as all of the new "Doctor Who Confidential" behind the scenes episodes (one for each new episode of the series). The new series is great; I will refrain from any spoilers here so that the viewer can enjoy it all personally. Needless to say this set is well worth the price, and a MUST for any fan of Doctor Who. The new series is everything a Who fan could hope and so much more beyond that. Now, anyone who reads this, GO GET YOURS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show Jan. 31 2006
Format:DVD
I only sporadically watched (one of) the original versions of Dr Who in the 70s on TVO here in Ontario when I was still in primary school. I didn't care for it.
This latest version, however, exceeds all previous instalments of the series. The lead actors are great (although Billie Piper as 'Rose' can be a little to 'earnest' in her acting) and the effects and storylines take on a whole different level, keeping up with to-day's sensibilities.
To think it's a UK/Canadian production! Of course Canada is never mentioned in any of the storylines where as the US is all over the place (trying of course to potentially appeal to a lucrative US market).
$87.49 (plus tax), however, seems a bit pricey (expect it to be even more expensive in stores); there are only 13 episodes and this is a domestic release.
Regardless, the show is great and if you're a fan of Dr Who you wont be disappointed. Non-fans who are curious may wish to rent it when it becomes available, or buy it if they can find it for a considerably cheaper price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are we #1? (NO SPOILERS barring end of Doc#9) Feb. 15 2006
Format:DVD
Is this little set the #1 best seller here as of Feb 17th 2006 at 7am EST? Nice... If you haven't seen this yet, I'm jealous. Eccelston really grew on me and I'm sad to see him go. There are many great moments over the series. I'm highly critical and must say the 1990's movie (besides Paul McGann's portrayal) was an abomination. Russell T (the series producer) does much better.
For me it took till about Episode 3 to be convinced the series was gonna be alright, though nothing before that horrified me. I'd say that out of the whole series I only found at most 10 or so moments that embarrassed my old Doctor Who sensibilities.
Overall it's great and I hope they can keep it up. Some of the old charm is lost but the show has always been about reinvention and this time they've pulled it off once again for a new audience..and an older one.
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That's it, it's the greatest show ever.

The 9Th doctor is magnificent, and the stories are mesmerizing. Read more
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This collection of Dr. Who is a must own weather your a long standing lover of the WHO series or someone who has just found this old Sci Fi Classic
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I used to watch the Original Dr. Who and I am looking forward to many hours of interesting viewing with the updated Dr. Who.
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This Series was great at a good price and arrived earlier than i thought as it was a Christmas present.
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I admit that I decided to watch Doctor Who (season 1) as one of the ways to bond with my husband and to further understand his inner world. Read more
Published 11 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to spend some time
There happened to be a marathon on TV, season 7. I like it so much I went and bought seasons 1 - 6, costly? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jason O'Rourke
1.0 out of 5 stars Crappy service
I chose this rating because I still haven't received it yet! it was promised no later than Dec. 31 and I'm still waiting!
Published 20 months ago by Lisa Rogerson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing show, cheaper elsewhere!
I absolutely LOVE this series, you can get it for $24.99 on iTunes though and burn it onto DVD's if you want it in that format, MUCH cheaper than $60 !
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