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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popular that the BBC agreed to revive the program for second and third seasons--though without Eccleston, who has since been replaced by David Tennant.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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who First Series DVDs June 2 2013
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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 Greatest show EVER March 7 2014
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That's it, it's the greatest show ever.

The 9Th doctor is magnificent, and the stories are mesmerizing.

I've started to watch Doctor Who from this season, and I'm hooked to the Doctor since, you can start from there without watching the whole "classic" Doctor Who (but it's still à must to watch, nonetheless), and go one from there.

Only downside, when you're "up to date" with The Doctor, there's a great deal of waiting for the new episodes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to spend some time June 9 2013
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There happened to be a marathon on TV, season 7. I like it so much I went and bought seasons 1 - 6, costly? Does it matter when it comes to finding a little enjoyment in life?

So I bought season 1 threw to 6, experiencing the different Doctors. Well I loved season 1, though I started out by seeing Matt, Christopher's style is a little different but still all of the plots are enjoyable, as well as the show it's self. And TBH I think I fell in love with Billie Piper.

But the stories are wonderful. Only bad part about it as the season one disc finished, there was a "next time" come up and it was showing a Daleks Invasion. Then it went to second season with a new doctor so I dunno what happened to that episode.

But yeah 100% enjoyment on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing show, cheaper elsewhere! Sept. 20 2012
By Gabby
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars broken box Sept. 12 2012
By Bev
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For the most part this came to me in great condition! The disks are perfect and I received it really quickly. The only problem I have with it is that the out side cover is damaged, the plastic sleeve is smashed up and the cover behind is dented. Other than that I'm happy.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper in U.S.? April 8 2006
By A Customer
Why is it that amazon.com has this DVD much cheaper even in U.S. funds???? Double shame on you amazon.ca!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Back... and its About Time! Feb. 2 2006
By BroInWhyteridge TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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By the time the BBC "rested" the show back in the late 1980s, it had for most people become a shadow of its former glorious self. Gone were the epic adversaries of the early Tom Baker stories, and in their place were 3rd rate foes and a 7th rate actor in the lead role.

Fast forward 16 years to 2005.... Russell T Davies' re-imagining of the classic show for the 21st century hits all the right buttons. An almost perfect combination of a new approach with classic themes and situations, humour and seriously strong acting, sets and production values. And finally the special effects are up to the task of doing justice to the stories.

Acting which was often a weak point in the late 1980s, is solid in the 2005 season. Billie Piper captured the imagination of viewers with her interpretation of Rose and actually managed to steal much of the limelight from Christopher Eccleston as a result. Quite an accomplishment when her relative lack of experience is taken into account.

The 9 stories that make up this set go from strength to strength, which is not to say there aren't some stories that are weaker (rather that they are weak in comparison simply to the stellar competition provided by their counterparts). Generally the weak episodes involve the Slitheen, which were generally not well realized. Other than those episodes, highlights of the season would be The End of the World (ep2), The Unquiet Dead (ep3), Dalek (ep 6) and The Empty Child (eps 9 & 10), along of course with The Parting of the Ways (ep 13).

Eccleston apparently decided late in the day that he wanted to bail out of the show instead of becoming perhaps the most favourite Doctor of all time.
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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
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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 18 months ago by Lisa Rogerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Actor's name in the description should be different
David Tennant (Actor) in the description should be changed to : Christopher Eccleston (Actor). David Tennant is an icon, no doubt. And Christopher Eccleston plays very well too. Read more
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