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Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series [Blu-ray]

Matt Smith , David Tennant , Adam Smith , Andrew Gunn    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Sometimes, change is good, as evidenced by Matt Smith's assumption of the mantle of Britain's beloved science-fiction hero, Doctor Who, in this stellar series. Replacing David Tennant, who was arguably the most popular incarnation of the Time Lord since Tom Baker, was an unenviable task for any actor. But relative newcomer Smith--the youngest performer to play the Doctor--makes the role his own within the first few moments of the series opener, "The Eleventh Hour," which introduces his puckish interpretation, as well as companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). The pair, whose banter is a terrific mix of screwball humor and light sexual tension, are later joined by Amy's fiancé, Rory (Arthur Darvill), who is not quite whom he appears, as revealed in "The Pandorica Opens." Old enemies such as the Daleks ("Victory of the Daleks"), the Silurians ("The Hungry Earth"), and the formidable Weeping Angels ("The Time of the Angels") test the Eleventh Doctor's mettle, as does the series' central adventure, in which a host of the Doctor's foes, including the Cybermen and the Sontarans, unite to seal him in the fabled Pandorica, an inescapable prison located within Stonehenge. The 13 episodes of Series 5 are thrilling, thoughtful, humorous, and altogether addictive--in short, as good a series of Doctor Who as any that's been produced.

When compared to the archival Doctor Who releases, the six-disc set of the Complete Fifth Series comes up somewhat short in the supplemental feature department, but there are still a number of worthwhile extras to complement the episodes. Chief among these are the six commentary tracks, most of which feature newly minted show runner Steven Moffat (Sherlock), as well as Gillan and Darvill, and run the gamut from giggly, lightweight chats to informative looks at the production process. Less interesting are the video diaries by the three series leads, which are amusing but forgettable fluff, as are the outtakes and Doctor Who Confidential Cut-Downs. The Monster Files provides a look at the series' key villains, including the new designs for the Daleks and the monstrous Alliance, which Moffat reveals as being comprised of whatever costumes were available at the time of shooting (!). A barrage of TV spots and promos, including a US spot, round out the extras. --Paul Gaita



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very delightful! April 12 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Matt Smith plays the role of the Doctor perfectly in this series, with episodes that are never boring, nut always filled with suspense, and an extraordinary finale building up from even the first episode. I have enjoyed watching and re-watching the episodes to see things that you could only remark after seing the last episode. If you are a fan of Doctor Who, the old and the new series, you will love this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality March 25 2011
Format:DVD
Have the first 4 series of the new Doctor Who and have really enjoyed watching them, however, the sound quality on this video box set is terrible. The background sound is so loud that it's difficult to hear the actors dialogue, thus ruining the story. There are 3 episodes where the sound was alright and really enjoyed watching those episodes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good season, way too expensive Dec 24 2010
Format:DVD
It was a good season to be sure, and Matt Smith is a great doctor. Not all the episodes were good, but overall an effort worthy of high praise. That said the present price ($70+ Canadian both retail and online)is an obscene amount of money to pay for 13 episodes.
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It is the best summer DVD that I have watched this summer. When Steven Moffat & Mark Gattis write scripts (with help with other writers too), they are GREAT! I am really enjoying my 1st. introduction viewing/watching of Doctor : WHO BBC show. I am pleased with the acting performances by Matt Smith & Karen Gillan in the Complete Fifth Series of " Doctor : WHO".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Packaging and discs damaged, seems to work so far July 30 2014
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Inside cling wrap the plastic cover was broken, and at least one disc seems to be scratched or cracked. I am concerned that it may have been previously sold and rewrapped.
The disc we have tried worked fine so far. My concern is more about who treated the product so badly.
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Series 5 of New Who or series 32 overall in the entire series to date from 1963 is just awesome. Matt Smith As the 11th Doctor / 12th Regeneration does a wonderful job in all aspects of the role. From playing the doctors age of 900 plus to Matts on age of 26 at the time. The episodes / stories are great over all. As to me saying Matt's doctor is the 12 regen of this cycle of regeneration's only for 2 reasons. 1. David Tennant's Doctor (10th) came back during in the middle of the regenerating; so David's Doctor is Regeneration 10th and 11th. 2. There is also (Spoiler) an upcoming regeneration between Paul Mcgain's 8th doctor/7th Regeneration and Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor/9th Regeneration later in the show overall. I give series 5 out of 5 stars; and is a good jumping off point if missed the 1963 starting point back in the day with An Unearthly Child / Wiiliam Heartnell's Doctor the OG of the Doctors. Or the 2005 relaunch with Eccleston;s doctor (9th doctor). This set that starts Matt's run as the Doctor would make starting point for anyone coming in to the show for the first time and fans of the show should also enjoy this set as well to watch and put in to their Doctor Who collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very appreciated Nov. 16 2013
By Alan
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Was purchased and given as a gift. The person that received it did enjoy the movies. If he is happy then i am happy with this purchase.
As usual, Amazon fast delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting season June 27 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I quiet enjoyed this season/series of Dr Who, it had a very advanced plot line that stretched the whole series.

As for the individual shows and plots those were fantastic as well. I do very much enjoy Matt Smiths acting, as well as Karen Gillian. But lets face it who doesn't like a pretty an aggressive red head lol. The places they went to, and seen in this series were fantastic, as well as the last shows had quiet a few nice cliff hangers.

In the end this was well work the buy. I enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the Dr... But Matt sucks badly...real badly...
Published 25 days ago by MaxxOmega
3.0 out of 5 stars damaged DVDs
There were two or three episodes in which the DVD froze and we had to go through the episode scene by scene to get to the rest of the episode.
Published 15 months ago by Alison Tieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It was what i ordered and as always The Doctor is wicked cool and i might just need to get a bow tie. haha
Published 15 months ago by Kent Christie
2.0 out of 5 stars The season that made me quit
There's sort of an unspoken rule that the Doctor doesn't go back in time and just tell himself how to solve every problem, get himself out of jail, or leave himself notes from the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the product but delivery was to slow
I ordered the Doctor Who The Complete Fifth Series, I had placed my ordered well before December I was guaranteed to receive the item before Dec 19th. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pat
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but not quite convinced
I was a Dr Who fan as a kid, and I have really enjoyed seasons one-four. I have not been enjoying season five as much, but must confess to being a little unsure why. Read more
Published 20 months ago by nigelflops
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!~
This show is all about the power of words and thoughts - so much innuendo and so much fun! Love it! =)
Published 21 months ago by Michelle Castonguay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great serie!
I am a new fan of Doctor Who and I appreciate Math Smith in his role. He tends to be so light hearted that when he is serious... we take him seriously! Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Kelira
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