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Doctor Who: Scream of The Shalka (Animated)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 17 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6ACW80
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,017 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka

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Veyr entertaining and enjoyable, would love to see more of these produced.

This is the way to go for a whole new marketplace of new adventures.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake Hodgson on Nov. 15 2013
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Whats with the packaging

It states 2 discs on multiple spots clearly only one disc.. just pure laziness and greed.
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Good but could have been included as bonus material on another DVD Sept. 24 2013
By Dave Cordes - Published on
"Scream of the Shalka" was originally released as 6x15 minute Flash animation webisodes by the BBC to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the program when there was no Doctor Who program currently on-air in 2003. Shortly afterward, BBC One had decided to bring Doctor Who back to the tele and then-showrunner Russell T. Davies in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine announced that the new television Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston) would be the Ninth Doctor, relegating Richard E. Grant's Ninth Doctor to an alternate Whoniverse. Davies later commented that Grant had never even been considered for the role in the new series, quoted as saying in DWM: "I thought he was terrible. I thought he took the money and ran, to be honest. It was a lazy performance. He was never on our list to play the Doctor. Therefore it exists outside of the continuity canon of the Whoniverse." A bit harsh I'd say.

I've enjoyed other animated adventures of Doctor Who including Cosgrove Hall's wonderful work on the 10th Doctor serial Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest and the wonderfully animated reconstruction episodes on Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46), and recently Quarios' work animating the 2 missing episodes from Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (Story 39). I think the animation in "Scream of the Shalka" is equally as good and interesting and enjoyable to watch with good performances by Richard E. Grant as the Doctor (Who appeared, ironically, as the Tenth Doctor in the parody "The Curse of Fatal Death" and as the villain in Doctor Who: The Snowmen [Blu-ray] (2012) and Derek Jacobi as the Master (who would later reprise his role in "Utopia") and the Doctor's companion, Alison Cheney, voiced by Sophie Okonedo who also appeared as Liz 10 in "The Beast Below" and "The Pandorica Opens." David Tennant even has a cameo. There's no denying the significance that "Scream of the Shalka" contributed to Doctor Who's long-awaited return to the airwaves and it's a fascinating look at an attempt to give the fans new material in another media format during a period when we only had the Big Finish audio dramas to keep the show going after Paul McGann's singular appearance as the Eighth Doctor in the Americanized Doctor Who: The Movie (Special Edition).

Extras include "Carry On Screaming" where the production team discuss the genesis of the animated series, "Screaming Sessions" with the cast and crew minus Richard E Grant discuss being turned into animated characters, "Interweb Of Fear" talks about the BBC's plans to bring online media with Doctor Who to the forefront, and finally "The Soundtrack Album" features over 27 minutes of isolated music score. Still, there's no reason why these could not have been included as bonus material on another 2-disc DVD set (this is NOT a 2-disc set, btw, even though there is a misprint on the packaging), perhaps as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD Combo) along with the docudrama "Doctor Who: An Adventure In Space and Time" or even as part of the "Doctors Revisited" series Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited - Ninth to Eleventh. If you are a completist, or you REALLY liked "Scream of the Shalka," then it's probably worth justifying purchasing the DVD. I strongly encourage anyone who hasn't seen it though to watch the webcasts online for free first ([...] to decide for yourselves if it is worth splurging on to add it to your collection.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Misprint Sept. 18 2013
By Byron J. Rademacher - Published on
On the copy I received it said there were 2 discs, but there were not. Just one. All DVD extras are on the single disc. Just an FYI if your copy has a misprint too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.5 Stars ~ Terrific Animated Doctor Who Story! Sept. 20 2013
By Renee C. - Published on
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka is one of my all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes and that's saying a lot because I'm not normally a fan of animated features unless they're from Disney! I was more than a bit skeptical going into this. A few of the reasons that I enjoy the live action series so much is the little nuances and amusing facial expressions of the actors on the screen. It's impossible to catch the twinkle of the eye or even something like the movement hair. Surprisingly, even though these details weren't present in this feature, the actors voicing the Doctor, Alison, and even the Master really brought the characters to life. Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo and Derek Jacobi are just a few of the famous actors who lent their voice talents to this little masterpiece and later starred alongside the Doctor in the live action series. You know how great they were in the new series so you can imagine how wonderful they were in this animated bridge between classic and new Doctor.

Now for the monsters -- the Shalka. The Shalka, a reptilian-like alien species didn't have much to say, but as you may have guessed from the title of the DVD, their screams are quite grotesque -- not to mention the fact that they took over human bodies to lead earth and humanity into death and darkness. Aliens that can grow out of human foreheads is enough to give anyone the shivers! The Shalka are indeed a very frightening alien, up there with the Weeping Angels and the Silence.

I was very impressed with the animation, the story-line, the monsters, and each of the characters. As much as I enjoyed this, I was a little disappointed that the ending was left open for more adventures with the Doctor and Alison but to my knowledge, there never were any. Still, Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka is yet another wonderful DVD for anyone who loves Doctor Who and for those who want to build their DVD library with shows the whole family can watch and enjoy together.

Doctor Who Scream of the Shalka is available now on DVD from Amazon and other stores.

~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/publicist for review purposes. I received no compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Scream of the Shalka Nov. 8 2013
By Al - Published on
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I was glad they brought this little nugget out of history. Very nicely done with considerable background extras. Nice picture and very good voice acting.
A Great AU Doctor Story and a Look at What Might Have Been... April 6 2015
By ZadNostrom - Published on
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When people ask me who my favorite Doctor is or which Doctor was my first, I always answer the Shalka Doctor. More often than not I am greeted with a blank stare, followed by a 'Huh?'. At least it gives me the chance to explain the story around this webseries that treated us briefly to Richard E. Grant as the (at the time canonical) Ninth Doctor. Before the series even premiered on the BBC website the TV series was returning with a different Ninth Doctor, rendering the Shalka Doctor an AU (Alternate Universe) Doctor. Nothing against Christopher Eccleston (he's my second favorite Doctor) but this story was my introduction to the world of Doctor Who and as such will always have a special place in my heart. This series is great. It provides some classic Who moments with monsters that wouldn't have been out of place in the classic era of the show. Highly recommended!