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Doctor Who Series 6, Part 1 [Blu-ray]

Ruari Mears , Catherine Tate , Jeremy Webb , Julian Simpson    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Matt Smith's sophomore outing as the 11th incarnation of the BBC's science-fiction hero Doctor Who retains the charisma and energy that made his debut an immediate hit with fans worldwide. The two-disc set contains the first seven episodes of the sixth series of revamped Doctor adventures. It kicks off with an extraordinary two-part story ("The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon") that reunites the Doctor with companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) to defeat a race of aliens called the Silence (the subject of the "Silence will fall" references throughout series five), which have influenced the course of human history through post-hypnotic suggestion. The two-parter also sets in motion an overall story arc that runs through the subsequent five episodes and reveals some stunning surprises, most notably in regard to Amy and the true identity of River Song (Alex Kingston). Meanwhile, the Doctor also contends with a 17th-century pirate ship plagued by a monstrous siren (Lily Cole, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) in "The Curse of the Black Spot" and encounters a physical manifestation of the TARDIS's matrix in "The Doctor's Wife," which features a script by Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and the voice of Michael Sheen as a sentient asteroid. The first part of series six heads for its conclusion with a second two-parter, "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People," which pits the Doctor against synthetic clones that assume the memories of the humans they replicate, and brings the seven episodes to a stunning close with the action-packed "A Good Man Goes to War," which brings the arc full circle and undoubtedly leaves viewers clamoring for the series' remaining six stories.

Doctor Who: Series Six, Part 1 offers fans concrete assurance that the venerable series remains in good hands with Steven Moffat as head writer and executive producer, as well as a tantalizing direction for the program in the episodes to come. Extras on the Blu-ray set are limited to a pair of Monster Files featurettes, which explore the creation and execution of the Silence and the Gangers in considerable detail, including interviews with the cast and crew (save Smith) and behind-the-scenes footage. --Paul Gaita

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 07/19/2011 Run time: 315 minutes Rating: Nr

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Très bon service et produit.
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Gabriel Daniel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: A Rip-off! Sept. 22 2011
Format:DVD
This, by far, is the best series of Dr. Who.
Yet it was mishandled by the packaging and distribution. I thought, in getting this one, they were not releasing it as a whole series. So purchasing it, I then lost out on the other great bonuses: back at the Tardis, Confidential, video diaries, etc.. Instead, there is just this: a bare bones, no frills collection of just the episodes...when a month later, they published the release of the whole box set.
Do yourself a favour: wait for the whole series in one package, including all of the great extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic July 12 2011
By J. Bell
Format:DVD
Fantastic, I love it - will be enjoyed by adults and kids alike, although the storyline can be a little tough to follow at times. I had to watch some episodes a couple times to fully get them, so i can imagine a kid would have a hard time - although apparently kids are crazy about it, maybe I'm just dumb. BUT I can't find out if this DVD includes the Christmas special - as all the other Doctor Who DVDs include the last xmas special in the season box set that comes after it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed but spoiler-free review June 12 2011
By Kyle Shultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Episode 1: The Impossible Astronaut

Starts things off with a bang (rather literally). The word "impossible" in the title is well-deserved: something you would never have expected to happen really does. Feels more like a typical DW series finale in scope rather than a premiere, and makes for a nice change from the norm. Lots of new plot threads introduced, some new development added to old ones...including the revelation of the Silence, definitely the scariest monster Steven Moffat has created so far.

Episode 2: Day of the Moon

It's hard to believe after watching Episode One, but this episode is even more incredible and jaw-dropping. All the stars get a chance to stretch their acting muscles and add some layers to their characters. Plus, we're treated to what is probably the most shocking cliffhanger ever to be seen in Doctor Who.

Episode 3: The Curse of the Black Spot

Fun but forgettable. A simplistic romp which adds little to the main story arc. It's not terrible, but it falls far short of the show's usual standard of quality (which admittedly was pushed very high by the premiere).

Episode 4: The Doctor's Wife

Definitely the best of this set of episodes. It's so surprising and incredible that I can't say much about it without spoiling the genius of its premise. You aren't a true Whovian unless you've seen this, and even if you're not an avid fan, I guarantee you'll love it.

Episode 5: The Rebel Flesh

An enjoyable return to traditional Who. Very creepy "monsters" (though I'm not sure the term actually applies here). Thought-provoking and engaging. Plus, some things introduced in this episode will become very, very important in the future...

Episode 6: The Almost People

Even better than Part 1 (a rarity in two-part stories). Provides a satisfying, unpredictable conclusion to one of the thorniest ethical dilemmas the Doctor has yet encountered. Some of the FX are a bit over-ambitious, but that doesn't detract from the fun. And finally, we get some more plot development on the main story arc, in the form of yet another gasp-inducing cliffhanger. You really, really won't see this one coming, and you won't be able to keep yourself from watching the next episode.

Episode 7: A Good Man Goes to War

How should I put this? It's a mixed bag. The first half of the episode feels a bit like a rerun of Journey's End, and there are a few irritating bits and pieces randomly thrown in. Then the Doctor makes a mind-blowing discovery, and the second half changes everything for him and his companions - perhaps permanently. And we finally find out who the mysterious River Song is. If you've been watching very carefully thus far, and if you're the kind of person who sees the solution to mystery novels before you finish them, you may not find the revelation surprising. However, it's no less fascinating, and there will be parts of it you won't have been able to guess beforehand. In addition, we really don't find out everything about her in this episode. It'll be a long, long wait until autumn...

So overall, this first half of Series 6 gets five stars from me. We finally get some real, honest-to-goodness shocks and surprises, and all the main characters are far better developed than they were last year. Order today and enjoy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Vanilla pack only---waiting for the entire set PLUS extras! July 10 2011
By Trevor Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I'm not going to critique the episodes themselves...people have already done that. What I'm going to focus on is the release itself. True fans, this is just the "vanilla" pack. Notice that there are no extras, no commentaries, and it doesn't even include the 2010 Christmas special. Granted, it's dirt cheap, but you get what you pay for.

I for one will wait until they release the entire set, all 14 episodes, with the Confidentials, the episode prequels, the commentaries, and all the other goodies. Frankly, if you don't get those, then why should you pay for something you could just as easily torrent?
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Series 6 - It's shaping up to be the best series yet! July 1 2011
By Allen Boucher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I've enjoyed every story of this series so far which is something I cannot say about series 1-5. Matt Smith is by far the best actor to have taken on the role of the Doctor since the show came back in 2005, and he might just be the best actor since 1963! Tom Baker will always be my favorite Doctor but Matt Smith is easily my second favorite by far. He is the perfect embodiment of the Doctor. He "gets" the character, that much was evident from his very first scene. The companions aka "The Ponds" have been far more 'fleshed' out this series (lol) and I am actually starting to enjoy Gillans performance which is something I had a problem with in series 5. Rory is the best male companion since Jamie McCrimmon. I will probably be waiting for the entire series 6 box set to come out (hopefully by Christmas) before I purchase anything but I can't wait for that day to come. The show is in safe hands with Moffat. Roll on Series 6 part 2!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare-Bones edition, but a good value July 19 2011
By George Megenney - Published on Amazon.com
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This two-disc set contains the first 7 episodes from Season (Series) 6 of "Doctor Who." The video quality, while 1080i rather than 1080p, is nevertheless excellent. Audio quality is equally solid whether played through standard t.v. speakers or through a surround sound system. Another review here suggested that this was a "vanilla" release, which is mostly quite right. There are two supplements presented with the set; two "Monster Files" each about 12 minutes long about two of the creatures featured in four of the episodes, one on "the silence" and the other about "the gangers." Hopefully whatever extras are produced for any "Complete Series 6" set released at some point in the future will also be included with the second half of Series 6 which will undoubtedly be released later this year. Given that this set is available for about $20 it seems like an excellent deal to me and I am happy with the purchase. Had this set included the "prequel" shorts shown on BBC and made available on the BBC official "Doctor Who" website prior to original transimission (one for "The Impossible Astronaut" and another for "Curse of the Black Spot") along with perhaps a few more extras the set would have easily achieved a five star rating from me.
29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "When I was a little girl, I had an imaginary friend. And when I grew up, he came back... He's called the Doctor." May 8 2011
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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- the Doctor: "I wear a Stetson now. Stetsons are cool."

All hail DOCTOR WHO, back for this Series 6 and more awesome and mind-warping than ever. And this time there's a neat swerve as show boss and head writer Steven Moffat plonks the Doctor (complete with Stetson on noggin) in the American West. The Doctor's close associates - Amy Pond (the amazing Karen Gillan) and her long-suffering hubby Rory (Arthur Darvill) - each receive an invitation (in Tardis-blue envelopes) from the Doctor and off they go to rendezvous with him in a desert in Utah. The enigmatic time-traveler (and prison inmate), Professor River Song, also shows up, her own invite in hand, and to quote her now: "SPOILERS." They all go have a nice picnic, in the middle of which the Doctor gets murdered by an astronaut emerging from a lake. And Series 6 is off to a twisty start. That bloke, Steven Moffat, seems to think he's some sort of clever clogs, and maybe he is. Amy Pond is absolutely inconsolable; the Doctor had perished before regeneration could initiate. It looks like it's eleven and done.

The fantastic two-parter - "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" - goes a ways into resolving certain questions left dangling from Series 5. We learn the nature of the Silence, and there are inroads made in fleshing out River Song's back story and her connection to the Doctor. As usual, this series plays fast and loose with time and space, and that's in a good way. Temporally, the venue shifts from the present to the year 1969, and, as the Doctor cautions his friends: "A lot more happens in '69 than anyone remembers." In 1969 the Doctor and his companions stroll into the Oval Office and meet a President Nixon early into his term and receiving constant phone calls from a terribly frightened little girl. In two episodes chock full of swerves, one of the really surprising ones is that Nixon comes across as a fairly likable guy. On two occasions he actually intervenes on our protagonists' behalf.

We learn the true reason behind man's quest to reach the moon, and also that America had long been occupied by a race of malevolent aliens, aliens that lurk in the corner of your eyes and had been surviving off man's accomplishments from the very beginning. And I'll tell the world that these boogeymen are easily as terrifying as the weeping angels. Like the weeping angels, these aliens in 1969 possess a disturbing and creepy knack for distorting perception. How the companions get around that, and how the Doctor ultimately gets the best of the aliens are simply some of the biggest grin getting experiences in my time watching this show. Matt Smith brings his usual eccentric and lively take on the Doctor, and, in his interpretation, there's a sense of an old soul inhabiting a giddy young body. And Smith really is terrific in those rousing "Gotcha!" moments. "Silence will fall." Indeed.

There are so many things to love about this two-parter. British aplomb rubs elbows with American bravado, and results in dynamic synergy. And maybe it's this more impartial perspective from overseas that lends a refreshing feel to this 1960s era. As mentioned, Nixon comes off in a good light. The episodes also benefit from the presence of FBI Agent Delaware, and the final exchange between him and Nixon in "Day of the Moon" is priceless. I love the notion of the two time travelers - the Doctor and River Song - having to sync up their diaries each time they meet. I love the sheer scope of the story, the ballsiness of it, and the constant shifts from chilling horror to political drama to slam bang sci-fi thriller. I also love that, unlike the ninth and tenth Doctor, this one looks to last a bit longer. At least until he meets a sinister Apollo astronaut. I'm loving Series 6 so far; these first two episodes come very strong. As usual the show thrives on the element of surprise. And if we know Steven Moffat, clever clogs that he is, there are even more epic surprises in store.

Just don't expect it from the third episode, "The Curse of the Black Spot." With the Tardis behaving all wonky, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory are stranded onboard a 17th century pirate ship of which crew members are being steadily decimated by a beguiling (but homicidal) sea siren. On this ship, one tiny bloody scratch spells doom. But, as usual, things aren't what they seem. Maybe the best bit in this episode is Amy Pond, sword in hand, taunting the ship's understandably cautious crew: "What kind of rubbish pirates are ye?" A decent episode, but not all that.

Episode 4 makes up for episode 3's lack. "The Doctor's Wife" raises the possibility of other living Time Lords as the Doctor and his companions track a distress signal emanating from a bubble universe. The story begins with a knock at the door even as the Tardis hurtles thru deep, deep space. "The Doctor's Wife" hits those wonderful emotional beats I've come to expect; and, in unexpected ways, it explores the Doctor's connection to the Tardis. I really liked this one.

Then comes the thought-provoking two-parter - "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People" - which features doppelganger drones (made out of programmable living flesh) that rebel against humanity in the near-flung future. Moral implications and an exploration of identity abound, as do disconcerting doubles of our core cast. A moody, claustrophobic, and rather compelling tale of which body horror and gothic sensibilities take hard core fans back to the 1970s era of Doctor Who.

The rousing, action-packed mid-series finale, "A Good Man Goes to War," reveals the long-awaited true identity of River Song and finds the Doctor contending with Cybermen and headless monks and calling in favors across the galaxy to amass his own army. All in all, a satisfactory episode to go on hiatus with. Six strong episodes out of seven so far in this supremely self-assured Series 6. Matt Smith is THE man, consistently in fine and sometimes spectacular form, even if he tends to drop phrases like "wibbly-wobbly" and timey-wimey."

Not much in the way of bonus features, just these two featurettes: "Monster Files: The Silence" (00:10:57 minutes long) and "Monster Files: the Gangers" (00:13:00 minutes long).
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