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Doctor Who: Series 6 (Part 2) [Blu-ray]

Matt Smith , Karen Gillan    Unrated   Blu-ray
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The second half of Doctor Who's sixth series, which stars Matt Smith as the United Kingdom's venerable time-traveling hero, answers the question that left fans breathless for most of 2011--how will the Doctor die?--while offering a few other intriguing adventures along the way. The series' central concern is finally addressed in the final episode on the set, "The Wedding of River Song," which finds the world in a state of time confusion, with all history happening at once. To reveal the fate of the Doctor would be tantamount to high treason among Who fans, but suffice it to say that the conclusion does pull together all the threads of the sixth series in a way that may work for some fans but not at all for others. The most notable polarizing element is undoubtedly the Teselecta, a shape-shifting humanoid robot operated by miniaturized humans (not unlike the disastrous Eddie Murphy vehicle Meet Dave) that also appears in the part-two opener, "Let's Kill Hitler," where it is dispatched to eliminate the Führer by a shadowy "Justice Department." One's appreciation for such a complete game-changing character will largely define how Series Six, Part Two is viewed, since the outcome of the Doctor's death is the key story line of the entire series. However, there are also a handful of solid secondary episodes buttressing the main story arc, most notably "The Girl Who Waited," which finds the Doctor's companion, Amy (Karen Gillan), split into older and younger versions of herself on a plague-ridden planet, and "Closing Time," which brings back not only James Corden's Craig Owens (from the fifth series' "The Lodger") but also vintage villains the Cybermen. Series Six, Part Two is an ambitious conclusion for an entirely ambitious series, no matter how one feels about the denouement, and another impressive addition to the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor. Extras on the set are limited to a pair of Monster Files, one devoted to the robotic antibodies patrolling the Teselecta, while the other concerns the revamped Cybermats, the vermin-like tools of the Cybermen. --Paul Gaita

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/08/2011 Rating: Nr

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best show ever created Oct. 24 2011
Format:Blu-ray
the box set is $20 bucks more because you get both parts of the season plus the Christmas special plus more bonus content then you would on buying the series separately.

Great show by BBC. Keep them coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
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Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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Okay - I DO remember Dr Who #1, and have been a fan all along. This Dr Who #11 is superb - and this series is everything you could want in a Dr Who. Well done Matt Smith!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Realistic Sci-Fi Adventure Nov. 21 2011
By Kevin L. Nenstiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The first half of this season set such a high standard that a certain final disappointment was downright inevitable. Yet the valiant, spirited progress makes for engaging watching, even if the ultimate conclusion seems slightly obvious (only slightly!). This season has a distinct fatalistic edge, reclaiming a level of darkness unseen on DW since "The Horror of Fang Rock." All science fiction dramas should aspire to this level of witty, mordant insight.

For one, Matt Smith is finally breaking from playing a version of David Tennant. Though he retains Tennant's rapid-fire verbal tendencies, Smith shirks the attitude of using humor to cover rage. His Doctor runs more on guilt, and his journey has the feeling of exile and penance rather than meandering. He makes this clear in the first episode of this half-season, when several successive holograms of past traveling companions send him into a spiral of self-recrimination.

Russell T. Davies suggested the Doctor was somehow responsible for the chaos surrounding him. Margaret's monologue in the episode "Boomtown" stresses that, to his vanquished enemies, the Doctor is the real criminal. Steven Moffat takes a more nuanced tack: while the Doctor holds some culpability for bad choices, he's the product of a violent and conflicted universe. In such a setting, the show suggests, a good man has little choice but to lash out in the name of justice.

Observant viewers will spot how the conundrum introduced in the first half of this season will be resolved in the second half, if they pay attention to the episode "Let's Kill Hitler." The resolution, while earned, does seem a bit pat, and that's disappointing, considering how the series has striven to boost our expectations. Yet the conflict leading to that resolution is anything but simplistic. Not since Andrew Cartmel has anyone tried such ambitious themes on DW.

I did not care for Season 5. I thought Moffat got off on the wrong foot. But I can see how that season set the stage for everything occurring here. This psychological realism and existential dread in a science fiction adventure setting first drew me to the original DW when I was seven, and I joy to see it reinstated, and taken to new heights, here. This half-season is what Doctor Who should be about, and I can't get enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole is greater than the 2 halves Oct. 13 2011
By Keith Helms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Can somebody explain why the complete sixth season is twenty bucks higher than buying the 2 halves? I really wish the BBC would not mimic the scifi channel's split season multiple dvd set nonsense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG Dec 5 2012
By James Chlopick - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this. I am a River Song fan. And I am so glad that she is so in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Show Ever March 22 2012
By Lisa Finefrock - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only is this the greatest sci-fi show on television. But I think this is the best season. We finally learn more about my favorite character, River Song an her complicated history with the Doctor.

I personally am too impatient to wait for the entire season (the call each season a "series" in the UK unlike here in the US)to come out on DVD so I did buy The Sixth Series in both parts, but at this point it might be worth just buying the whole season at once.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Smith does a great Doctor Who & Worth buying Oct. 27 2011
By Mark E Wolters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Season 6 of Doctor Who continues on from the past 5 seasons with an overarching storyline as well as good stand alone episodes. I am a long time Dr. Who fan so I may be biased but I feel Matt Smith really has nailed down the Doctor and has made it his own. Season 6 really sees him making the doctor a different doctor than season 5 where it seemed he was just tweeking David Tennants Doctor.
Well worth the investment for any Sci-Fi or BBC fan.
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