Doctor Who: The Complete Specials

January 01, 1970

(BBC America; 311 Minutes)

 

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BY CHRIS ZIMMERMAN

 

Doctor
Who
is somewhat of a mystery to me. Being a sci-fi aficionado, I was familiar with
the show’s earlier incarnations. Unfortunately, I never could quite get into
series like most others. While I loved the initial premise, it was the cheesy
special effects and the campy acting that hampered my overall enjoyment of the
otherwise classic British television series. Then came the reboot, and while
fully intended to give it a chance, I could never quite bring myself to do so.
While I hoped it would be a new start in the same vein as Battle Star Galactica, I also feared it would be a retread of the
former series, complete with poor acting and below average effects. After viewing
the complete specials DVD, I find myself having to reevaluate my opinion of the
good doctor.

 

For the uninformed, Doctor
Who
follows the fantastical adventures of a “time lord”, a member of a
futuristic race of beings with the ability to travel through time and space.
This particular time lord is referred to as simply “the Doctor”.

 

As he defends the universe from aliens and warlords, every
so often he must undergo a regeneration cycle in which his appearance and
presumably his memories are altered. This allows different actors to take up
the role so that the show may continue airing for an indefinite amount of time.

 

The specials contained herein are akin to TV movies, each
one being a self contained story. They are as follows:

 

The Next Doctor

Planet of the Dead

The Waters of Mars

The End of Time parts 1 and 2

 

 

What
separates these from normal episodes is the scope of the stories each one
tells. Each contains a larger-than- life threat that would usually be reserved
for a season finale including the Doctor’s perennial nemesis “the Master”.

 

 

Each of
these specials demonstrates what is great about this series. With the perfect
combination of high production values, witty dialogue, and engaging plots, the
Complete Specials is a DVD set that Doctor
Who
fans shouldn’t be without. It represents the perfect climax to the ten
Doctor’s conflicts and provides fans with a fitting farewell to actor David
Tennant, who held down the title role from 2005 to 2009.

 

 

Special
Features:

Doctor Who at the Proms
 Doctor Who Confidential – The Next
Doctor
(New to Collection)
 Doctor Who Confidential – Planet of
the Dead

 Doctor Who Confidential – The Waters
of Mars

 Doctor Who Confidential – The End of
Time, Part One

 Doctor Who Confidential – The End of
Time, Part Two

 Deleted Scenes
 David Tennant Video Dairy – The
Final Days

 BBC Idents
 Audio Commentary
 Doctor Who At Comic Con

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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