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Doctor Who [2005] - Series 6

Cover Art UK Release
Cover Art UK Release

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Release date [US] November 22, 2011

Release date [UK] November 21, 2011

Release date [NL] Will Not be Released

 

The 6th season of Doctor is as strong or even stonger that the fifth season. 13 thrilling episodes and the Christmas Carol are on this release. The two-parter which kicks-off the 6th season, "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" is really outstanding. More happens during these two episodes than in any other TV show in a whole season! The whole season is strong, every episode brings something special.

 

The Blu Ray release itself is also out of this world, picture quality is impressive and it's also loaded with special features. The price is a bit too high but that's not something new, Doctor Who always releases drain your wallet! In the UK also a limited version has been released.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Six-disc set (6 BDs)
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • Subtitles : English SDH
  • Packaging: Slipcover in original pressing
  • Region Code : Not yet clear if they are region free

 

Episodes:

 

• A Christmas Carol 

• The Impossible Astronaut

• Day Of The Moon

• The Curse Of The Black Spot

• The Doctor’s Wife 

• The Rebel Flesh

• The Almost People 

• A Good Man Goes To War

• Let’s Kill Hitler 

• Night Terrors

• The Girl Who Waited 

• The God Complex

• Closing Time 

• The Wedding Of River Song

 

Special Features:

 

Audio Commentaries: Audio Commentaries? Nobody said there'd be audio commentaries! The Complete Sixth Series includes five commentaries, giving fans plenty of reasons to revisit their favorite episodes. A track per episode would have been ideal, that's a given, but five are more than adequate, particularly since there isn't much in the way of repetition or redundancy. First up is "The Impossible Astronaut" with producer Marcus Wilson, line producer David Mason and actor Arthur Darvill. They form a droll, diligent trio who deliver a brisk mix of quick-witted anecdotes, chummy banter, production insights and little-known tidbits about the series' sixth outing, the evolution of its stories and characters, and Moffat's stint in the captain's chair. Great stuff all around.


From there, writer Neil Gaiman (yes, that Neil Gaiman) wines and dines "The Doctor's Wife" in a soft-spoken but revealing overview of Gaiman's contribution to the Doctor Who mythos. Frequent pauses seem to beg for a fellow commentator, but Gaiman holds his own, touching on the little touches you might have missed the first time around. His chat focuses on the themes and expression of said themes he incorporates into "The Doctor's Wife," as well as the intricacies and nuances required to transform a good idea into a memorable addition to a series as a whole.


Then the scalpel gets turned on "The Rebel Flesh" as director Julian Simpson and actors Marshall Lancaster (Buzzer) and Mark Bonnar (Jimmy) discuss the delicate balance required when creating an episode that hinges on misdirection and dual performances. It's a commentary that succeeds in every way, despite being helmed by three men responsible for only two Who episodes apiece. It takes them a few minutes to get rolling, sure, but once they stop narrating the action and begin peeling back the layers of the "Rebel Flesh/Almost People" two-parter, the conversation that emerges from the primordial ooze is as engaging and entertaining as any other.


Actors Arthur Darvill and Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra) and effects supervisor Tim Barter turn up next for "A Good Man Goes to War," covering quite a lot of ground, even after joking around for a bit. I was surprised Barter didn't go on at length about the episode's flashier moments and, really, the series' visual effects, but he isn't prone to tangents either. Darvill and McIntosh steal the show... or the commentary, rather, delivering plenty of amusing and downright interesting production info. Not that Barter wastes his time. He chimes in with some great stuff as well, especially if you happen to be a Doctor Who diehard. Still, Smith and Gillan are sorely missed; absences that unfortunately aren't rectified in "The Wedding of River Song" commentary.


Even so, the disappointment only lasts for a moment as head writer/executive producer Stephen Moffat's participation in the "Wedding of River Song" commentary more than makes up for it. He's joined by director Jeremy Webb and actress Frances Barber (The Eye Patch Lady/Madame Kovarian) who fill out the room nicely. Moffat and his guests deliver the best commentary of the bunch, as well as the most thorough. There's still a fair amount of joking around -- it is Doctor Who, after all -- but it never gets in the way of the commentators' knack for honing in on everything viewers would want to know. Once they get through the obligatory cast and crew compliments, it's rapidfire unraveling after rapidfire unraveling as Moffat, Webb and Barber tear through "The Wedding of River Song" and the series thus far, pointing to all of the aspects of the new incarnation of Who that make it work so fabulously and make it such a hit on both sides of the pond.

 

Doctor Who Confidentials (HD, 153 minutes): Wow. Thirteen episodes, thirteen high definition documentaries and featurettes, two and a half hours of behind-the-scenes material. If you've never watched a "Doctor Who Confidential" doc, this is as perfect a place to start as any. Combining candid on-set and on-location footage with cast and crew interviews, episode overviews, visual effects breakdowns, scene prep, rehearsals and... well, you name it, it's probably here in all its Whovian glory. Whereas Smith, Gillan and other notable Who regulars are nowhere to be found on the set's commentaries, they're out in full force in the "Confidential" featurettes, popping up anywhere and everywhere to give fans a peek behind the curtain of the madcap misadventures of the dear Doctor.


And there really isn't a stone left unturned. The "Confidentials" rarely overlap and hardly ever touch on the same subject (at least not in the same way). Each one targets the elements that make its corresponding episode unique, and there's even a production narrative of sorts that slowly takes shape over the course of all thirteen documentaries. Some are longer than others, yes, but that shouldn't be treated as a negative. Rather than barreling through lengthier material or artificially inflating slimmer material to hit a set runtime, each "Confidential" is given as much space to breathe as it requires. None of the documentaries overstay their welcome and none feel as if they've been shortchanged. And, taken as a whole, the 153-minute mega-Confidential is, without hesitation or exception, as all-encompassing as behind-the-scenes television extras get. Suffice it to say, fans of the series will want to start here.


Segments include "Coming to America" (on "The Impossible Astronaut"), "Breaking the Silence" (on "Day of the Moon"), "Ship Ahoy!" (on "The Curse of the Black Spot"), "Bigger on the Inside" (on "The Doctor's Wife"), "Double Trouble" (on "The Rebel Flesh"), "Take Two" (on "The Almost People"), "The Born Identity" (on "A Good Man Goes to War"), "River Runs Wild" (on "Let's Kill Hitler"), "About a Boy" (on "Night Terrors"), "What Dreams May Come" (on "The Girl Who Waited"), "Heartbreak Hotel" (on "The God Complex"), "Open All Hours" (on "Closing Time") and "When Time Froze" (on "The Wedding of River Song").

 

A Christmas Carol Confidential (HD, 56 minutes): This extensive behind-the-scenes documentary follows the cast and crew from table read to set to recording booth to post-production for the development and shoot of the Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol special. Thorough and thoroughly entertaining, it would be downright silly to ask for a more in-depth look at Who's spin on Dickens' classic, especially considering the 56-minute documentary almost runs longer than the 62-minute special.

 

Comic Relief Sketches (HD, 7 minutes): The Christmas Carol disc also includes two previously unreleased comedy sketches -- "Time" and "Space," written and directed by Stephen Moffat and starring Smith, Gillan and Darvill -- each of which is as riffy, rift-y and funny as fans could hope for. Enjoy!

 

Series Six Episode Prequels (HD, 8 minutes): Prequel shorts accompany several episodes -- "The Impossible Astronaut," "The Curse of the Black Spot," "A Good Man Goes to War," "Let's Kill Hitler" and "The Wedding of River Song" -- and offer up some fantastic (and, in some cases, fantastically chilling) opening volleys that, short as they may be, are well worth watching. Does Moffat phone anything in? The short answer? Nope.

 

Night and the Doctor Shorts (HD, 14 minutes): Another series of plucky, paradox-ridden comedy shorts from Moffat, starring Smith, Gillan, Darvill and Alex Kingston: "Bad Night," "Good Night," "First Night" and "Last Night." Don't let the minisodes' small stature fool you, though, they're a riot, a blast, a buzz and a wicked laugh, in that order.

 

Doctor Who Confidential: The Nights' Tale (HD, 15 minutes): What goes on when the Doctor and his companions aren't saving time, space and existence? Go behind-the-norm for a look at the idea for the "Nights" shorts, the shoot and the final storyline.Up All Night Short (HD, 2 minutes): A fifth "Nights" short is on hand (starring the ever-endearing James Corden), but it has net to little to do with the others. It's also the only expendable extra in the set, so consider yourself warned.

 

Monster Files (HD, 43 minutes): "Silence, Doctor. Silence will fall!" Dissect the beasties, baddies and whatever-they-are's of the Whoverse. Segments and multidimensional creatures include "The Silence," "The Gangers," "The Anti-Bodies" and "The Cybermats."

 

Series Six Trailers (Disc 5, SD, 2 minutes): Brief television promos for Series Six: Part One and Series Six: Part Two round out the 6-disc set's supplemental package.

 

Season 6 already has been released in 2 parts also, without the X-Mas special but it's cheaper to buy the 2 parts than the full season.

 

 

 

Doctor Who [2005] - Series 5

Doctor Who Season 5 Blu Ray
Cover Art UK release

For a full review +  screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Doctor Who 2005 - Season 5

 

Release date [US] November 9, 2010

Release date [UK] November 8, 2010

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

After one season with the 9th doctor, 3 seasons and a year of specials with the 10th, we again needed to adjust to another doctor, the 11th. For many the 10th was their favorite doc, for me also, so we again had to hold our breath to see what the 11th doctor would bring us! Talking for myself, he exceeded my expectations completely, Matt Smith plays the role of the doctor as if it was written just for him!

 

We also got a new companion, Amy Pond and although it took a little while to get used to her, she soon became my favorite companion! The result, one of the best seasons yet, but of course not true for everybody. This season is also a perfect start for new Doctor Who fans. The Blu Ray release is a real treat, the overal presentation, picture and sound quality are fantastic and also loades with special features. In the UK also a limited version has been released.

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Six-disc set (6 BDs)
  • Bonus View (PiP)
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • Subtitles UK/US : English
  • Region UK : Region B, A
  • Region US : region A, possibly also region B, not confirmed
  • Packaging : Thick BD Case with Slipcover

 

Special Features:

 

  • In-Vision Video Commentaries: First up are six informative Picture-in-Picture commentaries, including "The Eleventh Hour" with executive producers Piers Wenger, Steven Moffat and Beth Willis; "Victory of the Daleks" with writer Mark Gatiss, Dalek voice actor Nicholas Briggs and Dalek motion actor Barnaby Edwards; "The Time of Angels" with Moffat and actor Karen Gillan; "The Vampires of Venice" with director Jonny Campbell, writer Toby Whithouse and actor Alex Price; "Cold Blood" with director Ashley Way, second assistant director James Dehaviland and actor Alun Raglan; and "Big Bang" with Gillan, director Toby Haynes and actor Arthur Darvill. 

 

  • While Smith is sorely missed, the other participants are candid and thorough, touching on everything from the development of each episode to the development of the series' new characters to the ins and outs of Doctor Who effects and production design. The showrunners, actors and crewmen are a fun bunch, and their tracks will entertain many a fan. The only downside? The Picture-in-Picture nature of the otherwise interesting video commentaries amounts to a static shot of the various participants, sitting in a room and chatting away at their microphones. No storyboards, no behind-the-scenes cutaways... nothing but cast and crew members glancing awkwardly at the camera.

 

  • Doctor Who Confidential (HD, 177 minutes): Thirteen behind-the-scenes featurettes are also available, one for each episode of The Complete Fifth Series. While they're essentially EPK shorts designed for broadcast television, they're a welcome addition to the release and offer a fitting overview of the show's production.

 

  • Video Diaries (SD, 29 minutes): Three video diaries fill in the blanks left by the video commentaries and the "Confidential" featurettes, leaving fans with few questions about the tireless efforts invested in each episode of the series.

 

  • Monster Files (HD, 40 minutes): Familiarize yourself with the creatures, alien races and adversaries the Doctor encounters, among them the Daleks, the Weeping Angels, the Silurians and the Alliance.

 

  • Meanwhile in the TARDIS (HD, 7 minutes): Two decent deleted scenes.

 

  • Outtakes (HD, 8 minutes): A collection of semi-amusing gaffs.

 

  • BBC Indents & Trailers (SD, 13 minutes)

Series Volumes:

Doctor Who Series 5 Volumes
Doctor Who Series 5 Volumes

In the UK there also have been released volumes, in total 4 volumes with all the 13 episodes on it. These volumes are still available.

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol [2010 Christmas special]

Doctor Who : A Christmas Carol
Cover Art UK Release

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Doctor Who : A Christmas Carol

 

Release date [US] Februari 15, 2011

Release date [UK] Januari 24, 2011

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

The first Christmas special with the 11th doctor, perhaps also one of the best Christmas special in a long time, not counting "The End of Time" which isn't really a Christmas special. Picture Quality is very good, complete presentation on Blu Ray is formidable, like season 5. Special features could have been a little more. This special will also be on the Complete Season 6 release.

 

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 25GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Single disc (1 BD)
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • Subtitles [UK/US] : English
  • Region Code : Region Free
  • Packaging : Standard BD case

 

Special Features:

 

  • Doctor Who Confidential: Christmas Special (HD, 56 minutes)
  • Doctor Who at the Proms 2010 (HD, 57 minutes)

The Complete Specials

Doctor Who

For a full review + screenshots : Blu-Ray.com/Doctor Who The Complete Specials

 

Release date [US] Februari 2, 2010

Release date [UK] Januari 10, 2010

Release date [NL] Not Released

 

 

It was not the first Doctor Who Blu Ray release, but is was it's second. First release was "Planet of The Dead" in June 2009, special which is also on the Complete Specials release. The Complete Specials box also marks the goodbye of the 10th Doctor, for many their favorite Doctor. The box contains the following specials : "The Next Doctor", "Planet of the Dead", "The Waters of Mars" & "The End of Time Parts 1 & 2".

 

Regarding the quality of the specials, only the first one, "The Next Doctor" is a disappointment, if is also the first of these specials and this one has been upscaled from SD quality. It's also loaded with special features. Specials "Planet of the Dead", "The Waters of Mars" & "The End of Time Parts 1 & 2" also have been released seperately. Videoresolution is 1080i instead of 1080p, for more info on this click here

 

 

Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:

 

  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • Five-disc set (5 BDs)
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080i
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: DTS-HD HR 5.1
  • Subtitles : English
  • Region : Region Free
  • Packaging : Thick BD Case with Slipcover

 

Special Features:

 

  • Disc 1: The Next Doctor

The Next Doctor isn't brimming with special features -- you won't find an audio commentary, a Picture-in-Picture track, or any BD-Live goodies that scream Blu-ray -- but what it has is worth two hours of any Who fan's life. The only major downside? Unlike the other "Confidential" docs in the set, "The Next Doctor Confidential" has been upscaled from a standard definition source.
The Next Doctor Confidential (HD, 56 minutes): Who fans will want to make a beeline for this extensive five-part documentary (subsequently the first of many in this 5-disc set).

 

It not only provides an exhaustive tour of the production, it features interviews with every key member of the cast and crew, examines the story and its place in the Who mythos, and digs into The Next Doctor's script, casting, performances, special effects, location shoots, stunts, and more. Doctor Who at the Proms 2008 (SD, 59 minutes): With a live orchestral performance and a cheering crowd, this hour-long concert is a musical celebration of all things Who. The only downside is that it's presented in standard definition with a meager Dolby Digital stereo mix.

 

  • Disc 2: Planet of the Dead

Planet of the Dead takes a small step backwards. Though blessed with yet another excellent, hour-long "Confidential" documentary, it doesn't have any other features of note (a "High Definition Setup Guide" hardly counts). Thankfully, the meaty behind-the-scenes doc covers so much ground that it helps take the sting out of the near-barebones offering.


Planet of the Dead Confidential (HD, 57 minutes): Writer/producer Russell T. Davies, director James Strong, and countless other chatting heads chime in on the production as candid behind-the-scenes footage reveals the effort and hard work that went into Planet of the Dead. Sure, a fair bit of back-patting dilutes the waters, but the cast and crew's passion is palpable and engaging.High Definition Setup Guide.

 

  • Disc 3: The Waters of Mars

Like Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars skirts by with a single documentary. Entertaining and thorough as it may be, it simply can't compete with the heap of features included with The End of Time, Parts One and Two.


The Waters of Mars Confidential (HD, 58 minutes): Another special, another captivating "Confidential" documentary. In it, Davies and his time-lording cohorts discuss the Martian base sets, the team's special and practical effects, the character-driven nature of the story, the emotional evolution of the good Doctor, and the reasons The Waters of Mars takes a slight detour from the established Who formula. There aren't any mind-blowing revelations -- if anything, the documentary idles at times -- but it answers most questions fans will be left asking after the Doctor closes out the special questioning his existence.

 

  • Discs 4 and 5: The End of Time, Parts One and Two

The End of Time two-parter boasts more supplemental content than the first three specials combined. Two audio commentaries, two hour-long documentaries, a forty-minute David Tennant video diary, and another half-hour of assorted features add substantial value to the set, and should give Who zealots another reason to drop some cash on the Blu-ray edition of The Complete Specials.


Audio Commentaries: Be careful not to overlook The End of Time's commentaries -- they're tucked away in "Audio Options" rather than in their "Special Features" menus -- both of which provide a more personal overview of the production than the discs' "Confidential" documentaries. Actor David Tennant and director Euros Lyn (joined by Catherine Tate for Part One and John Simm for Part Two) host a pair of spirited discussions about The End of Time, the Who saga as a whole, and the characters at the heart of the tale. To their credit, they rarely touch on topics covered in the discs' "Confidential" companions, an when they do, it's often from a unique perspective.

 

The End of Time, Part One Confidential (HD, 57 minutes): Davies and company return for a comprehensive look at The End of Time, its heroes and villains, vast vistas, makeup and prosthetics, special effects, stunts, climatic battles, and chapter-closing storyline.The End of Time, Part Two Confidential (HD, 57 minutes): What's left to say about the set's "Confidential" documentaries?

 

The End of Time's twofer is frequently more interesting than the specials it accompanies, and shouldn't be missed.David Tennant Video Diary - The Final Days (SD, 41 minutes): The man who helped reinvent the Doctor takes a moment (forty-one of them actually) to reflect on his efforts, hop from set to set, and chat with his fellow castmates and crew.Doctor Who at Comic-Con (HD, 21 minutes): Follow David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and Julie Gardner as they brave the depths of Comic-Con, answer questions on an official panel, and share their experiences with a room full of oh-so-eager fanboys.Deleted Scenes (HD, 17 minutes): A collection of decent deleted scenes -- culled from all five specials in the set -- with introductions by Davies.Doctor Who BBC Christmas Idents (SD, 1 minute): Two semi-amusing Who-themed holiday promos for the BBC.

These specials were also released seperately:

 

"Planet of the Dead"

"The Waters of Mars"

"The End of Time Parts 1 & 2"

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