Doctor Who Season 6 Standard Box Set
A few months ago I reviewed Doctor Who season 6 part
1 and Part 2. Here is what I said.
The episodes have not changed in any way so Iím not
going to review them. I will however review the new material and the
special features. The first thing thatís nice about the box set is that
it includes last yearís Christmas Special. A retelling of Darles
Chickens A Christmas Carol.
46 television and film adaptions that already exist of a Christmas Carol
before I got bored including; A Barbie Christmas Carol and The
Six million Dollar Man: A Bionic Christmas Carol and I didnít bother
counting the innumerate stage and radio adaptions. Itís probably one of
the most adapted stories ever written. And yes I realize that Moffat is
probably going to bring something new and subversive to it, or at least
I hope he isÖ.otherwise this will be the Laziest Christmas special so
far. Still itís got Dumbledore in itÖhow bad can it be?
Actually, I thought it was lovely. It touched on the
Dickensí Classic with very broad brush strokes. Being an adaption of
A Christmas Carol in the same way The Forbidden Planet is an
adaption of The Tempest.
There were a few things that stretched the
How long does it take for a ship (that was presumably
traveling at a fair clip) to crash? Just how big is this atmosphere?
Flying fish, whilst beautiful to behold and important to the plot did
stretch the imagination as well, being slightly more fantastical than
science fiction and yes I know...in an infinite universe why not flying
However apart from these quibbles, there was a great
sense of scale and adventure. Michael Gamobon was absolutely on form
and I liked Matt Smith in this episode more than I had liked him in the
entirety of season five. Amy Pond and Rory were bearable due to their
near absence from this story. (No I don't think a married couple should
be onboard the Tardis for the same reason I wouldn't live with one, when
it all goes wrong as it inevitably will, it's going to be unbearable).
I do appreciate Doctor Who gaining it's very own Red Shirt in the form
or Rory. Letís see how many times he can die this seasonÖ pity he keeps
coming back. Mind you if I were punching that high above my weight as he
is I'd come back from the dead for her too. The effects were great and
it all added up to being one of the best episodes of Doctor Who in a
while. Full of excitement and whimsy, brimming with imagination and to
me that's where the magic lay. Great stuff.
Letís face it the only reason you want this box set
if you have the two part set is for the special features so they had
better be spectacular features.
This box set has a whole heap of little Vignettes,
short stories that donít really fit in anywhere apart from the before
the end of this season.
The first Vignette is Space/Time unusually for
Steven Moffat itís about time travel and paradoxesÖoh wait thatís all he
writes about. Still itís a bit of fun and has the honor of being the
first time we have seen the Tardis materialize within itself in the new
Death is the only answer
is the second Vignette which asks; can the Doctor help Einstein create a
time machine? Or will he turn into a bubbling green drink? Written by
the Children of Oakley Junior School who won a chance to write a Doctor
Who episode and itís not really noticeably any worse than something
written by Mark Gatzis (Victory of the Daleks).
The next five minisodes are linked by a common thread
and all come under the title Night and the Doctor and they are
all about what the doctor gets up to at night when his companions are
asleep. Apart from occasionally sleeping apparently he goes out with
River to parties. These are ok, thereís nothing super interesting going
on, theyíre like the little bits of episodes that never quite made it
anywhere. I appreciate them but they donít rock my world. Although the
last one Last Night is quite good.
In addition to these you get the Prequels which in
all honestly are basically like oblique trailers to the episodes.
Theyíre short and really add nothing to the episodes they precede. You
get them for A Day on the Moon, The Curse of the black spot, A good
man goes to war, Lets Kill Hitler and Closing Time.
Thereís also the Confidential for A Christmas
Carol and Night and the Doctor.
And thatís about it, not bad but not something youíd
by another box set for.
Video: Video quality is of the high quality that Iíve
come to expect from the new series.
Audio: Audio is also good in a 5.1 Dolby digital mix.