Doctor Who Series 5 A Christmas Carol DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 62 Minutes
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer: Tory Favro

8.0


Doctor Who Series 5 A Christmas Carol

Based on Dickens classic tale of A Christmas Carol, we find the good Doctor in an adventure that takes many parts from Dickens and modifies them to suit a Time Lords needs.

The main crux of this story is that Scrooge is a man called Kazran Sardick and he has the power over thousands of people that he could save yet refuses to do so.

The story is mixed with all sorts of currents and social commentary, with the writers doing a good job of still keeping in with the story of Dickens, albeit with flying fish at one point! There are many poignant scenes, along with a lot of wry wit. Matt Smith does an awesome job on this feature, and his comedic timing is second to none. It certainly appears that the cast had a lot of fun making A Christmas Carol and the best bit is that we got to share in it with them.

The story is pulled cleverly all over the place with little surprises constantly revealing themselves. The Doctor travels through Sardicks timeline, letting Kazran view himself at a younger age. Foes are well thought out and have real purpose here, with everything explained and making sense despite the general insanity of the feature.

Video quality is what you would expect of a modern production and no general complaints could be make. Audio fared similarly with no problems, and a nice clean mix to boot.

As always, Christmas purists can expect that the Doctor saves the day and the sinners are redeemed. The writing that Stephen Moffat does for this tale is the strongest that has come to light in a Doctor Who Christmas Special and was a good hour of viewing. There is a certain blonde who appears during the show that takes the good Doctor's fancy as well which will delight older viewers with the sheer fun and nonsense of it all.

This is a solid tale that fans will love and newcomers will be intrigued by. It's certainly worth the time to watch. Stellar performances round out this piece and Michael Gambon in the role as the villian is an absolute delight as he clearly relishes the role and has a lot of fun with it.

Special Features:

Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special
Doctor Who at the Proms 2010 - Concert performance of music from Doctor Who hosted by Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC's annual Proms concerts






 
 



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