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Feature 8.1
Video 8.2
Audio 8.1
Special Features 5.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.0


Doctor Who series 5 volume 2

The latest Doctor Who volume arrives on DVD that stars the newest and youngest face of the Doctor Who franchise (Matt Smith) who plays a uniquely strange but thoroughly entertaining Doctor. Even though he plays the Doctor quite differently than David Tennant, his incarnation is still oozing with charm and he has some great dialogue. This volume of course continues from volume 1 of series 5 and features three stories that include The The Time Of Angels, Flesh And Stone & Vampires Of Venice.  

In the first episode “The Time Of Angels”, the Doctor and his companion Amy, discover a flight box from the Byzantium starship which contains a message or “SOS” from River in Old High Gallifreyan. The Doctor decides to go on a rescue mission for River which almost ends with her losing life by the insidious collector, Alistair (Simon Dutton). Landing in the 51st century, things begin to take a turn for the worst as the citizens of this era are being hunted by the Weeping Angels. Without spoiling the story any further, the episode is steeped in action and it’s great to see Matt Smith finally find his feet as the Doctor but apart from him, the other actors all lend themselves quite well to this story.

Following this episode is “Flesh and Stone” and continues from the previous story, the Doctor and his colleagues are back aboard the Byzantium starship, however Amy is infected by the Weeping Angels. Breaking one of his cardinal sins, the Doctor changes time to save Amy’s life but the highlight of this episode is Amy (Karen Gillian) who is virtually blind throughout the entire story and needs to navigate herself through a strange forest that is quite eerie and disturbing at times. We also learn why River was imprisoned by the collector but I don’t want to spoil too many things as there are some great twists here.

The final episode entitled “The Vampires of Venice” is my favourite episode and is set in 1580 where the Doctor and Amy make a brief stop to this era to collect her finance, Rory Williams. As the Doctor strolls through Venice, looking for a suitable wedding gift for the couple, he encounters a man who has evidence of young women being turned into vampires. However upon further investigation, these vampires are not your garden variety but in actual fact aliens. There are some really great moments in this story that had me glued to our TV and once again concreting the fact why the Doctor Who franchise is in good hands with Matt Smith.

The video and audio quality is great, thanks to the BBC filming the entire series in HD and there are some interesting extras about the behind the scenes of these episodes which have been sourced from the excellent Doctor Who Confidential series. Definitely a must have for collectors and fans!

 






 
 



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