There aren’t many TV series that inspire such an army of fanatics .
Doctor Who is one of those series. It has an army of loyal followers
that will go over it in minute detail, debating who is their
favourite of the Doctors and lamenting the loss of earlier episodes
when BBC decided to wipe the tapes way back when. Then there are the
people that see Doctor Who as the height of nerd-dom, more geeky
than a Joss Whedon obsessed Starcraft fanatic. People who will
refuse to give it a chance, based solely on the reputation upon
which its fans pride themselves. I came into the cult of Doctor Who
as an outsider, and while not foaming at the mouth at the sight of
the good Doctor, I still found a lot to enjoy.
Series Five, volume three picks up in the tail end of the latest
season. That means Matt Smith (replacing much loved David Tennant)
has had time to settle into the role and make it his own. He
definitely gets the job done, his youthful looks play well off the
Doctors actual age, which makes his bow tie wearing (he constantly
asserts that they are “cool”) and parental style lectures very
amusing. He is an eccentric, always enjoyable, and has just the
right hint of danger and courage about him. He is backed very well
by Karen Gillan, who portrays his companion Amy Pond. Pond is sexy,
rather flirty, but understands the weight of her role and isn’t
afraid to get in amongst the action.
The episodes in volume three begin with Amy’s Choice, which focuses
on Amy deciding whether to spend a quiet life in a small town with
her now husband Rory, or to spend it travelling with the Doctor. It
takes place in two alternate dimensions, each highlighting the pros
and cons of her eventual decision. It gives Amy a lot to do, and
gives Gillan a lot to work with, as it is up to her to decide the
fate of the Earth.
The other two episodes are a two parter, dealing with old Doctor Who
favourites the Sirulians. While drilling in a small Welsh Village, a
team of scientists studying minerals come across the Sirulians, who
have established an underground civilization. Once the doctor
arrives things are quickly made worse when Amy is sucked under the
ground. The Doctor then has to stop all out warfare between the
fearful humans and the disdainful Silurians. Whereas the first
episode was a calmer, character based episode, this one is filled
with events and tension. It is an enjoyable episode, but at times
feels a little silly, which sometimes is part of its charm.
The video quality of the release is on the higher end. Everything
is clear and sharp, and the audio quality matches the video. The
extra features are fairly light, only containing a short featurette
about the Silurians. It contains a look at the evolution of the
Silurians from their first appearances up until their role in this
series. It’s not very substantial, and there is no reason to watch
it more than once.
a non Doctor Who fan coming in, I found myself rather enjoying this
incarnation of the Doctor. Matt Smith is very entertaining and the
episodes themselves are lots of fun, they’re amusing, and even
emotionally affecting at times. It might be hard to recommend to
people who have never watched it, and the people that do watch it
will probably already have it, but for those on the fence, give it a
chance and you might find yourself reconsidering Doctor Who.