If a Your Nightmares Merged with a Fairytale it Would Look Like This (Doctor Who Season 6, Part 1 DVD Review)| July 25, 2011 at 6:31 PM EDT
Ready to delve into the next great chapter of magical adventures with The Doctor? Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. And I’m here to tell you that it’s well worth watching. In fact, the Doctor would insist upon it. After all….
“I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed, what’s the point in having you all?” – Doctor Who
Season (series) 6 of Doctor Who is an intense, ongoing futuristic fairytale that uses science (which seems quite like magic), mystery and history to weave a tale worth a rewatch.
In the course of seven episodes, Doctor Who season 6 takes viewers on an unrestrained, creative ride that is as funny as it is darkly dramatic, and as beautiful as it is nightmarish. One of my favorite episodes is “The Doctor’s Wife” which was written by Neil Gaiman and in which the TARDIS is personified like it never has been before. But if it’s a good mystery you’re looking for, there’s plenty of portals to crawl into as Season 6 takes off quite literally with a bang. I find myself growing attached to the companions of Amy and Rory (if you watch behind the scenes footage of Arthur Davill aka Rory you’re sure to come away with a sweeping crush on his funny man) and the ever unfolding story about Professor River Song. As for The Doctor, he’s witty and scary and amazing in so many ways that it’s hard to imagine anyone watching Doctor Who without then wishing a man in a blue box would come visit them.
Now, onto the brass tacks. Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1 contains two discs that hold the first seven episodes of the season. There are also special features in the way of two Monster Files titled, “The Gangers” and “The Silence.” And since Doctor Who can be intimidating for new fans (spaceships! a long history of episodes! time travel! historic events revisisted! British! a titular character that’s an alien!), slipping them a nice box set of two discs is a great way to ease them into the fandom. And then you’ll just have to worry about them never shutting up about the series and the zillion talking points it has.
The Silence creatures were some of the most chill-inducing monsters I’ve ever seen on Doctor Who. The Monster File about The Silence shows interview excerpts with the cast (Matt Smith , Karen Gillan , Arthur Darvill , Alex Kingston) and crew about this particularly creepy monster group. You also get to see how the costume was put on, and the ideas behind their creation. This includes flashbacks to season 1 when The Silence was mentioned. Steven Moffat has been planning this out for a long time, which is very admirable and cool. Karen Gillan has a great point about these monsters- “How do you defeat a monster that you don’t even know exists?” C’mon now, that’s quite impossible! And, in fact, it’s quite clever, as it even answers the question as to how The Doctor doesn’t know about these monsters that have been around forever. As Steven Moffat eloquently points out, The Doctor’s naturally forgotten about them.
Something you’re likely not going to forget are The Gangers. Theirs is a story about identity theft. Programmable matter is made into another person and become a doppelganger. But what happens when your doppelganger rebels? As for looks, they are gloopy and gooey and eerie. In this Monster File you’ll see how their featureless forms were decided upon, and what people thought of the prosthetics up close. And, best of all, you get to see the process of how the Gangers images were created to be worn on the actors. It’s definietly not a process I’d want to be a part of, because I’d get claustrophobic. The Gangers were an oddly sympathetic group of beings, and I have very mixed feelings about them. Rather than seeing and grouping them in one way, I think they had individual personalities as much as their fully human counterparts. Some Gangers were much more likable than others.
Doctor Who Season 6, Part 1 Synopsis:
In the season opener, “The Impossible Astronaut,” four envelopes are received, numbered 2, 3 and 4, each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but in TARDIS blue. Who sent them? And who received the missing number one? This strange summons reunites the Doctor (Smith), Amy (Gillan), Rory (Darvill) and River Song (Kingston) in the middle of the Utah desert and unveils a terrible secret the Doctor’s friends must never reveal to him. ‘Space 1969’ is their only clue, as their quest lands them – quite literally – in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former-FBI agent Canton (Mark Sheppard) in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.
Following the two-parter, the Doctor, Amy and Rory journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard Avery’s (Bonneville) pirate ship to solve the mystery of the Siren (Cole). In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a remote island in the near future, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. And waiting for them, at the end of all this, is the battle of Demon’s Run, and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Can even the truth about River Song save the Time Lord’s soul? Only two things are certain. Silence will fall. And a good man is going to die… – Via Press Release
Doctor Who Season 6 Episode List:
- 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
Visit the Official Site for these DVD/Blu-ray copies from The BBC. The release date as July 19, and is available to own now.
Disclaimer: A copy of the DVD was provided for review.
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