Thursday, 25 April 2013

Doctor Who: Complete Series 2 DVD Review

Review By Dean Calcutt

Executive Producer: Russell T. Davies

Genre
Science Fiction

Cast

David Tennant as The Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith
Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith

Certificate 12

Synopsis

All 14 second-series episodes of re-launched BBC television sci-fi classic, written chiefly by Russell T. Davies and starring David Tennant as the latest incarnation of the legendary Time Lord.

In this series, the tenth Doctor, takes companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) to New Earth and struggles to overcome the effects of regeneration.

In the opening Christmas episode London is deluged by Santa Claus impersonators and Christmas trees intent on malice. Mankind is threatened by a planetary invasion and there's only the Prime Minister to battle it out.

Episodes are: 'The Christmas Invasion,' 'New Earth,' 'Tooth And Claw,' 'School Reunion,' 'The Girl In The Fireplace,' 'Rise Of The Cybermen,' 'TheAge of Steel,' 'The Idiot's Lantern,' 'The Impossible Planet,' 'The Satan Pit,' 'Love & Monsters,' 'Fear Her,' 'Army Of Ghosts' and 'Doomsday.'

Special Features
  • 'Children In Need' Special
  • Billie's Video Diaries
  • In Vision Commentary on 'The Christmas Invasion', 'The Girl in the Fireplace', 'The Age of Steel', 'The Impossible Planet' and 'Doomsday'
  • Audio Commentary on All Episodes
  • Audio Descriptive on All Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Out Takes


Review

Series 2 and we have a new Doctor (David Tennant) who has some big shoes to fill.

And fill them he does, superbly in fact, his doctor is kinder and more approachable than Ecclestone's but has a darker side to him. You can see that DT loves the role and brings a much more energetic Doctor to the screen.

His tenure started with the first (and best) Xmas special, 'The Christmas Invasion.'

Set straight after 'Parting of the Ways' a newly regenerated (and unstable ) Doctor takes Rose home for Xmas and then falls unconscious just as the Sycorax invade earth leaving Rose to fend for herself, which she does and ends up on the Sycorax ship with the Tardis, suddenly in possibly a moment that makes everyone cheer, the Tardis translation circuits start working and you know the Doc is about to make his appearance.

And DT nails it from minute one, a fantastic performance with possibly the best question ever asked, "Am I ginger?").

This episode bodes well for the series future and is how Xmas specials should have been, add to this the first mention of Torchwood and this is one not too miss.

So onto series 2 proper, and it is another triumph with only 2 duff episodes (more on these later) it is easily as good as series 1 and the ending brings a tear to the hardest of hearts

Standout episodes

School Reunion

Sarah Jane Smith, K9 and Rose as a dinner lady, what more could you want? Chips? It's got those as well

Girl in the Fireplace

The Doctor falls in love with MadamĂȘ du Pompadour in 18th century France. Explores long distance relationships with heart wrenching ending

Impossible Planet/Satan Pit

New Who does old style base story and aces it, excellent cast top effects and Ood, lots of Ood

Army of Ghosts/Doomsday

Ghosts are appearing all over the world but what are they? We finally meet Torchwood plus the saddest ending ever


Love & Monsters/Fear her

Sorry to say but these are the two worst episodes ever. I refuse to watch them again. Poor story, waste of a stellar cast in L&M. Trust me AVOID

With 2 exceptions another brilliant season RTD's  love of Who shines through

Scores

Film 3.5/5 ('Love & Monsters' and 'Fear Her' lose points)
Picture 5/5
Sound 5/5
Extras 5/5
Overall 18.5/20

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