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Science Fiction - Doctor Who - The Complete Third Season

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Doctor Who The Complete Third Series
David Tennant, Freema Agyeman
6 DVDs 14 Episodes
BBC Home Video / Warner Home Video 2007

This review includes three Doctor Who clips.

The Doctor Who The Complete Third Series DVD set is well worth the price just for the penultimate and final episodes of this third season, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. The season finale is probably the best one I have ever seen for any TV show sci-fi or not and its subtext so rich in possibilities that episode alone is something a Doctor Who fan is going to watch over and over again. In fact, Doctor Who Season Three is the best one yet: the stories are very original and Martha Jones is a more interesting character than Rose Tyler (and that is saying a lot). The DVD set includes the 13 season three episodes, the second Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Runaway Bride -which I really liked-and a whole bunch of extra goodies including an entire DVD devoted to the Doctor Who Confidential files: 13 Cutdowns.

Click for Doctor Who One Trip Clip Courtesy Warner Home Video

The Runaway Bride, the Doctor Who Christmas episode included in The Complete Third Series, is neat: some poor woman is beamed aboard the Tardis as she is walking down the aisle and some weird creature right out of Alice Cooper's The Black Widow is out to destroy the world. The Christmas special effects really add to what is a very interesting story. The bride herself is a bit of a nag but she eventually gets with the program.

Season Three of Doctor Who begins with Smith and Jones: The Doctor, still rather emotional after what happened at the end of season 2, checks himself into a hospital and the hospital itself checks itself onto the moon. It is at the hospital the Doctor meets medical resident and future traveling companion Martha Jones. This is a pretty good episode in terms of setting up the character of the doctor's newest companion but story wise there is a bit of déjà vu here.

Doctor Who Standing on the Moon clip Courtesy Warner Home Video

Double trouble toil and bubble when the Doctor meets William Shakespeare and sees the only performance of one of his lost plays in The Shakespeare Code. The Elizabethan period stuff is cool and the witches great evil characters. This is a show Shakespeare fans will very much enjoy though they might not buy the explanation for the English bard's genius.

Doctor Who Jadoon clip Courtesy Warner Home Video

Episode 3 of Doctor Who The Complete Third Season, Gridlock, is probably the weakest of the bunch. Martha and the Doctor travel to New Earth where it seems most of the citizens of New New York are caught in an age old (literally) traffic jam. The writing is a bit weak here and the episode only serves to set up a later event in the season.

I am not a bit Dalek fan and feel they are sometimes used as filler when the writers behind Doctor Who can't come up with a good evil creature or have budget restraints and have to bring out the old machines. Still the two parter Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks (DVD 3 of Doctor Who Season 3) are good episode and add to the Dalek Lore.  42 is the most standard science fiction fare Dr. Who episode of the third season: Martha and the Doctor end up on a ship overtaken by an evil creature.

DVD 4 of Doctor Who the Complete Third Season opens with another two-parter but this time it is set in pre World War 1 England. The Doctor is in hiding, even from himself, and is a teacher at a British private school. I very much enjoyed the scene where someone questions the Doctor's inability to foresee the consequences of his actions and how little responsibility he seems to feel about the results.

If 42 is the most sci-fi Doctor Who episode on this 6 DVD 14 show set, Blink is the most horror movie show of all three seasons. It's got something to do with statues. If you've ever played the game, you get the gist, sort of.

DVD 5 has three linked shows: Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and Last of the Time Lords. Utopia does drag on a bit and really serves to set up the lore for the last two, really kick ass, episodes of season 3 of Doctor Who which are probably those real doctor fans will watch over and over again.

Doctor Who The Complete Third Season is really good stuff. Fans of the series will want to get it and take care of the ensuing jones as it seems the next series is not going to appear real soon.

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