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Doctor Who The Complete First Series DVD box set is really cool. This from someone who could not tell the various doctors apart from Doctor Strangelove, Dr. McCoy, or Dr. Pepper and could never be bothered before. Lord knows I tried to enjoy Doctor Who in the past but somehow never got into it. Doctor Who The Complete First Series features the thirteen episodes (45 minutes each without the commercials) aired on BBC in 2005 and I very much got into it. Warner Home Video also did a really good job with this 5 DVD box set so there is an entire DVD full of goodies in addition to those on the other 4 discs. Hell, the packaging is cool too.
Perhaps the reason I like Doctor Who The Complete First Series on DVD so much is the Rose Tyler character (played by Billie Piper). Not only is she definite eye candy but she can usually act (except when in the opening episode she is running away from danger with a big smile on her face) and is more than just a babe to keep the doctor company, she actually does a few stunts of her own and saves the doctor's behind. Another reason this Doctor Who version is so entertaining is the humour. There are quite a lot of funny lines dropped in here and there such as "Guests are reminded that platform one forbids the use of weapons, teleportation, and religion."
This 13 episode, 5 DVD Doctor Who box set opens with Rose, the story of how the doctor and Rose met. It is also a story about how plastic is trying to take over the world and it is both eerie, scary, and, at times, funny as hell, such as when a plastic rubbish bin swallows Rose's boyfriend and then goes burp. The scene where the mannequins come to life will remind many science fiction fans of the Yul Brynner classic Westworld.
Episode 2, The End Of The World, is great fun and good science fiction. All species' representatives are gathered together to witness the last minutes of planet earth. Of course, with such an audience present, somebody or something is going to try and sabotage the event. Comic relief comes from Cassandra, the last human, who is paper thin. She brought as a gift an iPod (really a fifties jukebox) containing all of earth's great composers, including the eponymous song Toxic by Britney Spears. It also includes a scene right out of most adventure type computer games when the doctor has to find the magic button.
Episode 3, The Unquiet Dead, has walking dead, A Christmas Carol, and Charles Dickens himself in a story where, as the undertaker puts it, the stiffs are getting lively again. I am sure I missed quite a few Dickens in-jokes but this is great fun. That cannot be said of Doctor Who Aliens of London / World War Three episodes which actually rely on fart jokes to make this E.T style little green men with bit of a Muppets Pigs in Space knock-off interesting. Still, part two is somewhat better than part one.
Seeing Dalek as the title of episode 6 did not exactly make me want to watch it, not having any Doctor Who background lore. Still, this episode, which will remind some of the Star Trek Next Generation show where a collector captures Data and will remind others of a few scenes from their favorite computer game, is really good. There is also a really funny bit when Doctor Who forages in a container for an alien weapon. Rose is the only one who can talk sense into the Dalek. They also pick up a new traveling companion, Adam.
The Long Game is about a satellite that controls all of the information planet earth receives and whoever controls the info controls the planet's history. If you think this is a ridiculous premise, remember that the major networks are owned by big corporations and how infomercials for their movies is disguised as news and public affair segments on 20/20 and so on. Where I live, the corporation also owns the newspapers and magazines so the headlines are about last night's TV show and so are the magazines'. Adam plays a role in this Doctor Who The Complete First Series episode and I can't wait for the show to get rid of him.
Father's Day is basically the movie Ghost (with Demi Moore) meets The Langoliers. This Doctor Who The Complete First Series as well as the two-parter The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances are much more horror than science fiction but still good stuff. The Tardis also picks up a new passenger: Jack, an American, a very American American, and a time traveler himself.
The pig people are back in Boom Town. This is where neophytes to the Doctor Who series are told why the Tardis looks like a police call box. The pig lady and a new nuclear power plant in Cardiff and it is going to blow up soon. The usual humor is there, such as when the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, when questioned why 12 EU inspectors died on site, says, "But they were French! It isn't my fault ‘Danger Explosives' was only written in Welsh" and "We're in Cardiff. London doesn't care The South West Coast could fall into the sea and they wouldn't care."
No self-respecting science-fiction TV show does not have an episode or two where the human race is in danger of extinction. Still Doctor Who The Complete First Series DVD box set does overdo it a bit. All 3 episodes of DVD 4 have that theme in common. Bad Wolf is cool because the death game is an exact copy of the game show The Weakest Link. The special effects here are really cool. Oh, the Daleks are back and there is a new doctor on the way.
In addition to a DVD full of extras, Doctor Who The Complete First Series is loaded with extras on each DVD. These include Designing Doctor Who, The Adventures of Captain Jack, Deconstructing Big Ben, On Set With Billie Piper, Making Doctor Who, and a whole bunch of others.