Dr Who: Series 5: DVD Review
Doctor Who Series Five
Released by BBC
So the latest
escapades for the Doctor are all bundled up into this fifth annual set since the
revival of the show in 2005.
And with a new set,
comes a new Doctor - this time, the youngest ever in the form of foppishly
haired, manic Matt Smith who quite honestly, has inhabited the role of the Time
Lord brilliantly from the moment he stepped into the TARDIS.
It's a new show in many ways this year with new cast, new producers
(longtime fan Steven Moffat) and an entirely new ethos at the helm of it all.
Yet, it still remains eminently watchable - despite the many ups and downs there
were during the fifth season's 13 episode run.
starts off with aplomb in the Steven Moffat scripted The Eleventh Hour as Matt
becomes the Doctor so charismatically and so quickly - but with episodes like
the Hungry Earth, Victory of The Daleks and Vincent and The Doctor, the show
hits an uneven keel in the writing room.
miss, there's a hit - and this is clearly a show now being run by someone who
was always a fan first and foremost - never before have so many echoes of the
series' 48 year history been so in play; from the flashbacks during the Eleventh
Hour to a reel of the Doc's previous female companions in one of the Meanwhile
in the TARDIS scripted extras, this is a show which embraces and loves its past.
There are hints of an ongoing arc into the next
series - but with a bout of unevenness, I'm hoping better writing next year will
match upto the standard of the simply excellent Matt Smith.
Extras: Disappointing this year - although the two 3
minute Meanwhile in the TARDIS scenes link episodes well, there's a lack of
anything major to stand out on this set. Monster Files have been brought in from
the episodic releases and Behind the scenes series, the Cut down confidentials
merely offer a lot of back slapping this time around. Vid cam diaries from the
actors add something but I can't help but feel a little short changed all round
this year from one of my all time favourite characters and shows.