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This highly collectable specially packaged 6-disc box set features all 13 episodes from series three, the 2006 Christmas special plus a galaxy of extras including commentaries, out-takes and deleted scenes.
Well regarded by fans as possibly the best series yet, the Doctor faces deadly foes including the Daleks and his arch-nemesis the Master. This series also introduces medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) as the Doctor's new companion. Her life as a medical student suddenly becomes much more exciting and adventurous when the Doctor enters her life. Together they travel through time and space, entering amazing new worlds and encountering characters both old and new to fans of the series. Boasting state of the art visual effects, the third series also features a host of special guest stars including Catherine Tate, John Simm, Mark Gatiss, Michelle Collins, Anthony Flanagan and John Barrowman.
Special Features include:
• Music & Monsters - This Doctor Who Confidential Special goes behind the scenes of the Children In Need musical celebration of Doctor Who, performed at the Wales Millennium Centre
• Freema's tour of the studio
• Deleted scenes
• Video diary from David for Runaway Bride and selected episodes from series 3, plus his Weakest Link diary trailers
• Audio Commentary on every episode featuring cast and crew including Russell T Davies, David Tennant, Freema Agyeman and many more
• 13 x 12 min Doctor Who Confidential (behind the scenes of each episode)
In the last series we said good bye to Rose and start off with a weird experience, The Doctor is flying through space and suddenly a woman appears in the TARDIS in her wedding dress, what an introduction although Donna doesn't stay as his companion. We also meet Martha in a unique way.
I had heard heaps about the Weeping Angels so was good to finally see what the excitement was about and why the kids keep saying "I angel you" and putting hands around their faces and pulling a face.
I keep having questions as with each episode there are a lot happening and I'm not sure if I have missed something or is it going to be explained in a later episode and meeting the Master sure had me asking heaps of questions.
I know there are still heaps of episodes to watch and that filming is going on so there is no final answer about what is happening and how things fit together. The writers are showing real imagination with the parallel worlds and the aliens (which obviously appeal to boys and their love of aliens) and the actors are doing a great job of being serious when they need to and funny when they can be.
I'm slowing watching the next series and I know it is not going to be boring.
The Doctor is back and he brings with him a new companion as well as the yearly Christmas special.
When we last saw the Doctor he was forced to say goodbye to Rose, leaving her in a parallel universe, thinking that he will never be able to see her again. But he doesn't have time to mope around when Donna suddenly appears in the TARDIS, Donna turns down travel in the TARDIS and the start of season three sees the Doctor meeting Martha when the hospital she works in ends up on the moon. Thus begins the journeys of the newest companion in the series as she joins him.
We get to meet the Face of Bo again, and there is a brilliant line at the end of one episode involving Captain Jack Harkness (though the writers continue to neither confirm nor deny). There's an interesting two parter which has the Doctor living a human life, though I did feel it dragged on a bit during the second episode. I love "Blink", the introduction of the Weeping Angels and the episode that started my children's love affair with Doctor Who. The final three episodes gives us a three parter and brings back a long time foe in the form of the Master, a rather good storyline and rather well done.
I rather enjoyed this season and looked forward to the next season.
I am a Doctor Who fan from many years ago, with my favourite of the "Classic" Doctor's being Tom Baker, however, of the New Generation Doctor's while I thought Christopher Eccleston did a great job of reintroducing Doctor Who to a whole new generation of viewers I personally like David Tennant's rendition of a most loved role.
While I loved the chemistry that existed between The Doctor and Rose (David Tennant and Billie Piper) and I like many others was sad to see Billie go, I feel that the partnership between David and the new Companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) is a good strong partnership with it's own unique chemistry that builds during the course of the season.
My favourite episodes of this season had to be the Daleks two-parter and the three-part season finale. The Daleks episodes I liked mainly for the fact it had the Daleks in it, but also as they tried to do something different with placing the episodes in 1930's New York. And the season finale was great for reintroducing a very old favourite with a new face, and how superbly perfomed it was as well, as well as what could be an interesting revelation about Captain Jack Harkness.
Whilst they were my favourite shows of this series it must be said that all episodes were of an extremely high calibre, not to mention inovative and original for Doctor Who. Take for example the episode '42' an episode shown in real-time a la '24', when I first heard this I thought this is going to be interesting, not really thinking they could pull it off, but pull it off they did.
Doctor Who is also well known for it's occasional cameo's by some relatively well known actors who unfortunately usually end up smothered by some wonderful prosthetic makeup, and this season is no exception, with a wonderful cameo by Ardal O'Hanlon (who played Father Dougal McGuire in 'Father Ted') in the episode 'Gridlock', but I'll leave it up to you to spot him.
Also thoughout this season is the hidden backstory (which of course only becomes apparent in the last two episodes) much like the 'Bad Wolf' backstory in Season 1.
The extras included with this box set are also amazing, starting with a studio walkthrough with Freema, to David's Video Diaries of selected episodes (I still have trouble getting used to seeing The Doctor talking with a scottish accent ) which are very entertaining and insightful. Also having the commentaries for each episode gives a great insight into the production of the show from the Head Writers, Actors and Production Crew's perspective. Another great feature is the inclusion of all 13 Doctor Who Confidential - Cutdown episodes (which we do not get to see here in NZ) which also provide a further insight into the making of all 13 episodes of this Season.
I gave this a 10 for Personal Choice as I feel this is the best season of the new Doctor Who series so far and I can't wait to see what Season 4 brings.
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