Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series (BLU-RAY)

Doctor Who

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The fifth series of Doctor Who, which is really the 31st season of Doctor Who, featuring the 11th iteration of the good Doctor is finally here on Blu-Ray. Did you get all that? If you’re a bit confused, don’t worry. You’re in a good company. This is only the second or third time I’ve jumped into the world of Doctor Who and it’s only been through a good amount of research on Wikipedia that I’ve been able to start making heads or tails of it.

This season introduces Matt Smith as the new Doctor Who, after the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant, regenerated in the special “The End Of Time.” It also introduces his new companion, Amy Pond and her fiancée/husband, Rory Williams. The 13 episodes of this season are solid sci-fi/fantasy story-telling, with a good balance of comedy, drama, and adventure.
Fantastic picture quality and good sound design. I don’t know if it’s the Blu-Ray talking or simply that this is the newest version of Doctor Who on display, but the production values on these episodes are top-notch for a TV show.

The special features on this set include:
•    Meanwhile in the Tardis: Newly filmed scenes written by Steven Moffat, exclusive to DVD and Blu-ray, telling what happens between the episodes
•    Doctor Who Confidential: An inside look at each episode
•    Monster Files: Get under the skin and inside the minds of the new Doctor's most challenging opponents
•    In-vision commentaries
•    Outtakes
•    Video diaries

All in all, this is a terrific release. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you definitely need to pick this up.

Jeremy Hunt
Review by Jeremy Hunt
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