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"Doctor Who - Season - 6th" - {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: BBC/Warner
Genre:
TV - Series
Release Date:
11/22/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Spoilers:***

During the sixth season the Doctor is murdered and he must find out who killed him. More importantly he has to discover WHO or WHAT the "Silence" is and why, well, they've chosen to silence HIM. The doctors lies, dies and Amy Pond cries. Steven Moffat comes up with an intriguing story arc that has a strong beginning, lags a bit in the middle but picks up again by the last third.***

End of Spoilers:***

While the sixth season of "Doctor Who" isn't flawless, it's ALWAYS entertaining even during the lesser episodes in this set. Writer/producer Moffat has made "Doctor Who" his own show (much as his predecessor Russell T. Davies did) in a sense rebooting the series with a new Doctor (Matt Smith)during the fifth season, a pair of new companions (Karen Gillian as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvil as Rory) who plays a role almost as important as the Doctor himself. It's a clever story arc that at times gets lost in its own cleverness but always returns to what makes the series fun. Smith has made the role his own which given the performances of his predecessors is saying something.***

Moffat ties together the story strands from previous seasons including the origin of Dr. River Song (Alex Kingston). Any season that features one of my favorite actors Mark Sheppard ("Battlestar: Galatica", "Supernatural" and "Burn Notice" among other shows--please someone get this man a series!)is given a bit of leeway.***

I do hope though that Moffat will move away from the all powerful Doctor as it would eventually become something of a narrative dead end for the show. There is a bit of noticeable banding now and again but on the whole the presentation is exceptionally good.***

Image & Sound:

The Blu-ray for "Doctor Who" receives a marvelous looking transfer for home video in high def. Colors pop (well, when they're supposed to)and the show looks remarkably sharp with strong fine detail.***

Audio sounds quite strong with a nice immersive 5.1 lossless mix but dialogue is quite strong.***

Special Features:

Special features include a number of fun, informative commentary tracks for the following episodes: "The Impossible Astronaut","The Doctor's Wife","The Rebel Flesh", "A Good Man Goes To War", "The Wedding of River Song". We also get "Doctor Who: Classified", "Monster Files", episode prequels for episodes 1. 3. 7, 8 and 13 which although unnecessary are nice additions to the episodes as well as "A Christmas Carol" the annual Christmas episode, comic relief sketch and "Doctor Who: Confidential-A Night's Tale" plus deleted scenes for various epiosdes.***

Final Words:

Although the sixth season has a couple of filler episodes and a few that don't resonante even though the concept is solid enough, the overall story arc for season six is well thought out and plotted.***

 

 
 
 
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