DOCTOR WHO: The Complete Fifth Series Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who Season 5 Blu-ray
DOCTOR WHO: The Complete Fifth Series is finally available for you to own on DVD and Blu-ray. The exciting thing is that this is the first full season of Doctor Who that has been released on Blu-ray Disc and it looks great that way (now we just need to get David Tennant on Blu-ray too and I will be happy)!

As always there is plenty to talk about, so how about I break it down in sections.

Season 5 Episodes

So let’s put this into context. This is season 5 of the revamped Doctor Who series, my all time favorite TV show. We have just lost our beloved David Tennant as the Doctor and this is Matt Smith’s first season as the 11th Doctor. This is also the brilliant Steven Moffat’s first season as lead writer of Doctor Who. Now let’s talk about this fifth season.

Well in one word, it’s Amazing! I was really afraid, as I think a lot of people were, that Matt Smith wouldn’t live up to David Tennant’s legacy, but not only did he live up to it, he created his own legacy. Matt Smith is a brilliant Doctor, almost as brilliant as David Tennant was, and I think fans of the series will be happily surprised by how fast they fall in love with him.

As for the episodes of the fifth season, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that overall this season was my all time favorite. Why? Because I loved every single episode. Usually there are ups and downs in a season, and while I loved some more that others (“Vincent and the Doctor” being my favorite along with the 2-hour finale), overall they were all really good. And Blu-ray makes the whole thing even more beautiful and exciting to watch. I mean I can see every detail from the TARDIS!

So if you are a Doctor Who fan, this is a must-have and it’s the perfect timing to add it to your collection with the Holidays coming soon.

And if you aren’t a Doctor Who fan, may I suggest you start watching it? It’s one of the best shows on television (and my favorite as I previously mentioned). The storylines are some of the most original, touching and beautiful that I have seen.

And if you’re not convinced yet, let me end with this little story. One of my friends, who used to make fun of me for watching it, recently started watching the show reluctantly (ie: a Doctor Who night had to be set up to get him to watch even one episode, and I’m not even kidding). And now he is a convert, the obsessive kind, he watched the first 4 seasons on Netflix watch instantly in about a month. That’s the power of Doctor Who!

Finally, let me end by giving you the synopsis for the fifth season.

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series Synopsis: After his explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash. Emerging from the wreckage of his crashed time machine, he meets young Amy Pond. Still wearing the remains of the Tenth Doctor’s suit, ripped and raggedy from the damage after the TARDIS control room exploded, the Doctor promises to take Amy to the stars. But before they can begin their journey, they become embroiled in an alien plot that could destroy the Earth.

Later the Doctor makes good his promise and Amy boards the regenerated TARDIS, ready to take to the stars on a series of wild adventures that will change her life. Amy and the Doctor explore time and space, visiting 17th century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. As always, wherever the Doctor goes, his oldest enemies are never far behind – the Daleks are hatching a new master plan from the heart of war-torn London in the 1940s. But they are not the only strange creatures the Doctor and Amy must face – there are also alien vampires, humanoid reptiles, old enemies such as the Weeping Angels, and a silent menace that follows Amy and the Doctor around wherever they go.

Special Features

So we talked about the brilliant 13 episodes from season 5, but now let’s talk about all the special features included.

  • Meanwhile in the Tardis – Newly filmed scenes written by Steven Moffat telling what happens between the episodes – This is my favorite special feature because those scenes are so much fun and actually gave answers to some questions I had about Doctor Who, so double score!
  • Doctor Who Confidential – An inside look at each episode – Behind the scenes for each episode, which also usually air after the episodes air in the UK.
  • Monster Files – Get under the skin and inside the minds of the new Doctor’s most challenging opponents – A behind-the-scenes look at the villains of Doctor Who, including the freaky Weeping Angels and scary Daleks.
  • In-Vision Commentaries – If you are a fan of commentary, this one’s for you. Unfortunately, it’s not usually my cup of tea, so I can’t really say much about it.
  • Outtakes – Who doesn’t love outtakes?!
  • Video Diaries – Go behind-the-scenes with the cast. It’s a fun feature, but can be a little long at times.

Overall

A great season that you can watch in HD goodness. A new Doctor. A new lead writer. Some fun extra features. Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series Blu-ray is a great addition to your collection this Holiday season. And if you don’t have a Blu-ray player yet (Christmas gift anyone?), you can get the Fifth season on DVD as well.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series are available on Amazon.

I leave you with some goodies. Four clips from Season 5. Enjoy!