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Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One (BBC Blu-Ray Set)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: A



Collecting the first half of Matt Smith’s second season as Doctor Who, this Blu-ray kicks things off with the “Impossible Astronaut”, a rollicking episode that takes the Doctor, Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill), and River Song (Alex Kingston) from the salt flats of Utah to the Oval Office of the White House.  This six-episode arc features a new way of doing things for the folks at BBC, as they split their Doctor Who seasons into two halves, showing the first in the spring, then taking a break, and showing the second half in the late summer and early fall.  This will also lead into the Christmas special. 


Day of the Moon” follows the first episode and offers a startling conclusion to the first showdown between the Doctor and his newest alien enemies, the sinister Silence.  Although all of the episodes in this first arc are solid, “The Doctor’s Wife” (scripted by Neil Gaiman) stands out.  This extraordinary tale reveals a side of the TARDIS (the Doctor’s famous “blue box” time machine) never before seen.  Both action packed and touching, this tale re-affirms why fans love this series so much, and re-defines the Doctor as the ultimate lonely traveler.


After the events of “The Doctor’s Wife”, the meta-plot of this arc heats up again and builds to a shocking conclusion.  The Doctor calls on old allies to rescue Amy from the clutches of a mysterious future army, and more details about the enigmatic River Song emerge. The Doctor is left confounded by his foes, but vows to make things right, leading into the events of Part 2 of the Series Six season.  Although always solid during Season Five, Matt Smith and the writing team really come into their own with his second season on the job.  The stories complement Mr. Smith’s now deeper understanding of how his Doctor should behave, and his relationship with his excellent supporting cast only deepens as the arc moves along. 


Extras are thin on this disc, with just a small feature on the creature effects for the linked episodes “Rebel Flesh” and “Almost People”.  It’s likely that when BBC collects both arcs into a single package we will see a lot more in the way of extra material.  Picture and sound shine in this Blu-ray version, with sharp details and crisp colors. 


Fans of the new “Who” will be happy to watch the cast, writers, and crew hit their collective stride in the first half of Series Six, and they’ll likely be left pining for the quick release of Part 2!



-   Scott Pyle


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