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Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Years (2005 – 2010/BBC DVD Box Set)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: A     Episodes: A



This massive twenty-six disc DVD boxed set collects every David Tennant Doctor Who episode and special in one amazing package.  While the BBC authored a strong revival of the Doctor Who franchise in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the 9th incarnation of the Doctor, it was David Tennant’s 10th Doctor who made the show a sensation.  The unique mix of joy and sadness Tennant infused into his portrayal of the character, and his tender and sometimes romantic relationships with his companions gave the character a pathos he never really possessed before.  Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Years is the largest and most complete BBC home video release of literally hundreds on both sides of the Atlantic they have issued to date on their most successful fictional franchise.


The Tennant years cover the 2005 Christmas Special, and also include three seasons covering 2006 - 2008, and a series of specials that spanned 2009 and ushered in Matt Smith as Tennant’s replacement for 2010 and moving forward.  Tennant fans will likely consider watching any of these episodes like visiting an old friend, and it’s quite easy to just pop a disc in and watch a random favorite episode (as I did with “Girl in the Fireplace” before settling down and hosting a good old-fashioned marathon, watching the episodes straight through in chronological order.  Wrapped in a lovely container shaped like a book, and protected by a semi-clear plastic sleeve (adorned with images of the various companions), this set will make a worthy addition to any collector’s Who shelf, and the quality digital transfers will allow fans to part with their older boxed sets to make room for this one!


Although I find myself more than pleased with Mr. Smith’s work on the new episodes, after watching Mr. Tennant again in episodes like “Human Nature” and “Doomsday” I can’t help but feel pangs of regret that he is gone.  That wonderful mix of madcap and maudlin allows Mr. Tennant to play the funny moments for all they’re worth, and really twist the emotional screws when the story inevitably turns sad and goodbyes must be said.  The parting of Rose (Billie Piper) and the Doctor at the end of “Doomsday” provided a romantically gut-wrenching scene of loss and loneliness--a seemingly perfect picture of love unrealized that only worked so well because Mr. Tennant and Ms. Piper possessed such perfect chemistry.


Loaded with all of the extras from the “Doctor Who Confidential” series of featurettes, this set will also provide plenty of production background for new and old fans alike.  With the holidays coming, this boxed set would make an ideal gift for a Doctor Who completest, or a fan who never got around to collecting the previous boxed sets.  This boxed set collects the Who career the Doctor who stayed on just long enough, and who knew just when to make his exit.  In spite of this knowledge, fans of Mr. Tennant’s work on this most storied of television shows will always be left wanting more, much like his fictional companions!



-   Scott Pyle


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