Who - The Snowmen +
Doctor Who - Series Seven: Part Two
Doctor Who - The Complete Seventh Series
B Sound: B Extras: B- Episodes: B
been has pleasing audiences for decades now; through countless
dimensions, various time periods, and even a number of Doctors.
under review are several BBC Blu-ray releases of Doctor
The first of which is Doctor
Who: The Snowmen, the
2012 Christmas Special and the others being two separate releases of
Who: The Seventh Series.
Who: Complete 7th
Series + Series Seven: Part 2
as can be surmised; Series
7: Part 2 is
housed within The
Complete Series (as
is the hour long Snowmen
reviewed below). So my feelings on the entirety of this 3rd
Series in the new incarnation of the insanely popular Doctor
series will be conveyed below.
Who: The Complete 7th
very well done with all 15 episodes being engaging; to say the least.
There are huge changes this series that I wonâ€™t ruin here for
those who have yet to view it; but letâ€™s just say the second half
of the series will have big changes not many saw coming.
Doctor and his companion find themselves battling aliens, traveling
to Victorian Yorkshire, facing off against an army of upgraded
Cybermen, getting to the
the Tardis, doing some ghost chasing, and much more. And though
these adventures are exciting, it is the great story telling and the
ability of Matt Smith to engage an audience that has us all coming
back for more.
certainly a guilty pleasure for many nerds out there but for 3 series
now (since its 2005 return) Doctor
struck a chord with viewers with its infusion of history, fantasy,
and sci-fi on a serenely perfect level. The CGI is goofy at times
and the stories are certainly 'out there,' but doesn't matter as the
writers have managed to assemble a cast and crew like no other having
audiences continually coming back for more.
who have a problem with Matt Smith's quirky portrayal of the good
Doctor won't see any ground breaking changes in this series set; but
(in this reviewerâ€™s opinion) he continues to bring an odd sense of
humor and intrigue to the role that not many have accomplished. The
days of a stuffy, Sherlock Holmes like Doctor are gone and the
relationship that The Doctor has with his surroundings and his
companion take an emotional center stage like never before.
will find themselves on a time traveling, emotional rollercoaster as
we say hello to new members and goodbye to others. The writers
managed to keep the series fresh with these changes, but that is not
say it was an easy pill to swallow. New comers like Jenna Louise
Coleman fit the series well and propel stories along.
Who: The Snowmen
Who: The Seventh Series Parts 1 & 2.
The hour long episode starts with a young boy in 1842 building a
snowman; his parents wishing he would make friends, but the boy sees
no need. We are then transported ~50years later where the young boy
has grown into the miserable Dr. Simeon. Dr. Simeon has started The
Great Intelligence Institute where at the current moment he is
mysteriously enlisting down on their luck men to gather snow from
different regions of London. Simeon promises to feed the men if the
fulfill all tasks assigned, but not all things are as they appear.
to the snowy endeavors of Dr. Simeon we see The Doctor (Matt Smith)
recovering/mourning after the events of Series
Seven: Part 1.
is changing for The Doctor and as he becomes accustomed to some major
changes, we (the audience) join him for those growing pains.
This hour long special
is not the best episode, but remains intriguing as the multifaceted
plot helps us transition from 7:
Part 1 to
The Doctor versus scary Snowmen can never be a bad thing and is done
in a manner that could only be believed in The
Doctor Who universe.
Even Sir Ian McKellen makes an ominous appearance as a voice actor
as The Great Intelligence.
technical features on Snowmen
7: Part Two
of these releases are the same/very comparable as they were most
likely rendered at the same time; whereas The
Complete Series 7
is a slight upgrade. The Blu-ray releases of Snowmen
Part Two are
in presented in a 1080i 1.78 X 1, whereas The
Complete Series 7 is
an upgraded 1080p. In all honesty I don't see an extreme (if any)
difference between the i
upgrade. Both have nicely displayed colors, contrast, and black
levels. Detail and depth are presented with ease and though not the
best, certainly better than previous seasons' DVD releases. My only
major gripe are some of the 'cheaper' CGI moments that look all too
fake and forced; though this is an ongoing issue with the series that
may be a budget issue, not a Blu-ray issue. The audio is a lossless
DTS-HD 5.1 MA (Master Audio) mix on all three releases. Overall, the
sound is well balanced with crisp, clean dialogue throughout. This
BBC release manages to utilize the entire soundstage though mostly
dialogue driven the series comes heavily from the front. In the more
action packed episodes/sequences sound does surround the viewer
giving that extra level of depth/intensity that make Doctor
are as follows:
7: Part 2 â€“
7: The Complete Series
Michael P. Dougherty II