DVD Review: Doctor Who Series 5 Volume 1
THE 10th Doctor is dead... long live the 11th!
A collection of the first three episodes from the acclaimed new series of the BBC smash-hit: The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks.
Regenerating after his body was riddled with deadly radiation, the Doctor (Matt Smith) has no time to spare before the TARDIS crashlands on Earth, wrecked by the very process which saved his life. Landing in the garden of young Amelia Pond, the Time Lord discovers a mysterious crack in her bedroom wall which acts as a gateway to another world. Promising to return to help as soon as he has taken the TARDIS for a healing spin, the Doctor leaves Amelia waiting... for 12 years!
Returning under the assumption that he has been gone for just a matter of hours, the Doctor joins forces with a now-adult Amy (Karen Gillan) to hunt down the escaped Prisoner Zero, before the deadly Atraxi destroy the Earth. But with his head still reeling from the effects of his regeneration, the TARDIS sealed-off as it continues to repair itself, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, can the Doctor really pull himself together in time to save the planet?
As the series continues, the Doctor takes Amy on her first trip through time and space, bringing her to the far-flung future and the last survivors of the United Kingdom, a floating space colony controlled by the sinister Smilers. Then it’s back to the Second World War and an encounter with Winston Churchill’s newest weapon against the Nazis - none other than the Daleks themselves!
Matt Smith has succeeded in doing what nobody believed possible, making the role his own in the wake of one of the most popular incarnations of the Time Lord ever, David Tennant’s 10th Doctor. Portraying the character as an old man in a young body, he manages a gravitas and weight to accompany the eccentricity and humour associated with the part. He is ably supported by the beautiful Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, a refreshing change from recent companions and definitely an actress on the way up.
Steven Moffatt’s revitalised Doctor Who is already proving just as popular as Russell T Davies’ run, and on the strength of these opening episodes looks certain to be a runaway success this year.