Blu-Ray Review “Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1”

Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill
Original channel: BBC One/America
Premiered: 23 April 2011
Episodes: 7 out of 13 from Series 6
Running Time: 45 minutes per episode

Series 6, Part 1: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

I think series five with Matt Smith coming on board as The Doctor was a good kicking off point, but the show really finds its mark with series six. I think that Matt Smith is really what The Doctor needs to be…awkward, goofy and out of this world (no pun intended). The addition of adding Arthur Darvill on as a traveling partner for The Doctor and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) is great and adds a lot for Amy’s character. This set consists of the first seven episodes and really leaves you wanting more.

I have been watching Doctor Who for a while and it is always great.  There is definitely something deeper about this season, whether it is darker or more mysterious but it really has been drawn in.  Maybe it is the shows migration over in the United States, but overall this season really packs a punch.  Watching the episodes on Blu-ray is a huge improvement from BBC America since they were not in HD.  The episodes looks fantastic and the colors are so enthralling.  The sound packs a terrific DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1, which is similar to the past “Doctor Who” releases. Overall an definitely purchase for us “Doctor Who” fans

Unfortunately after a great season, you expect great extras but included on the 2-disc Blu-ray edition are only two featurettes called “Monster Files”. They run 24 minutes and provide an overview of some of the aliens, monsters and creatures that appear in series six.  So fingers crossed that Part 2 of Series 6 really delivers in the extras.

On July 19, the first part of the new acclaimed season of “Doctor Who” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, with the release of Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1.

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About the Blu-ray/DVD:
Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1, a two-disc DVD and Blu-ray set, contains the first seven episodes along with two Monster files, “The Gangers” and “The Silence,” two of the Doctor’s most challenging opponents.

In the season opener, “The Impossible Astronaut,” four envelopes are received, numbered 2, 3 and 4, each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but in TARDIS blue. Who sent them? And who received the missing number one? This strange summons reunites the Doctor (Smith), Amy (Gillan), Rory (Darvill) and River Song (Kingston) in the middle of the Utah desert and unveils a terrible secret the Doctor’s friends must never reveal to him. ‘Space 1969’ is their only clue, as their quest lands them – quite literally – in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former-FBI agent Canton (Mark Sheppard) in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.

Following the two-parter, the Doctor, Amy and Rory journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard Avery’s (Bonneville) pirate ship to solve the mystery of the Siren (Cole). In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a remote island in the near future, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. And waiting for them, at the end of all this, is the battle of Demon’s Run, and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Can even the truth about River Song save the Time Lord’s soul? Only two things are certain. Silence will fall. And a good man is going to die…

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