Doctor Who-Series 10-Part 1 (Blu-ray) (2017)

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Released 9-Mar-2016

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-one for each episode
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2017
Running Time 295
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Graeme Harper
Euros Lyn
James Strong
James Hawes

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Peter Capaldi
Pearl Mackie
Matt Lucas
Case Slip Case
RPI $29.95 Music Murray Gold

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     It is hard to believe that any television show could run for 50 years, let alone what started as a little sci-fi series designed for kids on the BBC. This series has enthralled, excited and inspired generations of children and adults alike. There have been spin-off series, movies and more over the years. The new incarnation of the series is currently part way through its tenth season on the ABC. This is the third (and seemingly last) season with Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, accompanied by new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) who is an excellent addition to the show, bringing something different than previous companions. She is black and a lesbian but to my mind these things are much less interesting than her different, inquisitive, funny and brave personality. She challenges the Doctor in new and interesting ways despite his desire to avoid having another companion and his need to be near a locked vault underneath a university. The character of Nardole (Matt Lucas) also continues in this series playing a significant part in many episodes, often as comic relief.

     This season contains 12 episodes and this set includes the first six spread across two Blu-ray discs. There are certainly some great episodes here including the quite different opening episode with The Doctor as a University lecturer whom Bill is fascinated with even though she only works in the canteen rather than being a student. This is a wonderful introduction to the character of Bill revealing some of what makes her tick including her family background, empathy and humanity. The other episodes range across a whole load of different scenarios including the freezing of the Thames (and the monster that lurks beneath), a race of robots who communicate using emojis, a haunted house and a book that anyone who reads immediately commits suicide. There are some great challenges for The Doctor in this first six episodes including getting used to Bill, dealing with the contents of the vault, a curious affliction and more. All of these episodes are very entertaining and this series feels like it might be the best of the Peter Capaldi Doctor.

     Shaping up to be the best of the Capaldi seasons. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good, at a similar quality to last season.

     The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080i rather than full 1080p.

     The picture was reasonably sharp and clear throughout, without ever looking spectacular. Shadow detail was very good.

     The colour is excellent, really showing off the new sets and locations for this series.

     There was some minor motion blur during fast movement and some little bits of aliasing.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The audio quality is very good without being at feature film quality.

     These discs contain an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1, plus an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was quite clear however sometimes it got lost in the mix of effects and music, meaning the subtitles were useful at times.

     The music by Murray Gold is excellent as usual adding significantly to the show.

     The surround speakers were well used for lots of directional effects such as lasers, screams and action scenes plus significant atmosphere and music and the subwoofer supported the TARDIS sounds, music and action scenes.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     A small set of extras. They have HD-MA 2.0 sound. One assumes there will be an end of season set with more extras


     The menu features various locations from the series and music from the show. Audio Navigation is available as an option.

Disc 1

Inside Look - The Pilot (3:06)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the addition of Bill and the story.

Inside Look - Smile (2:18)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the emoji robots and social media in general.

Inside Look - Thin Ice (2:38)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the phenomenon of the frozen Thames and the development of Bill's character.

Disc 2

Inside Look - Knock Knock (2:35)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the insects and the storyline.

Inside Look - Oxygen (2:35)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the idea of paying for oxygen and the affliction that affects the Doctor.

Inside Look - Extremis (2:35)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. Covers the return of a famous character and the unreal environment used.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This season is available globally seemingly in the same format.


    The third and seemingly last season of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor seems like it will be the best yet.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are disappointing.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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