Doctor Who-Series 10-Part 2 (Blu-ray) (2017)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-one for each episode
|Year Of Production||2017|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|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|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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 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 last six spread across two Blu-ray discs. The second half of the season includes more great episodes like the first half, (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) culminating in a great finish for this doctor and the reappearance of The Master . It will be interesting to see what role Bill plays in future seasons considering the ambiguous way her character ends this season.
Undoubtedly, the best of the Capaldi seasons despite all of them being of high quality. Recommended.
I, for one, am looking forward to where the series can go with a female Doctor and a new showrunner replacing Stephen Moffat!
The video quality is very good, at a similar quality to last season.
The feature 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 even 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.
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.
|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 as these are a bit disappointing.
The menu features various locations from the series and music from the show. Audio Navigation is available as an option.
Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the story of the episode.
Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the dystopian world created and the story.
Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the story and the Ice Warriors.
Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the story of the 9th legion.
Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about Missy and the Master plus The Cybermen.
Short promotional featurettes for each episode. Covers the end of Peter Capaldi and Stephen Moffat as showrunner.
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 video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.The extras are disappointing.
|DVD||Panasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|