Doctor Who-Series 2-Volume 1 (2005)

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Released 20-Jul-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 103:05 (Case: 102)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Tennant
Billie Piper
Camille Coduri
Noel Clarke
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.00 Music Ron Grainer
Liana Del Giudice
Mike Jones


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
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

    

Rose: 'He's the Doctor.' Jackie: 'Doctor Who?'

    I loved the first of the new seasons of Doctor Who last year and looked forward with great anticipation to this year's new series starring the latest actor to play the Doctor, David Tennant, whose work I have previously enjoyed in other BBC shows such as Blackpool or Casanova. Once again Roadshow are releasing each disc of the new series separately, one per month from now until November. This series will be spread over 5 discs instead of 4 like last year (There are thirteen episodes plus the special). One assumes they plan to follow it up with a box set once again. I was a little disappointed to see that this first disc only contains two episodes, the slightly longer than normal Christmas special and the first episode of the new series proper. Otherwise, the presentation is very similar to last year, right down to menu design.

    It was a shame that Christopher Eccelston only agreed to do one season, but David Tennant is equally good (in a different way) as the new new Doctor Who. He is quite a different Doctor to Eccleston, just as cheeky but more personable and emotional. It's great to see a different characterisation rather than trying to impersonate the previous incumbent. Rose, Jackie & Mickey all return, as do some other favourites from Series 1 such as Harriet Jones, Cassandra & The Face of Boe. The first two episodes are both enjoyable, although the first one doesn't really kick into life until the Doctor fully recovers from his regeneration. The second episode is excellent. There is even a cheeky reference to Hitchhiker's Guide.

    The episodes included here are:

  1. The Christmas Invasion (58:57) - The new Doctor and Rose return to earth at Christmas time but the Doctor has not recovered from regeneration and falls into a trance like sleep. At the same time strange beings disguised as Santas or Christmas trees start to appear, which seems to herald an alien attack on Earth. Harriet Jones, who appeared as an MP in two episodes of Season 1, has now become the Prime Minister. She tries to stand up to the new alien invasion by the Sycorax, while the Doctor sleeps on blissfully unaware.
  2. New Earth (44:08) - The Doctor & Rose arrive on a planet called New Earth in the far distant future and visit a strange hospital staffed by cat-nuns. The sisters seem able to miraculously cure any known disease. Then Rose gets kidnapped and Cassandra reveals herself in a surprising way. Obviously the Doctor has to rescue Rose whilst also solving the mystery of the miraculous cures.

    These first two episodes have kicked the new series off in style, although the disc contents seem a bit skimpy. Recommended.

    Big Thanks to Roadshow for the natty Dalek bottle opener which screams 'Exterminate' when you open a bottle.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is better than last year but still nothing special.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is presumably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, although you certainly could not refer to it as crisp. The sharpness was also affected by colour bleeding, especially from light colours. There was no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was average with some areas being a little murky. There is occassionally some light background grain, as at 30:35 in Episode 1.

    The colour was fine from a vividness and richness perspective, however the aforementioned colour bleeding from light colours was annoying, especially in outdoor scenes.

    The only noticeable artefact was aliasing which was occasionally present but not overly intrusive.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read, however were a little small in size.

    The layer change occurs between episodes.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is reasonable.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s. Overall it did not seem as dynamic as last year's soundtrack.

    Dialogue was fine, except when overlapping with music or sound effects when it sometimes became overwhelmed. This made it difficult to catch some words and sentences. I ended watching the show with the subtitles on.

    The original theme song by Ron Grainer has been modernised and the other incidental music is provided by Murray Gold. The music is of good quality and adds to the production.

    The surround speakers added some music and mild effects.

    The subwoofer was not used noticeably.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included an intro, music, and music. Nicely done.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc has been released in the same format in Region 2 and does not seem to have been released as yet in Region 1.

Summary

    The second series of the new Doctor Who kicks off in style but the DVD only contains 2 episodes.

    The video quality is better than last year but still nothing special.

     The audio quality is reasonable but has a slightly difficult mix.

    The disc has no extras at all.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Review Equipment
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DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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