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Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series (Blu-ray)
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Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series (Blu-ray)

The Doctor returns in his best Blu-ray collection yet, packed with some of the best episodes and special features in the show’s history.

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Many fans will agree that, despite a few average episodes, season six of Doctor Who is quite possibly the best the series has offered since its return to television. Matt Smith comes into his own as the 11th Doctor in some of the most emotional and heartfelt stories yet, as the world’s longest-running sci-fi fantasy series comes home in the incredible Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series Blu-ray edition, which not only collects every episode of the winning series, but manages to make things even more magical with all-new features created specifically for this release. It’s a must-have for fans of the show, as well as anyone who ever dreamed of stealing their own Doctor and seeing the universe for themselves.

As we documented with our mini-reviews, The Doctor and his companions have been on some amazing adventures this season, many of them being hands-down some of the best the show has ever produced since its return. From the awesome, two-part season premiere of “The Impossible Astronaut” and “The Day of the Moon” which was filmed in the U.S. for the first time, to one of my personal favorites like the Neil Gaiman penned “The Doctor’s Wife” that had some pretty emotional scenes as the TARDIS’ becomes trapped in a young lady’s body and can finally talk with the Doctor, to the epic finale that changed things forever in “The Wedding of River Song“.

The series hooks you with a terrible tragedy at the start which keeps you on the edge of your seat until it’s mostly resolved at the very end. Even some of the less liked episodes such as the two-part “The Rebel Flesh” and “The Almost People” manage to have a little fun with a Doctor cloned from alien ooze. And for those who are wondering, the 2010 Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol” (with its flying sharks) is included as well, which is sure to please fans that held out for this release.

The BBC has done a fantastic job with the transfer of the series. The picture comes in sharp and clean, while delivering all of the visual details you expect of a Blu-ray disc. You’ll see all the wacky contraptions inside the TARDIS, to the amazing look of the minotaur-like monster from “The God Complex” in perfect clarity. The sounds don’t miss a beat either, as the 5.1 DTS-HD audio makes sure that every valuable piece of dialogue is heard, and that every sound effect comes roaring through.

As great as many of the episodes are, the real treats are the many special features included, which take advantage of all that extra space on the Blu-ray discs (thank you). All of the standard features are here, including audio commentaries for some of the episodes, as well as all thirteen episodes of trivia-expanding Doctor Who Confidential. But even better are the little treats made specifically for this release. There’s the hilarious two-part Comic Relief special “Space” and “Time,” which sees the TARDIS landing inside of itself, leaving the Doctor, Amy, and Rory interacting with their future selves to try to find a way out.

Then there’s the five “Night and the Doctor” mini-episodes that serve as little bookends for some of the episodes, like “Up All Night” which features Craig and Sophie talking about their son Alphie the night before the series episode “Closing Time” begins. Another fun one is “Bad Night”, which shows what happens when Amy answers the TARDIS phone when the Doctor’s not around, and “Good Night” has the Doctor and Amy having a tender talk about the saddest moment of her life. The last two, “First Night” and “Last Night”, form a pretty neat two-part closer, which sees multiple River Songs appearing on the TARDIS at one time.

Rounding out the extras are a bonus Doctor Who Confidential that talks about the five-part “Night and the Doctor” episodes, and four featurettes of some of the Doctor’s foes in this season such as the Silence, the alien ooze skin from “The Rebel Flesh”, and more.

Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series on Blu-ray is a must-have for fans, as it contains some of the best stories and adventures the Doctor and his companions have ever been on, taking the BBC’s long-running sci-fi fantasy series in a new direction that everyone can appreciate. Those who held out for this complete season set will be richly rewarded, as it not only contains every single episode of the incredible sixth season in glorious high-definition picture and sound, but packs six discs worth of special features and bonus extras, many of which were made specifically for this release. Like the TARDIS itself, this is definitely one blue-colored box that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and should be more than enough to tide fans over until the next grand adventure through time and space – with bow-ties. Because bow-ties are cool.

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11/22/2011

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