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If you’re a Doctor Who fan, it’s very likely that you have either already bought this set (released November 22) or it is on your holiday wish list. However, just in case you’re still on the fence, I have to say that the BBC has once again put together a fabulous series collection that is worth every penny.
First off, a synopsis of the DVD set:
The 6-disc set combines all 13 episodes of the new season from award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin), along with the 2010 Holiday Special, A Christmas Carol, starring Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon, plus hours of bonus features. The series follows the adventures of the Doctor, a mysterious traveler who journeys throughout all of time and space, picking up companions along the way. ©BAFTA nominee Matt Smith (the Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Alex Kingston (River Song) are back when the Doctor faces his date with death and learns a lot more about the mysterious River Song. Guest stars include Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Notting Hill), supermodel Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), James Corden (Gavin & Stacey,The History Boys), and David Walliams (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me). Catch a surprise appearance by NBC’s Meredith Vieira in the series finale as well as Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga, Midnight in Paris), who voices a character in Neil Gaiman’s episode and Imelda Staunton (Cranford, Vera Drake), who voices a character in Tom MacRae’s episode. Executive producers are Piers Wenger (Upstairs Downstairs, Ashes to Ashes) and Beth Willis (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes). Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1, Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 2 and Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol are also available for purchase separately on DVD and Blu-ray.
The synopsis reminds you about all the awesome guest stars/writers they had throughout the sixth series, but it doesn’t elaborate on all the great bonus features in this DVD set. Not only does the DVD set contain all of the Doctor Who Confidential episodes for series six, but it also provides plenty of commentaries, prequels to specific episodes, four different “Monster Files” that aired throughout the season, and two Comic Relief sketches. Basically, almost every Doctor Who special that aired on BBC over the last year is present in this DVD collection. Just in case re-watching all of the episodes wasn’t enough of the Doctor for you.
My favorite special is the Doctor Who Confidential for last year’s Christmas episode. It’s longer than your average Doctor Who Confidential episode (almost an hour), and it offers us (amongst other things) a glimpse of the table read for “A Christmas Carol.” I love seeing the giddy excitement on Matt Smith’s face when he reads with Michael Gambon, and hearing Steven Moffat read his own stage directions. I’m a sucker for “behind-the-scenes” footage, and the Doctor Who Confidential episodes provide plenty of it.
Series Six of Doctor Who was full of awesome, including Neil Gaiman, Mark Sheppard, and a wonderfully intricate overarching story-arc involving the “death of the Doctor.” Steven Moffat yet again drives us crazy with twists and turns throughout the series; providing some answers to long-standing questions and, of course, posing new ones. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston have great chemistry as a whole and compliment each other (and the scripts) perfectly throughout the season. Needless to say, I can’t wait for the next season to start. In the meantime, I strongly recommend that every Doctor Who fan checks out this DVD/Blu-Ray series, if for no other reason than to watch out the awesome bonus features.
In case you need just a little more convincing, here’s the trailer:
Wrong. That is the concept for “Being Human”, a new series that started on Syfy. Are you angry that you missed the first episode? Well, unlike the first episode of S3 Merlin that seems to have fallen off of the face of the earth (grumble grumble), SyFy is airing the first episode right before the second one airs.
The main characters are Aidan, a vampire, and Josh, a werewolf.
Aidan (Sam Witwer – Crank, Gamer) is struggling with his attempts to cut fresh human out of his diet and remove himself from the clutches of his sire, Bishop. He ironically enough works as a nurse in a hospital and spends a lot of time in the trama unit exposed to the scent of blood. He does nick some of the bags to feed himself, but he has grown to appreciate human life and his desire to maintain the masquerade of being a part of the status quo.
Josh (Sam Huntington – Not Another Teen Movie, Detroit Rock City) is a werewolf who gives you the impression of having been bitten (though it’s not confirmed in the first episode) and every month he is subjected to an unwanted transformation. He is having a hard time dealing with it and distanced himself from his family and friends.
Somehow Josh and Aidan became friends working the nursing shifts in the hospital. It is mentioned by another character that their friendship is something of an anomale, but Aidan keeps trying to get Josh to “be normal”. They decide to get an apartment together so that even though they have to really try to be normal, they have a moment away from society to be themselves and not be judged.
They find an apartment that needs some work and move in. Awhile later they meet Sally (Meaghan Rath – Lost and Delirious), one of the previous owners of the apartment. She had died and had spent months trying to get people to know that she was there, but humans weren’t able to see her.
Josh tries to get her to leave the apartment so that he can have some time to himself and considers her a bit of a nuisance. Aidan seems to be very accepting with having the ghost in the house.
Aidan is trying to reacclamate himself to a normal life when his sire, Bishop (Mark Pellegrino – Capote, Dexter), tries to pull him back into the fold.
Josh is reconnected with a family member and is put in the terrifying position of revealing what it is he has become.
I really enjoyed the first episode of Being Human on SyFy. I thought it was a unique take on the supernatural and was ready to give full props to SyFy for it until I was told that it was a rehash of a UK show. It makes me feel bad for all of the screenwriters in L.A. slinging coffee with brilliant ideas and no one to listen to them.
That being said, I’m going to keep watching it and have added the original version to my Queue so that I can watch and compare.