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DVD Releases: May 4th 2010 Doctor Who, Dragon Ball and Hamlet

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Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora, Dragon Ball: Season Four, Hamlet (2009).  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?


  • Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora: Big fan of the Tom Baker years as Doctor Who.  I'm so glad to see more of it released on DVD this way fans of the current show can go back and see some of the original episodes that inspired the current show.  This also included commentary track by Tom Baker.
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    • Story:  Crossing paths with a living energy field called the Mandragora Helix drives the TARDIS to 15th-century Italy, where the Doctor and Sarah get mixed up with an evil cult, royal intrigue and the destructive power of the Helix energy. With Sarah captured by cult members and the Doctor slated for execution, the pair will have to think fast to prevent the Helix from obliterating Earth.
  • Dragon Ball: Season Four:Big Dragon Ball fan and for us this is an owner.  Warning Dragon Ball is a silly, ridiculous, weird and highly addictive show best described as high fantasy version of WWF wresteling.  I used to think Dragon Ball and Z  was dumb then Eric got the season one box set.  He sat me down and after a couple of episodes I converted and had to see more.
    • Story:  A new breed of evil - more powerful than anything ever experienced - is taking the world's greatest martial artists down for the count. Goku is quick to join the fight, but he's about to meet his match in the form of King Piccolo. This menacing monster has the power to pulverize the planet, and his murderous rampage will not stop until he controls the power of the seven magic Dragon Balls.  When Krillin is the first hero cut down by the monster's minion, the stage is set for a brutal grudge match between Goku and Piccolo. Earth's greatest champion vows to avenge the loss of his best friend, but first, he must journey to Korin Tower on a quest for the Ultra Divine Water: a magical elixir that could give him the strength to save humanity - or send him straight to the grave!


  • Hamlet (2009):  Classic Shakespeare tale that has been told in movie form many  times before.  This version stands out for the cast, production company and filming location.  With David Tennant starring as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as uncle Claudius that makes it a must see for me.  Add to it this is a the Royal Shakespeare Company film meaning that the accents will be correct.  This version of Hamlet is also filmed on location adding to the depth of the performance with real setting.

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Doctor Who David Tennant Tribute Vid

I've been trying to find a way to honor Ten and his years after "The End of Time", and this felt like a nice way of doing it. Hopefully, I've made him justice.

This vid is a fun nostalgic return to the adventures of the 10th Doctor Who.  The use of Come Sail Away was a good touch to help set the mood.  The vid features many of the Doctors companions:  Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Sarah Jones, Captain Jack, Jenny and even River Song.

He had such favorable reactions (MUCH love for everyone who commented! Seriously, I can't thank you enough) and I just loved him so much in it that I couldn't just cut him. And, in fact, this turned out to be a very good decision once I managed to figure out an ending for his "B plot", which made a pretty good ending for the vid itself… when the Doc regenerates, his older self isn't gone, he just stays home and watches his current self on the TV. ;)

di0br uses Christopher Eccleston the 9th doctor to knit together all of the other parts of the video.  Setting him as someone watching the other vids on a TV flipping channels as a transition between songs.  I would have loved to see a moment when Eccleston changed the channel and had Tennant telling him not to blink.

At 7 minutes long it seems long at first but worth watching.  The length works as a tribute vid.  I would like to see some of the parts made into individual vids themselves.

  • “It's the end of the world as we know it” would make a fun vid there are so many scenes to pull from in addition to the ones feature here.
  • "Bohemian rhapsody" the use of it with clips from Human Nature was brilliant.  I would love to see it expanded to a full vid in itself adding clips from Utopia as well.  The anguish of the Master before he is let go would add an interesting element and pull the two events together through the watches.
  • A Jack Tubthumping vid just writes it’s self
  • "Sympathy for the devil"  I wished this song started with Mr Saxon and want a vid of that featuring Mr Saxon and the Master
  • Last but not least "I think I'm a clone now" would make a hilarious vid not only looking at the multiple doctors but also the master when he reproduced himself in The End of Time and also use Jenny the Doctors daughter.

FULL TRACK LIST: "Come sail away" by Styx "Kung Fu fighting" by Carl Douglas "Girls just wanna have fun" by Cyndi Lauper "My humps" by the Black Eyed Peas "It's the end of the world as we know it" by R.E.M. "All by myself" by Air Supply [*ahem* OOPS evidently, this song is by Eric Carmen, not Air Supply. HUGE thanks to newwen07 for pointing that out to me ;)] "Bohemian rhapsody" by Queen "F**k you" by Lily Allen "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba "Sympathy for the devil" by the Rolling Stones "Lady in red" by Chris DeBurgh "No rain" by Blind Melon "Time after time" by Cyndi Lauper "I think I'm a clone now" by Weird Al Yankovic "Without me" by Eminem "How far we've come" by Matchbox 20 "Changes" by Butterfly Boucher feat. David Bowie PLUS "Vogue" by Madonna and "Never gonna give you up" by Rick Astley

Thanks di0br

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A Doctor Who Christmas

December is going to bring the last three David Tennant Doctor Who episodes to the U.S. I’m glad to see only a one day delay for the 2009 Christmas special.  This is not only the end of the David Tennant doctor it is also the last written by Russel T Davies.

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On the 19th day of December BBC America got for me Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

On the 26th day of December BBC America got for me Doctor Who: The End of Time

If only on the 5th day of Christmas Santa would bring to me 5 golden Dalaks.

Trailer for Waters of Mars

Trailer for The End of Time

(via Slice of SciFi)

Matt Smith, The 11th Doctor Who

eleventh_doctorMatt Smith has been tapped to replace David Tennant in 2010 as Doctor Who.

Lead writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said "The Doctor is a very special part, and it takes a very special actor to play him. You need to be old and young at the same time, a boffin and an action hero, a cheeky schoolboy and the wise old man of the universe. As soon as Matt walked through the door and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man. 2010 is a long time away but rest assured the Eleventh Doctor is coming - and the universe has never been so safe."

The BBC posted an interview with Matt.

I am not sure how I feel about his casting.  He will be the youngest Doctor, replacing Peter Davison who is one of my favorite Doctors.  I trust Steven Moffat.  He has made a lot of great decisions about the series, and I trust that he will do what is best for the series.

(via BBC)

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Russel Tovey, One of the Rumored Doctors

Russel Tovey is one of the actors with rumors flying around him as a possible replacement for David Tennant on Doctor Who.  Digital Spy sat down and talked to him about the rumors, and surprise, there isn't much news there. While he might be the one, I don't think so.  He looks too much like the current Doctor to get the job.  Judging by the past Doctors, they have always picked people who are physically and temperamentally different from their predecessors.  If they follow that tend, then I don't see this happening.  If they want to buck the trend, then he might be a safe bet.

Doctor Who to Regenerate in 2010

David-Tennant David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who after the new season.

David Tennant comments "I've had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it. It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don't take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising the TARDIS key out of my cold dead hand. This show has been so special to me, I don't want to outstay my welcome.

"This is all a long way off, of course. I'm not quitting, I'm back in Cardiff in January to film four special episodes which will take Doctor Who all the way through 2009. I'm still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I'll be honoured to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git - whoever that may be.

"I'd always thought the time to leave would be in conjunction with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner who have been such a huge part of it all for me. Steven Moffat is the most brilliant and exciting writer, the only possible successor to Russell and it was sorely tempting to be part of his amazing new plans for the show. I will be there, glued to my TV when his stories begin in 2010.

"I feel very privileged to have been part of this incredible phenomenon, and whilst I'm looking forward to new challenges I know I'll always be very proud to be the Tenth Doctor (BBC)."

This has to be one of the worse kept secrets in scifi.  It will be a loss to the series and if I might be cliché, an end to an era.

No one has effected the franchise as much as Tennant since Tom Baker took on the role.  I am not sure what they will do to follow him, but I am sure it will be change.  If I had to predict there next move, I would say they will cast someone unexpected for the role such as the first non-Caucasian or a woman.  Might I recommend a regeneration mishap that causes the new Doctor to look like Martha Jones?

I know that is a bit crazy.  Who would you like to see as the new Doctor?

Doctor who: Series Four Box Set Features

get your copy of Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series here Doctor Who: Series Four box set's features are now known.  It will be released in the UK on November 17th and in the states on the 18th.  The box set will have tons of Doctor Who goodness.  It's going to cost $64.99.  The cover art, shown on the left, has a simple beauty about it that I like. The high price point on the box sets led me to get season three through iTunes but after that experience that might not be the best choice.  I loved having it in digital form and having the viewing convince brought by that medium.  On the down side iTunes only provides the episodes.  I did not expect to get the bonous features, commentaries and behind the scene material but I thought it would include the Christmas special, I was wrong.

The Series four box set features will include:

  • 2007 Christmas Special: Voyage of the Damned
  • All 13 episodes of Doctor Who series four
  • 14 episodes of Doctor Who Confidential (Cut downs)
  • 14 Commentaries
  • 14 Audio Descriptions
  • David Tennant's Video Diaries
  • Kylie Minogue's Video Diary
  • Children in Need Special: Time Crash
  • Out-Takes & Deleted Scenes

With all of that additional material the cost difference makes sense because there is more than twice the viewing hours.  I can't wait to see what out-takes and deleted scenes are included!

Get your copy of Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series

(via Tardis and Torchwood Treasures)

New Doctor Who on SciFi Channel

SCI FI Channel announced Jan. 12 that it will air the first season of the BBC's hit SF series Doctor Who, starting in March. The 13 episodes, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, will air as part of SCI FI Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (SciFi Wire).

As a huge fan of Doctor Who, I am ecstatic about the US airing... That said, after these 13 episodes, what will happen?

Ninth Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston has decided to quit the role, it was confirmed last night [31 March 2005] (BBC).

How will US audiences who are not used to Doctor Who react when after 13 episodes the Main Character is recast?

Squarely in the frame for the role of Doctor number ten is David Tennant, currently starring in Russell T Davies' Casanova, and about to appear as Dr Briscoe in BBC Four's live broadcast of The Quatermass Experiment on Saturday (BBC).

While I hope to see all of the new Doctor Who's, and I hope the series will continue after the Eccleston Episodes.