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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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DVD Releases: May 5, 2009

Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict - Season 1, Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy, Doctor Who: Battlefield.

  • Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict - Season 1:  I loved this show Gene Roddenberry put an interesting spin on the invaded earth story.  The Taelons show up as benevolent neighbors with technology that has solved pollution and many of Earth's other problems but under the surface is up to something.
  • Classic Doctor Who on DVD!!!!!!!
    • Doctor Who: Battlefield:  From the Sylvester McCoy era.  In this four-part storyline the Doctor, Ace and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart team up with UNIT to battle the evil Queen Morgaine and throngs of Arthurian opponents who think the Doctor is the legendary wizard Merlin.

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A 9 Year old Moffat Clue?

Is this a glimpse of the future disguised as a past from the past?  9 years ago, Steven Moffat said:

"Although I loved Peter Davison and Paul McGann, probably the best two actors in the role, I don't think young, dashing Doctors are right at all. He should be 40-plus and weird-looking - the kind of wacky grandfather kids know on sight to be secretly one of them (Doctor Who - Online Magazine & Fan Site)."

Let's choose to ignore the Paul McGann thing, I agree about Peter Davison, and I would add Tom Baker to that list.  Since he in in charge of the series now, if Steven Moffat still believes this, it rules out all of the names who have been rumored to be the next Doctor Who.

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?

BBC, Ask Tom Baker Nicely

250px-Bakert Tom Baker could be persuaded to make an appearance in the fourth series of Doctor Who. He told Kent News:

"Perhaps I might make a guest appearance - perhaps. Providing they ask me nicely, of course."

Baker is my favorite of all the doctors so far. His style, delivery, and approach really captured the essence of the ideal time lord. So BBC ask nicely so that we can see him return. You are bringing back Davros and the Daleks so why not Tom Baker.

For those of you who have not seen, here are the two classic episodes on the Daleks.

Genesis of the Daleks Destiny of the Daleks

(via Digital Spy)