All right, Doctor Who fans out there, brace yourselves, because the opportunity you’ve been waiting for since the end of the fifth series (or season, if you favor the Americanized term for a block of television episodes) has landed. The crew out at the BBC sent over a copy of Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series for us to review, and for those who can’t get enough of the new Doctor, well, you’ll get all you can stand and then some.
Once again, Doctor Who The Complete Sixth Series joins us with the last Time Lord. Hailing from the lovely isles of Gallifrey, the Time Lord known only as Doctor Who (or more often, the Doctor), and his selected companions, will go romping about space and time, occasionally pausing to protect Earth from rampaging hordes of otherworldly menaces who want the Doctor dead and his adopted homeworld reduced to a cinder in space lest any of those other Gallifrey types manage to show up again.
Considering that the first episode of the series will be a bizarre science fiction analogue of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, you have a pretty good idea of what we’re in for here. And considering Matt Smith’s penchant for comic glee (here, I do personally maintain Christopher Eccleston as the best Doctor, though Matt Smith has certainly done a bang-up job in the role. Great Doctor, yes indeed, best Doctor, not so much.), as well as some fine dramatic tension, you’ve got a terrific combination here that makes the Doctor seem so wildly insane. Or, of course, merely beyond our definition of sanity, as some have suggested about Batman’s Joker character.
The Doctor will do more impossible things in just one one-hour show than most people will do in a lifetime, and that may not be for everybody. But for the most part, you will have both heartwarming and spinetingling moments here, and it’s not so often I can get my entire trunk involved like that. It’s terrific stuff, in all honesty, and is going to be well worth your time to watch for any of a variety of reasons. And even better, there will often be a twist at the end that makes things even more impressive. Much like our last tangle with the Doctor, we saw the most bizarre circumstances get suddenly pulled into place, tight and clean, with a minimum of loose ends. It’s delightful fun, wildly entertaining, and very much worth your time to watch. The Doctor has legions of rabid fans out there. This is why.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Doctor Who The Complete Sixth Series a nine out of ten for doing a whole lot of bizarre but exciting things that will prove to be terrific in the end. The sheer bizarrity of it all will make it prove to be not for everyone, but for those willing to stomach the Doctor’s sheer epic weird level, you’ll likely have a fantastic time on board this wild TARDIS ride.