With the new millenium resurrection of ‘Doctor Who’ that has brought a new generation on board, the audience for the show has never been bigger.
Entering what many consider to be the prime of this rebooted series, we embark upon ‘Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series’.
As is customary for the series, the mysterious Dr. Who (now played by David Tennant) travels around this universe/dimension and others with his companion (still played by Billie Piper). Werewolves, parallel universes, missing children, and a peek into Torchwood are all present along with more surprises. As you can tell, a lot of territory is covered.
The Torchwood unveiling is particularly interesting as this helps to lay the groundwork for that successful offshoot. Old-school fans even get a treat as one of the classic companions, Sarah Jane, reunites with the Doctor on a mission for some much needed closure.
The only possibly point to quibble about is about is that there is an episode that feels like a real departure, ‘Love and Monsters’ that follows the perspective of a young man who recalls his encounter with an alien, his falling in love and meeting the Doctor. It would be a fine story in another series, but to have the main character be a cameo just felt weird. You also have to know that the special effects are hit and miss as they always are in this series, though the new incarnation is a drastic improvement upon decades past.
There is a clear consensus that Tennant is a beloved doctor. It is easy to see why: he is a likeable interpretation who keeps the tone light yet also is a man of action. Whereas Eccleston, in the previous series, came across as a bit standoffish, this doctor has a warm rapport with Rose. Because of this rapport, there are moments throughout the season that are oddly affecting for a science fiction show.
One thing that works so well with this series is that while the episodes do usually stand alone, the character relationships gradually build and there are plenty of callbacks. More than that, it’s just a science fiction adventure series that is consistently fun to watch.
Special features include: none.
While the first series was enough to get this examiner on board with the long-running series, ‘Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series’ feels like the show has ramped up to full speed.
If you are on board with the Doctor, you’ll be loving this year of the series.
If you are new, this isn’t a bad place to dive in.
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Not Rated 645 minutes 2005-2006