Doctor Who : Season 1

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70

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  • Summary: Christopher Eccleston becomes the ninth actor to take on the role of the time-travelling title character in the BBC's latest incarnation (the first in 16 years) of its venerable sci-fi franchise, airing in the U.S. for the first time after becoming an unexpected hit in Britain last year.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. If you're looking for allegorical, intriguing science fiction, this isn't it. If you're OK with rapid-fire, light-hearted dialogue with an occasional dig at politics and culture, this "Doctor Who" is your cup of tea.
  2. Like so much British science fiction, especially Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, this "Doctor Who" has a goofy, homemade quality; it's less interested in gizmos than in characters.
  3. Despite a few missteps, there's much to recommend.
  4. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    This remake achieves an Avengers-like balance of cheeky wit amid the cheesiness.
  5. Silly, sophomoric stuff that is sure to please its television audience.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    It's pretty decent hokum--fast, corny, genial, honest in its schlock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 93
  2. Negative: 4 out of 93
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    10
    As an American, British TV was irrelevant to me. That was until I stumbled on this masterpiece. About one year ago I discovered the TV showAs an American, British TV was irrelevant to me. That was until I stumbled on this masterpiece. About one year ago I discovered the TV show and soon watched every episode, eventually reaching Season 6, which I loved. If you are a fan of Sci-fi or just very intellectual story-telling, check this show out. Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2014
    10
    I remember watching Doctor Who since i was 8, been hooked ever since, then moved to Canada where i forgot about it.. then came along NetflixI remember watching Doctor Who since i was 8, been hooked ever since, then moved to Canada where i forgot about it.. then came along Netflix where i caught up with all the doctor who i missed in the past 5 years in about a week... Love the show and actors and can't wait for the new episodes of doctor who to come out Expand
  3. MarkS
    Mar 17, 2006
    10
    Fantastic opportunity to relive childhood Saturdays behind the souch!
  4. Jul 6, 2012
    10
    I just wanted to chime in here that I've been re-watching the 2005 series to present with my cousin, in effort to make her a Whovian....I just wanted to chime in here that I've been re-watching the 2005 series to present with my cousin, in effort to make her a Whovian.... (mission accomplished!) - and each and every episode I enjoyed a great deal. Sure, some of the effects are hokey, but I enjoy the overall feel of the show. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    9
    I have been a Whovian ever since my dad introduced me to it in 2005. What makes Doctor Who better than most shows (I therefore refer toI have been a Whovian ever since my dad introduced me to it in 2005. What makes Doctor Who better than most shows (I therefore refer to television soaps - depressing nightmares of sorts) because of the way it stands out amongst the crowd. The latest attacks on their complicated plots have no meaning, I don't see why we should criticise such a classic show that has produced excellent episode after excellent episode. If people want no meaning in their life, they should just watch a load of celebrity wannabes on reality shows like Big Brother and X Factor. The real gold is making people think as well as entertain them. I can't say that for all shows, like those that produce quality comedy, but Doctor Who is the one to watch. Doctor Who is well-known for its intricate storylines - the media should know this right now. There's nothing worse than watching a show for half an hour without using your brain. It keeps you thinking, and plus, it's good entertainment. If famous films can pull off the laughter behind the darkness, then so can TV shows.
    This also isn't an all-out gun fight. The simplest of weapons: The Doctor only uses his intelligence and sonic screwdriver (the fact that it will never have a setting for wood - cracks me up every time). The companions are feisty and not likely to give up without a fight. The TARDIS is fantastically clever time travelling machine which can go anywhere and everywhere. Doctor Who also has a defence mechanism - regeneration. When a Timelord's gets worn out and tired, it changes to reveal a new, healthy one. It keeps the show fresh and enlightened.
    What this show does, other shows don't do. Have you ever seen a TARDIS appear into view, a Dalek (hopefully from a safe distance - probably next planet) hovering along, or heard of a Timelord with two hearts? I didn't think so. If you want reality, watch the X Factor or a soap, like Eastenders. If you want something unconventional and out of this world, then this is the show for you.
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  6. Dec 1, 2013
    8
    Doctor Who's main problem is its inconsistency. Some episodes are great, some disappointing and the rest in between. However, ChristopherDoctor Who's main problem is its inconsistency. Some episodes are great, some disappointing and the rest in between. However, Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper are excellent in their respective roles and help make this season a very memorable one. Expand
  7. Jan 4, 2015
    0
    Purely giving it red because I hat what Moffat has done to Doctor who. However if you would have asked me the same question some years back,Purely giving it red because I hat what Moffat has done to Doctor who. However if you would have asked me the same question some years back, it would easily have acquired a green. Expand

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