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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
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. Reviewed by: Charles McGrath
    70
    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. 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: 77 out of 87
  2. Negative: 4 out of 87
  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. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    How can you not love this TV show?

    It's simply perfect. The casting, the writing...everything. David Tennant will always be my favourite
    How can you not love this TV show?

    It's simply perfect. The casting, the writing...everything. David Tennant will always be my favourite Doctor but the other 10 Doctors and John Hurt are great too. Jenna Coleman has quickly become my favourite companion; she's the perfect archetypal companion. Cheeky, smart and full of personality: everything you could possibly want in a companion.

    As for eras, I particularly like the Moffat Era. It has a incredibly interesting dark fairytale tone that simply just suits Doctor Who. It's a tone that neatly sums up the 11th Doctor and Amy's relationship too. Steven Moffat has got it all right.
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  3. Ian
    Jul 4, 2006
    10
    Each episode varies in style from drama, comedy, scares, satire, melodrama etc. etc. Most are great, and even the weaker ones have good Each episode varies in style from drama, comedy, scares, satire, melodrama etc. etc. Most are great, and even the weaker ones have good points. The regular cast is excellent and the writing is sharp, witty, and tight. Expand
  4. Jun 20, 2011
    10
    This is the best TV show ever. Every episode is something new, and unpredictable. Great dialogues, clever stories and actors. It deserve to beThis is the best TV show ever. Every episode is something new, and unpredictable. Great dialogues, clever stories and actors. It deserve to be CULT. It´s from episode to episode better. 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. Feb 21, 2011
    8
    Great TV show that keeps you wanting more all the time.
  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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