Doctor Who : Season 1

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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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  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: 80 out of 96
  2. Negative: 6 out of 96
  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. Jar
    Oct 26, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Overall Doctor Who is a fantastic show. Although there are some things that you must know before watching it. First of all this show does have some bad episodes. Especially in seasons one and two. But in those seasons there are several incredible episodes that you will come to love and watch again and again. Now I will review each season by itself and rate it out of 10 stars. (Warning: Contains Major Spoilers)

    Season One: Overall a pretty good first season after all the hype about the reboot of the original show. Although the first episode is alright, the next 4 are atrocious, but after that you get to see that Dalek episode which is magnificent.
    Overall: 8/10 Stars

    Season Two: This is my least favorite season. There are several very mediocre episodes throughout it with only one good episode. Although the "Death" of Rose was quite sad, it was long past its due. Rose had become to be an annoying, entitled, whiner. All in all the only great thing about this series is David Tennant.
    Overall: 5/10 Stars

    Season Three: This was when Russell T. Davies (the producer) started to get things on track. This season has some of the best episodes in Doctor Who history (Blink, Human Nature, etc.), and there is truly no BAD episode. Although "42" is weak in many aspects it still offers great entertainment, and Martha, although hated by many, is a great alternative to the whiny Rose, mostly because she actually DOES SOMETHING. The one thing I hate about this series though is the finale. The first part was so intriguing and it drew you into the dilemma the Doctor, Jack, and Martha were in. The second part was just so disappointing due to the horribly corny ending.
    Overall: 8/10 Stars

    Season Four: Oh Donna. We had the best of times. Donna (the new companion for this series), is the best "Who" companion of all time. Many people will disagree with this but she was funny, and witty, and really was the only Nu Who companion not to fall in love with the Doctor at one point. Almost all the episodes in this are fantastic and the Series finale has been argued to be the best climactic episode of Doctor Who ever. David Tennant is also at his finest in this series. Shame his regeneration was so ghastly.
    Overall: 10/10 Stars

    Season Five: My favorite season. Even though season 4 was incredible, this season drew you in like no other form of entertainment I've ever seen. Although there are 3 weak episodes in this series. In my opinion, almost every other one will go down as classics. The season finale is also fantastic, with an amazing cliffhanger and conclusion to the great story arc.
    Overall: 10/10 Stars

    Season Six: Ugh. That's really all I have to say about this series. While following the best two season of Doctor Who ever, it had a lot to live up too, and I have to say, it really didn't do its job. Although the two part season premiere is pretty good, most of the other episodes are as boring as heck. And the whole season kinda feels like a drawn out attempt at a horror story, just without the horror. The silence are a pretty boring villain, and "Night Terrors" is my least favorite episode of all time. The only saving grace for this series is the finale. It manages to sum up the River Song story arc pretty well.
    Overall: 3/10 Stars

    Season Seven (Part One): Since Part One and Part Two are very different I will do this in parts. Part One is fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Every episode delivers intense, smart, and incredible entertainment. The only bad thing I can say about it is that Asylum of the Daleks had some mediocre acting from the Ponds.
    Overall: 10/10 Stars

    Season 7 (Part Two): After the death of Amy and Rory, the Doctor is...wait what? Stop doing, well, anything, and holes up in his TARDIS for 1,000 years???? WHAT?! "The Snowmen" is pretty good, but the only really good episodes after that are "The Bells of Saint John" and "The Name of the Doctor", Jenna Louise Coleman was decent in "Asylum", and "The Snowmen" but the modern day Clara is annoying as HELL. I do hope she doesn't stay much longer. One good thing about this series is the cliffhanger ending. It's very smart and I'm still trying to figure it out.
    Overall: 6/10 Stars

    Conclusion: Overall, even though it has its highs and lows, Doctor Who is my favorite show of all time. You really get to love (almost) all the characters and it (usually) has incredible writing. I'd recommend it for any fan of sci-fi, or just good television in general.
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  3. ScotF
    Mar 17, 2006
    10
    It's quite the show to watch. It's clever and entertaining, and a fresh kind of show that Americans are not used to seeing.
  4. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    It's amazing how nobody else had the balls to outright say that this show sucks, and I'm not gonna be one to break the mold. Doctor Who is byIt's amazing how nobody else had the balls to outright say that this show sucks, and I'm not gonna be one to break the mold. Doctor Who is by far one of the greatest sci-fi shows in existence and I think the reason for that is the fact that it has become a British national treasure and that writers and directors take great care of it. There are many great episodes and the bad ones are few and far between. The plots and stories are expertly told, the characters are expertly casted, the performances are almost always great, the action is amazing, and its adventurous feel is unavoidable. It's a must see for everyone, ranging from the most hardcore sci-fi fan to the most casual and average viewer. Expand
  5. JonathanB
    Mar 28, 2006
    9
    Bold reinvention of a time old classic, losing little of its charm and character. My only real complaints? Some of the 'earth' Bold reinvention of a time old classic, losing little of its charm and character. My only real complaints? Some of the 'earth' actors are terrible, and the stories are wafer thin. A chavvy reinvention, maybe, but still an enjoyable romp through time and space. Pick up the DVD version, rather than plod through adverts, and you'll have a fun, if flimsy, adventure. Expand
  6. Jun 1, 2014
    8
    From dark dialog to light hearted, funny moments, "Doctor Who" has been one of my favourite shows since 2011! The first season is noFrom dark dialog to light hearted, funny moments, "Doctor Who" has been one of my favourite shows since 2011! The first season is no exception. Yes, it may have cheesy effects here and there, and yes a couple episodes like "The Long Game" or "Aliens of London" don't exactly hit a home run, but it's by far made up for with fantastic episodes like "Rose", "Dalek", "Father's Day", "The Empty Child", and "Bad Wolf". Christopher Eccleston does a fine job to portray a dark, troubled man like the Doctor, and Billie Piper does a good job to play an average, yet brave 19-year old. Not to mention, that diner scene in "Boom Town" is something I'll never forget for all the right reasons. Doctor Who, you're absolutely fantastic! 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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