Doctor Who-Series 10-Part 2 (Blu-ray) (2017)

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Released 26-Jul-2017

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-one for each episode
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2017
Running Time 275
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Graeme Harper
Euros Lyn
James Strong
James Hawes
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Peter Capaldi
Pearl Mackie
Matt Lucas
Case Slip Case
RPI $29.95 Music Murray Gold


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     It is hard to believe that any television show could run for 50 years, let alone what started as a little sci-fi series designed for kids on the BBC. This series has enthralled, excited and inspired generations of children and adults alike. There have been spin-off series, movies and more over the years. The new incarnation of the series is currently part way through its tenth season on the ABC. This is the third and last season with Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, accompanied by new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) who is an excellent addition to the show, bringing something different than previous companions. She is black and a lesbian but to my mind these things are much less interesting than her different, inquisitive, funny and brave personality. She challenges the Doctor in new and interesting ways despite his desire to avoid having another companion and his need to be near a locked vault underneath a university. The character of Nardole (Matt Lucas) also continues in this series playing a significant part in many episodes, often as comic relief.

     This season contains 12 episodes and this set includes the last six spread across two Blu-ray discs. The second half of the season includes more great episodes like the first half, (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) culminating in a great finish for this doctor and the reappearance of The Master . It will be interesting to see what role Bill plays in future seasons considering the ambiguous way her character ends this season.

     Undoubtedly, the best of the Capaldi seasons despite all of them being of high quality. Recommended.

     I, for one, am looking forward to where the series can go with a female Doctor and a new showrunner replacing Stephen Moffat!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good, at a similar quality to last season.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080i rather than full 1080p.

     The picture was reasonably sharp and clear throughout, without even looking spectacular. Shadow detail was very good.

     The colour is excellent, really showing off the new sets and locations for this series.

     There was some minor motion blur during fast movement and some little bits of aliasing.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.



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Audio

     The audio quality is very good without being at feature film quality.

     These discs contain an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1, plus an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was quite clear however sometimes it got lost in the mix of effects and music, meaning the subtitles were useful at times.

     The music by Murray Gold is excellent as usual adding significantly to the show.

     The surround speakers were well used for lots of directional effects such as lasers, screams and action scenes plus significant atmosphere and music and the subwoofer supported the TARDIS sounds, music and action scenes.

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Extras

     A small set of extras. They have HD-MA 2.0 sound. One assumes there will be an end of season set with more extras as these are a bit disappointing.

Menu

     The menu features various locations from the series and music from the show. Audio Navigation is available as an option.

Disc 1

Inside Look - The Pyramid at the End of the World (2:58)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the story of the episode.

Inside Look - The Lie of the Land (2:25)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the dystopian world created and the story.

Inside Look - Empress of Mars (2:38)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the story and the Ice Warriors.

Disc 2

Inside Look - Eaters of Light (2:52)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about the story of the 9th legion.

Inside Look - World Enough and Time (2:22)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. This one talks about Missy and the Master plus The Cybermen.

Inside Look - The Doctor Falls (2:59)

     Short promotional featurettes for each episode. Covers the end of Peter Capaldi and Stephen Moffat as showrunner.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This season is available globally seemingly in the same format.

Summary

    The third and last season of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor is his best.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are disappointing.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, August 07, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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