24 April 2014

DVD Season Set Review: "Doctor Who": The Complete First Series

Rated: TV-PG for language and violence (US)
Starring: Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper
Released: March 17 - June 9, 2006 (original TV premieres) / June 9, 2012 (DVD)
Rose (Billie Piper) was just a normal twenty-something: living with her mother, working at a department store, and spending time with her doting boyfriend.  All that changes when a series of weird occurrences leads to her meeting a mysterious man (Christopher Eccleston), who only calls himself "The Doctor".  Much to her mother and boyfriend's chagrin, she ventures off with the Doctor in his Tardis, a time-traveling machine that looks like an old police box.  The two of them have crazy adventures throughout time and space, ranging from millions of years in the future to the time of Dickens.

Artistic Merit

Plots: 4/5
Some of the plots did run a little long, but, for the most part, this first series held my interest.

Production Values: 5/5

Nothing to complain about in this department. The acting was wonderful; the special effects were great; the sets, the costumes, and the soundtrack were all well-done.

Moral Content

Sex: 3.5/5
A few "PG"-level sexual quips, and two or three different implied illicit affairs.  A guy kisses another guy, but it comes off as brotherly, as he does it just after kissing a lady.  The show Big Brother is referenced.

Nudity: 3.5/5
Rose, her mother, and some other women wear tops that show cleavage and/or midriff.  A guy is seen totally naked, with a camera obscuring his private area.

Language: 2.5/5
The h-word and d-word are used at least two or three times per episode; God's name is misused just as much.

Violence: 3.75/5

Though violence is present, it is never gory and rarely bloody.  Still, characters shoot at one another; people are disintegrated; both humans and alien beings are killed.

Drugs: 4/5
Alcoholism is present, but only occasionally.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 1/5
The good news is that the scariness never goes beyond "PG" limits.  The bad news is that it's present in every episode.  Hideous aliens and other monstrosities are seen throughout this first series.  The last story arc shows humans' skeletons before they are killed.

Other: 4/5
An alien says he is God and uses Biblical language, but is eventually destroyed.

Final Score: 4/5
I've been hearing about this series for years, but finally decided to check it out recently.  I definitely liked what I saw: sci-fi escapism that doesn't go beyond "PG" limits.  Let's hope that the remaining series keep it clean.

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