Doctor Who: Season One

Title: Doctor Who: The Complete First Series
Year: 2005
Network: BBC
Episodes: 13, at 45 minutes
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Directors: Keith Boak, Euros Lyn, Joe Ahearne, Brian Grant, James Hawes
Writers: Russell T. Davies, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Steven Moffat; with characters by Robert Holmes and Terry Nation
Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Murray Gold

My reaction
Synopsis: a mysterious alien travels through space and time with a human girl
How I saw it: on video several times (have on DVD), most recently over the past few days
Concept: Great.
Story: Good. There are a couple bad episodes, but most are great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Indifferent. The special effects are pretty cheesy, but not bad for television.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites). Eccleston’s Doctor doesn’t really compare with David Tennant’s, and the individual episodes are rarely as good as the best ones from more recent years, but I love the over-arching story of this first season. They keep trying to top it by making things bigger, but it’s never worked as well as the first time. Hopefully the new producers for the next season this spring will finally move on and stop with the constantly revisiting and repeating season one.
Objective Rating: 3.3/4 (Very good).


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