Doctor Who: The Specials

Title: Doctor Who: The Complete Specials [but not really – just the specials since season four ended]
Year: 2008-2010
Network: BBC
Episodes: 5: 1 at 65 minutes, 3 at 60 minutes, 1 at 75 minutes
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Directors: Andy Goddard, James Strong, Graeme Harper, Euros Lyn
Writers: Russell T. Davies, Gareth Roberts, Phil Ford; with characters by Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis and Terry Nation
Starring: David Tennant
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Murray Gold

My reaction
Synopsis: a mysterious, lonely alien travels through space and time
How I saw it: youtube, over the past couple years; on video (have on DVD), over the past few days
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites). Prior to this set, the Christmas specials had always been some of my least favorite episodes. I’d much rather watch a smaller-scale show that’s well done than a big spectacle-infused event that tries too hard to impress you. But these usually manage to have the best of both worlds. Yeah, the finale does try way too hard, but at the same time, it always comes back down to character.  And there’s Wilf. (If you don’t know the show, just take my word for it: Wilf is the s**t.)
Objective Rating: 3.6/4 (Great).


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