|Originaltitel:||Doctor Who – The complete Series 8|
|Genre:||TV series, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure|
|Regie:||Douglas Mackinnon, Paul Wilmshurst, Paul Murphy, Ben Wheatley|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 653 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||6|
|Sprachen:||German, English (DTS-HD 5.1)|
|Extras:||Documentaries, Audio Comments, Behind the Scenes, Featurettes, Music Video, Trailer|
|Regionalcode:||A, B, C|
Contents: Although the doctor was actually convinced that he would not be able to regenerate again, his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) is surprised after a tearful farewell that suddenly a new doctor (Peter Capaldi) is standing in front of her. He seems not only older and grumpier, but also more eccentric than his previous self. And yet there is no doubt that he is the Time Lord at whose side Clara will continue to travel through space and time to experience many exciting adventures. The unequal team does not only meet well-known enemies like the Daleks and the Cybermen, but also a dinosaur in Victorian London, a Robin Hood, who corresponds too much to the legend to be really real, or a deadly mummy in the legendary Orient Express. But more and more Clara feels the desire to lead a normal life. Especially when she meets the teacher Danny Pink (Sam Anderson) and falls in love with him, she sees her time at the doctor's side finished. But the journeys in the TARDIS have long since become such a fixed part of her life that she simply cannot stop. And so she has to lie to the two men who mean the most to her and continue to lead a double life - and that has dramatic consequences...
After his big jubilee "Doctor Who" goes a little new ways in the eighth (actually 34th) season. Because after the eleventh doctor Matt Smith said goodbye to his fans with the Christmas Special 2013, the makers didn't decide on a young successor again. Instead, 56 year old Scot Peter Capaldi was hired as twelfth Time Lord. This naturally also changes the dynamics between the doctor and his young companion Clara. If the sparks between her and Smith's doctor sparkled on a romantic level as well, this is completely omitted by his successor. Yet Clara is torn between her affection for the quirky Time Lord and the longing for a normal relationship she could have with her colleague Danny. What emerges from this discrepancy undoubtedly provides the most emotional moments of this season.
As so often with "Doctor Who", the quality of the individual episodes varies considerably. There are no big disappointments. Nevertheless, Capaldi's debut doesn't work as well as the great finale or the scary episode "Hör zu". But overall, the good consequences are clearly outnumbered. The delicious tiffs between the doctor and the supposedly real Robin Hood, a robbery of the supposedly safest bank in the universe, an eerie ride in the Orient Express or the sudden emergence of huge forests on Earth are just as much a part of the highlights as the mysterious Missy, which reappears again and again during the course of the season and which in the end reveals its true, surprising identity.
Although Peter Capaldi's doctor has much darker and quirkier sides than his extremely popular predecessors Matt Smith and David Tennant, after a few episodes he manages very well to put his own stamp on the cult character, through which he quickly grows fond of the audience. Capaldi's talent for comedic timing, which pays off in the episode in which the doctor works as a janitor at Clara's school, as well as the fact that he can fully convince even in dramatic scenes, quickly dispels initial doubts as to whether he really was the right choice. And at least as quickly it also becomes clear that the chemistry between him and Jenna Coleman is perfect. The fact that Coleman has decided to stay true to the series for another season is good news for all fans.
Season 8 of the new "Doctor Who" series proves once again that the cult series can still fascinate, entertain and surprise even after more than 50 years and has its own charm that no other series has been able to copy. A successful debut for Peter Capaldi, who as the twelfth doctor actually manages to get some new nuances out of the character. The numerous successful episodes and the good interplay of Capaldi and Jenna Coleman allow only one conclusion: Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: Technically there is no reason to complain about the implementation of the new episodes for the Blu-ray. The picture is absolutely clean, the sharpness of detail is on a high level and the colours are very powerful. For a TV series, that's really excellent. The sound is a pleasantly dynamic DTS-HD 5.1 mix, which always offers really good, powerful surround effects, but at the same time transports the dialogues out of the speakers in a way that is easy to understand. But there is a very clear one: Very good!
Extras: With the bonus material, the creators have put in a lot of effort as with the earlier relay boxes. In addition to a few audio comments, fans are offered just under 6 hours of extras. We start on the first disc, which contains two comments (on episodes 2 and 3) as well as a short prequel to the first episode (approx. 5:59 min.). The first episode was also shown in many cinemas and the prequel was apparently supposed to make it easier for some non fans to enter the world of "Doctor Who". The second Blu-ray then has two more audio comments on episodes 6 and 7 on board.
On the third disc is the first very interesting documentary. In "Doctor Who - The Ultimate Time Lord" (ca. 43:05 min.) the fifth doctor Peter Davidson explores the question of what constitutes the perfect Time Lord. Instead he meets with former actors of the doctor, looks around on the set and talks to the new doctor Peter Capaldi. The fourth disc also features the documentary "Doctor Who - The Ultimate Companion" (ca. 45:28 min.), in which Davidson takes a look at the numerous companions of the doctor. Besides Jenna Coleman he also meets John Barrowman, Noel Clarke and David Tennant. Besides this longer documentation the fourth disc also has some very short features about the new TARDIS (about 1:53 min.), about the casting of Peter Capaldi (about 2:15 min.) and the writing of the new season (about 2 min.). Furthermore the questions are clarified, who or what "Doctor Who" actually is (approx. 2:14 min.) and why one should look at season 8 (approx. 1:53 min.). A music video by Foxes, which appears in an episode (approx. 3:19 min.) rounds off the additional material on this disc.
For more information, go to Disc 5. Here fans will find a short look behind the scenes for each episode. The 10-minute clips offer over two hours of material in total - and almost every minute of it is absolutely worth seeing. There is also a question and answer session on the first episode (ca. 28:23 min.), which was held after the cinema premiere. Another documentary accompanies the team on a world tour (approx. 46:43 min.) through 12 cities on five continents and shows what a worldwide phenomenon the series has become. In addition to four trailers, there is also the most unusual extra in the box. "The five(ish) Doctor Reboot" (ca. 30:54 min.) accompanies Peter Davidson (5th doctor), Colin Baker (6th doctor) and Sylvester McCoy (7th doctor) in their adventurous efforts to become part of the great jubilee episode for which they are not actually intended. In one of the most amusing scenes of the film, they get help from John Barrowman, whose great secret is revealed here. With a lot of self-irony, the homosexual "Torchwood" star makes for a really good laugh here. Fans will also find countless allusions to the series in this film, which reveal in a pleasant way that the makers don't take themselves so seriously.
Disc 6, on which the 2014 Christmas special can be found, also has a look behind the scenes (approx. 13:26 min.), as well as an audio commentary to offer. With the exception of the comments, all extras have optional German subtitles. Quality and quantity are right here - and that's what it's all about: Very good!
Result: After a somewhat bumpy start, the eighth season of "Doctor Who" with its new Doctor Peter Capaldi quickly reaches top form. The twelve new episodes and the Christmas special not only offer a reunion with old enemies like the Daleks and the Cybermen, but also confront the Doctor and Clara with completely new, exciting and for the viewer extremely entertaining threats. There are again some very amusing moments, but also a lot of adventure and action. And the storyline around Clara and the teacher Danny Pink even really gets to the heart in the end. On Blu-ray, the series presents itself in first-class picture and sound quality. And fans will also get their money's worth once again with the extensive bonus material. The bottom line is clear: Absolutely recommended!
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