Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor [DVD]

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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (84 out of 84)

Special Features


  • Behind the lens
  • Tales from the TARDIS
  • Farewell to Matt Smith

Synopsis


The Doctor fetches Clara from a taxing family Christmas and searches for answers regarding a strange signal that may hold the keys to both his fate and that of the universe. This milestone episode says farewell to the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and introduces Peter Capaldi as the next Time Lord. ~ Tracie Cooper

Cast & Crew


  • Matt Smith - Doctor Who
  • Alex Kingston - River Song
  • Jenna-Louise Coleman - Clara



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Finale to Eleventh Doctor's Journeys

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    HenryBR60
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    The Doctor (Matt Smith) and companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) spend the holidays in the town of Christmas, on the planet of Trenzalore, where "Silence will fall when the question is asked." We have previously learned this is the location of Doctor Who's final battle and grave in "The Name of the Doctor," which concluded the Seventh Series last winter. There are plenty of "spoilers" as the writers reinvent Gallifreyan mythology and we finally learn the true meaning behind the crack in the universe, first introduced in "The Eleventh Hour" (2009) on Amelia Pond's bedroom wall, and subsequent episodes during Season 5. Since that plot strand was supposedly resolved when Doctor Who rebooted the universe in "The Big Bang" finale of Series Five it was a nifty idea to reintroduce it here from a different perspective. And, it works brilliantly. The story continues with elements introduced throughout the most recent series and in the amazing 50th Anniversary Special, "The Day of the Doctor," which was a great experience theatrically in 3D last November and is recommended on Blu-Ray 3D for optimum effect. "Time's" production values are on par with any expensive Hollywood movie and there is plenty of action in the final battle sequence. Cybermen, Daleks, Sontarans, Weeping Angels and The Silence all figure prominently and there is plenty of the wonderful dry British wit: The Silence as "Confessional Priests" is an amazing touch: "Very popular," The Doctor tells Clara, "genetically engineered so you forget everything you told them." Acting is top-notch with kudos to Orla Brady as Tasha Lem, Mother Superious ("There will now be an unscheduled faith change") aboard the massive flying church, The Papal Mainframe. Smith and Coleman, "The Impossible Girl," continue their perfect chemistry. Smith's tenure as The Doctor continued the BBC program's smart casting after David Tennant (2005-10) and Christopher Eccleston (2005) reinvented the Time Lord for 21st Century audiences. Introduction of the new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is properly brief and intense. There are three nice cameos, from past Who characters, Shelia Reid and Elizabeth Rider, as Clara's gran and mother, respectively, and Karen Gillan, as Amy Pond, whose presence brings the 11th Doctor's story full circle. Three bonus features add immensely to the enjoyment with behind the scenes footage, a farewell to Matt Smith and "Tales from the TARDIS," that is especially provocative when previous Doctors (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy) and companions share their experiences. And, bring out the tissues for Smith's pre-sunrise scene with "Handles" and Clara, one of the countless reasons the series has lasted for fifty years; it touches our souls with much needed reminders of the fragility of life and our place in the universe.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Time of the Doctor episode was brilliant

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    mememe
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    The Time of the Doctor doesn't have as many special effects shots or epic scenes that the 50th anniversary had. However, it makes up for that by having the best regeneration of any Doctor (I've seen them all) and is a must see just for that alone. I was giggling gleefully while it was going on. Also, Peter Capaldi's brief bit was as madly funny as I expected. I saw some people complaining about the plot feeling somewhat contrived. I enjoyed the small town setting, it was beautiful in the sunlight and I loved the villager's costumes. I also enjoyed the unique situation that happens between Clara and the Doctor - that's a first (not saying any more). I felt the emotional impact on the characters due to their situations in this story more than made up for any aspects of the plot that might be a bit holey. I was also very impressed by the writing which gave really good heartfelt moments to several actors, not just Matt, and were evenly spread throughout the episode rather than saved for the end. Matt did get beautiful dialog to say pre-regeneration and he delivered it so amazingly well that I think that speech tops the one he just did at the end of the 50th special which I thought couldn't be topped. Finally, I feel The Time of the Doctor was a beautiful, loving, brilliant send off for Matt's Doctor and I'm glad he got such a wonderful exit.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Doctor goes out with a bang

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    machiste
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    Finally, Transelore. Many plotlines concluded. Some secrets and forgotten lore revealed. A Doctor Who dream that finishes the Matt Smith era with Proper Panache'. My most cynical Doctor Who friend who has something to say about every Doctor Who episode had nothing to say about this except that she was happy and really enjoyed it! The story stands alone and would be good to view if a person just wanted to watch a movie. You don't have to be a Doctor Who fan to enjoy it. Although the last scene will have you running to BBC America in September 2014 to find out what happens. Ta, LEMIII

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Finale for the 11th Doctor

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    Ender005
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    Answers tons of questions and wraps up the 11th Doctor's storyline quite nicely... "It all just disappears, doesn't it? Everything you are, hone in a moment like breath on a mirror. Any moment now, he's-a-coming...The Doctor and I will always be. But times change, and so must I... We all change when you think about it. We are all different people all through our lives and that's okay, that's good...but you've got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me."

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Doctor Who: Matt Smith's last episode

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    cshawnc
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    As with Moffat's run on Doctor Who, the plot has been thin at points, and there is a little bit of that in this episode... however, this is a children's program (although a bit too scary at times for some children, I would think) that is also well-loved by adults, and for good reason. The Doctor Who behind-the-scenes, and in-front-of-the-scenes, crew once again delivered an exciting thrill-ride of an episode. Doctor Who rarely disappoints, and when it does, you should watch it a second time, because it generally gets better.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for all Doctor Who fans!

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    Kenny
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    This is a must own for all Doctor Who fans. I have to admit that I loved David Tennant and so Matt Smith had a lot to live up to in my mind. Anyone in the same mindset just needs to give him a chance, he will earn his place as the Doctor, you'll see. By the time you get to this one you'll not remember why you doubted. Anyway, great special...looks great on blu-ray....and great price from Best Buy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Farewell Matt

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    ChrisB
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    Doctor Who is one of my favorite shows. I watched this on release, and though bitter about the end circumstances, I'm hoping season 8 does well as I'd like to continue enjoying the show. This did very well being released shortly after the 50th anniversary considering the hype, plot and talent in that. Matt's performances as the 11th doctor always keep my attention. Recommended to any Doctor Who fan.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Doctor Is Regenerating!

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    StarlightInc
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    The clock is striking twelve for The Doctor, in this final outing with Matt Smith as the Time Lord. Smith's final episode comes with the typical fun and heartbreak as we say farewell to his time and introduce Capaldi into the role as the 12'th Doctor. Hate to see The 11'th Doctor go away, but the adventure will continue on.

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