Hey guys! I’m back with part 2 of my Cool Christmas Presents series of posts. Last time I talked about the awesome book, Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History. Now I’m going to be talking about Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Collection, which is a DVD set that contains Matt Smith’s entire run as the Doctor on the British Sci-Fi Television series, Doctor Who. So let’s get into it.
This set covers seasons 5, 6 and 7 of the current version of the show, as well as all of the Christmas specials done during Matt Smith’s run as the Eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, which went from 2010 until 2014. There aren’t any bonus features on this set. Just the episodes and the specials spread out over ten discs. Which is fine, because as good as the bonus features are on Doctor Who DVD and Blu-ray sets, I just wanted the episodes, and this was a less expensive way to get the entirety of the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who.
The reason my sister got me this set as opposed to the Series 2 set is because my very first experience with Doctor Who was the 50th anniversary special from 2013, The Day of the Doctor, and Matt Smith was the main incarnation of the Doctor in that special, so he was my first incarnation of the character. Plus three of his Companions are actors and actresses that I’ve seen in other things. Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory Williams on Doctor Who played Rip Hunter in the first three seasons of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Karen Gillen, who played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Infinity War, played Amy Pond on Doctor Who, and Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on Doctor Who, played Laurel and Sara’s mom, Dinah Lance, on Arrow. So knowing how good they were on those shows and in those movies, I wanted to see them here, because they’re some of the Doctor’s most memorable Companions, for varying reasons. I’ll eventually get the David Tennant era of Doctor Who, but I wanted to jump ahead and watch the Doctor I started with.
Back in 2014, the set was originally released on Blu-ray in this gigantic case that opened like a book once you took it out of the slipcase. The Blu-ray has all of the bonus features from the original DVD and Blu-ray season releases, and it includes the Eleventh Doctor’s appearances on the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which I’ve never seen. It’s also more expensive because of the size of the case. So I’m glad they put out this less expensive DVD edition, that fits nicely on the shelf beside my other DVDs and Blu-rays, even if the bonus material is removed from it.
That’s all I’m going to say about the set for now. I’m going to do a review of the entire Matt Smith era of Doctor Who once I’ve finished watching it and I’ll talk more about the set then. For now I just wanted to talk about it a little bit because it’s a really cool Christmas present that I got yesterday. I’ve got one more post to put up before the day is done so I’ll be back in a little while.