Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Complete History Volume #63

Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.

The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang brings to a rousing conclusion Matt Smith‘s first season as the Eleventh Doctor. The memorable scenes are stacked one on top of another. River as Cleopatra and the return of Rory as a Roman soldier are only just the beginning. The scene with The Doctor and Rory is both humorous and touching. This is followed by one of the Doctor’s best speeches amidst Stonehenge warning the amassed aliens away. The death of Amy and her resurrection is heartbreaking. The second half of the story, as long as you hand wave away the dodgy science, continues strong. The final conversation between The Doctor and River sets up the second season beautifully. 10 out of 10.

A Christmas Carol is the best of all the Doctor Who Christmas Specials. Our family has a tradition where we sit and watch this episode every year around the holidays. Michael Gambon and the beautiful Katherine Jenkins are great in their roles and the story we are all so familiar with is ably re-visioned within the Doctor Who universe. 10 out of 10.

The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon kicks off the Sixth Series with a bang. The death of the Doctor, the introduction of the Silents, Canton Delaware, a sympathetic President Nixon, River and the Doctor flirting and the best comeuppance for an alien adversary ever make this the third great story in a row. The scene where Rory and the Doctor discuss the Fall of the Roman Empire is one of my favorites in the entire series. 10 out of 10.