TV on Disc: Pond-hopping with 'Doctor Who'
The farewell tour of Amy and Rory in concert with The Doctor
"Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part One" (BBC) – The 21st century BBC "Doctor Who" revival has turned into one of the network's most popular exports. With only a few new episodes every year, the demand is great enough for BBC to release the season in sections.
So while we await the seventh series to conclude on BBC / BBC America, the five episodes of the first half of the season arrive on disc for those who simply can't wait for the full season release next year.
This round opens with The Doctor (Matt Smith) arriving to find the Ponds, Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), on the verge of divorce and kidnapped by the Daleks, a situation that spurs a fairly quick reconciliation in the name of survival. So once again the only married couple to accompany The Doctor hops into the TARDIS for another round of adventures that take them to the planet of the mad Daleks, the crippled freighter of an interstellar poacher (an episode with not one but two regulars from the "Harry Potter" series), a 19th century frontier town in the American west under threat from an alien gunman, a "slow invasion" by alien cubes, and a return visit from the "Weeping Angel" statues as they move on Manhattan.
It's also the farewell run of the Ponds on "Doctor Who," who make a poignant and profound exit. A new companion is slated to join him when the series returns in 2013. And you just may get a clue as to who that will be in this round.
Blu-ray and DVD, five episodes on two discs. Also features the 44-minute documentary "The Science of Doctor Who," a made-for-TV featurette with a bunch of B-list celebs and a couple of actual scientists commenting on the relationship between science fiction and science fact, and the five-part web series "Pond Life," ostensibly about the home life of Amy and Rory but really cheeky little promotional spots for the show.
Also includes a short video prequel to the episode "Asylum of the Daleks," a piece called "The Making of A Town Called Mercy" that is actually another short prequel, an 11-minute featurette on "Doctor Who at Comic Con" with the three stars and producer Steven Moffat.