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Doctor Who: Series Six, Part One starring Matt Smith as the Doctor , Karen Gillan as Amy Pond

         and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams.

         (7 45-minute episodes, 2 DVD discs for $24.98 or 2 Blu-Ray discs for $29.98.)

 

This is the spring 2011 season of seven episodes that ran on the BBC

in the UK, BBC America, and Space in Canada.

 

On Disc 1:

Episodes 1 and 2:

The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon (2-part opener), where the Doctor, Amy,

Rory, and River discover an alien incursion in 1960s America involving President Nixon,

the space program, and a mysterious little girl.  If only they could remember the aliens…

Guest stars Alex Kingston as River Song.

 

Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Toby Haynes. 

Originally transmitted on BBC1 and BBCHD on 23 and 30 April 2011.

 

Episode 3:

The Curse of the Black Spot, where our heroes visit a pirate ship in 1696 that is stranded

at sea and cursed by a siren…

 

Written by Steve Thompson and directed by Jeremy Webb.

Originally transmitted on BBC1 and BBCHD on 7 May 2011.

 

Episode 4:

The Doctor’s Wife, where a distress call from a Time Lord leads the crew to take the

TARDIS outside the universe, where the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face…

 

Written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark.

Originally transmitted on BBC1 and BBCHD on 14 May 2011.

 

The Monster Files: the Silence.  An 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette about the making

of the monsters from the opening two-parter.

 

On Disc 2

 

Episodes 5 and 6::

The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People (2-part story), where our heroes visit the future and

find a technology that copies people perfectly… too perfectly…  

 

Written by Matthew Graham and directed by Julian Simpson.

Originally transmitted on BBC1 and BBCHD on 21 and 28 May 2011.

 

Episode 7:

A Good Man Goes to War (mid-season cliffhanger finale), where the Doctor calls in

old debts to take on the forces against him, and where he at last finds out who River Song is…

Guest stars Alex Kingston as River Song.

 

Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Peter Hoar.

Originally transmitted on BBC1 and BBCHD on 4 June 2011.

 

Monster Files:  the Flesh.  A 13-minute featurette about the Flesh creatures seen in

episodes 5 and 6.

 

There is also a DTS 5.1 sound mix on all episodes, and the Blu-Ray versions contain the

full 1080i high-definition versions of the episodes. There are also subtitles for the hearing

impaired.

 

If one counts this series as a continuation of the original series, then these are stories 218,

219, 220, 221, and the first half of 222 (to be concluded in the autumn season), episode

numbers 782-788.