Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection (Blu-ray)

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Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection (Blu-ray)

Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of BBC with AVC encoded 1080p transfers in 1.78:1. Tennant's tenure in the role is notable for a reason in addition to its length — it occurred during the switchover from standard definition to high definition, at least if you include the so-called "Specials", which were in essence a limited run set of new episodes, and which are part of this expansive set. Therefore, fans need to expect something akin to a two different Doctors, with Series 2, 3 and 4 obvious upscales, and at least most of the specials looking considerably better, having been culled from native high definition sources. (I haven't been able to find any really verifiable information about this, but to my eyes the first special, "The Next Doctor", looks like an upscale to me as well, something bolstered by the fact that the Confidential about that special is in 480i on the Supplements list I've included below, while the rest of the special Confidential episodes are all in 1080i.) There are persistent upscaling "bugaboos" throughout the presentation of these upscales, including noticeable stairstepping and signs of digital sharpening (with some resultant haloing), but detail levels can often be surprisingly strong, at least given an understanding of context. The palette also looks decently fresh and vivid. Things improve markedly with regard to most of the specials, and some of the other supplemental material, like the animated specials and the two part "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", from The Sarah Jane Adventures, a perhaps understandably lesser remembered Doctor Who spinoff (see screenshots 21 through 25 for a look at the animated fare as well as the Sarah Jane episodes). In the native high definition material, fine detail levels enjoy a rather considerable uptick, and the palette looks nicely suffused and vivid. Even in the native HD presentations, CGI can at least occasionally look a little soft. My score is a kind of "average" spread across the entire content of this expansive set: Series 2, 3, and 4 probably hover in the 2.5 - 3.5 range in terms of video quality, while the native HD material is at least at 4.0 levels and I'd argue up toward 4.5 levels quite a bit of the time.

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Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection features some surprisingly robust sounding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes, with consistent engagement of the surround channels as well as some floorboard rattling LFE, at least on occasion. There are occasional goofy but nonetheless enjoyable sound effects, including some swirling panning effects as the TARDIS makes its way to new locations (both spatially and temporally). Some urban or at least relatively crowded sequences also provide good opportunities for well placed ambient environmental effects. Dialogue is rendered cleanly and clearly throughout this problem free track.

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Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection (BD)

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  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.32 Pounds
  • Audio Description: ‏ : ‎ English
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ VIPRB-Doctor Who: The David Tennant Year
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Various
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ NTSC
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 38 hours and 20 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ September 17, 2019
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Various
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ German
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ BBC
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07QWNR7GB
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 14
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show. Great boxed set, if in good condition.
By KevinH1982 on September 17, 2019
As many fans can tell you, the David Tennant seasons offer a lot of great, fun episodes of the modern version of "Doctor Who". This set is more than worth the five star rating.

Unfortunately, my copy of this set arrived in a less than desirable condition, with both of the Blu-ray cases inside the slipcover completely smashed up, and the insert artwork for "Series 4 + The Specials" torn along the edge of the spine.
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M. Gilbert
3.0 out of 5 stars Great box set but region locked.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great box set but region locked.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2021
Great collection at a great price.
You’re getting the entire tenants years plus the animated episodes and Red Nose Day specials for less than two seasons on Blu-ray.

Unlike the classic who Blu-ray collections, this set is region locked.

This box set seems to also have issue with a multi region Panasonic Blu-ray player. The disc loads as normal but then starts to freeze every 5-10 minutes.

Looks like this one will be going back.
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Norman Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, excellent stories
Reviewed in Canada on October 19, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Box obrigatório!!
Reviewed in Brazil on June 29, 2020
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Miguel Capistran
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente colección
Reviewed in Mexico on March 17, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente colección
Reviewed in Mexico on March 17, 2020
Son 14 discos blue-ray con todos los capítulos de Doctor Who que interpretó David Tennant, inlcuyendo los especiales de temporada. Más de 36 horas de contenido de la mejor versión, a mi juicio, del Doctor.

Para los fan de la serie es simplemente imperdible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfeito!
Reviewed in Brazil on March 14, 2020
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