There are also some occasional elements of motion-blurring and some visible horizontal lines in portions of the image, but the picture is still very watchable and vibrant. Blacks are reasonably strong and there is good depth of field afforded the wider shots, such as the Doctor and Rose standing on the cliffs overlooking the cityscape of New New York or the shots of Rose and Mickey cavorting through a festive London. Effects-wise, the disc does no further disservice to the blatant CG than the original TV broadcast did. Edge enhancement is slightly evident, but should pose no major problem.
Well, just like the first series' standalones, these individual releases are purely for the casual follower of the show, or for those - like me - who just cannot wait for the big full-season box-set to come out. Bereft of extras and the nice 5.1 makeovers, there is absolutely nothing to recommend these vanilla discs except for the episodes themselves. Although a confirmed fan of the revamped show, and especially of the marvellous David Tennant, I have to say that the two episodes contained in Volume 1 are pretty lousy. Yes, there are some good moments - I still love that homicidal Christmas Tree and Cassandra discovering Rose's curves - but the stories are too wacky, over-the-top and painfully contrived to bear much reward in the way of repeated viewing.
Thankfully, the next volume is a different story altogether, with three simply incredible episodes that rock the Doctor's universe in exactly the right way - the awesome Tooth And Claw (that'll be great in its eventual 5.1), the return of Sarah Jane Smith in School Reunion and the stunningly emotional The Girl In The Fireplace.
Now, they'll be fantastic.
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