An updated incarnation of everybody’s favourite time-traveling Doctor sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes in this epic sci fi series.
Starring: David Tennant, Matt Smith, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Freema Agyeman, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Bernard Cribbins, John Barrowman, Noel Clarke, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Briggs, Ruari Mears, Camille Coduri, Barnaby Edwards, Paul Kasey, Nicholas Pegg, Jacqueline King, Lachele Carl
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/70142441
Reviewer: OM / boy / 10yrs
Why did you want to watch the show?
Because it’s about a guy who goes back in time and fights aliens with just a sonic screwdriver.
What was it about? (may contain spoilers)
It’s about a man who goes back in time and fights aliens – I just told you that! He travels by a police box which is also a time machine called the TARDIS. The TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside. He has people helping him but he changes person in different seasons which used to be confusing when I was younger, like 7 or something. There’s loads of different aliens and baddies and you don’t even know Doctor’s name.
Did you like it?
Which part did you like the best?
I don’t have a best part – I like the whole series.
Which part did you like the least?
Probably the wooden dolls (“Night Terrors” – Series 6, Episode 9) and the clockwork ones (“The Girl In The Fireplace” – Series 2, Episode 4) because those scared me.
Would you want to watch it again and why?
Yes but I don’t know why. Oh yeah, because it’s cool and it’s funny.
OK, just to be clear, this is NOT a full-featured review of the Dr Who franchise! It is, in a nutshell, a brief ‘parents guide’ brought to you by New On Netflix UK. Dr Who has always been a family-friendly affair although not really a kids show in its own right. As alluded to by OM above, it’s a sci-fi show about a time-travelling alien called, simply, ‘The Doctor’. He has a helper who travels with him but in different series of the show the helpers sometimes change. Another expected change is that of The Doctor himself; a staple of the series is that in order to change the actor playing The Doctor he ‘regenerates’ and gets a new body and personality. It’s actually quite a clever idea really but when we get a new doctor it can take some time getting used to them and younger viewers may need this explaining. There are 3 different Doctors so far on the series available on Netflix UK (Eccleston [S1], Tennant [S2-S4], Smith [S5-S7]).
A big part of the show are the creatures and monsters and some of these are more scary than others and, as such, I usually pre-watch the episodes and decide whether or not the children will watch a particular one (admittedly I only started doing this after the ‘wooden dolls’ episode OM mentioned earlier – he still has nightmares now…). Another thing that can catch younger viewers out are the extended story arcs. Most of the episodes are standalone with the occasional two-parter but in series 5 and 6 they have long-running arcs that could confuse some of the younger viewers – it also means you can’t really just pick a random episode to watch from those series. Thankfully in series 7 they went back to predominantly standalone episodes. So, Dr Who – yes, my kids enjoy it and I enjoy it and there’s a good amount of episodes available on Netflix UK. But be prepared for some scared kids – you know them best so you decide which episodes will be suitable for yours!
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