“Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest” DVD review

NOTE:  This review applies to the Region 1 DVD, but I believe it is the same basic package as the one released in the UK.

“The Infinite Quest” is a unique entry into the “Doctor Who” mythos.  Not only is it the first animated series for the Doctor, but it also had the shortest episodes, clocking in at about 3 minutes each.  Each episode aired as part of “Totally Doctor Who,” and is collected here for the first time into one 45-minute episode.

The Doctor and Martha arrive on the evil despot Baltazar’s starship right before he tried to destroy the Earth. Baltazar is defeated and sent to a prison planet, while the Doctor and Martha continue on to other adventures.  Or so they think.  Baltazar’s robot bird, Caw, intercepts the TARDIS and tells the two they need to help locate the legendary starship the Infinite — which has the ability to grant a person their heart’s desire — before the newly-freed Baltazar does.  From there, the Doctor and Martha travel to exotic planets all over the galaxy searching for the coordinates to the Infinite, culminating in a climax on the ship itself.

Overall, this episode wasn’t bad.  Fast-paced even by current “Who” standards, it never felt rushed, even though a lot had to be crammed into each 3-minute segment.  The story could also be a little more ambitious than a live-action episode because it had fewer budget restraints.  And for fans of classic “Who” this story really felt like a spiritual successor to “The Key to Time.”

The voice work was great.  David Tennant and Freema Agyeman reprised their roles to perfection, and Anthony Head almost stole the show as Baltazar.  Toby Longworth and the bit players also brought their A-game, so no voice was a letdown.

The animation, however, could have been better.  Don’t get me wrong, some of the animation, especially the 3D work, was great.  But some of the close-ups and 2D animation was really dodgy.  It wasn’t bad enough to ruin the experience, but it was enough to be easily noticeable.

As for the extras, you get a few glimpses at the recording sessions, interviews with the cast, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the animation.  None of them are long, so they’re worth the few minutes it takes to watch each of them, especially if you like the technical aspects of TV.

“The Infinite Quest” isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it is a fun way to spend 45 minutes and see the Doctor and Martha have one more adventure together.

Stars:  4 out of 5
Dry slaps:  1, for the animation

GS Reviewer: Luke

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