This second batch of episodes from David Tennants maiden run as the title character finds Doctor Who
building up an impressive head of steam. Theres a trip back in time to see Queen Victoria, a reunion with an old friend and some deadly clockwork nemeses to contend with as the series really bursts into life.
Tooth & Claw is first up, set back in 1897 Scotland, as the Doctor and Rose must contend with a deadly werewolf, mysterious monks and the suspicions of Queen Victoria. Its not the strongest of the series, but even so, this is Doctor Who on fine form and very sure footing.
School Reunion is superb, though. It brings back two of the Doctors previous companions, Sarah-Jane and K-9, and asks some intriguing questions of what happens to his assistants once he leaves them behind. That it also ties in an intriguing story of sinister goings on at an innocent looking school only adds to the achievement. The final episode, The Girl In The Fireplace, is also excellent. This is a staggeringly successful mixture of love story, unnerving baddies and quality science fiction. Its the episode to date where Tennant has looked surest with the role, and its a highlight of an already highly impressive series.
So, to summarise, a DVD featuring one good and two superb episodes, with the promise of plenty more tasty episodes later in the series. Cant be bad.--Simon Brew
Second volume of episodes from the second series of the relaunched sci-fi classic, starring David Tennant as the legendary Time Lord and Billie Piper as his human sidekick, Rose Tyler. In 'Tooth and Claw', the Doctor and Rose find themselves in the Scottish Highlands, where they have to protect Queen Victoria (Pauline Collins) from a band of warrior monks and a deadly alien werewolf. In 'School Reunion', the Doctor, Rose and Mickey (Noel Clarke) are investigating a strange suburban school and its creepy new headmaster Mr Finch (Anthony Stewart Head), when the Doctor meets an old friend - former companion Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and K-9 the robot dog. Finally, in 'The Girl in the Fireplace', a deserted spaceship in the 51st century contains a series of time windows that are carefully arranged along the stages of 18th century French courtesan Madame de Pompadour's life (played by Sophia Myles). As the Doctor tries to save her from killer clockwork robots, he finds himself gradually falling in love with her - with tragic results.