Theres been a lot of pressure on the fourth series of Doctor Who
. Could Russell T Davies and his team keep the momentum going? Would Catherine Tate overcome the initial criticisms and prove to be a strong companion for the Doctor? And, well, how do
you top the three series of the revived show that weve enjoyed so far?
We neednt have worried. The three episodes on this disc, while not vintage Doctor Who (they always save the better episodes for the latter part of each season, after all), have plenty to offer. Partners In Crime is a fun way to start the series, primarily concerned with setting up the Catherine Tate-David Tennant mechanic, and allowing the former to dispel many of the concerns aimed in her direction. Its forgettable stuff, about a miracle diet, but is still entertaining, and Sarah Lancashire is a welcome guest star.
Next up is The Fires Of Pompeii, and this is where the action kicks in. Theres a little bit of continuing to set up the main character dynamics, but this is the episode that the effects budget was clearly thrown at. With a massive volcano eruption, impressive monsters and a fast-moving plot, its good stuff.
Finally, a welcome return for a foe from series past, in Planet Of The Ood. This is a well-written story, with some solid monsters in it, and throws in plenty of moral conundrums along the way. Good stuff.
With three good stories, theres plenty to enjoy here, and it sees the fourth series of Doctor Who getting off to a strong start. Count us among those who cant wait for the rest of it... --Jon Foster
Doctor Who returns for a fourth series with a familiar face alongside the Doctor.
Award-winning comedienne Catherine Tate returns as the Doctors new companion Catherine Tates character, Donna Noble featured in the 2006 Xmas Special, The Runaway Bride.
The Sontarans return in series four of the new series of Doctor Who with Christopher Ryan (who previously appeared in The Trial of a Timelord) playing their leader General Staal in episode four, 'The Sontartan Stratagem'. Martha Jones, who left the Doctor at the end of Series Three will also return.
Series 4, Volume 1 includes:
Partners in Crime
Donna is determined to find the Doctor again even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose.
The Fires of Pompeii
Psychic powers and stone beasts run riot in old Pompeii, but can Donna dare the Doctor to change established history?
Planet of the Ood
The Doctor takes Donna to her first alien world but the Ood-Sphere reveals some terrible truths about the Human Race.