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4.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to the ridiculous
The good news - The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit is an all-time great of Doctor Who. A rare new series off-Earth jaunt for the TARDIS crew, and the results are superb. Alternately tragic and sinister, clautrophobic and agorophobic, it takes to viewer into the darkest depths of human fears to meet the ultimate evil. A strong cast, fast pace, tight plotting and just...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "He is awake!" - The Ood, the Beast and the Abzorbaloff
This is volume 4 of series 2 from the new series of `Doctor Who' starring David Tennant as the Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose. It contains two stories out of three episodes. The first is a two-part grimy space adventure story where the Doctor and Rose encounter the devil and the second is a one-part story that is noted for being the first Doctor-lite episode. `The...
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to the ridiculous, 22 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
The good news - The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit is an all-time great of Doctor Who. A rare new series off-Earth jaunt for the TARDIS crew, and the results are superb. Alternately tragic and sinister, clautrophobic and agorophobic, it takes to viewer into the darkest depths of human fears to meet the ultimate evil. A strong cast, fast pace, tight plotting and just enough humour to stop it getting unrelentingly grim makes for a jewel in the crown of British science-fiction.

So what happened to the fifth star in the rating? Sunk without trace, along with 'Love and Monsters'. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. To say the parts are better than the whole is to put it mildly. The mostly excellent cast struggle valiently with the material but are ultimately overwhelmed by the tripe that is this episode. I am not a fan of Peter Kay, I must admit, but he is quite impressive in human form; sadly when he loses human shape, he appears to lose his acting ability, as well. The conclusion is trite and unbelievable. Knowing that the main villain was created by a nine year-old Blue Peter viewer in a competition might lead you to fear the worst, so it is ironic that the monster itself is a brilliant conception - it's a pity that the professionals couldn't come up with a quality story to match it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD... just what the Doctor ordered!, 14 July 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
The fourth installment of the second series of 'Doctor Who' is another superb DVD and contains three episodes that are all brilliant, exciting, moving and suspenful. David Tennant continues to shine as the Tenth Doctor, and he has great on-screen chemistry with Billie Piper. The scripts are well-written, the special effects stylish and impressive, the acting brilliant and full of conviction and the aliens hugely scary and inventive.

'The Impossible Planet' and 'The Satan Pit' are both wonderful episode; dark, scary, gripping and crammed with tension. There are some great moments as the Doctor is forced to question religion. 'Love & Monsters' is a love/hate kind of an episode, but personally I thought it was superb, and showed how normal people's lives can be changed by an encounter with the Doctor. It's a great piece of wriiting, full of laughs and pathos. And it's got Peter Kay in it.

All in all, Series 2 continues to match the first superb series in quality, and 'Doctor Who' (again) has been the television highlight of the year, thus far. Brilliant stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "He is awake!" - The Ood, the Beast and the Abzorbaloff, 23 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
This is volume 4 of series 2 from the new series of `Doctor Who' starring David Tennant as the Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose. It contains two stories out of three episodes. The first is a two-part grimy space adventure story where the Doctor and Rose encounter the devil and the second is a one-part story that is noted for being the first Doctor-lite episode. `The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit' is a grim dark scary tale with meaningful themes running through compared to `Love and Monsters' which is light-hearted and enjoyable, but more on that later.

`THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET' (Part 1)

This two-part story is written by newcomer to the series, Matt Jones. This story is notable as we met the Ood for the first time, who are slaves to the human race. It also features the Beast, who can be interpreted as being the devil for most of us.

The story has the Doctor and Rose arriving on the sanctuary base on the planet Kroptor. This planet is in geo-stationary orbit around a black hole that is slowly eating galaxies and stars yet the planet with the base remains intact, which is `impossible' to the Doctor. The Doctor and Rose meet the base crew and learn about their archaeological expedition. They lose the TARDIS and seemingly are stranded forever on this grimy, gritty world of doom. But something odd and mysterious happens, as the Ood act strange and a dark and powerful force is about to wake!

The notion of the Doctor meeting the actual devil is a pretty frightening one! Matt delivers a really creepy and scary tale set on a sanctuary base on. It's really terrifying story dealing with a very deep subject matter of Satanic themes. It's not one of my favourites from the series although it has grown on me over the years. The themes of fear and how to overcome it are pretty evident in this story.

The setting and atmosphere is pretty grim and grimy. It's a reality version of what a space station would look like inspired by films like `Alien'. The style of the story starts off as a traditional space station story where the Doctor and Rose meet the crew and learn what they're doing. Then half-way through the episode it becomes more than that as the monster represents our darkest fears and certainly from a Christian point-of-view it would be a deep subject matter to follow as themes of faith and religion run throughout this story. It makes the whole adventure pretty scary and creepy for that, and I did have troubled nights of sleep from watching these two episodes.

David Tennant's Doctor is brilliant in this two-part story. He's settled into the role of the Doctor pretty well by this point in the series. Apparently this was the last two-part story he recorded for his first season as the Doctor, and he delivers a remarkably energetic performance. I like how the Doctor reacts to the situation he and Rose are in on the sanctuary and discover the strange writing on the wall that the TARDIS can't translate into English. I love it when the Doctor gives Zach a hug and tells the humans they are `amazing' before telling them they're completely mad. The Doctor becomes shocked when he loses his TARDIS and has a close connection to Rose when they both realise they're stuck out on the edge of space and it's clear the two are in love with each other.

Billie Piper as Rose is really good in this and very lovely. I enjoy Rose's relationship with the Doctor and how it's constantly developed and explore during their time on the series. I like it when she shows interest in the Doctor's concern for the planet and when they lose the TARDIS. She shares the Doctor's excitement for adventure, and I like that scene when the two contemplate spending life in a house on Earth as they're now stranded. It's a beautifully written scene of dialogue between the two characters who truly love and are fond of each other. I like Rose's interest in the Ood and how shocked she is about the humans having slaves in the future and is puzzled by the strange things the Ood say to her and even gets a shock with a message on her phone saying, "He is awake!"

The supporting characters are the crew of the sanctuary base include acting captain Zachary Cross Flane (Shaun Parkes); science officer Ida Scott (Claire Rushbrook); chief of security Mr Jefferson (Danny Webb); ethics committee manager Danny Bartock (Ronny Jhutti); lovely maintenance rookie Scooti Manista (MyAnna Buring) and archaeologist Toby Zed (Will Thorp).

Zach is a reluctant leader who takes command following the death of their former captain who died during their expedition. Ida says he's doing a good job as captain, but he's not so sure. He allows the Doctor to go with Ida down to the bottom of the drilling shaft, even though he doesn't know him and yet trusts him somehow. Zach gets stuck in the main ops room for most of the episode.

Ida is a keen scientist who explains to the Doctor and Rose what their mission is and what happens when the black hole sucks in orbits from space into its wake. She gets to go down on the mission to the bottom of the drilling shaft with the Doctor joining her. Both she and the Doctor discover the ancient civilization when they get down there as well as the sealed pit containing the Beast within.

Mr. Jefferson is in charge of security, and is gob-smacked when he and his security team find the Doctor and Rose to be on board the base. Jefferson seems like a straight-forward nonsense man who's good at his job. He does have this compassionate side to him as he quotes a poem during Scootie's death scene in this episode.

Danny is a cocky guy who makes the amusing quip and joke here and there when involved in base operations. He has a responsibility in taking care of the Ood and knowing what their telepathic field is set to be. There's a shock for him when the Ood start going out of control and he can't fathom why that is.

Lovely Scooti is a 20-year member of the sanctuary base. Sadly Scooti gets a tragic end as she's the first person who gets killed off in the story. She discovers someone's gone out of the airlock and is checking the computers to find out what's going on. She then discovers Toby as the devil outside and soon is sucked out into space, which is a pretty chilling horror scene in the story.

Toby is the archaeological expert during this mission. He's been trying to decipher this strange language but hasn't had much luck. Toby is a scared person who the Beast easily latches onto and uses him as his host with red eyes and strange writing on his skin. When Toby's evil, he's really evil. He shifts back and forth from his normal self to becoming the Beast at certain points in the story.

The Ood - The Ood? The Ood are very 'ood' indeed to watch in their first appearance in `Doctor Who'. They're servants on humans in the 42nd century. The Ood look weird and unnerving to the eye as they have these spaghetti-like tentacles in their mouths and only speak through their globe translators in their hands. They seem willing to serve humanity, and has this slightly sinister silky voice from Silas Carson. I found it creepy and scary when the Ood advance on the Doctor and Rose at the beginning and keep saying, "We must feed; We must feed; We must feed..." before offering them some refreshment. The Ood keep saying strange things to either the Doctor and Rose as they're slowly being possessed by the Beast. The Ood have red eyes when the Beast takes them over which is pretty frightening and attack people by electrocuting them with their globes in their hands.

The voice of the Beast is none other than Gabriel Woolf. Gabriel is well-known in `Doctor Who' circles for playing Sutekh in `Pyramids of Mars' with Tom Baker. Here he voices an equally sinister villainous being that is pretty frightening when Toby gets possessed and speaks with the Beast's voice. The Beast manages to get into the computers when they're opening and closing doors by saying `He's awake' sometimes, which is disturbing.

The first episode ends with Toby revealing himself when the Beast possesses him again to Rose and Jefferson before transferring into the Ood who go red-eyed. The Ood become the Legion of the Beast which is a really frightening and horrifying moment, as they start killing crewmembers one-by-one, starting off with security forces. Rose and Jefferson back away whilst the Ood advance on them as well as Danny who runs away from the Ood Habitation. Zach is stuck inside the main ops room, whilst the Doctor and Ida discover the pit opening. As the pit opens, the Beast declares, "The pit is open! And I am free!"

`THE SATAN PIT' (Part 2)

The second episode rounds off where the first episode ended with Jefferson firing on the advancing Ood and saving Rose, Toby and Danny (who joins them). Jefferson, Danny, Toby and Rose get locked in the capsule area of the base, whilst Zach locks himself in the ops room with a bolt gun containing one bolt before any Ood can get in. The Doctor and Ida are still okay down below the shaft after seeing the pit opening a chasm beneath but with nothing coming out. Strategy 9 is put into action and the Doctor and Ida are ordered to return back up to base. After a while of debating, the Doctor and Ida eventually head back up.

There's a chilling scene where the Beast actually talks to the Doctor, Rose and crew of the sanctuary base through the Ood. The Beast attempts to play on their basic fears in order to make them vulnerable. The Doctor challenges the Beast on who he is and even denies the Beast's claim to being imprisoned before time began saying that's impossible. What intrigues me about the Doctor in this story is how his scientific beliefs are challenged and we get to wonder whether he has any `faith' or `religion' or whether he doesn't believe in a god like Christians believe in one god. The Beast reveals each of the character's fears, including Rose who's afraid that there may actually be a Satan who's real. The Beast predicts Rose's future of something worse to come and saying that `she'll die in battle'. Rose is afraid of this and wonders what the Beast means as it foreshadows events in 'Army of Ghosts'/'Doomsday'.

Everybody is afraid by what the Beast does in revealing their fears and wondering how he knows. But the Doctor gets through to them on the intercom telling them to snap out of it. What I like about the Doctor is in this is how he tells everybody to overcome their fears and have belief in themselves. What he says makes sense, as the Beast cuts the Doctor off by snapping the cable to their capsule in the drilling shaft, forcing the Doctor and Ida to get out before it gets smashed.

This episode has the feel of a `base under siege' plot as Rose, Danny, Toby and Jefferson escape the Ood through the ventilation shaft in order to reach Ood Habitation to shut them down. They're being chased by the Ood through the shaft which makes it very intense. Rose is the one who motivates and encourages the team forward and is being more proactive, independent and being the leader of her own adventure which is nice for Billie to play with. Jefferson unfortunately gets done for when the door lock in the shaft closes in on him and he was slow. I'm glad that Zach cut off Jefferson's oxygen supply to avoid being killed by Ood, even though it was a shocking and sad way for him to die. Rose, Danny and Toby manage to get to Ood Habitation and switch the Ood off with a virus that lowers their telepathic field and the Beast can no longer control them. They're soon on their way to rescuing the Doctor and Ida.

Meanwhile with the Doctor and Ida, the Doctor decides to go down into the pit with Ida providing the cable for him to go down. I like it when the Doctor mentions about that impulse to `Get down, get down, get down' and when he inadvertently jumps in to prove his point that it's not to jump; it's to fall - Wee! I like it when the Doctor's being towed down by Ida, they both discuss and debate about faith, religion and about the devil himself. The Doctor's arguments are interesting and they expand more on his character on what he believes in terms of personal faith. I like it when the Doctor claims he keeps on travelling in order to be proven wrong about his rules as he currently has a set belief in them.

During the tow down into the pit, the cable runs out. The Doctor decides to go down further by releasing himself from the cable. Despite Ida's protests, the Doctor is determined to go down anyway. Ida's afraid of dying alone, and the Doctor reassures her and asks to mention him to Rose with what could possibly be a `I love you' confession. The Doctor then frees himself from the cable and plunges deep in the dark of the pit. At that moment, Rose calls in and Ida bears the bad news that the Doctor's gone and Rose is very upset, stunned into silence.

As Zach, Danny and Toby make ready to go into the rocket to leave the planet behind them forever, Rose is determined to stay. She's going to wait for the Doctor, as she believes he's not dead and even if he was she's not going to leave him. Zach won't have it, as he sedates her with a tranquilizer, determined to not lose any more people. Even when they get into the rocket and Rose comes too, she screams protests to be taken back as the rocket takes off. Rose even threatens Zach with the bolt gun with one bolt, but Zach knows she wouldn't use it as it's not what the Doctor would have done. With that, the rocket's on its way back to Earth away from the black hole.

Meanwhile with the Doctor, he's managed to survive in a breathable atmosphere at the bottom of the pit. As he gets up and sees the rocket take off, he soon finds himself face-to-face with the Beast. This is the actual living creature imprisoned inside the bottom of the pit, and is a gigantic CGI version of what the `Doctor Who' team perceive the devil to be. It looks pretty frightening and horrific to look at. Even as I watched this, I couldn't help but be terrified by the skull-like creature with horns chained up at the bottom and being so animalistic.

The Doctor agrees to accept that the Beast exists, but doesn't agree to what it is and what it represents. He tries to talk to the Beast asking what it wants, but it turns out the Beast can't talk at all. The Doctor then realizes that the Voice of the Beast left him and is now up on the rocket in Toby's body on the way back to Earth. The Doctor knows what the consequences will be if the Beast is unleashed on the humans of Earth in this time period, and is determined to stop the devil. But it'll mean sacrificing Rose in the process, something the Doctor is afraid to do. But talking himself out of it, he comes to realize he believes in one thing. He believes in Rose, and immediately smashes the jars keeping the Beast prisoner. The Beast roars in rage, as the Doctor goads him and gives him the freedom to die as he's willing to die in the process with the planet being sucked back into the black hole with the gravity field destroyed.

On the rocket, Rose realises it's all been too easy regarding their escape, and pretty soon she and the others are being pulled back into the black hole once the Doctor's destroyed the jars. Toby reveals himself again and lets out his rage and fury and breathes fire, scaring the living daylights out of Rose, Danny and Zach. The Voice of Beast speaks out Toby, determined that it shall not be destroyed. But Rose grabs Zach's bolt gun and fires at the rocket front window, telling the Beast to `go to hell' as she unhooks Toby's safety harness and he as the Beast is sucked out into space forever back into the black hole.

Despite defeating the Beast and locking the windows with protective shielding, the rocket is still being pulled into the black hole. But they are saved as the Doctor finds his TARDIS and tows the rocket home. Rose is thrilled and pleased that the Doctor's still alive, and the Doctor offers Zach to do a swap in exchange for Rose by giving them Ida who he's also saved. Soon Rose returns to the Doctor in a big happy hug, whilst Ida returns to Zach and Danny. Sadly the Ood weren't rescued as the Doctor has only one trip and it's such a shame as they were innocent victims of the Beast's possession. In the end, the TARDIS goes on its way whilst the rocket containing Zach, Danny and Ida head back to Earth with Zach giving his final report containing the list of the dead, including the Ood.

So, `The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit' is definitely one scary and chilling to watch from the series. It isn't a favourite of mine, but there are moments in the story that I liked especially the relationship between the Doctor and Rose. It raises some thought-provoking questions about faith and science, and is one of the most intriguing stories for the new series to come up with. The emotional strength of this story is far better compared to what's being made today.

The next stories for the Doctor and Rose include 'The Nightmare of Black Island'; 'The Art of Destruction' and 'The Price of Paradise'.

`LOVE AND MONSTERS'

Okay! Let's get something straight here! I quite like `Love and Monsters'! There you are, I've said it.

This is a `Doctor Who' episode that's divided opinion amongst fans. Some love it; some hate it. The majority of fans hate this episode. This is something I don't really understand. I actually enjoyed watching this `Who' story. Okay, it's not the greatest. But I still enjoyed it anyway. It's alright. I suppose because I was relatively new to `Doctor Who' before watching any of the classic shows that I didn't know any better about what makes a good `Who' story anyway. But personally, this episode I didn't mind. And there are some things from the episode that I really like that reflected my personality as a fan of the series.

`Love and Monsters' is an episode made towards the end of series 2 of the new series. It's well-written by Russell T. Davies and is essentially a David Tennant story without David Tennant featuring much in it, which is interesting. It's mostly narrated from the point of view of a man obsessed on finding the Doctor via his video diary, features a new alien monster created by Blue Peter competition winner, but more on that later.

The story is about a man named Elton Pope, who tells his story about meeting the Doctor. He recollects his strange encounters with aliens and also meeting up with a group of people interested in the Doctor and become the London Investigative `N' Detective Agency (LINDA). They're essentially a social group talking about the Doctor; have food and cake; and sing and play music. But soon their group is taken over by the mysterious Victor Kennedy who pushes them forward to finding the Doctor, even if it means hurting those closest to who know him such as Jackie Tyler, Rose's mum.

The central character to this episode is of course Elton (played really well by Marc Warren). Elton - not to be confused with Elton John - narrates his story through video camera to us about his encounters with aliens as well as his meeting with the Doctor. I like the character of Elton, as the story depicts how an ordinary man's encounter with the Doctor can be life-changing both with exciting things as well as terrible consequences. He wants to know who the Doctor is, since he encountered him as a little boy in his family house living room. Elton is also someone who enjoys life and is delighted with meeting other people who are interested in the Doctor such as the LINDA gang.

I like some of the continuity made to previous `Doctor Who' stories in the series where Elton has encounters with aliens such as the Autons (from 'Rose'); the Slitheen spaceship (from 'Aliens of London') and the Sycorax spaceship on Christmas Day in 'The Christmas Invasion'. It connects to previous Who stories we've already seen and links in to how much Elton is determined to find the Doctor with all these strange things going on Earth in the last number of years.

One of the things I like about this episode was the inclusion of music tracks from the Electric Light Orchestra. This is Elton's favourite music group and it has become my favourite music group too from watching this episode. I love the songs featured in this episode such as `Mr Blue Sky'; `Don't Bring Me Down' and `Turn to Stone'. Some people watching this episode might have a problem with ELO. But I don't see what the problem is. I love ELO. Like David Tennant (who loves `Cold Play' from `Never Mind The Buzzcocks'), I enjoy listening to ELO's music. Even as I'm writing this review, I'm listening to ELO's music at the moment. Elton has got one thing right in this episode. `You can beat good old ELO.'

The LINDA are like a reflection of what `Doctor Who' fandom could be like, as I'm positive there must be `Doctor Who' fan groups who get together to discuss the series and also socialise with each other. The members of LINDA include Ursula Blake (Shirley Henderson); Mr Skinner (Simon Greenall); Bridget (Moya Brady) and Bliss (Kathryn Drysdale). Ursula is the girl that Elton in the park (which is Llandaff Fields close to where I work. Honest. I'm not making this up) and invites him to join their select few. Both Elton and Ursula share a good friendship together, which slowly develops into something better as they really like each other. Mr Skinner is the elder of the LINDA group. His first name's Colin, though everybody calls him Mr Skinner. Don't know why that is. He's good at telling stories for a novel he's writing to the LINDA gang, and has a liking for Bridget. Bridget is a lady who comes to join the LINDA group in London from miles away. She's trying to find her daughter as she was taken away tragically from her, possibly through drug dealing. She's a pleasant person who enjoys playing the piano. And there's Bliss. Bless Bliss. Bliss is good at making the food for the LINDA team when they meet up to socialise and also is good at playing the guitar. All the LINDA members form their own ELO band which is funny to watch as they try to sing out the songs from the band just for the fun of it, and you get the sense of a happy atmosphere between the group before it all goes sour.

The group is soon joined by Victor Kennedy (played by comedian Peter Kay) who pushes them forward in finding the Doctor with thorough methods. Victor is a very mysterious person who's got this `eczema' and warns people not to touch him. It soon transpires that Victor is not human at all, as he turns out to be the Abzorbaloff. The Abzorbaloff is a fat absorbing alien that was created through a Blue Peter competition apparently by 9-year-old William Grantham. The Abzorbaloff is pretty disgusting in appearance when revealed for the first time. It does seem strange when his voice changes into a standard northern accent for an alien. The Abzorbaloff is pretty frightening in terms of concept as it can absorb many people into its green body, and it soon absorbs all the members of LINDA which is horrible to imagine. "Tastes like chicken" for him; which I found funny when he said it. The Abzorbaloff looks like it comes from Raxacoricofallapatorius and is part-Slitheen. But no! He's `not that swine'! He `spit on them'! He `was born on their twin planet'. The planet Clom apparently. Clom? Clom, yes! Sometimes it's difficult to take the Abzorbaloff seriously when Peter's playing him, and he did say he regretted playing the part afterwards.

Jackie Tyler appears in this episode (played by Camille Coduri). Elton makes friends with Jackie as he tries to get to her daughter in order to find the Doctor. I enjoyed how Jackie makes Elton's job easy for him by going to her flat and fixing his washing machine and other electrical appliances about. Jackie's seducing Elton with a glass of wine at one point as it's clear she wants some attention since she's missing Rose. I like it when Elton offers to buy them a pizza for both of them to cheer her up since her daughter's not coming home. It's pretty heartbreaking when Jackie discovers a photo of Rose in Elton's pocket and she tells him to go away and leave him alone.

David Tennant as the Doctor doesn't feature much in this episode as doesn't Billie Piper as Rose, which must be pretty strange. They appear in the first scene when Elton finds them at a warehouse and they're chasing a Hoix alien with blue or `not blue' water. They manage to rescue Elton from the Abzorbaloff, although Rose wants to have it out with him for upsetting her mum. I like it how Elton is gobsmacked for Rose having a go at him when the Abzorbaloff's right in front of them. Rose eventually sees Elton's loss of Ursula when the Abzorbaloff's defeated and absorbed into the Earth, and immediately comforts him despite what he did. The Doctor eventually tells him why he was there in his house all those years ago as a little boy, and it's a really heartbreaking moment.

So `Love and Monsters', whilst it's also not a standout favourite of mine, is definitely an enjoyable episode of `Doctor Who' to watch. It's strange for the Doctor and Rose not being in it much, but it's an interesting experiment on focusing on the life of a fan wanting to meet the Doctor and what it takes to actually meeting him. I have more positive things to say about this episode rather than negative. I think Marc Warren is a really good actor playing Elton, and I enjoyed listening to the music of ELO in the background.

So I didn't enjoy `The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit' as much as I enjoyed `Love and Monsters'. `Love and Monsters' was a welcome relief containing comedic and horror value compared to the dark and sometimes depressing aspects of the Satan two-parter. But this is an interesting DVD release which I've enjoyed in a strange way. Not the best DVD containing any favourite episodes, but an interesting collection nonetheless.

The next story with the Doctor and Rose is 'Fear Her'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Series 2: Vol 4 Review, 5 Aug. 2006
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David Tennant continues the great second series of the new Doctor Who with Billy Piper as Rose Tyler.

While the first two episodes on this DVD contain a gripping story, it is the third episode, which greatly lets down this DVD.

The Impossible Planet and the Satan Pit is a two parter which takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and humour during this well written story. Although not the best episodes of the entire series they are well worth seeing!

The third story on this DVD, title Love and Monsters will sure to leave you wondering what the heck you have just watched!

It is completely different from any other episode and while it may be full of humour, it just felt cheap and nasty and not like the Doctor Who that we all know and love!

Love and Monsters, just felt like a micky take on the whole Doctor Who series and while it may of be intended this way, it really lets down the high standards of series 2. Luckily the great Doctor Who stories return to their full glory in the final three episodes of series 2 and trust me, you really don't want to miss the next DVD release (Series 2 Vol. 5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Paradox, 4 Feb. 2008
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Buy this for the excellent 2 parter Impossible Planet & Satan Pit. At last we see the Doctor on another planet with a fantastic story line. Excellent choice of villain - similarity to Pyramids of Mars with the same actor doing the voice of Sutekh / the Beast(excellent Gabriel Woolf). This has elements of Resident Evil / Alien etc and is the best Tennant Adventure to date.
The paradox is 'Love & Monsters' which is awful. A good idea but it really doesn't work within DW. I watched 10 minutes of this before switching off. It's psuedo reality TV which is just as brain numbing and plain boring as the real thing
The best & the worst of the new series Doctor Who
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy or not to Buy?..., 17 Mar. 2012
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"The Impossible Planet" & "Satan's Pit" are two cracking episodes of D.W with the introduction of the Ood and The beast making them one of the best story's of the second series and passably the "New Series." However it's the final episode "Love & Monsters" that takes away the 5th star due to its weak plot and bad acting making Peter Kay's comedic take on things the only thing good about it. So if you love the Ood and like Peter Kay then this is the DVD for you! if not then don't waste your money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought 'Doctor Who' couldn't get any better..., 20 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
This DVD continues the second series of the BBC's hit revival of 'Doctor Who' and contains three episodes. David Tennant's performance as the Tenth Timelord remains strong, energetic and vibrant, whilst Billie Piper as Rose Tyler remains his equal in every way. This disc contains no special features, but there will be a 6-disc boxet released in November that comes crammed with bonus material and content. But if you're like me and can't wait that long, this DVD is definitely a must-buy when it is released. The three episodes on the disc are all of an extremely high calibre, and the standard set so far by the series is maintaned. So, where is the TARDIS taking us this time...?

The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit

Writer: Matt Jones

Director: James Strong

Originally broadcast: 3/6/06 and 10/6/06

The above two episodes make a superb two-part adventure for the Doctor and Rose, and for the first time since the show's revival, the pair finally travel to another planet (instead of Earth). OF the episodes transmitted so far from Series 2, these two are probably my favourite - they are scary, moving, exciting and such fun to watch. It is serious stuff for younger viewers as the Doctor is forced to question his faith in love, God and the Devil, whilst Rose finds herself having to battle some deadly enemies in the form of 'The Ood', a superb new monster. The special effects and CGI are amazingly good, the music score is tense and adds atmosphere to the episode, and the performances are particularly strong. Highlights for me included the Beast's rising from the pit, The Ood transforming from helpful slaves to deadly killers, Rose's separation from the Doctor and the Timelord's debate about religion and the ultimate sacrifice. The whole episode is beautiful to watch, and it is too the production team's credit that the experience feels realistic and utterly epic. Its quite a frightening episode though, what with Toby's possession!

Love & Monsters

Writer: Russell T Davies

Director: Dan Ziff

Originally broadcast 17/6/06

After the frightening, dark adventure that make up the previous episode, 'Love & Monsters' couldn't be more contrasting in tone and execution, for this episode takes on a very comic and offbeat nature, and is probably the most original and unique episode of 'Doctor Who' in its 43-year history. It is fair to say that this episode will perhaps not satisfy ever 'Who' fan, because its so different in style and approach, but, personally, I adored it and found it up there with the very best of the new series. The episode focusses on Elton Pope, a man who is eager to track down the Doctor, but he soon meets a group of people who are also desperate to locate the Timelord. They form a friendly association called LINDA and Elton seems to be finding love at last, but the peace and friendship is shattered by the eVil Victor Kennerdy, who wants to 'absorb' the Doctor. There are some great scenes in this masterfully written script, which are both funny and touching, such as Elton's approaches on Jackie and Peter Kay's evil baddie 'The Abzorboloff', which was designed by a nine-year-old boy who won a 'Blue Peter' competiton to design a monster. This episode may not be to everyone's tastes, but I certainly adored it.

There are a number of excellent guest stars in these episodes, such as Peter Kay as the cold and cunning Victor Kennerdy, Marc Warren as the man eager to hunt down the Doctor and Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle from 'Harry Potter') as the girl Elton falls in love with. The episodes contained on this disc are all wonderful and represent the strengths of the new series brilliantly, as they are the pick of the Series 2 litter thus far (although there are 3 episodes still to be aired on television). Great fun to watch, and a treat for the whole family; funny, emotional, scary, exciting - what more do you need. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Death - Love or Loathe?, 17 Aug. 2006
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
There are those who have been thrown into confusion by this departure from the norm, and decided that it is not for them. Each to their own of course...All I can say is that the change of perspective worked very well, and explored the effects of living with the doctor beyond those who regularly keep his company. The personable, flawed characters featured were the sort of people who, in an ideal world, would be the movers and shakers. Their relationships blossomed when they were free to do their own thing. On Peter Kay's arrival, everything nosedived (no change there then) and a bitter sweet ending followed. I loved it and so did the rest of my family, aged 42, 6 and 5. Like they say... you can't beat a bit of ELO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant/Crappy, 7 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who - The New Series - Series 2 - Vol. 4 [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
The first to episodes on this disc, "The Impossible Planet"+"The Satan Pit", are absolutely brilliant(buy this disc for that excellent two parter)but "Love And Monsters".Just so boring. It's just basically some man sitting infront of a Video Camera for 45 wasted minutes. But still, the first to a great. Coudn't get better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLANT, 2 May 2013
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WHO DOES NOT LIKE DR WHO,THE SERIES IS FAULTLESS AND WATCHABLE AND ENJOYABLE,THE SERIES IS TIMELESS AND ENJOYABLE AGAIN AND AGAIN
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