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There have been worse episodes...,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Series 4 Volume 2 [DVD] (DVD)
This volume gets off to a bad start with the "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "Poison Sky". The Sontarans were built up for a triumphant return but end up not doing very much before being beaten by UNIT and a stereotypical teen genius. Martha also returns, now minus her increasingly annoying infatuation with the Doctor. Unfortunately, it was such a major part of the character that she now seems bland and dull, especially in comparison to the well done scenes of Donna and her family. Like Helen Raynor's last Doctor Who episodes (the "Daleks in Manhattan" two-parter), these suffer from logic problems and over-the-top drama in places which spoils what could have been a good story.
Things pick up a bit with "The Doctor's Daughter" by Stephen Greenhorn. Martha again feels dull and extraneous to the story, though she is kept separate from the main plotline for most of the episode. The scenes of the Doctor, Donna and the titular daughter are excellent, keeping the right mix of tension and lightheartedness throughout. There are some nice plot twists, though the resolution feels a little contrived. The final ending was Steven Moffat's idea, apparently keeping his options open for when he takes charge in series 5.
Finally, "The Unicorn and the Wasp", this series' "celebrity historical" with Agatha Christie, is a fun episode, provided you don't try to take it seriously. Nothing much else to it, really.
Overall, this volume is a bit of a mixed bag. Nothing stands out as particularly bad or brilliant but it's worth owning if you're a fan.