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Still 'Doctor Who', but much weaker than previous seasons,
This review is from: Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 4  [DVD] (DVD)
When I sat down to watch the first episode of this series, when it was broadcast, I was highly anticipant at the prospect. It had been ten months since the end of the last series and five months since the Christmas special 'Voyage of the Damned'. I thought that the Christmas special was slightly weak but still 'Doctor Who' and still highly enjoyable. The third series had been masterful.
Imagine my suprise, therefore, when I was presented with the piece of crap that was episode one. Admittedly it was an introductory episode and therefore was bound to be worse than usual before it was even written, but still, given that it was written bu Russel T. Davis, the genious who produced 'Utopia', 'The Sound of Drums' and 'Last of the Time Lords', most notably, one would expect something much better.
Writing it off as introductory and therefore excusable, I watched 'Fires of Pompeii'. This was much better (it was actually enjoyable, which is a start) but was still far weaker that Series Three.
The series generally gets better from this point, with the only exception being 'The Docter's Daughter', which I found to be completely implausable and too absurd to acted well and, therefore, it wasn't. The Sontaran episodes are, I think, the best ones in this series and, although the ending to the series is pathetic, the final episodes are thrilling.
The main problem that I have with this series is that it is, on the whole, much weaker than previous series and streaks behing Series Three. It is still, however, highly enjoyable, cleverly written at times and, above all, is still fully 'Doctor Who'. I would recommend this to anybody who already owns the first three series but not to anybody who doesn't, as all three of the previous ones are better than it.