Doctor Who - The New Series: 1 - Volume 4 [UMD Mini for PSP]
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Final three episodes of the BBC's relaunched version of the television sci-fi classic, following the adventures of the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his human assistant Rose (Billie Piper). In 'Boom Town' the Doctor and Rose, along with new companion Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), stop off to recharge the TARDIS in present-day Cardiff. While Rose meets up with her boyfriend Mickey (Noel Clarke), the Doctor discovers that a member of the evil Slitheen race (Annette Badland) has survived, and has installed herself as the new mayor. Foiling her plan to detonate a nuclear power station in Cardiff city centre, the Doctor prepares to take her back to her home planet for trial, unaware that the Slitheen has one more trick up her sleeve. In 'Bad Wolf (Part 1)' the team are separated and find themselves in sinister futuristic versions of popular game shows and reality TV programmes, where failure is punished by death. After escaping a murderous version of Big Brother, the Doctor realises that he is back on Satellite 5, a hundred years after he left it. But what is the Bad Wolf corporation, and where has the Doctor heard those words before? Finally, in 'The Parting of the Ways (Part 2)', Rose has been captured by the evil Daleks, and the Emperor Dalek reveals its plan to invade the Earth. After launching a daring rescue mission, the Doctor begins work on a device that will wipe out the Daleks, but could also wipe out all life on the planet. While Jack prepares to defend the base, the Doctor sends Rose back to her own time against her will. As the Daleks invade Earth 200,000 years in the future and the Doctor runs out of time, Rose manages to break open the heart of the TARDIS and return to the future, where she undergoes a shocking transformation and saves the world. At the brink of death, the Doctor reveals the Time Lords' most mysterious gift - the ability to regenerate - and takes on a whole new look (played by David Tennant).
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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