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on 20 September 2014
Very good. I have watched this a few times along with the rest of the series, and enjoyed it. Subtitles are there if required.
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on 22 November 2006
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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on 14 July 2006
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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on 5 August 2006
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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on 4 February 2008
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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on 17 March 2012
"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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on 20 June 2006
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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on 17 August 2006
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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on 7 August 2007
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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on 2 May 2013
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