Doctor Who Episode Round-Up
Episode 4.1 Partners in Crime 8.5
First aired: 5th April 2004
Donna Noble’s search for the Doctor leads her to Adipose industries, which makes a new diet pill “miracle” with a few side effects that the makers would prefer to keep quiet.
The Best Bit:
Too many to name! When the Doctor and Donna find each other and proceed to mime to each other while Miss Foster and her bodyguards are busy tying up the reporter; the impossibly cute little Adipose aliens as they get picked up and taken to their home world; the look on Donna’s grandfather’s face when he looks through his telescope and sees the blue box of the TARDIS with Donna waving to him; Billie Piper turning away and disappearing;
Doctor: Do you know what happens when you put two sonic devices up against each other?
Miss Foster: No
Doctor: Nor me. Let’s find out!
Episode 4.2 The Fires of Pompeii 8.0
First Aired: 12th April 2008
The Doctor takes Donna back to Pompeii, right before Mt. Vesuvius is to erupt. Do they help the people of Pompeii, or let history take its course?
The Best Bit:
They realize that instead of ancient Rome, they have actually landed in Pompeii, the day before it erupts;
Doctor: I am… Spartacus
Donna: And so am I.
Speculation: Prophecy’s are abounding in this episode. She is returning obviously means Rose, but what about Donna and the prophecy that there’s “something on your back”?
Episode 4.3 Planet of the Ood 7.5
First Aired: 19th April 2008
The TARDIS lands on an alien planet where they run into the Ood, and discover just how the Ood have became an enslaved race.
The Best Bit:
Halpen turning into an Ood. Very cool! We all know Ood Sigma is up to something, but the reveal is still a nice surprise. It was also nice to see more about the Ood and how they became enslaved. Curious to know what’s going on about the bees. Getting a bit tired of the “we’re not together” bit though. We get that Donna doesn't have a crush on him.
Doctor: The Ood are harmless… except… the last time I met them there was this force-like a stronger mind-powerful enough to take them over.
Donna: What sort of force?
The Doctor: Ah, long story.
Donna: Long walk.
Doctor: It was the Devil.
Donna: If you’re going to take the mickey, I’ll just put my hood back up
Episode 4.4 The Sontaran Stratagem 7.5
First Aired: 26th April 2008
The TARDIS is unexpectedly called back to Earth by Martha who needs help investigating ATMOS, a creation by boy genius Luke Rattigan, only to uncover an old enemy.
The Best Bit:
Completely forgot that Wilfred was the man in Voyage of the Damned. Very nice when Wilfred meets the Doctor again and Donna is shocked that they’ve already met.
Wilfred: You must be one of them aliens.
Doctor: Yeah, but don’t shout it out. Nice to meet you properly, Wilf.
Wilfred: Ah, an alien hand.
Good to see the Sontarans back in action. It was also nice to see Martha again. Too bad we didn’t get to see much of her before she got captured and cloned! Wonder how much time has passed that she’s done all her medical exams and is now a part of UNIT and engaged. Nice to see that she’s moved on though!
Episode 4.5 The Poison Sky 7.5
First Aired: 3rd May 2008
The Sontarans proceed with their deadly plan for the Earth by using ATMOS to poison the sky. Meanwhile, a copy of Martha has infiltrated UNIT.
The Best Bit:
Martha and the dying clone. Sure it’s been done before, but it was well done!
General Staal: Doctor, you impugn my honour!
Doctor: Yeah, I’m really glad you didn’t say belittle, ‘cause then I’d have a field day.
It was nice that Rattigan was able to save the day, however it was a little bit of a turnaround for the character. Overall, a decent story, but it suffered, like a lot of the two-parter’s, with being overly drawn out. The writers should stick to tightly written one-episode stories.
Episode 4.6 The Doctor’s Daughter 7.5
First Aired: 10th May 2008
The Doctor, Donna and Martha are dragged to a remote war ravaged planet where the Doctor is about to meet up with his future.
When Donna discovers that the numbers counting backwards are dates, and that the war has only been going on for about a week.
Donna: Oh, I know that look. See it a lot round our way. Blokes with pushchairs and frowns. You’ve got Dad-shock.
Liked the fact that it was a war that had gone on for generations and yet only really for a week. It was good to see Nigel Terry in action again, although the fact that he’s an old general in a war that only lasted a week doesn’t seem to make much sense. Also, it was painfully obvious that Jenny was going to wake up, and still fairly unbelievable being that she has the genes of a Time lord, why wouldn't she be able to regenerate. Although, not sure why she would still look like Jenny if she regenerated. Ultimately, an interesting premise for an uneven episode.
Episode 4.7 The Unicorn and the Wasp 8.0
First aired: 17th May 2008
The Doctor and Donna meet Agatha Christie and find themselves in a real life murder mystery.
When each of the character’s re-counts where they were at and what they were doing during the murder, only for the audience to see them actually doing something completely different.
Agatha Christie: What do you need, Doctor?
Doctor: Salt! I was miming salt. I need salt. I need something salty.
Donna: What about this?
Doctor: What is it?
Doctor: That’s too salty!
Yes the special effects were a bit naff, but this was Who at its best. It had humour, giant wasps and murder, what more can you ask for?
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