Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 1

Partners in Crime (25 Apr. 2008)

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With a new weight-loss pill tested in London by Adipose Industries, The Doctor goes to investigate the sinister truth behind the product, only to find out that his old friend Donna Noble is investigating as well.

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Independently of one another, the Doctor and Donna Noble are investigating Adipose Industries who claim to have created a revolutionary diet pill. The head of Adipose, Miss Foster, runs a pretty tight ship and they have been quite successful. Donna visits several people who have taken the pills and as advertised, the pills seem to be working. Except of course for the person that virtually vanishes, excerpt for a strange little creature in the bathroom sink. The Doctor and Donna join up eventually and come to the realization that there is definitely something alien behind what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Howard Attfield did film some scenes as Donna's father, Geoff Noble, but became too unwell to continue and died during filming. This episode was dedicated to him. Bernard Cribbins, who starred in the previous episode, {Voyage of the Damned (#4.0)}, as a newspaper salesman named Wilfred Mott, was brought back to re-film Attfield's scenes, now establishing Wilfred as Donna's grandfather. See more »

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At the end of the episode, Donna piles suitcases in the Doctor's arms in preparation to leave with him in the TARDIS, and places a striped hat box on top. The bags stay that way for a while as the camera cuts back and forth between them, and you can see the stack of luggage as the camera films the Doctor from behind. Then, as soon as the camera cuts back to the Doctor's face when Donna leaves to give her mother the car keys, suddenly he has one bag under his arm and another in his hand, and the rest of the bags are on the ground with the hat box stacked neatly on top. See more »

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The Doctor: Tell me, Roger, have you got a cat flap?
[next scene, on floor looking through cat flap]
Roger Davey: It was here when I bought the house. I never bothered with it, really. I'm not a cat person.
The Doctor: No, I've met cat people. You're nothing like them.
Roger Davey: Is that what it is, though: cats getting inside the house?
The Doctor: Well, thing about cat flaps is, they don't just let things in; they let things out as well.
Roger Davey: Like what?
The Doctor: "The fat just walks away."
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Sheer fluff
10 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Fourth season opens with the reintroducing of one of the most annoying characters in recent Doctor Who memory, (no not the Slitheen, let's hopefully NEVER see them again, knock on wood) Catherine Tate as reprising her role of Donna Noble from 'the Runaway Bride'. She and the Doctor are both separately looking into Adipose industries and their testing of a new weight-loss product that has some strange side effects.

OK, first the good news Tate isn't nearly as grating as she was on the Christmas special she was on, that in itself is cause to celebrate. But that celebration is sort lived when one realizes that the story is lacking at it's core and has nothing to show for it than miniature Staypuft Marshmellow man made of body fat. Way too silly to be taken at all seriously. The only thing going for the episode is a small cameo near the end.

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