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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The word "adipose" is the scientific term for body fat. See more »

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At the end, when the Doctor is telling Donna he wants a "mate" (buddy) it's raining quite hard when it's showing Donna, but not when showing the Doctor. When Donna is hiding the keys it has quit raining but no one is wearing rain gear and no one is wet. See more »

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Donna Noble: [enters ADIPOSE Industries through the front doors] Donna Noble, Health and Safety.
The Doctor: [enters the building by using his sonic screwdriver to disable the alarms on the emergency exit] John Smith, Health and Safety.
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Featured in Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part One (2009) See more »

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Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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The surprisingly pleasing return of Donna Noble
5 April 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Despite serious misgivings concerning the return of Catherine Tate's Donna Noble to the Tardis, I found myself eating humble pie as this episode gained momentum.

"Partners in Crime" brings a whole new dynamism to the series, demonstrating what fans have always known...that "Doctor Who" is capable of changing every few years. From the pleasingly re-energised starting sequence which harks back to the time-tunnel of earlier Doctors to the climax, every scene in this episode was a delight.

Providing welcome comic relief to the series after the doom-and-gloom of the last few tales, this opening to "Series 4" has fantastic chemistry between Tennant and Tate, another appearance from the television legend that is Bernard Cribbins, and a wonderfully comic turn from Sarah Lancashire.

Tennant reminds me a little of Bruce Campbell, with his energetic, enthusiastic and wide-eyed portrayal of the Time Lord. He's clearly extremely comfortable in the role and I dearly hope he decides to stay around for quite some time, no pun intended.

The effects in "Partners in Crime" are largely first class and the latest alien creation, the Andipose, are the cutest beings yet to appear in the long history of the series.

9 out of 10. I haven't had so much fun watching an episode of "Doctor Who" for quite some time. Marvellous family entertainment.


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