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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In the close-up views of Miss Foster, while she is giving her promotional talk on the Adipose diet pill, only the letters D-U-S-T from the word "industries" are visible on the screen behind her, the rest of the word is outside the frame. This may be a deliberate reference to Little Britain (2003), in which Matt Lucas portrays (amongst other characters) Marjorie Dawes: a 'Fat Fighters' group leader who has the word "dust" as one of her catchphrases. See more »

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Donna's car license plate near the start of the episode was "YD56 VHG". At the end of the episode, the license plate becomes "LN54 VKR". See more »

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Donna Noble: [knocks at Stacey Campbell's door] Stacey Campbell? My name's Donna.
[She holds up her ID card to prove it]
Donna Noble: I represent ADIPOSE Industries, and you're on the list of our valued customers.
The Doctor: [knocks at Roger Davey's door] Mr. Roger Davey, I'm calling on behalf of ADIPOSE Industries.
[holds up his psychic paper]
The Doctor: I just need to ask you a few questions.
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Best series opener yet!
8 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Doctor who has always been a part of my life. And after a long wait which seems like an eternity Doctor who is back on the BBC. At the start of a new doctor who season you always worry that it might be a disappointment but as usual the Doctir who crew managed to start on a bang and as "that" theme tune comes on the excitement gets bigger.

The openers of the series are usually poor in Doctor who because they tend to focus more on the character development than the storyline of the monsters. But enough said, this was the best opener since Rose and I am pleased the 4th series has gotten off to a good start.

There were many goods in Partners in crime. For me the the best of those goods was Catherine Tate and David Tennant. I found Donna a total pain in the runaway bride but she was absolutely fine in this opener. Her interaction with Tennant was good to watch and her comic timing definitely boosted some of the duller scenes in the episode.

The comedy can sometimes be to childish on Doctor who, but there were some great moments of comedy in this episode, my favourite when Gramps misses the spaceship behind him and the doctor and Donnas near-misses.

The submission of Rose in the series was known long ago since the crew find it hard keeping secrets but no one knew she would be in the first episode!

Now for the bad. As usual the doctor overuses his sonic screwdriver any plot dead-ends and tight spots. The story worked well, but I heyt the sillier plots in Doctor who, I know it needs to appeal to 7 year olds as well as 70 year olds, but I think plots about fat based aliens growing out of peoples bodies would be best suited on one of the more childish Doctor who spin-offs. And whenever Russel T Davies writes a story himself there is always a basic template that he refuses to budge from, which makes the scene with the adipose and miss foster feel too much like the evil company.

Overall this was an episode which has created a great lot of story lines for more episodes and I give it a 7/10.


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