Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 1

Partners in Crime (25 Apr. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Verona Joseph ...
Penny Carter
Stacey Harris
Martin Ball ...
Roger Davey
Craig Staniland
Chandra Ruegg ...
Clare Pope
Sue Kelvin ...
Suzette Chambers
Jonathan Stratt ...
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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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Did You Know?


The Adipose developed from Russell T. Davies' idea that alien genetics were hidden in doses of a Botox-like drug, resulting in the people injected being overwhelmed by the genetic code and transforming into aliens. In his book Writer's Tale, he describes it as "Ladies Who Lunch/Lurch" (one of his cartoons included in the book shows his take on the idea). See more »


When Miss Foster uses her sonic device on the window-washer's crane, she points it at the right-side cable, but it's the left-side cable that breaks. See more »


[meeting on the stairs; both hug each other]
Donna Noble: [high-pitched voice] Oh my God! I don't believe it!
[looks him over]
Donna Noble: Oh, you got the same suit!
[as her voice returns to normal]
Donna Noble: Don't you ever change?
The Doctor: Yeah, thanks Donna; not right now.
[look beneath them to see Miss foster & her gunmen running up the stairway]
The Doctor: [to Donna] Just like old times.
[both take off up the stairs]
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Featured in Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem (2008) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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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.

My Grade: C-

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