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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At one point, the story was set in , a dilapidated old house would hide a portal to another planet which had been overrun with vicious, dog-like Vorlax. The last survivors of this world had opened the portal to Earth in order to rid their world of the invaders. See more »

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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 »

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The Doctor: The last time, with Martha, it got complicated. And that was all my fault. I just want a mate.
Donna Noble: You just want to mate?
The Doctor: I just want *a* mate!
Donna Noble: You're not matin' with me Sunshine!
The Doctor: A mate! I want *a* mate!
Donna Noble: Well, just as well, because I'm not having any of that nonsense! I mean, you're just a long streak of nothing, y'know, alien nothing!
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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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