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"Doctor Who" Partners in Crime (2008)

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Doctor Who: Season 4: Episode 1 -- Donna Noble is determined to find the Doctor again - even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose. But when the alien threat escalates out of control, can Donna find her Time Lord before the march of the Adipose begins?


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Original Air Date:
5 April 2008 (Season 4, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Tennant ... The Doctor

Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble

Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler

Sarah Lancashire ... Miss Foster

Bernard Cribbins ... Wilfred Mott

Jacqueline King ... Sylvia Noble
Verona Joseph ... Penny Carter

Jessica Gunning ... Stacey Harris
Martin Ball ... Roger Davey
Rachid Sabitri ... Craig Staniland
Chandra Ruegg ... Clare Pope
Sue Kelvin ... Suzette Chambers
Jonathan Stratt ... Taxi Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruari Mears ... 1st Foster Guard (uncredited)
Richard Price ... Passerby (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Strong 
Writing credits
Russell T. Davies (written by)

Produced by
Phil Collinson .... producer
Russell T. Davies .... executive producer
Julie Gardner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Murray Gold 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze (director of photography) (as Ernie Vincze)
Film Editing by
Mike Jones 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
Edward Thomas 
Art Direction by
Arwel Jones (supervising art director) (as Arwel Wyn Jones)
Set Decoration by
Malin Lindholm 
Costume Design by
Louise Page 
Makeup Department
Pam Mullins .... makeup artist
John Munro .... makeup artist
Steve Smith .... makeup artist
Barbara Southcott .... makeup designer
Production Management
Chris Blatchford .... post-production supervisor
Rhys Griffiths .... unit manager
Samantha Hall .... post-production supervisor
Tracie Simpson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Blackwell .... first assistant director
Sarah Davies .... third assistant director
Jennie Fava .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Aitken .... property master
Keith Freeman .... stand-by rigger
Matthew Hywel-Davies .... construction manager
Barry Jones .... senior props maker
Jonathan Marquand Allison .... art department production manager (as Jonathan Allison)
Nick Murray .... stand-by props
Stephen Nicholas .... chief supervising art director
James North .... associate designer
John Pinkerton .... scenic artist
Amy Pope .... art department coordinator
Will Pope .... stand-by carpenter
Nicholas Robatto .... props maker (as Nick Robatto)
Al Roberts .... design assistant
Catherine Samuel .... props buyer
Phil Shellard .... stand-by props (as Phill Shellard)
Ciaran Thompson .... stand-by art director
Matthew Wild .... dressing chargehand
Shaun Williams .... storyboard artist
Ellen Woods .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Kelly-Marie Angell .... foley editor
Julian Howarth .... sound recordist
Paul Jefferies .... sound effects editor
Paul McFadden .... supervising sound editor
Tim Ricketts .... dubbing mixer
Jeff Welch .... boom operator
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Ayres .... sound remastering (uncredited)
Darran Clement .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Brian Hodgson .... sound effects (uncredited)
Dick Mills .... sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben Ashmore .... special effects coordinator
Neill Gorton .... prosthetics designer
Danny Hargreaves .... special effects supervisor
Rob Mayor .... prosthetics supervisor
Craig Leong .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Murray Barber .... 2D artist
Tim Barter .... 2D artist
Bryan Bartlett .... 2D artist
Sara Bennett .... 2D artist
Serena Cacciato .... 3D artist
Will Cohen .... visual effects producer
Loraine Cooper .... 2D artist
Barney Curnow .... visual effects supervisor
Ceres Doyle .... visual effects editor
Simon C. Holden .... 2D artist
Dave Houghton .... visual effects supervisor
Rebecca Johnson .... visual effects coordinator
Marie A. Jones .... visual effects producer (as Marie Jones)
David Levy .... 3D artist (as Dave Levy)
Matthew McKinney .... 3D artist (as Matt McKinney)
James Moxon .... 2D artist
Marianne Paton .... visual effects production assistant
Jenna Powell .... visual effects coordinator
Stephen Regelous .... 3D artist
Greg Spencer .... 2D artist
Tim Barter .... on-set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Charlie Bennett .... digital matte painter (uncredited)
Nicolas Hernandez .... 3D supervisor (uncredited)
Russell Horth .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Will Pryor .... visual effects (uncredited)
Neil Roche .... animator (uncredited)
Janak Thakker .... senior character animator (uncredited)
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Derek Lea .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Barber .... camera operator
Peter Chester .... best boy
Ben Griffiths .... electrician
Mark Hutchings .... gaffer
Clive Johnson .... electrician
Steve Rees .... focus puller
John Robinson .... grip
Steve Slocombe .... electrician
Rory Taylor .... camera operator
Stuart Brereton .... additional photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Andy Brierley .... casting associate
Amy Rogers .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lindsay Bonaccorsi .... costume supervisor
Rose Goodheart .... assistant costume designer (as Rose Goodhart)
Barbara Harrington .... costume assistant
Louise Martin .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Mark Bright .... on-line editor
Marie Brown .... post-production coordinator
Matthew Clarke .... on-line editor
Carmen Roberts .... assistant editor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: original theme music
Dave Foster .... music preparation (uncredited)
Murray Gold .... music arranger: theme music (uncredited)
Jake Jackson .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Olivier Ager .... production accountant (as Oliver Ager)
Lindsey Alford .... script editor
Kath Blackman .... contracts assistant
Nicola Brown .... production runner
Debi Griffiths .... assistant production coordinator
Sheila Johnston .... continuity
Kevin Myers .... production secretary
Andy Newbery .... floor runner
Chris Rogers .... finance manager
Julie Scott .... production executive
Gareth Skelding .... location manager
Jess Van Niekerk .... production coordinator
Russell T. Davies .... showrunner (uncredited)
Heddi-Joy Taylor .... floor runner (uncredited)
Howard Attfield .... in memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

48 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
UK:PG (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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44 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
The surprisingly pleasing return of Donna Noble, 5 April 2008
Author: DVD_Connoisseur from England

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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