The wait is finally over and the Doctor is back with a new series, new companions and some new music. Not to mention gripping storylines and big surprises.
Woohoo, Doctor Who and bizarre aliens are back!
Many spoilers follow, do not carry on reading if you don’t want the story spoilt or genuine surprises revealed.
When we last saw the Doctor he had just lost another companion of sorts – Astrid who died after sacrificing herself during ‘Voyage of the Damned’. Just before that Martha and her family suffered for a whole year as prisoners or on the run. And not to mention Rose who is stuck in another universe. It’s endearing to watch him talk to himself in the TARDIS or how he still gets that funny look on his face when someone mentions Rose.
He’s all alone..
He’s changed allright, the past seems to weigh him down. He seems more downbeat and realises what has happened to his companions and that without them he is lonely, but he also knows travelling with him puts them in danger. Towards the end of the episode he has a more serious talk with Donna briefly mentioning it. That was one of the stronger scenes in the episode, it shows the character development that has happened in the last three years. The Doctor’s come a long way since ‘Rose’.
The Doctor and Donna reunited – fixing things as always..
The episode itself is straightforward. Both the Doctor and Donna Noble, last seen back in the 2006 Christmas special – The Runaway Bride, separately investigate Adipose Industries, the company behind a new diet pill. Both are unaware of each other which leads to some very comedic scenes of them very closely missing each other. The diet pill isn’t all that meets the eye and instead of just burning the fat it creates a new lifeform, the Adipose.
Miss Foster – a great opponent, deliciously ruthless!
The main opponent is Miss Foster, the CEO of Adipose Industries or, as revealed later in the episode, Matron Caphelia, an extraterrestrial midwife employed by the Adipose First Family to breed their children after their own breeding planet was lost, something that sadly doesn’t get explained in more detail! The Doctor does ask how someone loses a planet, but Miss Foster brushes him aside commenting she doesn’t concern herself with politics.
She is accompanied by two guards with some serious firepower and not all that much intelligence as it seems. Maybe it was due to the already fairly long episode, but I wish they had more screentime.
How many spaceships has London seen by now?!
There are some surprising twists and great scenes. I loved the scene in the toilet where Miss Foster discovered the journalist, even though I expected it to happen that way ever since the presentation. A character doesn’t get introduced just to be dropped seconds later. Interestingly enough she is still alive, has some limited investigative skills and lives in present day London so I’m betting she will make another appearance in a future episode or maybe become a companion herself. She certainly ticks all the right boxes!
And of course the scene in which Donna and the Doctor first become aware of each other and at the same time get noticed by Miss Foster who also fell into the trap that every Bond villain seems to fall in by revealing her entire evil masterplan. And there I go thinking people have stopped doing that by now!
The attempts in introducing Donna’s family for a future episode I assume were mainly over the top or useless. Her grandad is the same man as the newspaper seller in ‘Voyage of the Damned’ and her mother previously appeared in ‘The Runaway Bride’ at the wedding. There was something about Jackie and Mickey that Martha’s family wasn’t able to capture, especially with Tish being a little bit annoying and the mother suspicious all the time. Donna’s family so far seems a little bland in comparison.
The most surprising thing however was towards the end of the episode with Rose appearing as a bystander and Donna taking to her. Yep, the same Rose Tyler that is meant to be stuck in an alternative universe. She walks off and literally vanishes in thin air.
Did the Torchwood in the other universe figure out how to travel between the worlds? Is she a ghost, leftover from Torchwood in series 2? Was it an illusion? So many questions and no answers!
And I’m sure that sonic pen so carelessly thrown into a bin will reappear!
Oh and what was that mentioning about the bees?!
What is Rose doing?!
One of the more interesting things with Doctor Who is being able to spot story arcs or rather an underlying story that suggests there’s more to it than originally meets the eyes. Examples being the ‘Bad Wolf’ references in series one, Torchwood in series two and the constant mention of Mr Saxon in series three. There’s been rumours of the next story arc involving some religious elements such as the sacrifice and resurrection of Astrid. Not to mention rising to Heaven as shown in the ‘Voyage of the Damned’.
The Adipose rise to the motherships.
‘Partners in Crime’ features surrogate parenting and effectively the creation of life and later on rising in a beam of light to the ships above.
Russell T. Davies indicated the following about the series four storyarc:
“This time, its cumulative: an element from every episode-whether it’s a person, a phrase, a question, a planet, or a mystery-builds up to the grand finale.”
Much to look forward to, that’s for sure!
Overall it was a good episode and it’s great to have Doctor Who back on screen. The music was excellent and the story, whilst nothing special, good enough to last the episode.
Next week: “The Fires of Pompeii”. The preview looked very promising.