‘Partners In Crime’ (TV)



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“The Fat Just Walks Away” with the Adipose

2008 was a great year for me as a ‘Doctor Who’ fan! Series 4 was one of my favourite viewing pleasures during that year. I was very lucky to have watched that series on television with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and also Catherine Tate as his brand-new companion, Donna Noble.

Series 4 was full of fun, excitement and a lot of running. If you’re a fan of the Tenth Doctor era, you’re going to love this season. I hope you’ll enjoy my nostalgic memories of Series 4 of ‘Doctor Who’, as I consider it to be one of the best seasons ever produced under Russell T. Davies’ reign.

‘Partners In Crime’, the first episode of Series 4, sees the comeback of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. When I first heard that Catherine was returning to ‘Doctor Who’, I was initially surprised.

But it was a pleasant surprise. I know there’s been a lot of doubts and disappointment about Catherine Tate being a ‘Doctor Who’ companion, but it made sense and I looked forward to this.

I have to say, I love Donna’s return to ‘Doctor Who’. She wants to find the Doctor in order to have some adventures in the TARDIS, as she regrets refusing his offer from ‘The Runaway Bride’.

‘Partners In Crime’ is a very funny, enjoyable episode by Russell T. Davies. It’s a good start to Series 4. Donna and the Doctor keep missing each other, whilst investigating Adipose Industries.

When they do finally see each other from ‘window’ distances, it’s very funny and exciting to watch. The way they mime messages to each other once they’ve seen each other is so hilarious.

Donna is not the same person from her first story. She’s taken an interest in traveling and believes the existence of aliens. She wants to see more as he searches for the Doctor in this tale.

In the story, Donna disguises herself from health and safety (just as the Doctor does) when she goes to Adipose Industries. I love her scenes with the Doctor when they reunite with each other.

David Tennant’s Doctor is fantastic. I enjoyed how he reacts to Donna’s presence at Adipose Industries when he is investigating the same time. He is very stunned, but pleased to see Donna.

The Doctor tells Donna about his recent adventures with Martha and that Rose is still lost in a parallel universe. The Doctor is serious when he warns Miss Foster that he will stop her scheme.

Sarah Lancashire (from ‘Coronation Street’) guest stars as the sweet motherly villainess, Miss Foster. I like how Sarah portrays Miss Foster with relish but doesn’t do it in an over-the-top way.

Miss Foster, as described by the Doctor, is a ‘wet nurse’. I love Miss Foster’s line about the UK being ‘a beautiful fat country’! Her voice is silky and cool. You wouldn’t want to mess with her. 🙂

Jacqueline King returns as Sylvia, Donna’s mum. It was nice to see Donna’s mum return to ‘Doctor Who’. Sylvia’s still difficult and nagging as ever. Donna finds her tiresome and annoying.

Sylvia’s pretty demanding when it comes to asking things from Donna such as needing the car. At least Sylvia gets to witness the Adipose coming out of people’s bodies when out on the town.

Bernard Cribbins returns as Wilfred Mott, who briefly appeared in ‘Voyage of the Damned’. It turns out Wilfred is Donna’s granddad. I really like Wilfred Mott, as I didn’t expect him to return.

Wilfred’s a good old soul, who loves his granddaughter. He easily believes in the existence of aliens more than Sylvia does. He encourages Donna to find the Doctor as she shares it with him.

I must say I like the idea of Adipose Industries selling pills for people to lose weight without having to do any exercise. It’s a clever idea. I wish it was simple to lose weight without exercise.

But it does have its side-effects as the ‘fat just walks away’ and gradually kills people. The Adiposes themselves are so cute when I first saw them, perhaps too cute to get taken seriously.

I found it terrifyingly amazing when that Adipose nursery ship loomed over London. It was funny when Wilfred has his earphones on and he does not hear that spaceship looming past in the sky.

I enjoyed it when Donna and the Doctor are waving to the Adipose, as they fly up in the levitation beam and they wave back. Donna states, “I’m waving at fat!” which is amusing indeed.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Howard Attfield who played Donna’s dad, Geoff Noble in ‘The Runaway Bride’. He would’ve starred in Series 4, doing what Bernard Cribbins did.

Sadly Howard Attfield passed away whilst filming commenced on Series 4 on ‘Doctor Who’. Thankfully his filmed ‘deleted scenes’ with Donna can be seen and enjoyed on the Series 4 DVD.

‘Partners In Crime’ is a really good start to an exciting series of ‘Doctor Who’. I have fond memories seeing this on its original transmission on TV during the Easter holidays, back in 2008.

It was a pretty good day watching this and it was a fresh start to a new series of adventures which I knew I was going to enjoy. One more thing…did I just see Rose Tyler during the episode?

The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘The Complete Series 4’, there are the Howard Attfield deleted scenes. There’s also a commentary with writer/executive producer Julie Gardner, director James Strong and executive producer Julie Gardner.

On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘A Noble Return’.

‘Partners In Crime’ rating – 9/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Partners In Crime’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Wasn’t to impressed with this season opener, Tennant, Tate & Cribbins are excellent i just felt the main story was weak, but the scene with Wilf & Donna looking at the star’s a such a great moment.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      That’s fair enough. I had fond memories watching this season opener and it got me engaged into watching Series 4 with David Tennant and Catherine Tate. I found it a great opener, but I can get what you mean about it being weak.

      I like that scene between Wilfred and Donna looking up at the stars. Originally, Howard Attfield was going to appear in Series 4 to play Donna’s dad. That was before he sadly passed away. I watched the deleted scenes with Howard Attfield as Geoff Noble before he passed away and they’re very good. Not matching the same style as Bernard Cribbins and Catherine Tate, but they were still good to watch. I’m saddened Howard Attfield didn’t get to play Donna’s dad in Series 4, but it was great to have Bernard Cribbins aboard to play Donna’s granddad.

      Tim. 🙂



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