|And all is right with the world!
I must urge
you right now that, if you have not
seen the first episode of SERIES 4
, you should NOT
read this review of PARTNERS IN CRIME
as it includes info that will SPOIL
your enjoyment of it. Please avert your eye, in fact
, just stop reading this post altogether. Before I get to that, CATHY T
and DAVEY T
made a delightful appearance on FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS
, having heard them being interviewed many times in the last few days, there was no real
new info but it was good to see them having such a larf
Already the chemistry between CT
is quite apparent and bodes incredibly
well for the rest of this series; the 'comedic' elements were played nicely and not
overdone. Elsewhere, cast~wise
, it was tip~top: SARAH LANCASHIRE
made for a good 'villian' (though you could argue she wasn't really a 'baddie')
; Donna's mum, SYLVIA
, was spot on and, despite being a bit
of a meanie, was admirably played by JACQUELINE KING
; and BERNARD CRIBBENS
was best of all. WILF
stole it for me with two fantastic scenes; the first with DONNA
, a beautiful moment superbly acted (though what the kids thought about it I dunno)
; and the second right at the end when he saw the TARDIS
flying by. Great stuff and, geekoids
, a fab reference to the ending of DALEKS - INVASION EARTH 2150 AD
which also starred BERNY C
Apparently he's listening to Genesis... (Peter Gabriel~era, that is)
Another nerd~point in the story is a character called 'Penny' - that's was what the companion would have been called if DONNA hadn't come back. 10 points to me! Plot~wise, I liked the fact that this was not an alien invasion story and the ADIPOSE weren't bad guys. Wasn't so keen on the bafflegab that accompanied the Doc fixing the 'enducer' machine, a bit shoddy and there's must have been a simpler way to do it. I also did not like the Road Runner style of death that befell MISS FOSTER; too 'wacky'.
It's behind you!
Nice to see the spaceship from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
get another outing after thirty years. Actually, it was great
seeing a spaceship in WHO
, doesn't happen that
often and I'm glad they kept it out of the previews and promo pics 'cos
it was a real nice surprise. I ended up liking the ADIPOSE
; they were used quite well and the moment when they were beamed up was pretty pleasant. All~in~all
, stout work from the actors, the director and RTD
. Great series opener.
Whoa! Is that Spielberg's lawyers calling?
Finally, here are some interesting tidbits
from the commentary (available from the official site and iTunes)
; DAVEY T
says, "The fact that the Doctor and Wilf have met before is not
irrelevant". What could
that 'fact' be? Also, the ATMOS
logo (seen on a taxi cab window)
will have a bearing in future episodes; I'm guessing that'll be the SONTARAN two~parter
as the most recent DWM
uses the acronym in the synopsis for THE SONTARAN STRATAGEM
. What else about this episode? What else, hhmmm
. Nope, that's it. Great times!
He's waving bye 'cos it's the end of this post... or is it? 'Til the next time,C.PS.
Oh yeah, I knew
I forgot something.... ROSE
She's back, or was back briefly. I must confess, reader
, that something must have got in my eye when I saw her; just hearing her music again gave me chills. The sad geek in me (just before her appearance)
was thinking, "I recognise those Police Line Do Not Cross strips"
and then "I recognise that jacket"
which was swiftly
followed by "I recognise that face!"
What a sublime move by RTD & CO
. to make. They managed to keep it secret from everyone, mainly by not
including that scene in preview copies. If the production team can surprise me in the first episode then I truly
look forward to what's in store... Next week, VOLCANO DAY
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