David Tennant once again returns as the
most popular Doctor Who to date and this time comedian Catherine
Tate joins the crew as the Doctor's new companion Donna Noble.
Although Catherine's character appeared in the 2006 Christmas
Special, there was mixed feelings as to whether she would fit into
the mythology and although she is as far as possible from her
characters on her popular comedy series, there is just something a
little odd about her character.
Needless to say, the series is still
as entertaining as ever and this collection features three episodes
entitled "Partner's in Crime", "The Fires in Pompeii" and "Planet of
the Ood". A great DVD to add to your Doctor Who collection
featuring classic stories and some quite impressive BBC special
In the first episode, "Partner's in
Crime", Donna Noble is on Earth investigating an alien phenomena and
is regretting that she did not join the Doctor during their previous
encounter. Of course as both are investigating this alien phenomena,
they soon meet and together they eventually uncover the mystery.
Although the story is a little slow, it is a good introduction to
Catherine's character and unlike her last appearance is more human
which pleases the good doctor.
The second episode "The Fires in
Pompeii" is my favourite of the collection and introduces a new foe
for the Doctor called Pyroviles that is set with the backdrop of the
historical disaster of Pompeii. As Donna attempts to save as many
people from the upcoming disaster of Pompeei, the Doctor is drawn
between teaching her a lesson that they cannot interfere with time and defeating Pyroviles,
Lastly there is "The Planet of the Ood"
that returns the aliens called the Ood to the series and is another
link into the psyche of Donna Noble and even though she is a little
more mature than the previous companions of the Doctor, she still
successfully brings a unique and sometimes "odd" element to the
series. With three great episodes with perfect video and audio
quality, there's little to complain about this current compilation.