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Genre: Television - Doctor Who / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Actors: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman ... / DVD released 2008-09-01 at 2 Entertain Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      16.01.2012 11:16
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      A fine way for Tennant to sign off from the full series format

      Series 4 marked the final full series for David Tennant as The Doctor (although he would go on to appear in four hour-long specials.) All I can say is if you've gotta go, you could do a lot worse than sign off with these episodes which contain some top-quality writing and, arguably the best season finale to date.

      There's a strong feeling of continuity running through the three episodes on the disk and it's an impressive reminder of both the heritage of the "old" Doctor Who and the success of the re-launched series. The episodes to pay tribute to the past without being hampered by it; the new elements are handled well and sow the seeds for the massive upheaval to come.

      Even Catherine Tate's Donna Noble (who has mostly been annoying up until this point) actually becomes more likeable. This is because she is given a lot more screen time and the opportunity to develop her character. The increased focus on Donna starts to uncover the reasons behind her loud-mouthed aggression which actually hide significant insecurities, making her a far more sympathetic person and much more than just a bit of comic relief. It's a masterly piece of writing which turns an annoying character into a sympathetic one.

      Turn Left
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      The change in focus is obvious from the first episode on this disk. Conventional wisdom holds that episodes where The Doctor is sidelined are usually of very poor quality. Conventional wisdom clearly took a holiday when this episode was written because it's a cracker.

      Via a slightly contrived McGuffin, it sees Donna return to her past to take a crucial decision. Instead of turning left at a road junction, she turns right. This apparently insignificant act has massive repercussions, changing the course of her life so that she never meets The Doctor on Christmas Eve and doesn't save his life. The Doctor dies and the world without a Doctor is a far worse place.

      This is a cracking episode which really brings out the strengths of Donna's character - previously hidden under all that bluster and shouting. Deeply insecure, she slowly starts to understand not only how important The Doctor was, but also how important she is. Tate plays Noble in a hugely sympathetic way and provoking a surprisingly powerful emotional response from the viewer.

      It also cleverly riffs on previous episodes in the series and shows how history would subsequently have unveiled had The Doctor (and Donna) no intervened. This is a clever way to tie the adventure in with The Doctor's known history and show how he affects the course of events for little or no recognition.

      As the episode progresses, it takes on a surprisingly dark and grim tone with deeply tragic undertones. It is a hugely atmospheric adventure which acts as a stark counterpoint to some of the sillier episodes in this series. Superbly written with strong writing and some surprisingly good acting, it shows that the presence of The Doctor is not always essential.
      Overall: 9/10

      The Stolen Earth
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      The first of a two-part adventure sets up a cracking season finale. Once again, the benefits of stretching a story over two episodes are clear as it gives the writers far more time to develop ideas and characters.

      The plot is typical sci-fi mumbo-jumbo. Earth is thrown into crises when, along with 26 other planets it is taken out of its proper time and place in space and transported across the universe. When aligned in a specific pattern, these planets will be used by a new Dalek Empire to destroy everything and reign supreme.

      There's a bit of a Lethal Weapon 3 feel to this two-parter as it sees the return of many Doctor Who favourites, old and new. For the Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Mickey the Idiot, Jackie Tyler and Captain Jack all return, creating a real "Doctor Who family" feel. This could have been really corny and smacked of a cynical attempt to tie all the various Doctor Who strands and spin-offs together. In fact, it is handled superbly and demonstrates that for all his powers and knowledge, The Doctor still relies heavily on the help of other people in his battle against evil - something which the Daleks successfully exploit.

      There's also a welcome return for Dalek creator Davros - who's been away for far too long - still as insane and vengeful as ever and wonderfully realised. Together with his new Dalek empire, he proves a fitting foe for his ancient enemy.

      The danger with this type of episode is that some characters get sidelined and whilst this might be true of the Torchwood team (hooray!), everyone else fares pretty well. Their returning characters are consistent with their previous appearances and the two-episode format even gives the writers time to develop some of the characters further. The presence of so many support characters takes some of the pressure off David Tennant and, freed from the pressure of having to carry the episode on his own, he turns in a very energetic performance.

      The storyline is strong and instantly gripping, with lots of questions being raised and an incredibly tense atmosphere established. Whilst it's unlikely to have you hiding behind the sofa, it will see you gripping the arms of your chair with excitement, such is the level of tension that the episode generates.

      As if all that wasn't enough, there's a superb cliff-hanger - one of the best ever -At the time broadcast the ending provoked a mass of discussion and wild theories about how it would be resolved and, in the finest Doctor Who tradition, it was torture having to wait a full week to find out how The Doctor would escape this time.
      Overall: 10/10

      Journey's End
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      The main talking point of Journey's End at the time was the resolution of THAT cliff-hanger which divided opinion. Some people felt cheated by it; others thought it a very clever, consistent and logical solution. Whatever your feelings, it showed the long term story arc which (almost invisibly) has been developing over the course of three series since this episodes harks right back to David Tennant's first main episode as The Doctor.

      Journey's End is not quite as intense as The Stolen Earth, but it is no less satisfying. Whereas the previous episode focussed on plot and atmosphere, this one is all action as The Doctor and his allies square up against Davros and the Daleks. There's a lot of classic Doctor Who running about, things blowing up and plenty of meaningless techno babble to explain away the inexplicable, but it's all good fun.

      The heart of New Who has always been about characters and emotion as much as action, something which is demonstrated to fine effect in this closing adventure. Davros reveals a few deeply unpleasant truths about The Doctor's nature, whilst the ending - which sees s final parting of the ways for so many companions - is deeply poignant. It's a deeply emotional conclusion to a series that has taken you on a rollercoaster of a ride and something of a bitter-sweet experience. To balance a happy ending of sorts for one character there is a tragic conclusion for another. It's an emotionally charged ending that will stick in the mind long after the end credits roll.
      Overall: 9/10

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      Series four might have had the odd weaker moments (Fear Her springs to mind), but it certainly finished with a flourish. Superb scripts, fine acting and a storyline which links past, present and future make for a cracking DVD which no self-respecting Doctor Who fan should be without.

      © Copyright SWSt 2012

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      28.02.2010 11:12
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      The final 3 episodes of series 4 of Doctor Who

      Concluding my review of Doctor Who series 4 sees me rewatching three of my favourite episodes of the resurrected series. Disc 4 of the collection contains 3 episodes, which like the other discs in the series I will give a brief plot synopsis and my opinion and overall rating. The three episodes on this disc are: Turn Left, The Stolen Earth and Journeys End.

      Turn Left

      Whilst on a pleasure-trip sightseeing on a distant planet Donna is lured in to a fortune tellers booth where she is tricked into revealing when she first met the Doctor. A strange entity interferes with history and Donna is taken back to the point where a meaningless decision changes everything. By turning right one in her car one normal morning instead of left Donna does not end up working at the place she did during the events of "The Runaway Bride" and as a consequence there are dire repercussions on everyone.

      We learn that the Doctor is now dead after his encounter with the Empress of the Racnoss, The whole of the South of England is polluted with radiation following the crash landing of the Starship Titanic from Voyage of the Damned and England's residents are being forced to relocate North into shared housing under military control.

      The appearance of a strange blonde woman who knows Donna alludes to how things should have been and tells her that only she can change what has happened. After originally dismissing her as a crazy woman Donna soon realises that she must put her trust in the mysterious blonde even though she is told that she will die...

      Opinion

      Apart from a fleeting appearance at the beginning and end of this episode the Doctor doesn't feature at all instead the focus of this episode is Donna. Catherine Tate delivers a fine performance reverting back to how she was during The Runaway Bride as the self centred daughter of a domineering mother and as the episode progresses we see her become more and more desperate and depressed. Ultimately this is a 'parallel world' episode which explains how things would have turned out if the Doctor wasn't on hand to be able to step in and save the day and cleverly brings back elements of previous episodes to demonstrate exactly would have happened.

      This was a brilliantly written and acted episode that is much darker in tone than previous episodes and really could be thought of as a prequel to the final two episodes that follow. The reappearance of Rose sets up what is to come and the final "Bad Wolf" reveal was a genuine thrilling moment in the shows history.

      Doubters of Catherine Tate's appointment as full time companion during this series should have been silenced following this episode as she carries it brilliantly all the way through. This is another all-time favourite episode of mine that I never tire of watching and for me rates as a perfect 5/5 dooyoo star rating. Even the rather ridiculous looking Time Beetle that is on Donnas back doesn't detract from the story and the fact that this was filmed on a low budget shouldn't spoil anyone's enjoyment of this fine episode.

      The Stolen Earth/Journey's End

      Following the events in Turn Left the Doctor is now aware that the walls between parallel worlds are crumbling and hurries back to Earth with Donna. Finding everything to be okay they return to the Tardis but moments later realise that the whole planet has disappeared. With help from The Shadow Proclamation he works out that in fact 27 planets have gone missing including Earth and following an extended sequence where we are reintroduced to old companions and people from the Doctors past he manages to find Earth and the other planets.

      The Stolen Earth sets up the story that is concluded in Journey's End and follows the Doctor as he is reunited with Rose, loses Donna and sees the creation of the Doctor/Donna. The Doctor discovers that an old adversary is behind the removal of the 27 planets and as the story unfolds we finally get a resolution that ties up a lot of loose ends and is a wonderful series finale.

      Opinion

      These are without doubt the best two episodes in this, the fourth series for me and I absolutely love them. The plot is complex but well explained and bringing back old favourites makes this a joy to watch. It really is a fanboys dream episode, we get Sarah Jane Smith, Torchwood, Martha, Rose, Mickey Smith, Harriet Jones, UNIT and Jackey Tyler back for these episodes and Russel T Davies threw everything he had into making this a epic 2 parter.

      Bringing back the Daleks again could have been a bit predictable but by resurrecting Davros as their clearly insane creator brilliantly played by Justin Bleach this truly is a blast from the past and gives old-school fans the chance to remember their nightmares from years ago.

      There were many things I loved about this episode, Rose finally got her man (near enough anyway) Torchwood got in on the action (hurrah!) and the ending is heartbreaking when Donna realises that she has to go back to being as she was before she met the Doctor. There are exciting action scenes, tender love moments and a wonderful feel-good moment towards the end when the Tardis is full of people who all love the Doctor.

      Throughout the four series there have been episodes that I have considered to be outstanding; however they pale into the background when compared to these final two of series 4. For me they are as near to perfect as you can possibly get for a television series and are in my opinion superb.

      I could waffle on for hours about how much I love these, and by reading this and my other reviews of series 4 you can probably tell that this has been my favourite series of them all. It will be no surprise then to read that Series 4 disc 4 gets a perfect 5/5 dooyoo star rating from me and comes highly recommended.

      Disc 4 is available to buy as a standalone disc from Amazon for approximately £4.00; however I would recommend that the whole series be bought in the box set format which will cost around £22.00.

      Thanks for reading my review on what is my favourite television programme.

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        31.01.2009 22:29

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        Back of the sofa stuff!

        Doctor Who just keeps on getting better and better! Why this works is a clever use of original characters and then the introduction of new bad guys...it is a clever and delicate mix. If it were up to me I would only have ever watched the Cybermen and the Daleks, but then I would have missed out on some of the new and exciting bad guys. Obviously, the reintroduction of Davros into the season was an inspired idea and he was far more revolting than I remember from my childhood. His long finger nails tapping on the side were great and the air of malevolence was terrific. Catherine Tate has proven to be a brilliant sidekick and as the season drew to a close the relationship with the doctor takes a surprising twist, with the doctor having no choice but to make a huge sacrifice. The other characters all develop nicely in this season and it was great to see that Billie Piper finally gets what she has always wanted! There are so many highlights throughout the season but in fairness most of them come at the end of the last few episodes when all the pieces of a long and complicated jigsaw come together....This is a must for anyone who claims to be a doctor who fan....and watch out for the German daleks!

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        05.01.2009 20:57
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        A brief overview of the episodes available on the DVD

        Series 4 of Doctor Who concludes in an explosive and exciting finale. After "Midnight" (on Volume 3) Donna (played by the fabulous Catherine Tate) has an episode where she is the prominent character. "Turn Left" brings back Billie Piper from across dimensions and Donna is left with a rather ominous warning.

        Since Doctor Who came back to our screens one thing that Russell T Davies and the brilliant writing team have been doing is creating story arcs. Each series leads up to its final episode and series 4 is no exception to this.
        The cover gives away a bit but since they've never been absent from a series since it came back its no surprise that the daleks are behind this storyarc. So you know the daleks are back you also can see that the original companion cast from series one are back along with the marvellous Sarah Jane, Martha Jones and Captain Jack Harkness. The Doctors blue suit is also crucial in this episode.

        Watch out for funny moments like Daleks in Germany as well as the heartbreaking closing scenes. If you saw all the action as it happened on the BBC, you may want to own this dvd just because we'll be seeing so little of the Doctor this year.

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          11.12.2008 13:36
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          Dalek Caan is a crazy fool

          So far this year, the Doctor has encountered Adipose, Pyroviles, Ood, Sontarans, Hath, Vespiform and Vashta Nerada. Thank the Time Lords then that, to see us through the series finale, we are encountering the Daleks - an alien name that I can actually spell.

          The fourth series of Doctor Who always had a sombre note to it, as there was so much uncertainty throughout regarding the show's future. We know now that head writer Russell T. Davies, executive producers Phil Collinson and Julie Gardner and companions Catherine Tate and Billie Piper have all quit the show and even lead man David Tennant's continued presence was up in the air for a long time (of course, we all know that he's decided to leave too now!), so even though the show lives on, it moves into a new era. So it is fitting that the finale of series four serves as the explosive, cameo-droppin', reunitin', Dalek fightin', regeneratin', cross-overin' triple bill of Turn Left, The Stolen Earth and Journey's End - the episodes that fill up this disc.

          Turn Left is a Doctor Who episode without the Doctor, and instead it focuses on his companion Donna Noble. Donna's really grown as a character over this year, turning from the unlikeable shrew she once was to an empowered, emotional audience surrogate. That's why Turn Left is an absolute treat of an episode, as it really is her showcase.

          A dirty alien minx sneaks her way into Donna's past, forcing her to change a minor decision she made years ago which would drastically affect her future. This results in the death of the Doctor, because he never met Donna and she never saved him from his own grief. With Earth's Time Lord guardian dead, Donna's family (and most of the world) descend into dystopia and misery, suffering the wrath of all the alien threats he was meant to fight against - the fall of the starship Titanic, plus the Judoon, Adipose and Sontaran attacks. Only the mysterious appearance of dimension-jumper Rose Tyler can get the universe back to normal, but it relies on the bravery and strength of self-doubting Donna Noble...

          What could have been a boring premise for an episode (Donna and her family panic while the world falls apart) is turned into an emotional tour de force by the brilliant writing and superb acting. More emotional and touching than Saturday evening television should be, and wrapped up with a thunderous, mind-blowing ending, this episode is a fan's dream. 9 out of 10.

          Following on is The Stolen Earth, the first of the final two parter. As the title states, the Earth is stolen, and moved to the Medusa Cascade, along with the other stolen planets mentioned in earlier episodes. Who is behind this? A message sent to Earth from a nearby spacecraft reveals the terrifying truth - "Exterminate! Exterminate!"

          In Cardiff, the Torchwood crew cower in fear. Sarah-Jane Smith and her adopted son Luke panic. Rose Tyler finally crosses dimensions propely and prepares herself with a giant cannon of a weapon. Martha Jones prepares UNIT's strongest weapons for war. Harriet Jones (former Prime Minister) rallies the troops. Yes, it's crossover city here, bringing together all three Whoniverse shows and all four Doctor Who seasons for the battle to end all battles. But the Doctor is a billion miles away, and his champions on Earth have no way of contacting him. Just when things couldn't get any more dramatic, the new leader of the Daleks is revealed... the legend that is Davros. Shocked gasp!

          An excellent episode that is only slightly let down because there's about one hundred characters fighting for screentime. Still, a splendid story highlighted by some intense emotional moments (the reactions to the Daleks' message and Rose and the Doctor reuniting), and it's great to see all of these heroes on screen together. And what a cliffhanger. 8 out of 10.

          Journey's End is the specially extended length finale episode, increased to just over an hour. Here we see the Doctor and his "Children of Time" uniting on Davros' warship to fight against the madman himself, the Supreme Dalek and their devastating Reality Bomb. Add to the already bloated cast of characters Rose's ex-boyfriend Mickey Smith and her mum Jackie Tyler, plus cameos from Martha's mum and K9, and you've got a castlist for days.

          Still, the story is so bombastic, so ambitious (and yet just about believable) and so Doctor Who that nothing can hold it down. Julian Bleach is jaw-droppingly sinister as Davros, and fantastic performances are put in by Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Bernard Cribbins and Nicholas Briggs (as the range of Dalek voices, including the instant fan favourite Caan), and the story will hold you so close to the edge of your seat for the entire duration.

          There are massive ups, thrilling drops, hilarious twists, melancholy moments and lots of sadness, and while I can't give a lot away without spoiling it for you, so much happens here that it will completely turn around the entire Who universe. Yes, it's a massive exercise in fan-service - that's why there are so many characters bundling around - and there has been so much seeding and tiny plot elements scattered through the last four years that they could only be resolved with a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo, a partial suspension of disbelief and a Lord of the Rings-style never-ending ending, but Journey's End gives us Whovians everything we could ever want from an epic, explosive end of an era. 10 out of 10.

          Like all the previous Doctor DVDs, there's absolutely nothing to say about the DVD extras (because there are none) but the episodes more than stand up on their own. I wouldn't recommend this to non-Who fans - it's far too loaded in self-reference for that - but any fan, big or small, will need this DVD.

          (A VERSION OF THIS REVIEW HAS ALSO BEEN POSTED ON DIGITALLARD.COM)

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            01.12.2008 13:49
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            Take a Journey through time and space

            As a doctor who fan, this series gave me everything i could ever want from the series, great characters, a companion with a great evolution througout the series, and the worst kept secret in who history, davros.
            these last four episodes let the series go out with a bang, the last episode the stolen earth has so much in it, it's like a mini movie. All the usuall reccuring characters come back, a tad overcrowded but pleasing at the same time. Even davros action seem justified in an evil twisted way. the srongest element to this series was catherine tate. she plays donna with her heart on her sleeve, and you can really connect and feel for the character. How she can be funny but tragic from one scene to the next is amazing and shows what a good actress she can be. David tennant again suprises me with his portrayal of the doctor, endeering throughout the series. These four episode are the best i have seen and i was not dissapointed. The effects are fantastic and the scene where the earth is towed by the tardis is over top but end's up being an iconic moment througout this new who by the quality of the writing, direction and acting. A must for all who fans and people just coming into the series.

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            15.10.2008 16:20
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            'Eclectic' finale to Series Four.

            A lot going on in these three episodes - we have the virtually Doctor-less 'Turn Left' which centres around Donna and her family struggling to understand a post-dental Billie Piper in an alternative universe where our fave Timelord isn't around; 'The Stolen Earth', where all the current branches of the Doctor Who franchise come together alongside the Daleks, Davros and Harriet Jones in a fanboy's wet dream, and 'Journey's End' where everything gets sorted out but we sadly say goodbye to Donna.

            Phew! Needless to say there is much to enjoy here. Catherine Tate continues to impress as Donna, still stealing scenes from David Tennant and acting everyone off the screen in 'Turn Left'; Julian Bleach does a good job as the New Davros, Graeme Harper's direction is fast and furious and Gita from Eastenders out-cameos K9.

            However, in the latter two episodes there is simply too much going on and it becomes difficult to keep up with the many returning characters and their sub-plots. I've watched 'Journey's End' a few times now and I still don't really understand what the Daleks' plan was, nor why Jackie was brought back when just Mickey would have done plot-wise. And don't get me started on Martha's Osterhagen Key sub-plot...

            Not the strongest final in terms of story, and Captain Jack is still rubbish. However, older fans will relish the many references to the past and newer ones will just love seeing all their favourite characters from the past four years on-screen together.

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              24.09.2008 12:33
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              Davros and the blob strike back...???

              These final three episodes bring together many of the previous companions, friends and even enemies of the Doctor and begin to piece together the many clues which passed you by during the entire fourth series... combining to make one hell of a finale with many twists and unexpected results...

              Writer: Russell T. Davis.
              Director: Graeme Harper.
              Producers: Dusuie Liggat, Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davis and Julie Gardner.




              * TURN LEFT ( 21st June 2008 ) (50 minutes)

              As the Doctor and Donna wonder around a Chinese type market square Donna is enticed into having future read by a fortune teller, (played by Chipo Chung, who you may remember as Chantho in Utopia from series 3)...

              The teller has more sinister motives for choosing Donna as her subject, using a strange creature to convince her to retrace her passed, to before she first met the Doctor, asking her what would have happened if circumstances where different?
              What would the future be if she had not turned left....?

              The episode then goes into the passed, reliving Donnas alternative life to her one with the Doctor, showing the life of planet Earth if the Doctor and Donna had never met... taking the Doctor out of the equation changes changing everything that had already happened...

              With, many disastrous events then happening, involving an alternative outcome to what had already happened in previous Doctor Who episodes, with disastrous results, creating chaos and mayhem for London and the world itself... all due to the fact that Donna made one slightly different decision in one single point of her life... changing destiny forever.

              As the alternative world begins to crumble around Donna and her family a mysterious blond girl constantly appears, helping Donna find here destiny, revisiting her passed to change the world into what it was and should be... bringing the much needed man in a suit and trainers back to stop the stars going out and save the entire universe from the approaching darkness...


              * Other characters in this episode...

              Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott
              Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble
              Joseph Long as Rocco Colasanto
              Noma Dumezweni as Capt. Magambo
              Marcia Lecky as Mooky Kahari
              Suzann McLean as Veena Brady
              Natalie Walter as Alice Coltrane
              Clive Standen as Private Harris
              Bhasker Patel as Jival Chowdry
              Ben Righton as Oliver Morgenstern
              Lachele Carl as Trinity Wells




              * THE STOLEN EARTH ( 28th June 2008 ) ( part 1 of 2 )

              It is a full cast of companions in this episode...
              Catherine Tate as Donna Noble
              Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
              Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones
              John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness

              And bringing back one of the Doctors most loyalist of companions, (way back from the 1970s episodes, then more recently in the 2006 series with the tenth Doctor)
              Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.


              With this episode continuing slightly from the end of the previous one, 'Turn Left', we see a vast cast of companions reappearing during this episode... reuniting for the forthcoming final battle of all battles...

              As the TARDIS lands back on Earth it is not long before trouble begins, with the entire planet suddenly disappearing beneath the Doctors feet... his search taking him to the Shadow proclamation fro help... only to discover that planet Earth is only one of several planets to have disappeared at exactly the same time...

              Meanwhile, back on the Planet, which is somewhere in the universe, together with many other planets, the episode flashes through the entire cast of companions one by one... Martha in New York working for UNIT, Captain Jack and his Torchwood team in Cardiff, Sarah Jane Smith with 'Mr Smith' in London and Rose Tyler teleporting from one place to another... all trying to come to terms with what has just happened... only for the alien abductors to reveal themselves, much to the horror of Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, Martha and Rose, who instantly recognise the voices, realising how much danger the planet is now in...

              As the invading aliens begin to conquer the world it is up to the combined ex-companions of the blue box, with the help of ex prime minister Harriet Jones, (played by Penelope Wilton) and her sub wave network, to stop the world from becoming obliterated...

              So using project Indigo and possibly a rather desperate use of something called the Osterhagen key, the team begin there defences against the Doctor Oldest Nemesis...

              They know they must contact the Doctor if they have any hope of surviving, so combining all there knowledge and technology to make there present known to the man in the TARDIS... only for the plan to go slightly wrong as a couple of very old enemies raise their heads, leading to a bit of a heart wrenching cliffhanger of an ending...


              * To be continued....


              * Other characters in this episode...

              Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones
              Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper
              Tommy Knight as Luke Smith
              Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott
              Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble
              Adjoa Andoh as Francine Jones
              Julian Bleach as Davros
              Michael Brandon as General Sanchez
              Andrea Harris as Suzanne
              Lachele Carl as Trinity Wells
              Marcus Cunningham as Drunk Man
              Paul Kasey as Judoon
              Kelly Hunter as Shadow Architect
              Amy Beth Hayes as Albino Servant
              Gary Milner as Scared Man
              Nicholas Briggs as Dalek voices
              Alexander Armstrong as the voice of Mr Smith
              Richard Dawkins as Himself
              Paul O'Grady as Himself





              * JOURNEYS END ( 5th July 2008 ) ( part 2 of 2 ) (65 minutes)

              It is again a full cast of companions in this final episode...

              Catherine Tate as Donna Noble
              Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
              Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones
              John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness
              Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.

              And bringing back Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith


              Following straight on from the Stolen Earth we see the Doctor in trouble briefly, frightening Jack, Donna and Rose as they wait in the TARDIS...

              With Jackie Tyler, (played by Camille Coduri) and Mickey Smith arriving from a parallel world to try and save the Earth...the TARDIS being taken to the invading aliens base, called the crucible, and the Doctor now at the mercy of his captors, the Doctors companions are being united one way or the other...

              As the full evil story begins to unravel, the Doctor soon realises that he can do nothing to stop Davros obliterate the entire universe and much more with his master plan...

              But with a rather bizarre and very unexpected appearance of a long thought dead object and its contents there may be some hope for the world after all... although it's not quite what the doctor ordered... forcing him to change peoples lives forever...


              * Other characters in this episode...


              Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones
              Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper
              Thomas Knight as Luke Smith
              Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott
              Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble
              Adjoa Andoh as Francine Jones
              Julian Bleach as Davros
              Valda Aviks as German Woman
              Shobu Kapoor as Scared Woman
              Elizabeth Tan as Anna Zhou
              Michael Price as Liberian Man
              Nicholas Briggs as Dalek Voice
              John Leeson as Voice of K-9
              Alexander Armstrong as Mr Smith


              ** IN CONCLUSION **

              Well, what can I say about this volume..?

              It is another great three episodes with so much entertainment and some brilliant visual special effects, (although there is one visual effect that looks like is has been taken from a 1970s episode with Pertwee or Baker at the helm of the TARDIS)

              The episode Turn Left really gives Catherine Tate her chance to take the lead as she stars through this entire show without the Doctor, re-introducing Billie Piper, (although her accent was slightly 'iffy' to say the least).
              Tate does a brilliant job, making the story her own, which really does give the episode a serious yet slightly humorous episode.

              With the story taking you right back to the 2006 Christmas special, 'the Runaway Bride', telling how Donna's life would have been had she not met the Doctor, leading to the disastrous fate of the world without the doctor there to save it... the episode flashes through some earlier shows, depicting how things would have been if not for the Doctors intervention... like the 2007 Christmas special voyage of the damned... with the Titanic, Smith and Jones with the hospital and the poison sky which speaks for itself...
              Some of the special effects are a little dodgy...like the creature on Donnas back, which looks like a childs rucksack in the wind... but the visual effects are just about rights so as not to outshine the actual plot, which is a good thing in any entertaining story..

              As 'Turn Left' ends it gently, (if that's the word) joins onto the next episode, 'the Stolen Earth' giving the plot more of a twist as all the episodes begin to make some form of sense, the little clues in each beginning to fit together.

              With such a large cast of characters being used for these final episode the plot could easily be lost, becoming silly and far from entertaining... however, each actor seemed to know their part and portray their character to perfection, (even Billie Piper reverted back to her old accent... which was a good thing)... giving the story that brilliance it deserves to keep the classic name...


              The simple way in which the writers managed to leave little clues in each episode, from a spoken phrase off the Ood to the Adipose lost breeding planet, giving the ending that feeling of satisfaction as the clues are finally pieced together during the final episode... fitting like a jigsaw as the story unfolds...
              The cliffhanger at the end of 'The Stolen Earth' episode, regarding what could be the end of the Doctor as we know him, really does make you wonder just how the final episode will pan put, opening the doors to many possibilities, but the clues throughout the previous episodes come together and begin to make sense... making the impossible possible, (in the world of Science Fiction that is)


              Although the finale to this series can be seen as a let down by some, being so unrealistic and silly with how things evolve, it can never be seen as expected... the hero of the day is the last person you would have expected, even if you'd managed to connect all the clues together... (even if you'd read the blooming script...???)

              In all... another brilliant performance from the entire cast, introducing many old characters throughout the series and especially in the final two episode, (especially the fantastic Julien Bleach who portrayed the evil, if insane Davros), to bring a massive finale to what has been one of the best series in a while... the story is brilliant and even the rather silly ending, involving much more than you would expect, doesn't spoil the fact that yet again, the cast and crew of the Doctor Who saga have excelled themselves once again...

              * Would I recommend this....?

              Well I'd be silly not to... it is a great ending to what as been a brilliant series...
              Catherine Tate made the critics eat their words with her excellent portrayal as the feisty assistant, giving her acting skills much credit fro future projects... sadly not Doctor who in the near future)
              This volume, together with the entire series is simply pure entertainment for all the family...

              You can get this volume from www.amazon.co.uk for less than £12.00 or even buy the box set for £52.50

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                Doctor Who season 4 vol 4 - another end

                The general vibe about the end of season 4 of Doctor Who was that it was going to be something special. Russell T Davies was leaving as script editor, and the rumours were that all of the Doctor's modern companions were going to come back for it. So, having seen the majority of the season thus far, I settled down to watch the final 3 episodes of the season.

                The DVD starts off with the strange episode Turn Left. It humours the notion of what would have happened had Donna (Catherine Tate) and the Doctor (Davbid Tennant) never met - it involves the Doctor dying and several of his subsequent adventures ending in disaster for the human race. With Earth in a state of disarray, who could possibly snap Donna out of it and return things as they were? I enjoyed this episode as it brought a lot of things down to Earth (pardon the pun). The acting was solid, and it was interesting to see an episode featuring Donna where the Doctor hardly figures. It is strange that this would happen immediately following the episode Midnight where the Doctor features but Donna only briefly appears at the beginning and the end.

                The final two episodes are related directly to the previous one, Turn Left, but this here is set as a double episode. The Stolen Earth and Journey's End feature the return of the Daleks, the Doctor's ultimate enemies, and also features an old foe returning from many years ago in true Doctor Who fashion. As 26 planets as well as Earth are 'stolen' for a particular purpose by the floating Daleks, the Doctor finds a whole host of ex-companions, Torchwood members and even Harriet Jones, MP joining him and Donna for one last stand against the evil race bred only for the destructin of everything else in the Universe.

                What annoyed me about this final tale is that, once more, we have an amazing plotline set up perfectly with a brilliant amount of suspense and emotion, only for the ending to fall short of what is expected. Needless to say, the importance of the Doctor's companions and many small elements of previous episodes make it a monumentally excellent tale, it;s just disappointing that there was an anti-climax at the end. I felt the ending of the third series was better, to be honest.

                That having been said, it was still impressive, and sets an excellent scene for the fifth season, assuming of course David Tennant et al are returning as they are rumoured to. There are hints of previous episodes of what is to come, and I am looking forward to it.

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                  Gets better with repeated viewings

                  Well, as you watched your way though series 4 you knew you were building up to something epic. As epic as the end of series 3 perhaps? Yes, more epic. Yes a great fun silly romp. Let's face it, Russell T Davies was leaving as script editor and he was hardly going to go out like a damp squid. As good as the end of the brilliant series 3? No. Not quite, but it was still brilliant and a hell of a lot of fun.

                  This DVD has three episodes on it and they are all one continuous story. Well, the first story can be seen as separate, but they all exist together as a whole. What I love about these episodes is, they reference practically every other episode in the new series. (I haven't taken notes, but I assume they have). It really is one for the fans.

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                  1. Turn Left
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                  Our first story starts off with Donna and The Doctor who are wandering around a market on the Chino-planet of Shan Shen. Donna meets a fortune teller that asks to tell her fortune for free. However everything is not as it seems and the woman is able to get into Donna's head and find out there was a Sliding Doors moment where she could have turned left or right on the way to a job interview. She originally turned left and met the Doctor, however Chipo somehow manages to change time by making her turn right instead and what we see is the alternative universe that happens because of this.

                  When I was kid, I used to read a Marvel comic called What If? In it there would be alternatives to what you were used to, like What if Spiderman Joined the Fantastic Four? or What if Captain America ran for President? Invariably this would give the writers an excuse to kill off loads of well loved characters and have whole universes and civilisations go to pot. This is very similar and I have admit, I loved "Turn Left" just as much as I loved the What If? Comics.

                  We also finally have Rose Tyler back. All through this series Rose had been making cameo appearances but finally she's here to help. With a slightly odd accent that I can't place. As of writing this I can't find out a precise reason why she sounds a bit odd. Other sites have guessed that Billy Piper either forgotten how Rose spoke (highly unlikely). That Rose has now grown up and is a tougher woman and now doesn't have the chivvy slang (also doubtful as she now sounds a bit Northern rather than London). One reviewer said she sound like her mouth is numb from being at the dentist. I'd go with that theory.

                  Saying that it has a great ending that leads nicely up to the next two parts.

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                  2. The Stolen Earth
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                  Possibly one of the best opening sections of an episode of Doctor Who. We know from the word go we're strapping ourselves in for an absolute rollercoaster of an episode. The Doctor and Donna, Sarah Jane, Torchwood (minus dead members), Martha and Rose Tyler crash onto our screens one after the other as they all look up and realise that the Earth in no longer where it should be. This isn't a spoiler, the best is yet to come (which I shall let you see for yourself). But all you have to know is it's amazing fun, dramatic, it's everything you want in a finale story and Russell T. Davies' exit. And all this happens before the opening credits roll. Top marks for over the top dramatics that makes an opera look like an episode of Spring Watch. There's even humorous cameos from Paul o Grady, Richard Dawkins. Everyone's getting in on the action.

                  The music is unbelievably dramatic and some of the acting so over the top, however this is absolutely spot on. The moment our heroes realise it's the Daleks behind the plot, everyone burst into tears and seal their fate to being doomed right there and then. I do realise that I have given the Daleks away, but in a show like this it could have only been them, plus to be honest if you're reading this review, you will quite clearly see a picture of Davros, the Daleks and every significant person in the new Doctor Who's series and spinoffs on the DVD cover.

                  And just when you thought it could get any more dramatic, the Daleks have a thumping classical score with a large choir sing like they're performing a Wagner opera while the Daleks scream lines like, "Dalek fleet in battle formation." And "The human harvest will Commence". Quite apt for the score to sound like Wagner for the Daleks as they were based on the Nazis who admired Wagner.

                  Without giving too much away the story goes from strength to strength and to be honest it will take a second viewing to get the grips as to what is happening as you just enjoy the entire spectacle more than anything else.

                  And my god if it doesn't end with three cliff hangers and one of them will knock the socks off you.


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                  3. Journey's End
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                  The final episode quickly gets on with sorting out the cliff hangers in The Stolen Earth and then charges into a grand finale that charges through at a rate on knots.

                  I don't wish to spoil it for anyone so I will be a little vague from now on. This final episode ties up many loose ends and has the entire Doctor Who universe working together in unison.

                  We also get to find out why exactly Donna is with the Doctor. And it isn't a simple case of her happening to bump into him a second time. Everything right down to the way she behaves is all revealed.

                  Davros is masterly played by Julian Bleach and the redesigned outfit is amazing with Davros now sporting a metal clawed hand.

                  The action is taken down a notch for the first half otherwise if would have been too much, but once it gets going it puts even The Stolen earth to shame for excitement and action.

                  All in all the entire DVD is a great big silly Dr Who romp and well done to the BBC and Russell T. Davies for putting it all together. It's exactly the sort of story I would have dreamed to have seen as a child as I was a massive Doctor Who fan then.

                  To top it off, this final episode was 65 minutes long. I had no idea while I watched it as it sailed along like a normal 45 minute episode.

                  Now I have a long wait till the Xmas episode for another fix and to make things worse next year there will be just be a few Doctor Who movies and 5 episodes of Torchwood, so things will be a bit barren next year.

                  Not sure if I'll cope.

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