By ALAN STANLEY BLAIR
Source: SyFy Portal
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for "Partners In Crime," the first episode from the fourth season of BBC’s "Doctor Who."
If you think obesity is a problem now, just wait until your fat waves at you as it jumps straight through the cat flap.
“Partners In Crime” watches as a runaway Saturday morning cartoon in desperate need to a solid story, filled with some very obvious gags and some cutesy creatures that wouldn’t be out of place in a “Pokemon” adventure ... not to mention the worst villain to make a mark on the series -- an outer-space super nanny named Miss Foster (Sarah Lancahire).
The episode sensibly spends more time introducing the domestic situation that Donna (Catherine Tate) is so desperate to escape and also her quest to locate the man in a blue box.
Less gobby than her “Runaway Bride” counterpart, this Donna Noble has a lot of smarts and drive behind her, and shows that she can match up to the Doctor (David Tennant) at each and every turn. Prepared for anything Donna may actually have what it takes to carry the series in the same way as her predecessors. She’s not a guest companion anymore.
And wasn’t that the space ship from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind?”
Surprisingly, Catherine Tate was marvelous to watch in action. Donna Noble was a shrieking banshee in “The Runaway Bride,” a festive story that was spoiled with the need to have yet another alien race invade planet Earth (or more specifically, London) and also clean up the remnants of the Torchwood Institute.
“Partners In Crime” however gets back to classic “Doctor Who” tales of the legendary Time Lord and his faithful companion getting into one scrape or another. Too bad the episode was burdened by a ludicrous plot line featuring an army of fatty babies.
There was some nice parallels between the investigations of Donna and The Doctor as they obliviously crossed paths and followed up the same leads in their own unique and individualistic ways ... not to mention the interesting contrast of The Doctor’s Tardis versus Donna’s blue car.
As an added bonus, “Partners In Crime” had some nice little references to the previous seasons (including the furry faced Cat-people) and a shocking cameo appearance from Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) herself at the very end.
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