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Guest Reviews of Partners in Crime
The Doctor is on his own. He decides to investigate the
Industries', the company behind a new revolutionary weight loss pill.
Meanwhile his old friend Donna has decided to investigate 'Adipose Industries',
the company behind a new revolutionary weight loss pill...
I've always disliked the first episode of any new series, with the exception
of 'Rose'. They have a job to do of course. Something pacey and fun, something
to lead you into a new series. 'Human Nature' would never work as a season
opener for example.
'Partners In Crime' for the first time I was left disappointed. After
a slow and boring first half it became a kids adventure story, something
that would fit 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' perfectly. OK 'Smith &
Jones' and 'New Earth' were light and frothy, but this plumbed new depths.
even with the worst Who stories there is usually something to find in
there that's worthwhile watching. The Doctor and Donna meeting each other
again was very funny. David Tennant was his usual exceptional self, and
Catherine Tate looks like she will be a fantastic companion. Bernard Cribbins
was great and I hope we see lots more of him. And there was the surprise
at the end!
But I couldn't rid myself of the feeling that something
viewing I think my initial expectations had been distorted, and with the
right frame of mind I found myself enjoying it that much more. Many of
the jokes that on first viewing I thought had been tired and old, seemed
that much funnier. The Adipose seemed to make more sense. In fact the
whole story seemed to more of a point to it.
list the story as one of my favourites but with the right frame of mind,
the story can be enjoyed for what it is.
by Jay from Bristol
Whatever people want to say about Russel T Davies, you can't deny that
what he sets out to achieve, he achieves. His skill is in perfectly crafting
a story which hits a target he sets himself. Regardless of whether people
think he's right or wrong to lead the series or certain stories in the
direction he does, no-one can say for one second that he's a bad writer.
In Partners in Crime, his objective was to centre the story around
the reunion of Donna and the Doctor, and allow us to warm to that relationship
and to her as a companion. In this respect the episode is a total success,
due in no small part to phenomenal performance of Catherine Tate. Donna
is instantly one of the most likeable companions in Doctor Who's
history and the nay-sayers deserve to be as ashamed of themselves as they
were when the pre-judged Billie Piper. Catherine Tate's delivered a stunning
performance and is so accomplished as to completely overshadow the already
distant memory of Martha.
The rest of the plot is secondary, as with previous season-openers. It
is pretty thin really, and would have not seemed amiss if it had been
one of the Sarah Jane Adventures. After the first twenty minutes
I was becoming extremely bored and the office espionage was eroding my
patience. However, one the inspired scene of Donna miming through the
glass to the Doctor had arrived, the whole episode came to life. Great
set-pieces, amusing dialogue, and one hell of a fantastic spaceship sequence
to cap it all off.
I had seen the Adipose creatures in advance and my heart sank. However
once shown in context they were fine. In fact more than fine, I really
liked them! Innocently horrific and totally bewildering. A fascinating
take on the usual alien story. No-one can accuse RTD of being unoriginal
For anyone who bemoans the particular style of the season opener you have
to ask yourself - What would you expect? A story which is so layered in
plot that the Doctor and companion vanish in the background? An emotionally
harrowing tear-jerker? An all-out end-of-the-world spectacular? You can't
play all your cards at the start of the season, or you have nothing to
hold back for the finale.
I think that with the possible exception of using a two-parter to kick
off, Russell T Davies plays is exactly right, with a character-heavy,
fun story which can be nicely enjoyed by the whole demographic and leave
everyone anticipating the real ride to come...
Review by Murphy from Staines
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