Doctor Who Series 4 (2008)

Because that’s how I see the universe. Every waking second, I can see what is, what was, what could be, what must not. That’s the burden of the Timelords, and I am the only one left.

I am back with the Time Lord review 😉

I have been delaying this post for days because I want to have some space between my last Doctor Who review to this one. I don’t want to turn my blog into something TOO Doctor Who-ish 😉 .. In fact, I will stop watching Doctor Who after I have finished watching all the special episodes that followed after this fourth series. In other word, I will stop watching Doctor Who as David Tennant changed into Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

…but…what I meant by stop is more like a break 😉 I am taking a break from Doctor Who and will continue again when I finally have the entire episodes in series 5 (2010) and 6 (2011). Series 7 is still on the run. I want to have 2 series before starting the Doctor Who marathon again 🙂

Again, I have to mention that I have just followed Doctor Who series from series 1, which was aired in 2005. Out of all companions (of the ninth and tenth Doctor)…and out of all his companions from series 1 to 4, Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) is my favorite. I like the fact that she doesn’t fall in love with the Doctor…they are simply friends. I find this friendship relationship is more appealing than one sided love affair. Like I said in my review of Doctor Who 2007, I didn’t like Martha Jones because she was too in love with The Doctor, I still like Rose Tyler because even though she liked him but they were more like comfortable friends than people who were in love.

The Tenth Doctor met Donna in 2007 Christmas Special. He had just said good bye to Rose Tyler (Doctor Who series 2 – 2006) when suddenly Donna showed up in the TARDIS wearing her wedding dress. She was about to get married. She demanded the Doctor to take her back to her wedding. While trying to return her back to her wedding, The Doctor realized that Donna was in danger. The two then found out that her to be husband had made a deal with giant spider. The Doctor saved Donna and asked her whether she wanted to come with him…but she refused and the Doctor ended up with Martha Jones (Doctor Who series 3 – 2007).

Sorry…I forgot where I got this…if it’s yours do tell me and I will link it back.

It seemed that Donna regretted her refusal of the Doctor’s offer. She tried to find him again by investigating unusual event around her. Fortunately, both were investigating a diet pill factory called Adipose. The Adipose pills made people produce small cute alien out of their fat. The two met again and becomes something like Partners in Crime. Donna had prepared EVERYTHING to be with the Doctor. She wanted to travel with him and regretted ever refusing him. Their conversation was really funny, the Doctor didn’t want any love affair anymore and said:

Doctor: I just want a mate (it sounds like I just wanna mate)
Donna: You just want TO mate?
Doctor: I just want A mate!
Donna: You’re not mating with me, Sunshine!
Doctor: A mate, I want A mate!
Donna: Just as well, because I’m not having any of that nonsense. I mean, you are just a long streak of nothing, alien nothing.
Doctor: There we are then, OK!

The Doctor and Donna when to ancient Rome but landed in Pompeii, a day before the volcano that destroyed Pompeii erupted. The Fires of Pompeii showed how important Donna was in the Doctor’s life, she made him think better. Donna wanted him to stop the eruption but he said it was a fixed event, nothing could be done to change it. We learnt then why the Pompeii incident was a fixed event.

In the Planet of the Ood, we learnt more about the existence of the Oods. I first saw the Oods in series 2, they were slaves. A man had been manipulating them to be slaves by cutting their hind-brain. The Doctor and Donna helped the Oods to be free.

The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky were a two episodes story. Martha Jones called the Doctor to come and helped her in the UNIT. Martha had join UNIT, a military group which specialized in fighting alien. They had high respect on The Doctor. They were fighting against The Sontaran. The Sontarans were using a boy genius to help them with their secret mission. When everything had settled, before Martha had a chance to leave the TARDIS, it suddenly moved on its own. They landed on a tunnel where years of war between Hath (fish like humanoid) and Human took place. A group of human soldier came and put the Doctor’s hand inside a Progenation Machine, the machine created a full grown female. She was The Doctor’s Daughter, well sort of. At first, the Doctor denied her being part of him…but then he realized she was so much like him.

I think we can expect seeing Jenny (the doctor’s daughter) again in Doctor Who’s future story. What’s interesting about Jenny is that she was played by Georgia Moffett, the daughter of the fifth Doctor and the future wife of the tenth Doctor…yup, she is now David Tennant’s wife 😉

the Doctor with his daughter a.k.a David Tennant with his future wife 😉

In The Unicorn and The Wasp, the Doctor and Donna met the famous Agatha Christie, a day before she went missing and lost her memory. They were in Lady Eddison’s house. Someone was murdered and with the help of Agatha Christie, they investigated the murder. Since it is Doctor Who…then you can bet that the murderer is an alien 😉

Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead were another one story in two episodes. The story was quite complicated (Moffatt type of story). They were called by someone to come to this planet called the Library, it was a huge library…but no one was at the library. The information said there were zero human but many life form were still there, and it also said that few thousands people were saved. They met a group of people who came to investigate what had happened in the Library, one of them was Professor River Song. The professor knew the doctor very well, the future doctor NOT the current doctor. She had a sonic screwdriver and a journal about the doctor. Just like Jenny, we can be sure that we will see professor River Song again in the future 😉

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But they’re wrong, because it’s not irrational. It’s Vastha Nerada

In the next two episodes, we have the Donna-less episode called Midnight and the Doctor-less episode called Turn Left. Midnight was really interesting, the Doctor faced an entity from the crystalline resort planet called Midnight. The entity possessed one of the passengers and turned people to distrust the Doctor. In Turn Left, Donna was persuaded by a woman to get back to the day where she ended up taking another turn which made her never met the Doctor. Things went hell afterward. Rose Tyler suddenly showed up and told her about the Doctor and how she could turn things back to normal again.

The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End were the last two episodes of this series, and in my opinion…it was THE BEST CLOSING episodes of Doctor Who so far (from series 1 to 4)…the closing episodes were both fun and sad. The earth was stolen. The Doctor went to the Shadow Proclamation (space police) and found out that there were 27 planets missing. He figured it out and went to Medusa Cascade but the planets weren’t there. Meanwhile, on earth, Captain Jack Harkness and torchwood, Martha Jones and UNIT, Sarah Jane Smith and her son Luke, and Rose Tyler were trying to call the Doctor because they couldn’t face the Daleks alone. The Doctor came and finally met Rose again. The Doctor met his old enemy, Davros and his terrible creation, The Daleks. One thing led to another, in the end we got to see how all his previous companions tried to save earth alongside him and why Donna was so important.

I watched that last two episode twice because I like it so much…it has so many meeting and parting. It was full of emotion. What happened to Donna made him refused to have another companion till his he regenerates again.

After this, I will review all the special episodes of Doctor Who which led to series 5 with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. The specials were Voyage of The Damned (it’s a special episode ahead of this series but I watched it afterward), The Next Doctor, The Planet of The Dead, The Water of Mars and The End of Time.

Don’t be bored with my Doctor Who review yet 😉 one more review post is coming up before I start taking my break.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben says:

    This is probably one of the best series because it has some of the most original episodes. Midnight and Turn Left are incredible but Steven Moffat still manages to steal the whole series with his two-parter.

    It’s interesting too that Donna becomes such a good companion because she is really irritating in The Runaway Bride.

    1. Novroz says:

      I agree with you, this is the best tenth doctor series. I really like their relationship and how the episodes connect one another. And it’s fun learning more about the Oods.
      Midnight and Turn Left are also my favs. It’s very interesting seeing how the Doctor finds it difficult to make people believe him.

      I like Donna since the runaway bride…She has strong character, she might be a bit dim but she has strong determination. As the series goes, she makes me like her even more.

  2. Nekoneko says:

    Hahaha!!You say you are going to slow down…. but you are becoming quite the “Dr Who” fangirl!! I think it will be hard to pause for a while… these shows are just soooo addictive!

    I really thought that the Doctor’s clone soldier/daughter would pop back fairly soon but she’s been woefully absent right up till the latest episodes…. darn it!!;)

    Ooooohh!! River Song… keep an eye on her Novia… she’s going to be reeeeaaally important. For fun, try to keep aware of her actions and the things she says as she pops up in future stories… it won’t make a lot of sense at first, especially since you keep seeing her “out of sequence”… but eventually it all makes weird sense. In a “Doctor Who” sort of way… (Time travel… it can give you some serious headaches trying to keep it all straight!! 😉 )

    1. Novroz says:

      I am forced to slow down after my final David Tennant’s review next week…The slowing down is because of 2 reasons, I like Tennant a lot so I want to have some moment in peace as he is leaving the show 😦 second, because I am in the middle of … ehm … downloading series 5 and 6.

      Ah…you evil catgirl!!! I said I want to slow down and now you are having fun teasing me with the next series…gyaaaa…
      I will pay attention to her 😉

      Jenny hasn’t appeared again?? too bad.

      Are you anxious to see what they will do in the 50th anniversarry of Doctor Who?

  3. TBM says:

    This reminds me that I should start watching this series. I still haven’t gotten around to it, but everyone raves about it.

    1. Novroz says:

      I dare say, if you like sci-fi, do watch Doctor Who!! it’s fantastic and brilliant (borrowing the ninth and tenth doctor’s word)

  4. ruth says:

    I enjoy reading you get your ‘geek on’ for Dr Who, Nov! 😀 Do you think Tennant is the best actor to play the protagonist?? Not sure how many of ’em are there.

    1. Novroz says:

      Hahaha..yeah I am kinda geeky over Dr.Who. I am a sucker for good sci-fi 😉
      I have only seen 2 doctors (out of eleven) and out of two, I like Tennant best. I read that many people who had seen more doctors than me also think that Tennant was the best. I will see another doctor soon (Matt Smith) and maybe I like him more…tho I highly doubt it.
      What’s make David Tennant’s doctor interesting is that he is not entirely good, he is sort of arrogant, lonely and cruel sometimes…interesting personality.

  5. Alice Audrey says:

    A break sounds reasonable. For a minute there I thought you’d quit entirely, which struck me as sad.

    1. Novroz says:

      Oh No…I am a loyal person. Once I love something, I stay loving it for years (Just look at my love toward L’Arc~en~Ciel)…a break is a good way to keep the boredom away.
      Just like you, I find it sad when someone suddenly stop loving something…it makes me wondering, why they stop liking whatever they like.

  6. Caroline says:

    I’m still in the middle of Buffy but maybe when I’ve finished…. Btw the book I just reviewed “Secret Smile” has been made into a TV movie starring David Tennant.
    That Agatha Xhristie episode sounds like something. It actually an uncanny story anyway, i read about it. She lost her memory and made a long trip or something like that.

    1. Novroz says:

      eh??? really??? oh…I better find that movie then!! Is he that annoying man in Secret Smile?

      Yeah…that was quite weird. Her car was found at Silent Pool and she suddenly showed up in front of an inn with memory lost…well, here, the Doctor has something to do with that just like he was the one causing the volcano eruption in Pompeii

      1. Caroline says:

        Yes, he is the annoying man. There is a trailer on YouTube. Guy watched it and said it was well done.

        1. Novroz says:

          I just saw the trailer…it seems that youtube also has the full movie…I am using torrentz and will see it as soon as it finished 😉

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