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The Waters Of Mars

A good, solid episode with lots of action, several portents of the future and the Doctor overreaching himself. After a long wait, it was good to have him back on TV.

The episode begins with the Doctor apparently doing a bit of sightseeing on Mars. He discovers a base (from Earth) and is promptly captured. All is normal until the Doctor discovers he knows about this particular base, its crew and that they all died on the very day he has arrived. (This is just a little too much of a coincidence for mine.)

HTML on the TV

Spotted the following images on Eurosport yesterday. Some poor editorial control has seen some HTML leaking into the scrolling news bar at the bottom of the screen. This happened two days running.

Planet of the Dead

With a long break between episodes, this one seemed a little ... rusty. The actors were good, as were some of the special effects, but the story didn't really grab me. Average is the best I can give this one.

The episode begins with a cat burglar (Lady Christina) stealing a rare cup. She makes her escape on a bus. The Doctor joins her. At first it seems he's following her, but it turns out to be coincidence. Then the bus travels through a worm-hole to another planet. The police chasing Christina call in UNIT.

The Next Doctor

The 2008 Christmas Special, shown Down Under exactly one month after Christmas - a real bonus as we normally have to wait six months. The episode itself was pretty solid, with just the annoying silliness of the CyberKing spoiling it a bit.

The title is no doubt meant to intrigue. Prior to screening in the UK, David Tennant had announced he was leaving the show, but at the end of 2009. So what was this all about? Further, between the screening in the UK and Australia, the 11th Doctor was announced as Matt Smith.

Journey's End

The climax of Season IV is bigger and bolder than ever before. In the end Davros and the daleks are defeated of course. But the manner of the defeat is extraordinary. But behind all this is a second story and it's not one of victory. You have to watch the episode to get a feel for it: it's space opera to be sure. Overall, quite a strong episode, if a little erratic with all the action and companions.

The Stolen Earth

The first part of the two-part season finale is excellent. We start to see all the series IV threads come together in an episode featuring an unprecedented number of crossovers, companions and the return of an old enemy. Classic.

The episode begins where we left off in Turn Left. The Doctor is concerned the universe is about to end and returns immediately to Earth. Only to find everything is normal. And then the Earth disappears and the Doctor and Donna are left behind in the TARDIS in empty space.

Turn Left

An intriguing episode that explores what life on Earth would be like without the Doctor. As a result the Doctor appears only briefly at the start and end of the episode. The focus is on Donna and how a single decision changed her life and history to an extraordinary extent.


An unusual, quite claustrophobic episode, set almost entirely within a single cramped set. Donna is only a bit part and the TARDIS does not appear (for the first time since 1975 apparently). The Doctor, a stewardess and some travellers must deal with unique alien threat that enters their stalled ship. This single room is where all the action takes place.

Forest of the Dead

Another clever episode that went a long way to answering most of the questions raised in Silence in the Library. But, in a way, the story was almost incidental to one person: River Song. Who is she? How does the know the Doctor's real name? Could she be his wife?

Silence In The Library

A very clever, intriguing and spooky episode. The Doctor takes Donna to the greatest library in the Universe. But the Vashna Nerada - basically the shadows - have killed everyone. This is the first part of a two-part episode - and it basically lays out the land and leaves many questions open and un-answered.


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