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Kicking off with a jam-packed Christmas special and ending with a blockbuster extended closing installment, Doctor Who‘s fourth season since it was revived is a breathless, exciting one that also boasts some exceptional episodes. The ones in particular to watch out for are the outstanding “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” doubleheader, the almost-single-location creepfest that is “Midnight,” and the trio of “Turn Left,” “The Stolen Earth,” and “Journey’s End” that round off the season. In the midst of those is also one of the very best cliffhangers in Doctor Who‘s long and glorious history.This is also the season that introduces Catherine Tate as full-time companion Donna Noble, working alongside David Tennant’s Doctor across time and space. And it’s–against initial expectations–arguably the best combination since the show returned. There’s no hint of romance between the pair, as they instead knuckle down to business, occasionally helped by the likes of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), and Jack Harkness (John Barrowman). And let’s not forget the collection of monsters we meet this time around. The Daleks and Davros are the main attractions, while the return of the Sontarans proves to be a bit of a disappointment. But after viewing the series, chances are you’ll be counting shadows around you, and wary of getting on the wrong side of the Ood.

As with most series of Doctor Who, there are one or two uneven episodes and some missteps, but the show is still unmatched at what it does, and even more confident than last time round. That, along with the immense rewatch value, is what makes this a terrific piece of family entertainment.

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/18/2008 Run time: 655 minutes

Product Details

  • Actors: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rating: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 687 minutes
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PQ4

Special Features

  • 14 episodes on six discs
  • Doctor Who Confidential (disc 6)
  • David’s video diaries
  • Deleted scenes
  • Teasers and trailers
  • Retrospective featurette
  • Children in Need “Time Crash”
  • Audio commentary

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