The TV highlight of the year comes to DVD on 1st September when the final volume of Doctor Who series four is released by 2|Entertain containing the final three episodes: Turn Left, The Stolen Earth and the fan-pleasing Journey’s End.
Turn Left is the now traditional ‘Doctor-lite’ episode in which David Tennant barely appears allowing the episode to revolve around Catherine Tate’s Donna. It also marks the proper reappearance of Billie Piper as Rose after a few quick sightings earlier in the run.
As good as Tate is here – and she’s simply fab – for me the best performance comes courtesy of Bernard Cribbins as Wilf realises the true fate of the Colasanto family.
The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End are the ultimate fan-pleasers, almost every major character of Russell T Davies’s tenure, including the casts of Torchwood and The Sarah-Jane Adventures are brought together to face a revived and terrifying Davros and his army of Daleks. Both episodes are impossibly jam packed with crowd pleasing moments, from Harriet’s welcome redemption through to Davros’s recognition of Sarah-Jane.
This is a story which deserves to be savoured because television’s rarely this good. Though many think they know how to produce a hit adventure series the lamentable Bonekickers and dire Robin Hood prove few really have what it takes.
Sadly before you know it, and despite the extended running time, the adventure is soon over but thanks to the magic of DVD you can watch it all over again while you wait to see what the Cybermen have planned for Christmas day.
Doctor Who: Series 4, Volume 4 is released September 1st and can be pre-ordered though the seenit.co.uk store.