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Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series (2008)

David Tennant , Catherine Tate  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 655 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (876 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series" on IMDb

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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Hot on the heels of the acclaimed third series, Doctor Who returns for a fourth installment with a familiar face alongside the Doctor. Award-winning actor Catherine Tate returns as the Doctor's new companion, reprising her role as Donna Noble who featured in the 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride. Now reunited, the Doctor and Donna travel back to Pompeii in AD 79 on the eve of the infamous eruption where people are slowly turning to stone, investigate a series of grisly murders with the help of Agatha Christie, journey to the home world of the sinister Ood and come face to face an old enemy of the Doctor's. Series Four also sees the return of the Doctor's previous companions -- the vivacious Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and the feisty Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).

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.

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230 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "JOURNEY'S END?".....not on your life SUNSHINE!! August 15, 2008
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The major dynamic of Doctor Who has always been one of change, after all it IS a show about a 900+ year-old face-swapping, regenerating Timelord with no-fixed-abode, each week an entirely new location, with a new cast of characters. It's because of this dynamic that the series has had such (multimedia) longevity. With series 4, of the new series we see a continuation of this, with the return of Donna Noble from the Christmas Invasion Special of 2006. But, this isn't the same Donna, she herself has changed as a character for having adventured with the Doctor, although she still, thankfully, is not as in awe of the Doctor as Rose in series 1, or in love as Rose in series 2, or struck love-sick with the unobtainable man as Martha in series 3. Donna has a unique perspective on the Doctor and his universe, almost seeing herself as an equal, if unsure of her abilities, but not so completely trusting of the Doctor. As Rose grew into the role of companion, so does Donna, but her journey isn't as simple, she may be the everyman companion (like Sally Sparrow or the men of LINDA). The show's overall perspective has changed, Rose and Martha held the point of view, unraveling the mysteries (for the viewer) of the Doctor and his world, especially with the angry and enigmatic Chris E's 9th Doctor. But now with David Tennant's 10th Doctor the audience knows more about the "last of the Timelords" than any companion, we don't need the companion as an anchor, thus we has Donna on an even playing field, and an excuse to bring back Martha (also changed for her travels) maybe Rose?

This season the series has no major catchwords like "BAD WOLF" or "TORCHWOOD" and who can forget "MR. SAXON.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The incredible highs compensate... August 12, 2008
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...for the occasional lows.

Doctor Who: Series Four was, in my opinion, superior to the previous three series'. Yes, there were low points, but each series has had those. For this series, the writers - as a collective whole - did a fantastic job of dropping clues here and there, and there was a sense of anticipation as the series went from one episode to the next; quite simply, the building up to the finale was masterfully done.

After a questionable start, Catherine Tate really kicked it into high-gear as the newest companion, Donna Noble, and she has become my favorite companion of the revived series. Donna brought a maturity, wisdom and warmth, as well as a sense of humor, that Rose and Martha simply could not deliver. She also wasn't trotting behind the Doctor, all pie-eyed like a puppy dog, completely infatuated with him, and that was a welcome change. To me, Donna was in it for the sheer joy and adventure, in the greatest tradition of the Doctor Who legacy, and I am reminded of one of her lines from 'Planet of the Ood:' "A rocket! A real proper rocket! It's've got a blue box...he's got a Ferrari! Let's see where he's goin'!" Love that!

The stand-out episodes of the season are: 'The Fires of Pompeii,' 'Planet of the Ood,' and 'The Wasp and The Unicorn' - all very well written. The two episodes: 'Silence in the Library' and 'Forest of the Dead' were both penned by the new Who Chief, Steven Moffat, and definitely stand above the pack; 'Midnight' was especially creepy and delved into the unseemlier traits of human behavior and mini-mob mentality in an unknown situation, and the chilling synchronicity between the Doctor and Skye will send a shiver down your spine - guaranteed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally uneven, but also occasionally brilliant August 1, 2008
One of the great things about the modern-day Doctor Who is how, each season, the episodes build off each other to help create truly epic and rewarding finales. This has never been more true than in the 4th season of this fantastic series.

This year, the Doctor takes on his third human companion, Donna Noble, who actually appeared in the season 3 premiere. While it's a rocky start for the pair--Donna lacks Rose Tyler's sense of wonder or Martha Jones's intelligent wit--she proves to fill the role admirably. Among their adventures: A meeting with Agatha Christie, a history-bending visit to ancient Pompeii, and the threat of foes both old and new.

But (SPOILERS AHEAD) the real treat of season four is the welcome (albiet somewhat brief) return of Billie Piper as Rose Tyler. And not just Rose, but ALL of the Doctor's recent companions, plus Torchwood - The Complete First Season's Capt. Jack and classic WHO companion Sarah Jane Smith (The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete First Season) are along for the 3-part season finale. I don't think it's a stretch to call the extended finale "Journey's End" the crowning achievement of the Doctor Who revival series.

Personally, I think season 1 and 2 are still the best, but the 4th season continues the journey with intelligence, humour and more than a few surprises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Already on the 4th season and no signs of slowing down October 3, 2008
It wasn't too long ago that the new series of Doctor Who started up, and before that day, I had only heard of the show in passing. I gave it a shot, and coming from a clean slate, I found I loved the show and have been watching it even since. One of the things that really captivated me about the show was anything was possible. You could be watching an epic space battle one episode, then on to meeting Shakespeare in the next. All the while, the show delivers on comedy and even some drama, the show is definitely a step higher in that department from what I have heard and seen since I started watching this show compared to the original.

A basic summary of your average episode would be that the Doctor and his current companion(s) travel through time and space, sometimes visiting famous events and helping out the locals with and alien related problems they might have. David Tennant has done a remarkable job in his acting, always coming up with odd yet funny quotes to relate to the situation.

One thing that I imagine might turn people away from buying this is the price tag. Compared to most other shows, it costs 2-3 times as much, but if you are a fan of the show or even have just seen a few and like it, I have found that I have been rewatching the episodes over and over again. Now season 4 isn't out yet, but in my opinion, the show is continuing on as strong as ever, even with fairly regular cast replacement, most new characters I have found to be just as good if not better than the last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good show. Too English-focused
Good show. Too English-focused. Here is a guy from another world and everytime he comes to earth its always London. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Nicholas Callea
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all there
I like Dr who but this isn't all of season for there are four episodes missing. Had to go to Netflix to watch them. Highly disappointed in Amazon for this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love Dr. Who
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many good episodes. The Adipose one was my favorite this ...
Many good episodes. The Adipose one was my favorite this season.
Published 3 days ago by Joe Hagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Like being a kid all over again.
I remember watching the original Doctor Who series when I was a child and being engrossed in the Doctor's adventures. Watching this new rendition brings back those same feelings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Season 4 is awesome Love Dr. Donna
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5.0 out of 5 stars words can not describe how great this show is
BEST....SHOW.....EVER! Super clever and intelligent science fiction. Loving every episode and can not wait until for the next.
Published 3 days ago by UManiac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I absolutely love this show.
Published 4 days ago by Jennifer Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my favorite doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is fund to binge watch.
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Does the US DVD set include Time Crash?
it's on the first disk (with Voyage of the Damned) of Season 4 under Special selections.
Dec 20, 2010 by Pat Savu |  See all 4 posts
DVD freezes
Hi Stetchnik,
I recently purchased Season 4 of the Big Bang Theory here on Amazon and while 2 discs play just fine--like all the discs from the first 3 seasons--the 3rd disc is spit out of the DVD player every time. We also have a bunch of Dr. Who sets--no problem. We have dozens of other DVDs... Read More
Jan 27, 2012 by JimmyT |  See all 2 posts
Lower price at! $56.24
I don't think you want to now...the price as of 10/9/08 is $83.99!
Oct 9, 2008 by D. Scharnhorst |  See all 6 posts
Anyone see the Christmas 2008 special?
Yes I did. Rather sad ending, but I don't believe he will not continue without a companion. Good to see the cybermen again.
Jan 15, 2009 by Harald P. Cagot |  See all 8 posts
which episodes are on each of the discs for season 4?
A tip for Netflix users--if you click on "Series Details" (usually on the left below where you click to add individual disks in a series) it will list which episodes are on which disk.

In your case you need disks 1-3 and disk 5. Disk 6 is bonus materials, so add it only if you're into...
Nov 29, 2008 by B. R. Santos |  See all 2 posts
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