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Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series  starring David Tennant as the Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble,

            with guest stars Kylie Minogue as Astrid Peth, Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, John Barrowman as

            Captain Jack Harkness, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.

            6-disc set.  14 episodes. $99.98 is the suggested retail price.  Catalog number 3000018377 for the standard

cardboard box, and 3000019207 for special steelbox available only at Best Buy stores.

On all the discs:

-         Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

-         Dolby 5.1 sound

-         16:9 Enhanced aspect ratio.

-         Discs 1-3 boot up with trailers for other BBC Video DVD sets, but these are skippable with your remote.

On Disc 1:

-         Voyage of the Damned  (the 71-minute 2007 Christmas special. Guest stars Kylie Minogue as Astrid Peth.)

The TARDIS collides with a starship fashioned after the Titanic on a Christmas cruise high above the

Earth, and like the original ship, disaster is soon to strike, and the Doctor must lead the survivors through

the wreckage, all the while avoiding the deadly Heavenly Host robots.

With optional commentary track by actor Russell Tovey (Midshipman Frame), Murray Gold (music

composer), and first assistant director Peter Bennett.

-         Children in Need:  Time Crash  (the 8-minute charity special scene of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)

meeting his earlier self, the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison).  Viewers may wish to watch this first as

it fits into the opening scene of Voyage of the Damned.) 

-         David Tennant’s Video Diary.  15 minutes of David Tennant documenting his mad rush to the

lighting ceremony at the famous Blackpool pleasure beach in the fall of 2007.

-         Deleted Scenes. Russell T. Davies introduces three scenes deleted from Voyage of the Damned,

and indeed he introduces all the deleted scenes on all the other discs where they appear.  3 minutes.

-         BBC Trailers.  Five trailers used on broadcast and in cinemas to advertise Voyage of the Damned.  4 minutes.

On Disc 2:

-         Episode 1: Partners in Crime

Donna Noble is determined to meet the Doctor again, so she looks for trouble and finds it at Adipose

Industries, makers of a miracle diet pill.  With optional commentary by Executive Producer/Writer

Russell T. Davies, Executive Producer Julie Gardner, and Director James Strong.

-         Episode 2: The Fires of Pompeii

The Doctor and Donna land in Pompeii the day before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, and discover

the inhabitants turning to stone before the volcano erupts.

With optional commentary by actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and Production Manager

Tracie Simpson.

-     Episode 3:  Planet of the Ood

            The Doctor and Donna visit the home planet of the Ood, and see how humanity treats its “willing”

            slaves, and finds they’re perhaps not so willing after all.

            With optional commentary by actor Roger Griffiths (Cmdr. Kess) and Director Graeme Harper.

-    All episodes are 45 minutes in duration.

-         Howard Attfield Deleted Scenes.  Three scenes and their introductions totaling 7 minutes where the late

actor Howard Attfield had returned to play Donna’s father in Partners in Crime, but which scenes

were later reshot with Bernard Cribbins as Donna’s grandfather Wilf instead when it became clear that

Attfield was too ill to continue later in the series, and indeed he sadly passed away not long afterwards.

-         Deleted Scenes.  11 minutes worth of eight other deleted scenes from the other episodes on this disc.

-         BBC Trailers.  Six trailers used on broadcast and in cinemas to advertise these episodes.  4 minutes.

On Disc 3:

-         Episode 4:  The Sontaran Stratagem with optional commentary by actor Dan Starkey (Commander Skor),

Neill Gorton (Prosthetics Designer), and Executive Producer Julie Gardner.

-         Episode 5:  The Poison Sky with optional commentary by actor David Tennant, Producer Susie Liggat, and

Executive Producer Russell T. Davies.

Episodes 4-5 form a two-part adventure of the Doctor and UNIT facing down a new invasion scheme

by the warrior clone race, the Sontarans.

-         Episode 6:  The Doctor’s Daughter

Soldiers in the future create a young woman from the Doctor’s cells.  Now the Doctor must convince

her and the others that the war they are fighting is wrong, and at the same time come to terms with having

a new “daughter.”   With optional commentary by actors Catherine Tate, Georgia Moffett

(Jenny), and Orchestra Conductor Ben Foster.  Note that the accompanying episode guide booklet

promises a different commentary line-up to the one that’s actually here.  This appears to be a mistake

in the booklet, and not like the commentary swap that happened on the North American Series Three set

last year as the UK  edition is like this too. 

-         Episode 7: The Unicorn and the Wasp

The Doctor and Donna visit a garden party in the 1920s, where Agatha Christie is an invited guest, and

where murders resembling those in her books begin to really take place, all thanks to a giant wasp…

With optional commentary by actors Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie), and Felicity Kendall (Lady Eddison).

-         All episodes are 45 minutes in duration.

-         Deleted Scenes.  14 minutes worth of scenes deleted from episodes 6 and 7, eight scenes in total.

-         BBC Trailers.  Four trailers used on broadcast to advertise these episodes.  2 minutes. 

On Disc 4:

-         Episode 8: Silence in the Library with optional commentary by actor David Tennant, Writer and future

Executive Producer Steven Moffat, and Executive Producer Julie Gardner.

-         Episode 9: Forest of the Dead with optional commentary by Script Editor Helen Raynor, Costume Designer

Louise Page, and Director Euros Lyn.

Episodes 8 and 9 form a two-part story.  The Doctor and Donna visit a planet-sized library with no

inhabitants but the shadows and a team of archaelogists led by a woman very familiar with the Doctor…

-         Episode 10: Midnight

The Doctor travels on a bus across an inhospitable planet that comes under attack from an unseen force that

makes its voice known loud and clear through their own voices…

With optional commentary by actor David Tennant, Director Alice Troughton, and

Writer/Executive Producer Russell T. Davies.

-         All episodes are 45 minutes in duration.

-         Deleted Scenes.  6 minutes worth of deleted scenes from episodes 9, 11, and 13.  Four scenes in all.

-         BBC Trailers.  Three trailers used on broadcast to advertise these episodes.  2 minutes.

On Disc 5:

-         Episode 11: Turn Left

What would the world be like if Donna never met the Doctor?  She unfortunately finds out, and finds

it a world of despair.  But there is one hope that they can meet after all, if only the mysteriously

appearing blonde woman can convince her…

With optional commentary by actors Catherine Tate, Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble),

and Bernard Cribbins (Wilf).

-         Episode 12: The Stolen Earth with optional commentary by actor David Tennant, Executive Producer

Julie Gardner, and Executive Producer/Writer Russell T. Davies.

-         Episode 13:  Journey’s End with optional commentary by actors David Tennand and Catherine Tate,

and Executive Producer/Writer Russell T. Davies.

Episodes 12 and 13 form a two-part grand season finale where all the new series companions and

recurring characters are united to fend off an attack by a Dalek fleet being led by a new Dalek Supreme

and advised by their long-thought-lost creator…. Davros himself! 

-         Episodes 11 and 12 are 45 minutes in duration.  Episode 13 is 63 minutes.

-         David Tennant’s Video Diary.  16 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage shot by David Tennant during

the making of The Stolen Earth  and Journey’s End.

-         “The Journey (So Far)”  A new 31-minute featurette that looks back on all four seasons of the new series.

-         BBC Trailers.  Five trailers used on broadcast and in cinemas to advertise these episodes.  2 minutes.

On Disc 6:

-         14 episodes of Doctor Who: Confidential: Cut Down.  This is the companion behind-the-scenes documentary

series that airs directly after each parent episode.  There is one for every episode in this set. 

Each is between 10-15 minutes long. 

Also in the Box Set:

-         An 18-page illustrated booklet called “Series 4 Episode Guide,” including an introduction from Russell T. Davies.

 

 

If one counts this series as a continuation of the original series, then these are eleven stories, numbers 192-202, and episode

numbers 748 through 762.  Originally transmitted on Christmas 2007 and from March to June 2008 on BBC1.