Partners in Crime Guide

Donna Noble is determined to find the Doctor again – even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose. But when the alien threat escalates out of control, can Donna find her Time Lord before the march of the Adipose begins?


Aired: April 5th 2008, 6.20pm, BBC1
Written by: Russell T. Davies
Directed by: James Strong
Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Sarah Lancashire (Miss Foster) Jacqueline King (Mrs Noble), Bernard Cribbins (Wilf), and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler)
Unofficial Viewing Figures: 8.7 million
Official Viewing Figures: TBC
Appreciation Index: 88

Main NotesDonna Noble returns in this episode, Rose Tyler makes an appearance which is explained later in episode 11 "Turn Left" and The Doctor admits he treated Martha Jones badly.


The episode was filmed in October 2007, in the fourth block of filming in the series and the preview version of the episode which was shown to the press prior to its broadcast did not include the returning scene with Rose. Only the production crew, David Tennant and Catherine Tate had seen it before the public. and David Tennant and Catherine Tate found it so difficult to avoid each other on screen that it took 30 different takes to get the scene done properly.


When Miss Foster is seen cutting the cable of the cleaner's cart, it's the cable on the other side which breaks in the wide shot and the time we first see Donna's car, the numberplate is YD56 VHG. At the end of the episode, it's changed to LN54 VKR. Thanks to WhovianNet for the bloopers and some other info!

The Adipose

They are composed of fat, although they can convert bone, hair and muscle tissue in emergency circumstances. Their breeding world was lost, causing them to turn to the alien "Miss Foster" to create a new generation; she created a drug that would cause human fat to turn into a baby Adipose. Ten thousand were spawned. The official Doctor Who website's Monster Files feature states that the baby Adipose were taken into care by the Shadow Proclamation. Thanks to Wikipedia for this info on the Adipose!

~ Zobles