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Quite Average

By:the Traveller, Ha Ha, like I'm gonna tell you
Date:Monday 31 July 2006
Rating:   7

The Impossible Planet - Very good, scary, poignant, thought-provoking. 5/5
The Satan Pit - Not as good, nice monster but no plot. 3/5
Love & Monsters - different, funny, good music, makes a change. 3/5


By:Hatman, shizzle
Date:Monday 31 July 2006
Rating:   9

No I do not want to examine.. I mean read endgame. anyway, Impossible planet: good, Soltan pit: Good, Love and monsters: rubbish. now you know. The Traveller, last of the Estate agents, still running from the cat. THE CAT! forget the Daleks, THE CAT is the best and most dangerous doctor who villan. you can't stop him, because he's already taken the universe!

The number of the Beast

By:Nathan Lloyd, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
Date:Monday 16 October 2006
Rating:   9

This is my favourite volume of the second series of the new series. The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit is the best two- parter since the new show began; it even upstages Army of Ghosts/ Doomsday on the next volume in my opinion. The Impossible Planet is a tad better than the Satan Pit; but combined together a great story. Love & Monsters is good as well. Many people don't like this episode, but I think it is solid viewing with a few cringe worthy moments.

Monster MishMash

By:Matthew B, Cardiff
Date:Monday 6 November 2006
Rating:   8

There is an intelligence to this script that is missing from the vast majority of new series Doctor Who. This is partly because the two-parter format allows for finer strokes, but mainly because of Matt Jones’ writing, which, like Steven Moffat’s in the previous season, really shows up RTD’s shortcomings. There are so many great things; the sets, the cast, Toby’s possession, Gabriel Woolf’s voice work, the black hole, Scooti’s death, the slow build up, the palpable sense of enormity and fear. Tennant is irritating only once in the entire episode (another bloody “Aren’t humans wonderful” scene again. Dreadful), and Piper is as reliable as ever. The whole shebang builds to a great end of episode moment, and then...
...falls flat. The elegant simplicity of the first episode gives way to half-baked explanations and action sequences nicked from Aliens. Given that the whole story is based around the reveal of the “Beast”, the rationalisation of its nature and origins are vague at best and embarrassingly feeble at worst. The episode is still enjoyable on its own level but fails to capitalise on the strengths of Part One. Very disappointing.
A nice little episode, easy to digest (mwahahaha)as it keeps itself limited. It's also rather a relief not to have to put up with Tennant's irritating performance, at least for the first two thirds of the episode. Criticism has been levelled at Peter Kay's Northern accented Abzorbaloff, something I expected to annoy me, but which actually seems...sinister rather than amusing. And it's far less annoying than Tennant's hideous Mockney. Love and Monsters is more watchable than at least five other episodes this season. Give it a go.

Doctor Who - Series 2: Volume 4

By:Will Brook, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Date:Sunday 1 June 2008
Rating:   8

The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit - The best episodes in S1

Love and Monsters - Well, in a nutshell, if 'David Tennant' didn't have enough time to hardly be in the episode, it shouldnt've been made

This isnt very original....except no 3

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 9 October 2010
Rating:   6

One cant escape the fact that The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit is just a rehash. The Robots of Death and Pyramids of Mars is all this modern tale is. The ood act like the voc robots, and the Devil is just Sutekh again. Whilst this story doesnt feature the floppy ending of Pyramids, its still far from original. The ood may be one of the finest alien designs of the series so far, but it would have helped if their debut was a more original tale. Im glad that once again Matt Jones has written Rose to be a bit more likeable than usual. For once she isnt overly annoying and catty. The sets do look really good and Gabriel Woolf gives another memorable voice. But thats all I have to say on this rehash. Another dissapoint. David's first season isnt up to all that much at all which is a big shame.

One of the three stories that does manage to be excellent though is Love and Monsters. Yes, it may well be very adult in theme and the kids might not grasp the meatier elements of the script, but this story is still of a very high quality indeed. The character depth is excellent, and the ending is sad and moving. And again, Rose for once isnt too catty. This is one of the most satisfying stories of David's time as the Doctor. Thats sad, as its one where he's hardly in it. That doesnt say much thats good does it? David is a brilliant Doctor, its not his fault his stories are overall very much a letdown of the first degree...

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