Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ghouls out for Summer; SATURDAY CHOICE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ghouls out for Summer; SATURDAY CHOICE

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Byline: IMOGEN RIDGWAY;NIGEL PIZEY;TERRY RAMSEY

Doctor Who 7pm, BBC1

It's no longer a secret that Billie Piper (right) will leave Doctor Who after this series, and stories in the papers promise us "a stunning exit", but as this two-part finale begins, we see flashbacks, her character, Rose looking wistful and her voiceover talking despairingly of "planet Earff ". What can this mean?

Of course, we know how two-part stories work: a hint of the future here, a nod to the past there. So it's no surprise that Rose's melancholy remains unexplained while we dash off to Earth, where daily visits by ghosts have become the norm.

When the Doctor flicks around digital telly, we even see Peggy in EastEnders showing the door to a ghostly Den Watts.

(Oooh, inter-BBC ribbing. Will a soaps v sci-fi fight break out in the canteen?) Naturally, it doesn't take the Doctor long to locate the source of the ghosts - enter the slightly sinister Yvonne Hartman (Tracy-Ann Obermann, formerly Chrissie in EastEnders) and the Torchwood Foundation, an outfit that collects alien detritus and whose acquisition of a strange sphere brought forth the ghosts.

Once again, David Tennant's Doctor delivers a sack of smart lines, Rose chucks in a few knowing looks and well-cast baddies are surprised by technology. Amid this witty yet familiar set-up, though, you might find yourself hankering for a few hide-behind-the-sofa bits.

Obviously, as this is a two-parter, nothing significant happens until the last 10 minutes, but without the usual bangs and crashes throughout the episode, you might find yourself drifting off.

Not unlike the ghosts.

Imogen Ridgway

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