TV Review: Doctor Who Holiday Special

25 Dec

This festive season seem to be bringing out a lot of confessions from me eh? Okay, I’ll come straight out. Again. The only science fiction I know is Star Wars, and I was told, it’s not even science fiction, that its more like science fantasy, is this true? Anyway, although I enjoy the genré, I don’t think I have seen much of it really, having enjoyed films like Flash Gordon, The Last Starfighter, Dune and I think that’s about it. It wasnt until much much later on that I saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner and then there’s the Firefly series and Serenity.

Now my friend Morbius, whom I can call a real hard core sci-fi nut and I mean that with all respect and admiration, has been telling me for years I should try and watch BBC’s Doctor Who. Now as you already know, I don’t own a telly so it was a very good excuse not to see it. My sister Shi have seen the recent Doctor Who series starred by David Tennant and swears by it as well and yet I still wasnt moved, not until yesterday when I decided to just check what the fuss is all about.

The title of the holiday special is Voyage of the Damned where the Doctor (David Tennant) finds his TARDIS colliding with a spaceship based on the RMS Titanic during a Christmas party. With the help of a waitress named Astrid (Kylie Minogue), the Doctor must take on the race called the Hosts as the lives of the Titanic crew and those on Earth are in danger.

I must say that I was very impressed with it all- the plot, the actors performances and the special effects, but I must say I have taken quite a liking to David Tennant who played the Doctor. It’s more of the way he looked unperturbed in the most dire of situations, well, maybe that’s how time lords really behave but heck what do I know? Miss Minogue didnt bother me a bit, I also thought she breezed through her performance okay. Tennant is slated to play Hamlet in RSC’s next season and after being impressed by his performance here there is no doubt I will enjoy watching him as Hamlet.

If you missed it, it’s available for free on the internet by the BBC iPlayer service (the internet version is available in the UK only).

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Doctor Who Holiday Special: 4/5

6 Responses to “TV Review: Doctor Who Holiday Special”

  1. Morbius December 27, 2007 at 2:18 pm #

    “the way he looked unperturbed in the most dire of situations”

    That’s pretty much the way all of the Doctors behave in a crisis, All in a Day’s Work!

  2. Simone December 27, 2007 at 2:33 pm #

    And I think you missed this bit because I also said that too!

    maybe that’s how time lords really behave but heck what do I know?


  3. _ram-jaane' December 27, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ve been “instructed” to watch this many a time too, I haven’t yet .. maybe when the DVD’s drop in price, these box sets are extortion at the moment ..

  4. Simone December 27, 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    HAHAHA It reminds me of those Bollywood films now Ram, I will get around to doing that, really! 🙂

    I like the way you used the word instructed, no Jedi mind tricks whatsoever eh? Did you catch the holiday special though? It must still be online, I havent checked though.

  5. Shishi December 28, 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    oh no! now, you’re into david tennant as well? what has the world come into? anyways, dr. who is an excellent show. i cannot recall the number of times episodes grabbed me and awed me and tickled and even move me to tears. yep, tears. it is that good. i actually was in love with chris eccleston’s dr. who and was a little wary of david tennant. it took me half an episode to dig him. he’s an amazing actor. you gotta see him do hamlet. i beg of you.

  6. Simone December 28, 2007 at 10:32 pm #

    Alright then my dear sister, but I will not take him away from you the way I did with Armitage, promise! You have to see this episode, its really, really good! I should of listened to Morbius all those years ago then I would of beat you to it!

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