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What Went Wrong?,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 2 - Volume 1 [DVD]  (DVD)It's probably unfair to expect quality drama from a Christmas special, but The Christmas Invasion doesn't even compare with subsequent Christmas episodes. Admittedly it has to deal with the introduction of a new Doctor, always a knotty problem. In the 60s and 70s we'd simply have a regeneration and a couple of scenes with the new Doctor being a bit unpredictable before getting on with the story. In the 80s, and here, we have the new Doctor sit out most of the story because his regeneration has gone wrong/he's unstable/he can't be bothered (delete as applicable). The story itself, such as it is, is a very light runaround for the younger members of the family with a scary monster being bad and the Doctor talking in funny voices, quoting The Lion King and doing something with fruit. Big question: the button that he throws the satsuma at - what is it actually for? Rose gets to be quite embarrassing throughout the episode and the new Doctor is quite rude and cocky.
New Earth is another disappointment with little of any consequence happening and the Doctor and Rose getting a bit annoying. It is shiny, though.
The shininess carries through to the DVD boxcover: Series One DVDs looked mysterious and exciting, this one is gaudy and embarrassing.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2010 17:39:46 BDT
Linda Thornber says:
what a load of rubbish! doctor and rose are wonderful, the story good and david tennant is a brilliant doctor from the start.
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