5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Flawed, but still entertaining.,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, 2008 Christmas Special [DVD] (DVD)
Dr Who has become a staple of Christmas over recent years. The first three Christmas specials were great, certainly way above the wrist-slittingly depressing, predictable Eastenders Christmas "specials" and the often-repeated films you've probably seen a thousand times and have probably got on DVD anyway.
This Dr Who special is set in Victorian London and deals with not only a man who seems to be the tenth Doctor's replacement (a great performance, by the way) but also the return of the Cybermen. A winning set of ideas, and indeed the early parts of this story are great. But then the "next Doctor" is revealed as a fraud far too early and so he serves no real purpose throughout the rest of the story. The Cybermen, despite looking great, are used far too sparingly. The Cyber King sounds promising but is revealed as a laughable city-stomping Japanese movie monster-like creation. Then there are those "things" under blankets with Cyberman faces on them, which are laughably unconvincing and look like they were made in a Halloween costume shop. The Cybermats, unseen since the 1970s, would have been a much better idea. Surely with today's technology the Cybermats could be great.
Still, it's fun to watch and there's plenty of humour and action to keep viewers amused.