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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with repeated viewings, 3 July 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, 2009 Easter Special [DVD] (DVD)
I have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed when I initially watched the latest of this year's Doctor Who `Specials' on Easter Sunday. Perhaps the hype and anticipation were just too much but it just seemed to lack substance.

The problem for me was that the story just wasn't `special' enough. As the first in a new series it would have been okay, but the basic plot just didn't go anywhere, the CGI monsters were disappointing, the alien Tritovores whilst superbly realized were woefully underused, and one-off companion Lady Christina de Souza didn't have nearly enough to do. I can hardly bring myself to mention the flying bus - making this more and more like Mary Poppins in space, hackneyed UNIT soldiers, yet another kiss for The Doctor, and actors so wooden they'd put Pinnochio to shame.

I so wanted to love this, but apart from the entertaining UNIT scientist Malcolm played by Lee Evans, there was precious little to love. As for the psychic woman who foretold The Doctor's future in cryptic fashion "he will knock four times", this was just another well-worn modern Doctor Who get-out clause and just made the whole thing even more silly. However, watching this DVD some time later, I actually enjoyed the whole thing a lot more. David Tennant's now well-worn mannerisms aside, there are some great flashes of humour and the underused Tritovores looked brilliant.

The taster for the upcoming `Waters of Mars' looks like taking things up a notch, and as The Tenth Doctor moves inexorably towards his final curtain it seems that an old foe will reappear in the not-too-distant future...
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