Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned, 2007 Christmas Special [DVD]
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2007's Doctor Who Christmas Special takes place on the Titanic. Expect big excitement when guest star Kylie Minogue joins David Tennant for a Voyage of the Damned!
The 2007 Christmas special of Doctor Who, Voyage of the Damned is a rip-roaring, hugely entertaining adventure, whose pace, energy and ambition plasters over its undeniable cracks.
With David Tennant in the title role, and Doctor Who fan Kylie Minogue stepping into the role of his assistant, Astrid, the adventure picks up where the third series of the programme ended: with the Titanic crashing into the Tardis.
With the loose ends quickly resolved, Voyage of the Damned soon picks up its key threads. Theres a futuristic Titanic spaceship, a cast of space tourists (with recognisable names from British television, such as Clive Swift and Geoffrey Palmer), and inevitably, impending disaster.
Voyage of the Damned then manages to inject fast action, better-than-expected special effects, and a surprisingly high body count. Its got cracks in its setup, and isnt bereft of flaws (not least a slightly inflated running time), but it is a whole lot of fun, and a great improvement on the previous years special, The Runaway Bride. Its good, too, that in spite of Kylie Minogues star billing, her character isnt allowed to dominate the story, and as a result she turns in good work, holding her own in an impressive cast.
In all, Voyage of the Damned is a fun, rewatchable adventure, with plenty in the tank to keep you entertained. Definitely worth picking up. --Simon Brew
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Having exhausted Evil Santa's, nasty trees and exterminating angels, one wonders what Crimbo themed enemy the Doc will face next year? A Cyberman in a pear tree? Rudolf the red nosed Rutan? Perhaps we will see A great escape themed show - will the Tardis leap the barbed wire into Switzerland?
Well I wont be buying this DVD release. I will be waiting until the next season DVD arrives next Christmas.
To begin with I didn't like the slightly re-worked theme. But that's a minor quibble.
This is more akin to the 1st Christmas special "The Christmas Invasion" (still my favourite xmas adventure)than 2006's high paced romp "The Runaway Bride". The story itself is no great shakes, it ticks all the boxes; new monsters, Earth under threat, new companion, Christmas references but doesn't hang together brilliantly.
But this being the Police Box Show, even when the plotting's a little wonky, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride, and it is a good ride.
Tennant is on good form as ever, totally the Doctor, not pining for Martha, but then he didn't love her. Once the crash of the Titanic space ship into the Tardis is sorted, no time is wasted getting him in the thick of things.
There is a good new companion in Kylie (whose acting I was never a fan of, but she's V. good here) although her fate's a little obvious. the host are a little like the Robot's of Death from Uncle Tom's time, but they work well.
There is a mixture of supporting characters, mostly working very well and some nice humour about Earth xmas customs and everyone stying in for fear of more "alien intervention".
There is a touch of disaster movie about the thing and it is clear writer Russell T. is a Poseidon fan.To be honest on the downside, it is a little long and needed better pacing to sustain it's 70 minutes but still enjoyable stuff.
2 important extra pieces are supporting this story. The 1st is a Dr Who Confidential on the Mkaing fo it which is the usual imformative mix of footage and interview and also the Children in Need mini-adventure "Time Crash". Written by Steven Moffat, this witty sketch sess the 5th Doctor appear in the 10th Doctor's tardis and the 2 argue and then try to sort the problem out. Witty dialogue covers topics such as why the 5th Doctor looks older, whether the 10th Doctor is a "fan" and how the Doctor was old when he was younger. A very enjoyable skit!
If you're a big Police Box Show fan, then you'll have fun with this package although it's a less obvious purchase for the more casual viewer.
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