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
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