The Doctor finds his TARDIS colliding with a spaceship based on the RMS Titanic during a Christmas party. With the help of a waitress named Astrid, the Doctor must take on the race called ...
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The Doctor finds his TARDIS colliding with a spaceship based on the RMS Titanic during a Christmas party. With the help of a waitress named Astrid, the Doctor must take on the race called the Hosts as the lives of the Titanic crew and those on Earth are in danger. Written by
Twelve Million Plus Saw It on Christmas and It Was Pretty, But Not Great
This is the second Christmas Special for New Who to really disappoint, without actually being dull, particularly bad, or really horribly offensive. This was prettier, wittier, and just plain bigger than the story we got last year for Christmas, but it still paled in comparison to the hit of 2005's special which introduced the ever more popular David Tennant as the dashing geek, the Tenth Doctor. The primary complaint to be leveled here is that this was a rather tired and very familiar sort of story for Who, all flashy and fun but still overwrought with so many strange notes of high passion when the passion just seems to be all wrong for the moment. It was not bad, just tired. Nothing really new and worthy went on here after the first five minutes passed. For fear of spoiling your enjoyment, I'll keep quiet about most of the details.
Great success was to be found here by the production team for Who in making a truly beautiful show, all shiny and gorgeous, but the many witty homages, jokes both inside and out, and great casting aside, this was still just another overwrought melodramatic Russell T. Davies story with some really bizarre scenes involving the deaths of short-term characters and some inexplicably emotional responses to said deaths. If you watch this for the cheap thrills of the Who-ness of some really pretty big-budget Doctor Who on Christmas, then by all means, enjoy. But the thematic, imaginative, and storytelling great heights and depths that have been reached occasionally in the best of the new series are not touched here, merely aimed for - and missed.
This was a very pretty disappointment. Frankly, I'm tired of that. The majority of the big themes are undeveloped enough make the justification for epic qualities, unfortunately. Even if it surely justified 12.2 million live British viewers upon first viewing.
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