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Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Mark Arnold

8.0


Doctor Who 2008 Christmas Special - The Next Doctor

The new Doctor Who series, starting in 2005, has been quite the success for BBC. Integrating the old features of the Doctor Who series with more modern special effects, stories, and themes. BBC series' tend to be rather short - only 13 episodes a season. However, in between each series there has been a "Christmas Special" which inevitably has The Doctor saving mankind from certain doom on Christmas Eve, or the big day itself. The interesting thing about these specials is that has so far always been in a very public, very dramatic fashion. It is now Doctor Who canon that earthlings are fully aware of the existence of aliens thanks to one of their spaceships crashing into parliament building, and another year landing one on the Thames.

The 2008 Christmas special changes things up only by having it occur in Victorian England and battling the Cybermen - probably The Doctor's second-most famous enemy. Victorian England is a perfect time to pull out some cyper-punk themes, and so this episode does.

The episode has The Doctor stumbling across a second Doctor already battling the Cybermen and together they try to save old London town from annihilation (remember what I said about very public displays.) How that is all possible I will leave to the episode itself to explain - but it does so with the usual Doctor Who flair and a unashamed sweeping under the carpet for the details - stuff that The Doctor understands, but we - the audience - couldn't possibly.

It's a fun episode and explores some relatively new territory with the presence of the second Doctor, and our Doctor being without a companion at this time (having left Donna behind with an erased memory in "Journey's End") while tying in elements from the past - such as the Cybermen and the exploration of The Doctor's unimaginable loneliness.

The DVD includes only one special feature of "Doctor Who at the Proms" which is basically a live performance of many of the Doctor Who scores while actors dressed up as Doctor Who's best enemies from the series wander about and terrorise the crowd. It looks like it might have been a lot of fun to be at the Royal Albert Hall, but it doesn't translate quite as well on DVD. Kids and orchestra fans might get a kick out of it.

It's only one episode, but it's a good one. If you're rounding out your Doctor Who collection, you really need to include this one.

 






 
 



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