Doctor Who – The Christmas Invasion

Wooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

OK, I’ll try to calm down a bit. Err, no. Calming down is actually not an appropriate response. So I won’t. The Doctor has regenerated in style. Russell T Davies has delivered another superb episode, which quite apart from being a Good Thing in itself, gives a taste of what’s to come in the new series due to start in the Spring.

If you want a sensible story outline, this means two things:

  1. You didn’t watch it
  2. You’re on the wrong site again :tongue:

But here are some of the highlights:

Harriet Jones, the MP from Aliens of London and World War Three is back, as Prime Minister. Evil aliens are threatening to enslave humanity, disaster threatens, and the Doctor is unconscious after a tricky regeneration.

There’s a secret UNIT HQ under the Tower of London, Big Ben is covered in scaffolding after its unfortunate accident in the earlier episodes, and there are psycho Santas and a homicidal Christmas tree. And that’s before the fun starts.

Once the Doctor recovers[1], we’re treated to a classic scene of him working out who he is, before taking on the evil alien leader in single combat.

David Tenant, for a man who spends about half the episode motionless in bed, puts in a blazing performance. At turns confused, manic, passionate, funny, he’s clearly a new man, but at hearts[2], he’s still the hero he’s always been. And he’s got a core of morality which comes to the fore when Harriet Jones breaks his rules.

I could bring down your government with one word…. well, six words

And so he does.[3]

And as you’d expect from a Russell T Davies script, there’s some typically sparkling dialogue.

Jackie, on learning that the Doctor has two hearts:

Anything else he’s got two of?

Harriet Jones on being told that the US President is demanding to take charge of the situation:

Tell him he’s not my boss, and he’s certainly not turning this into a war

And as the Doctor is wearing pyjamas and a dressing gown, he even makes an Arthur Dent joke. Wonderful.

Russell has said that he’s always wanted to do a Christmas special. From the evidence here, somebody should have let him do it years ago…

Coming up in the new series, we have Queen Victoria, Cybermen, Sarah Jane Smith[4] and K9[5]. Things, as they say, can only get better.

[1] A nice cup of tea was involved :grin:
[2] Had to be done :grin:
[3] “Don’t you think she looks tired” are the words in question
[4] For the benefit of younger readers and the less geeky, Sarah accompanied the Doctor in the 1970s, when he was played by Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.
[5] Robot dog from the Tom Baker era

18 thoughts on “Doctor Who – The Christmas Invasion

  1. Twisty

    As usual, a most excellent review. Transfer that same enthusiasm to me, and you’ll know how I feel about my new Frasier DVD’s. :bouncy:

  2. Les Post author

    It was the first four seasons, wasn’t it? It was an excellent show in those days. I thought it lost it somewhat towards the end, though…

  3. Twisty

    I mis-stated elsewhere; I have the first season, which is comprised of 4 DVD’s (you know how I am at math) – so I only have the first season. I definitely want all the others – do you recall exactly how many seasons it ran?

  4. radzy

    yo DR WHO!

    i am the one and only fan of dr who i support dr who so much i would like you to email me some great pictures with dr whos signiture on it

    Than You Very Much

    Radzy

  5. Les Post author

    Hi Radzy. Well, I don’t think you’re really the one and only fan of Doctor Who. There are lots of us around. I don’t have the Doctor’s signature on any pictures, so I can’t email them to you. So there. :tongue:

    Interesting website address you’ve linked to there DALEK IRKWOOD??? Are you really an associate of the Daleks, and you’re just after the Doctor’s signature as part of some evil plan? I think we should be told.

  6. holojojo

    I missed this due to life-threatening surgery – I tried to make the nurse exchange the ECG for a TV but she was having none of it. Is TCI (not to mention the Children In Need mini-episode) being released on DVD, does anyone know?

  7. Les Post author

    Word is that there will be a DVD of TCI and the first episode of the new series not long after the series starts. As with last year’s, initial DVDs will be the “vanilla” versions with no extras, with all the good stuff being kept for an end-of-year box set. Don’t know about the Children in Need bit, but I’d be surprised if it isn’t included in the box set, if not the single DVD.

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