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:
- You didn’t watch it
- You’re on the wrong site again
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, 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, 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.
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 and K9. Things, as they say, can only get better.
 A nice cup of tea was involved
 Had to be done
 “Don’t you think she looks tired” are the words in question
 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.
 Robot dog from the Tom Baker era