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Doctor Who - Voyage Of The Damned (DVD)
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Doctor Who - Voyage Of The Damned (DVD)
Advantages: more great action from the Doc....
Writer: Russell T. Davis
Director: James Stron
Producer: Phil Collinson, Russell T Davis and Julie Gardner
With the third series ending, leaving the Doctor alone once more, he is stunned to find the TARDIS defences being infiltrated by a massive spaceship, aptly named 'the Titanic' (after the famous unsinkable ship which met disaster in 1912 after hitting an iceberg)
So as this 2007 Christmas special begins we see the Doctor taking a quiet break on a galactic tour spaceship, orbiting the planet Earth... only this time he has no companion... for now.
** BRIEF PLOT **
The Doctor lands the TARDIS on the orbiting spacecraft called the Titanic, from the planet Sto, hoping for a vacation of sorts...little realising that, Captain Hardaker, (played by Geoffrey Palmer) the pilot of the ship, has ulterior motives for the passengers and crew
With the Doctor relishing the fact that he is on the most gorgeous ship in the universe it is not long before his flirtatious ways attract the attentions of the very lovely waitress Astrid Peth, (played by Kylie Minogue)... the chemical attraction begins.
The many guest on the ship, such as competition winners Morvin and Foon Van Hoff, (played by Clive Rowe and Debbie Chazen), historian, Mr Copper, (played by Clive Swift), whose facts are a little misleading, and a strange looking alien called Bannakaffalatta, (played by Jimmy Vee), are all enjoying the entertainment and do not realise how much danger the occupants of the Titanic are in...
As Captain Hardaker puts his devilish plan into action the ship is soon damaged and is heading for a collision with the Earth below... putting the lives of all on board in peril.
With even the ships 'Hosts', ( robotic androids who act as servants to the guests) being reprogrammed to kill rather than help... all looks hopeless for the ship and its surviving passengers...
Can the Doctor stop the ship from crashing into planet Earth, killing all on Board and also many thousands on Earth...? Or will the ulterior motives of the ships owner, Max Capricorn, (played by Russell Tovey) cause History to repeat itself with the second sinking of the Titanic... only this one is from space..
* Other characters in this special episode...
Gray O'Brien as Rickston Slade
Russell Tovey as Midshipman Alonzo Frame
Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott
Nicholas Witchell as Himself
Paul Kasey as The Host
Jessica Martin as Voice of the Queen
And watch out for Bernard Cribbins who plays the newspaper stall holder Wilfred Mott, You are sure to see him many times in the fourth series of Doctor Who...
**IN CONCLUSION **
Another brilliant Christmas day special from the very imaginative Russell T. Davis the rest of the wacky crew...
This hour and 12 minute show introduces the very glamorous Kylie Minogue, (last seen acting in a dodgy Australian soap... but now more well known for her singing career and rather pert bottom, shown off in very skimpy clothes...)
Speaking of Kylie, I was in two minds as to her capabilities before watching this show, remembering her from years back in that Aussie soap, where her acting wasn't the best to say the least... the question was has her acting skills improved with age...?
With the help of her singing career, her music videos helping her out slightly, she defiantly has improved with age, ( still talking about her acting skills people)... she made the role as the rather timid Astrid her own, acting the part like a true professional, ( a far cry from her wooden time in Ramsey street), giving the show that little bit of charisma and beauty with her warm smile and sexy looks...
And as for Mr Tennent... well, what can be said about this man that has not been said before...? He seems to love playing the part of the time travelling adventurer, his 'wide boy' attitude really makes him come across as approachable and a real ladies man...
The all round acting in this show is exceptional, with the appearance of the Clive Swift, (better known in the UK as the hen pecked husband of Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping up appearances)... he seems to have left her behind and his confidence has grown, although his character, Mr Copper, is very similar to Richard Bucket.., giving a great performance to please all...
The story has been well thought out, bringing the past and the future together to create a gripping storyline and some dramatic action... combing this with the visual effects and the splendid acting from all the cast, this episode is a must to watch...
Would I recommend this...
Yes I would.
It is another fine work of art from the cast and crew living around the little blue box... giving over an hour of edge of your seat sci-fi action and entertainment...
You can get a copy of this Christmas special from www.amazon.co.uk for less than £11.00..
Go on... add it to your collection...
Summary: Can the Doctor save the day yet again?
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