Insert READY BREK gag here.Where to start?
I'll kick off with the cast. KYLIE
, did the job well enough but another fawning companion may have been a little too much, so I wasn't too
unhappy when she was unable to continue traveling with the Doc. However, it was quite touching when she asked/begged to be taken along in the TARDIS
. The problem for the actress, and her character ASTRID (yes, I know what it's an anagram of)
, is that she appears alongside; [a]
better actors; and [b]
more interesting characters. Speaking of which, GEOFFREY "The Guv'nor" PALMER
was quietly awesome and sinister at the same time - "They promised me old men" (more of him would have been nice)
; RUSSELL "Yes, I Was In Rob Brydon's ANNUALLY RETENTIVE - Sorry!" TOVEY
had a great turn; CLIVE "Back In Who After 20 Years Or So" SWIFT
was genuinely engaging and it would have been interesting to see him join The Doctor; and BERNARD "Back In Who After 40 Years Or So" CRIBBENS
had a sublime cameo and it ain't surprising that the production team got him back for more in SERIES 4
. Also worthy of a mention were the slimey GRAY "I Was In RIVER CITY Don'tcha Know" O'BRIEN
and the lovable couple, THE VAN HOFFS
The Queen says goodbye to suspension of disbelief.
As for MAX CAPRICORN
, played by GEORGE "The Beiderbecke Connection" COSTIGAN
. Not sure. He was damn funny but the image of his gurning
face while poor little KYLIE
, I mean ASTRID,
fell to her death, slightly spoiled the 'drama' of the moment. Said 'drama' was also under threat from the appearance of THE QUEEN
which, whilst drawing many chuckles, sat uneasy. I know she's a fan but so am I, and they don't put me in the show!
Whilst on the negatives, I though it was gonna go all PAUL MCGANN TV MOVIE
and resuscitate ASTRID
but thankfully it didn't. A needless scene though it was good to see The Doctor being unable to do 'everything'. The last 10 minutes or so should have been cut down and this extra time should have been given to the beginning. Getting to know that characters a little bit more (5 minutes or so)
would have been, as they say, appreciated.
Phew, very nearly a 1996 moment there.
Anyway, back to the positives. Lots of laughs - thanks to MR COPPER
; nice references - Christmases past and the first NEW WHO
mention of the constellation of KASTERBEROUS
; and terrific CGI. One final note, the direction. Some superb work (notably the meteoroid crash sequence)
from JAMES STRONG
who has some previous on the show - THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET
2-parter; SMITH & JONES
; and even brought the dire DALEK
2-parter from this year to life with some tip-top
moves. Full marks, he dazzled
the eye and taughtened
my trouser. All-in-all
, a great Christmas episode which stands alone and, while I prefer my WHO to be slightly more involved with an ongoing narrative (they spoil us now you see)
, it was certainly a treat. Not much meat to it but lots going on visually and some great performances. Oh yeah, and THE HOSTS
were bloody good too ("You are all going to die")
, a kind of cross between the VOC ROBOTS
and THE OOD
- two of my favourite
THE OOD. Always welcome.
Ratings-wise, it was a winner. On average it got 12.2M but it peaked at almost 14M, see HERE
for the facts. Only beaten by EASTENDERS
and it destroyed the competition. I hope this continues for the next series. Elsewhere, JOHN "Haven't Been On Telly For A While" BARROWMAN
put it an amusing performance of "Baby It's Cold Outside"
on WHEN MARIA MET JOSEPH
with a number of young ladies. I didn't watch either the JOSEPH
or the MARIA
shows but the missus insisted. Anyway, JB
was suitable cheesy. Stout work.
He wants DANNII "My Sister Got All The Talent" MINOGUE
to appear in TORCHWOOD
- go HERE
for the 411.
So, are you leaving or not rat-boy?
Fellow companion CATHERINE "You Ain't Mating With Me" TATE
popped up in her own show. Not great but it had a couple of laughs and, apparently, was one of the most offensive programmes ever broadcast on Christmas Day - see HERE
for all the 'news' and complaints. She also appeared on LEE MACK's RADIO 2
show and amusingly dodged any WHO related questions (although she couldn't say who played The Doctor pre-NEW WHO)
referring specifically to "ROSS-GATE"
, as we now call it. HARRY HILL
was back with a festive TV BURP
and was surprisingly short, an American half hour if you like. Not that good either. NO WHO! DRAGON'S DEN
had a 90 minute special which regurgitated material that has already been vommitted many times already. Tedious
with only the short segments on the interaction between the DRAGONS
being of any note. Thankfully
the Christmas Special of Q.I.
proved to be a success even though it was made up of unseen clips. That's the way to do it.
Just like MACCA's "Pipes Of Peace" video.
'Til the next time,C.