I sat down last night, after the journey to my parents, to watch this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special on TV. I really enjoyed the first year of Matt Smith’s reign as the eleventh Doctor, so I was looking forward to seeing what they had come up with for prime time on Christmas Day.
Sadly, I was a bit disappointed in what came on. The cinematography and atmosphere were great – they captured the idea of Victorian times on a different planet, but never really cracked the story. Michael Gambon did really well in his character – I would probably pay good money to see him play Scrooge in a real production of Dicken’s Christmas Carol. Katherine Jenkins was also perhaps used too heavily for her singing voice, which was essentially the lynch pin of the entire story. Billed as her big acting break, I think the writing did her a dis-service as it relied too much on hearing her voice rather than watching her act. There wasn’t a great deal for her to do, which was a shame as there were some bright points in her performance.
Never mind though – it won’t be long until the next series, and there’s also Torchwood to look forward to.