Doctor Who - The Next Doctor

The Doctor Who Christmas Special has been on BBC1, and what can I say? It was enjoyable fair, not as obviously Christmassy as previous offerings, and this is a good thing. (Click through for more, warning - spoilers)

The Doctor Who Christmas Special has been on BBC1, and what can I say? It was enjoyable fair, not as obviously Christmassy as previous offerings, and this is a good thing.

David Morrissey was good as the 'Next Doctor', though the 'explanation' of how he came to be was very deux ex machina. Putting that aside, he gave an enjoyable performance as the Doctor, which became less so as he returned to humanity.

Dervla Kirwan's role as being 'stronger than the Cyber-men similarly was a role that got weaker, up to the point where she was betrayed by the Cyber-men, it was all gravy 'that was designated - a lie', nice. After that point, very silly. She should have been taken into the Cyber-men, but not dominated in the way she did.

The cyber-puppies things were rather poor from the start. They could have been due to the lone cyberman trying to rebuild and restart, getting it wrong.... but there was no raison d'etre for them. They were just 'there'.

Despite the problems, it was enjoyable at the end of Christmas day, though not great. The character of 'Rosita' was very good, and David Morrissey's role was bang on for a Doctor (though unfortunately he can't be a Doctor without a leap of faith too far).

My hope for the new stewardship of Doctor Who once RTD finally passed on the baton (thanks for ressurrecting, now stop fiddling!) - I want some really 'hard' Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories ('Blink' was one of the best for me), I want an essential coherence to the stories, without things being put in purely for the sake of 'cool' (how many times can London be attacked by aliens without people noticing?) I don't want to see a gimmicky Doctor for the sake of the gimmick - but given that there is only one regeneration left, I mostly want the right actor, the right writing and a long term commitment. One hint - if fighting a major foe that you want to bring back, defeat them, but some must survive (otherwise you get bad explanations for their reappearance... or that they survived to fight at a later date, for them, and earlier for the Doctor).

The next episode is called 'The Planet of the Dead', a reference to 'The Dead Planet'? Or possibly to 'Forest of the Dead' and River Song?