I adored The Runaway Bride, the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas Special.
"Why?" I hear you cry, dear reader.
Well, it was good standard Doctor Who, on the whole. And when it tried to be different, it was good. I was very relieved and strangely excited by this. In the previous two series, trying new things have been a bad idea, on the whole and in my humble opinion. This time, it worked.
The best of the new:
A potential new assistant preferring to stay home and out or the TARDIS.
Donna was a real breath of fresh air. The Doctor's relationship with Rose was beautifully crafted throughout the past two years, but her not being there did not feel wrong and I did not spend the entire sixty minutes wishing she was. In fact, I kind of wish Donna had agreed to go off with The Doctor in his ship. She'd have made a fabulous companion, being quite different to Rose.
I have a nasty feeling that Martha will be something of a Rose carbon copy, especially now that we've been introduced to her family. My only hope is that her relationship with The Doctor will be different and, dare I say it, not as strong. I'm half hoping that she'll be dropped or resign before the last episode. I don't really care to see more character development and soap, thanks all the same. More sci-fi, less soap, please!
Who knows, perhaps Donna might reappear some time.
Can you believe I just said that, dear reader, considering my dislike for The Catherine Tate Show?
It's her programme I dislike. She's a good woman as was the character she played in The Runaway Bride, Donna. She's a good actress and the piece was well written. Perhaps she should get RTD to write some sketches for her show. They might be funny, then. Oh, no, having said that, perhaps she shouldn't. They'd all be toilet gags, agout farting or weird sex. No, Catherine, don't do it.
Oh, and wasn't the Racnoss Empress both scary and as camp as knickers? Fabulous!
The special effects blew my tiny mind: the formation of the earth, the Racnoss ship, the draining of the Thames and the Empress herself... Marvellous!
The whole thing: very Doctor Who with a touch of panto and comedy thrown in. I'm nervous of comedy in Doctor Who, especially when RTD is pushing the pen, but this time, it worked. I still have no idea why and I might change my mind. I've only seen the episode once and will require further viewing before making my mind up. On the whole: 9/10.
Of course, it could have been better. I was on call as a transsexual Cyber-person to appear in The Runaway Bride at a moment's notice. Sadly, my telephone refused to ring. I must remember to call Telewest, the cunts.