Tenth Doctor: Voyage of the Damned

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Writer: Russell T. Davies

Director: James Strong

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 4, Christmas Special

Companion: Astrid Peth (Kylie Minogue)

Summary: The Doctor and his TARDIS crash into the Titanic…IN SPACE! He discovers that Max Capricorn, the businessman who commissioned the space cruise ship, has sabotaged the ship. He has programmed the angel-like “Holy Host” robots to kill everyone on board and crash the ship into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Review: I normally enjoy the Christmas specials. The BBC usually turns them into a grand affair that makes the wait worth it, especially since it means the new season is only months away. But this is the only one I don’t rank highly. Normally, these stories are filled with all the trappings of Christmas–carols, joy, snow, the usual. But “Voyage of the Damned” doesn’t feel like a typical Christmas episode and has very few, if any tropes associated with Christmas.

However, I don’t completely hate the story. The main thing I like is that the story matters. Most of the episodes that a lot of fans hate don’t really contribute much to the overall arc for the season. But this story matters. Want to know why the Doctor breaks the laws of time in “The Waters of Mars”? I believe this story leads to that decision. He still remembers not being able to save everyone and all the terror that ensued. For that reason, I feel that it’s actually not that bad.

Continuity: The Doctor finally gets to say “Allons-y, Alonzo!” In “Turn Left”, we learn what would’ve happened had the ship crashed. This is the third time someone has died after the Doctor offered to make them a new companion.

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