2010-12-25 21:06:03 UTC
A spaceship is about the crash into an alien planet and the Doctor has to
save all the people on board, with just his sonic screwdriver. Like, he
can't just bundle them all into the TARDIS and transfer them onto the
planet's surface in the hour he has to do it, and even that isn't enough
time, it's not like he couldn't make a dozen or more trips back in time to
take in more people, and nobody is particularly bothered about collateral
damage on the planet's surface either.
The bridge and command crew of the ship were a deliberate parody of Star
Trek with an obvious Geordie La Forge joke at the beginning.
The kid who played young Kazran put in a very good performance. There wasn't
much of Amy or Rory in this episode and Matt Smith went over the top with
his Jack Sparrow routine at the start but soon calmed down and put in a good
performance. The performances by Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins were
The special effects and sets down on the planet were mostly ok but the
bridge of the spaceship didn't look very convincing, but at least it looked
more credible than the Titanic bridge in Voyage of the Damned. Obviously as
I said in earlier reviews Stephen Moffat is following exactly the same list
stroy outlines that RTD was following when he produced the series, a
spaceship is about the crash into an alien planet and the Doctor has to save
all the people on board, but Stephen Moffat does it much better.
After all the prancing around at the start it's actually a very good story.
Pity about the sad ending.