Reviewed By: Mercury
Review Date: 3/26/19 11:59 am
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This Christmas Special is very good. It has a very effective premise as it begins with a suggestion that the Doctor has possibly met a future incarnation of himself. SPOILER ALERT: This character, played brilliantly by David Morrissey, turns out to not be the Doctor and I think some viewers felt disappointed or tricked by this but I think that it is the essence of good storytelling, present an exciting, intriguing situation and then bring the story round to a logical conclusion. Davies could hardly impose the next Doctor on forthcoming Showrunner Steven Moffatt so there had to be an explanation. I felt the interest and anticipation provided by suggesting it WAS the next Doctor was really good and feel that viewers always wanting pay offs for their expectations are rather shallow. I enjoy having my expectations turned upside down if it is done well which this is. The storyline about Jackson Lake and his family is touching and interesting.
What I like slightly less here is the Cybermen aspect. i was not a big fan of the Cyberking and one or two other bits. The less satisfying aspects detract a little but it is overall a fun, entertaining adventure with David tennant on usual great form. There is great humour, strong dialogue and fine acting from Dervla Kirwan as Miss Hartigan.