Voyage of the Damned

First Broadcast December 25th 2007 @ 6.50pm (13.31m viewers)

Everyone enjoys a bit of a disaster movie over Christmas. Films such as ‘The Towering Inferno’ and ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ both have influences on this feature length adventure. The futuristic Titanic spaceship cruise liner provides a less distasteful setting than retreading on the real Titanic disaster of 1912. This setting called on some impressive CGI work and the creation of the Hosts. These supposed servants add an air of Fourth Doctor classic ‘The Robots of Death’ to proceedings. The Doctor prevents the ship from crashing into Buckingham Palace, in an uplifting finale but it is really one of the onboard stewardesses who saves the day. She also looked very familiar…

Memorable Moment (Spoiler Warning)

In a wonderful casting coop Kylie Minogue starred opposite David Tennant as one-off companion Astrid Peth. Returning to Wales, where her mother was born, under huge secrecy to play the role Kylie generated significant press coverage helping to boost ratings to some of the highest the show has ever achieved. For locals of Cardiff great amusement was found when realising that a scene on the street of the Welsh capital actually took place outside a Burger King!

It’s often forgotten how good Kylie’s character is during this story. Unlike certain human companions blinded by the enigmatic stranger, Astrid shares The Doctor’s thirst to travel and explore new worlds. Of course, David Tennant’s dashing Time Lord had to get one smooch in to support his position as the sexy Doctor. But the real tragedy of the tale, even in the face of the death and catastrophe is that Astrid is robbed of the chance of stepping aboard the TARDIS.

Also First Aired On This Day…

  • The Daleks’ Master Plan: The Feast of Steven
  • The Christmas Invasion
  • The Runaway Bride
  • The Next Doctor
  • The End of Time: Part One
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
  • The Snowmen
  • The Time of the Doctor
  • Last Christmas
  • The Husbands of River Song
  • The Return of Doctor Mysterio


 

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