Well, that was a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas Special. I guessed the conclusion the moment the Captain started acting oddly, but that didn’t stop me smiling, cringing and, very nearly, crying at various points along the way. I loved the Titanic, I liked the historian, and I would never fault Kylie… I wouldn’t dream of it. Astrid proved a vital, funny and attractive companion, filled with wonder and capable of holding her own.
OK… it wasn’t perfect – I recognised some of the corridors from the ‘Utopia‘ episode (and I’m sure they were used before that) and elements of the bridge, like the wheel, probably came from the Valiant (as seen in the last couple of episodes). I’m sure all the selfless people sacrificing themselves for the common good, while the arrogant, selfish twit coming up flush meant to make a point (which might well carry on into Season Four); but, it maybe drove the point too far in the one direction. I could have done with a little more lift at Christmas time. Yes, Astrid ascended as stardust into the great black void of space… but, somehow I didn’t
Anyway – I enjoyed it. I liked it a lot. ‘Voyage of the Damned‘ worked better for me than ‘The Runaway Bride‘ – and equaled the success, for me, of ‘The Christmas Invasion‘. The bit that raised it above the other three – aside from Astrid’s outfit – for me? The funky new rendition of the theme tune! Wow! Whatever Murray Gold did, and whether this will survive to the series, I loved it… Someone put it online as a mp3, quick!