The Next Doctor – spoilers

Before I get into spoiler territory, I just want to say that this is definitely the best of the four Christmas specials (five, counting the one in 1965).

Things I loved: The steampunk atmosphere. The montage of all ten doctors (New Who has taken a while to get to grips with the heritage of the series). That moment near the beginning when Tennant is actually wondering if Morrissey is a better Doctor than him. The line at the end where Ten admits that his companions break his heart. Dervla Kirwan (though I regret she played the part with an English accent, if at least with an Irish name). A Cyberman plot that comes close to making sense and doesn’t contort itself unduly for the sake of continuity.

Things I thought were a bit silly but didn’t spoil it for me: The Cyberking (reminded me too much of a Megazord, except less convincing). As eloquently puts it, the “Cyber-shades” were crap (though at least IMHO less crap than the Cybermats). The line about Rosita being Jackson/Frederic’s future nursemaid probably sounded much less offensive in RTD’s head than it came over on screen.

But all in all, really good stuff.

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  1. My problem is fitting relatively short text around relatively tall pictures, and tables seemed to me the best way to ensure that most readers get an efficient use of space. What’s so wrong with them??? (Genuine question.)

    The narrowness of the columns then comes down to the individual reader’s setting, and there’s a limit to how far I can accommodate all possible variations.

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