Doctor Who: Planet of the DeadHD
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Michelle Ryan and comic Lee Evans team up David Tennant for the first time-lord adventure shot in High Definition. Ryan plays the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza who joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger, while British comedy star Lee Evans also joins the cast playing a character called Malcolm whose life becomes connected to the Doctor's under extraordinary circumstances…
|1||HDVideoPlanet of the Dead||When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor joins forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina.||58:56||£2.99||View In iTunes|
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A good start
Basically this is just a good fun story. A better structured script than Next Doctor although that did have the advantage of being darker in certain areas, this is due to this episode being the first 2009 special, and as started by Russel T Davies " its our last chance to have a fun adventure, before things take a darker twist ". Russell T Davies Gareth Roberts have here taken a simple but good idea and run with it having a red London Bus crashing through a wormhole onto an alien world. Dubai did make a better alien world than quarries or sandpits as it gave a real sense of a vast desert. Good one off companion in Michell Ryan's thrill seeking thief Lady Christina De Souza introduced in a sequence that's a mix of Mission a sequence from Return of the Pink Panther. Some good flirtatious moments e.g. on learning the Doctor stole his tardis she says "Good Boy!" plenty of scope fro her to guest in a future story. 2 good new aliens; a deadly manta ray like race that start off as a far off cloud and the Tritovores. Tritovores look like the transformed scientist from the original version of The Fly. They could do with more exploration but a nice change that there was no telepahthic instant translation of their speech. A good return for UNIT and the possibility of Captain Mgambo (from Sontaran Strategm/Poisoned Sky) becoming the new Brigadier. A fun role for Lee Evans as nerdy Malcolm, even though he said he loved the Doctor more times than was really necessary! The script is an ejoyable light one avoiding a barrel ful of obvious "there's always some delay on the buses" style jokes (although using london transport to get to work daily, I think I'd have forgiven their inclusion). The Doctor is becoming a little like Poirot who people used to joke you'd never invite round for Xmas because there would be a murder. In the Doc's case you wouldn't even want him on your bus! One of the best scenes is at the end of the episode, where a future telling women named Carmen, tells the doctor a that his song is ending soon, ( which we all know ) but also she states " he is returning ", could it be the Master? its enough to keep me gripped and hooked! Theres also a good trailer for the next special after the credits. For all that though the Doctor's never unlikeable played by David Tennant, whether telling a busload of people their seemingly mundane plans for the evening are worth returning them to Earth for, or pleading with the Tritovores to save themselves by deserting their ship, David T always hits his marks! If you like gravitas and darkness then hang around for the darker tales to come otherwise recommended. I hope the DW confidential is included because it's a good one. I also hope the upcoming Waters of Mars will have Ice Warriors, although that's a little less likely.
Great episode (although silly) and great price for HD (yes, finally Doctor Who is in HD!!)
This episode was a lot of fun, and I liked all the characters- especially Lee Evans (hilarious as always!). I especially liked the fact that it is the first episode to finally be in HD, and best of all Apple providing the HD version at a very reasonable price. Excellent.
Doc Who In HD! Who Could Refuse!
For the Money I think it's worth it, however the space it takes up is ridiculous! Buy it for sure... just make sure that you have the room! :D
- HD Version
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 11 April 2009
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