Doctor finds himself with a new companion, Donna - but she's
late for her wedding! As the Tardis races to get to the
church on time, the mysterious Empress joins the chase,
and it becomes clear that Donna is the key to an ancient
alien plan to destroy the Earth.
two successful seasons and a Christmas special in 2005,
the Doctor returns for another festive adventure. The good
news is that he is on top form.
Christmas Russell T. Davis and his creative team used ‘The
Christmas Invasion’ as a way of introducing the new
actor playing the Doctor, David Tennant. This year it gives
the chance for the team to deal with the repercussions of
the second season finale and the Doctor coming to terms
with losing Rose. He isn’t given that much time to
lament, however, as a woman has teleported into the TARDIS
wearing a wedding dress and screaming blue murder. It is
up to the Doctor to discover why Donna was transported from
the church to the TARDIS and why there are robots dressed
as Santa chasing her all over London.
have been so easy for the writers to concentrate on providing
a stand-alone episode that didn’t deal with the events
of events of season two and for the most part ‘The
Runaway Bride’ doesn’t. But it is the
underlying driving force of the Doctor’s emotions
and state of mind.
Rose desperately, he is thrown into an adventure far quicker
than he may have wished. Donna becomes a quick substitute
for Rose, as the Doctor sees the mystery of her appearance
and what the robots want with her as a distraction from
what he is feeling. Obviously, though, all is not well and
even Donna notices this.
aspect gives the character of the Doctor a real chance to
grow. We see he him showing real emotion and a side of him
and his heritage that many new fans might not have realised
could ever have been present in a Time Lord.
Tennant really makes this character his own. Successfully
mixing charisma and quirkiness, Tennant is instantly likeable
as the Time Lord and extremely easy to connect with. He
is also slight aloof, never revealing everything about the
history of his race or what he has done or influenced in
the past. It is very easy to see why he is becoming a firm
favourite in the role.
it is through his companion that you see his adventures
and it has been Billie Piper’s job for the last two
seasons. As she has now left the show, we had to have another
human character to follow. For this episode we have the
bride, Donna, played by the current queen of British comedy
Catherine Tate. Slightly too loud and completely over bearing,
Tate struggles at first to make the character likable but
as the action relents at points and we get to see her in
more normal situations, you actually start to feel sorry
for her and her predicament. Not totally relying on a comedic
talents to pull the character along, Catherine Tate gets
to try some dramatic acting and she raises to it quite well,
it was just a shame that she was so annoying during the
continuation of the Doctor Who saga, ‘The Runaway
Bride’ is very good, letting you discover more about
the Doctor’s past and his state of mind after losing
Rose. Filled with action, including a road chase that will
have Whovians salivating, this is a fun episode for the
holiday season and one that everyone can enjoy.