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Doctor Who Christmas Specials Vol. 2

Christmas is a time that for many can mean new beginnings. This is especially true for the Doctor who’s in the midst of Regeneration. Same man. Different face.
When the TARDIS crashes back to Earth on Christmas Eve, Ten (David Tennant) exits the blue box only to collapse seconds later. Rose (Billie Piper) and Mickey (Noel Clarke) take him back to Jackie’s (Camille Coduri) flat to recover.
Ten remains unconscious while the others narrowly escape robot Santas and killer Christmas trees which are signs of a bigger alien invasion. The government has been messing where they shouldn’t be and have practically invited the Sycorax to invade Earth and enslave the human race. And the only one who can save them hasn’t finished regenerating yet!

Doctor Who is one of the BEST shows EVER! It’s also really weird. Killer Christmas trees and robot Santas only make sense on this show. No other show, besides maybe Legends of Tomorrow, could write a crazy plot like this one and get away with it! Ten is my Doctor and it’s a great first episode in general for a new Doctor and is also my favorite Tennant Christmas Special. The last third of the episode is my favorite starting with that epic entrance/second exit out of the TARDIS all the way through to the end! You can stream The Christmas Invasion now on HBO Max.

Favorite quote: The Doctor: When you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet—when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential— when you talk of the Earth. Then make sure that you tell them this: “It. Is. Defended.”

Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory’s (Arthur Darvill) honeymoon is about to come to an end. So are their lives and the lives of everyone else on board as they prepare for a crash landing. Amy calls the Doctor (Matt Smith) for help. There’s only one person standing in his way: Kazran Sardick (Michael Gambon). Kazran is in control of the planet’s atmosphere and could save the ship if he wanted to, but the bitter old man would rather let everyone die instead.
Eleven plays the Ghost of Christmas Past in this retelling of A Christmas Carol when he travels back in time to rewrite Kazran’s past in order to influence his decisions in the future. A plan that almost backfires when an unexpected romance occurs between Kazran and and Abigail (Katherine Jenkins), a young woman frozen in ice. Her time is limited and he’s faced with a difficult decision: To save everyone at the expense of her life.

Quote: Kazran Sardick: Abigail was ill when she went into the ice, to the point of death. I suppose the rest in the ice helped her. But, she’s used up her time. All those Christmas eves with me. I can release her any time I want and she would live a single day. So tell me Ghost of Christmas Present, how do I choose which day?

This is one of my all time favorite Doctor Who episodes! And my favorite Christmas special out of the ones I’ve seen so far. I love the story, the music, everything. It’s the first time I can remember Eleven being dark and being willing to kill one person to save one person. It’s a rollercoaster ride in terms of emotion. It’s sad one moment and funny the next. It’s also got the kinda weird that only Doctor Who can pull off. This time the story takes place on a planet with flying fish. That’s something that you won’t find on any other show which is part of the reason I love it so much. Stream it now on HBO Max.

Favorite Quote: The Doctor: [Pointing to frozen Abigail Pettigrew] Who’s she?
Kazran Sardick: Nobody important.
The Doctor: Nobody important? Blimey, that’s amazing. You know that in nine hundred years of time and space and I’ve never met anybody who wasn’t important before.

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Doctor Who Spooky Review: Midnight and Vampires of Venice

I’m making this a traditional thing with mini reviews of creepy Doctor Who Halloween or Halloween-esque episodes.
Series 4 Episode 10

Midnight: In this companion-lite episode Ten (David Tennant) boards a train for a tour of the hostile planet Midnight. Everyone loses cell service forcing everyone to talk to each other. Ten quickly befriends the other passengers onboard. It isn’t long before things go horribly wrong and an invisible monster invades killing the driver and causing complete chaos onboard. It possesses the body of Sky Sylvestry causing her to repeat everything that everyone is saying doing. This drives everyone to madness that they go as far as trying to kill both her and the Doctor!
I like this episode better than Blink Oops! It’s an interesting look at human nature and how quickly we can turn on each other when we feel threatened.

Series 5 Episode 6

Vampires of Venice: Eleven (Matt Smith) take Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) on what’s supposed to be a romantic trip to Venice. Things quickly become dangerous when they discover that young women are being tricked into higher learning and being turned into Vampire fish monsters so that their civilization can survive!

This is a really fun episode and one of my favorite Eleven episodes considering I’ve never liked vampires. Fun, funny, and a bit intense. A good reminder that the show was left in excellent hands after David left.

Both episodes will be a bit intense for younger children. You can stream both episodes on HBO Max.

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Dare To Compare: Home Alone And Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Runaway Bride

Negligent parenting… So nice they did it twice!

Eight-year-old Kevin McAlister ( Macaulay Culkin) gets his wish when his family accidentally leaves him home alone for Christmas. The bright side is that someone is home to protect the house from being robbed. It’s one kid against two lame-brained bandits with Kevin winning through the use of some quick thinking and set of booby traps. In the end, Kevin learns that he’d rather be with his family than without them, and everyone is reunited on Christmas Day.

Two years later, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is released. It’s the same plot as the original. The only major difference is that Kevin takes the wrong flight to New York instead of Florida with the rest of his family. Instead of a scary next-door neighbor, there’s a scary bird lady. The bandits have escaped jail and somehow mange to run into Kevin. (Because they wanted to keep the plot as realistic as possible!) Naturally, they’re out for revenge. Instead of robbing homes, they’ve switched things up and are robbing toy stores! Kevin stops them by employing the same methods as last because why mess with what ain’t broke?! Once again, the bad guys lose to a kid, and the family is reunited on Christmas Day.

Both movies are fun and laugh-out-loud funny even though the writers copy-and-pasted the first script over to a new document come time for the sequel and prayed to God no one would notice! (And then they did it again with a different kid five years later… And again…And again…) Watch all the Home Alone you can stand on Disney Plus!

When Donna (Catherine Tate) mysteriously winds up in the TARDIS, The Doctor (David Tennant) finds himself with more than he barganed for: a loud-mouth, obnoxious bride-to-be, Robot Santas, killer Christmas trees, and the Empress of Racnoss’s plan to destroy the world. And he’s still getting over the loss of Rose Tyler. It’s anything but peace on earth!

This is Doctor Who at its most bonkers. There’s no other show where you can take robot Santas and giant spider monsters hell-bent on world annihilation and have it make some sort of sense by story’s end The chemistry between David Tennant and Catherine Tate is absolute fire! One of the best comedic duos on television. Thankfully, this isn’t the last time we see them together. The Runaway Bride lays the groundwork for stories to come. It’s funny. It’s serious and emotional when it needs to be. It’s insane and fun. I enjoyed this special more the second time around. Donna can be annoying at first, but has grown on me with time. She ends up having one of the best character arcs of the show, but Spoilers! As River Song likes to say!