The Independent’s Media Correspondent, Ciar Byrne, takes a look at The Christmas Invasion in today’s edition.
The Doctor and Rose Return at Christmas
The article – which includes comments from Russell T. Davies, David Tennant and BBC1 controller Peter Fincham – focuses in part on the political message of the episode suggesting that certain scenes will have Prime Minister Tony Blair “sheltering behind the No 10 sofa” over suggestions that “the Prime Minister is a poodle of the US President”.
In a scene likely to resonate with many viewers Penelope Wilton’s character of Prime Minister Harriet Jones asks an aide to inform the US President that “‘He is not my boss and he is certainly not turning this into a war’.”
Fincham, who took over BBC One after the departure of Lorraine Heggessey who was responsible for reviving the show after 16 years, says “Doctor Who has rediscovered something we had lost on BBC1 which is family viewing. When Doctor Who started suddenly it was there again…I would compare Doctor Who with films like Toy Story or Shrek which have enormous appeal to children but manage to look at adults eye to eye.”
Meanwhile The Mirror has paused from reporting their claims of Billie’s departure to give Tennant the thumbs-up in a review written by the paper’s TV Editor, Nicola Methven.
Heaping praise on the new lead, Methven writes “Tennant’s delivery of the witty script was flawless and he shows genuine comic timing.”
The special also gets a brief mention in The Daily Record which focuses on Billie Piper’s character of Rose.
The Star carries a double page spread with publicity pictures of the Sycorax. The Sun carries a brief item on the special focusing on a kiss between The Doctor and Rose as does Sky Showbiz news.
Online news portal manchesteronline.co.uk picks up on Russell T Davies’ comments about a possible future film release based on the series.
It also repeats the now familiar quote from David that he fully intends “to be here this time next year.” and reports that RTD “refused to shed light on speculation Piper is set to quit ” quoting him as saying “We’ll have to wait and see.”
BBC Entertainment News is also now covering the story in an article which contains new quotes regarding the Cybermen stories with Tennant commenting “Cybermen are part human, in a way. We want to look into that”.
An exclusive preview of the episode opening was shown on BBC Breakfast shortly before 8.55 this morning alongside the news that David Tennant will be in the studio next Wednesday, 21st December, accompanied by Russell T Davies for his first live interview publicising the show.
David is also confirmed to be appearing on the Friday 23rd December edition of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.