The wait for The Christmas Invasion has often seemed never ending and, with it having the job of introducing the new Doctor, anticipation has been running high. As with all the best presents the wait was definitely worthwhile.
With The Doctor out of action for much of the first half of the episode it falls to the other series regulars and Penelope Wilton to carry the show, giving them a chance to showcase their talents.
Billie Piper continues to impress as Rose. Stripped of The Doctor she strives to replicate his approach to problems casting Mikey and Jackie in the role of her companions. Self doubt and fear of loosing The Doctor are never far away. Her reaction to Harriet’s televised appeal for The Doctor’s help gives Piper an opportunity to showcase her considerable emotional range.
Noel Clarke finally gets to develop Mickey into a real person. His mocking of Rose’s tales of life in the Tardis lends the character a far more realistic edge than the lapdog persona he displayed during series one. Mickey’s realisation at the end of the episode that Rose is never going to stay on Earth marks a key moment in the character’s development.
However it was Penelope Wilton’s portrayal of Harriet Jones which was the real winner in our house, throughout the story she is self-assured and instinctively knows what to do.
Although her decision to destroy the Sycorax ship leads The Doctor to de–stablise her Government it’s arguable that her own televised appeal for his help and admission that she doesn’t