The next of the Christmas specials is The Next Doctor, the most Victorian of the specials (to date) and perhaps the most akin to A Christmas Carol. After going big with Voyage of the Damned RTD pulled back somewhat to explore the mystery of Jackson Lake. Sure the Cybermen were in it, but mostly as the henchmen for Miss Hartigan. The whole of the special was beautifully shot, and the Cyber King was a bit too Godzilla for our taste, but the best moments were reserved for David Morissey who was amazing as Jackson Lake. Of course RTD couldn’t resist the inevitable speculation that he would be Tennant’s successor (just before Matt Smith was announced). Morissey later recounted that this held his career in limbo for awhile until the actual successor was named.
All in all a worthy effort, only down at #6 because of the quality of the others still to be revealed.
#5 coming tomorrow.