QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv -

Doc­tor Who, 8.35pm, ABC This is a one- off Christ­mas spe­cial, in which the won­der­ful Catherine Tate plays Donna Noble, a loud- mouthed cock­ney bride ab­ducted by the Tardis. Lo­cally, the ABC is show­ing The Run­away Bride as a taster for the new se­ries, which of­fi­cially be­gins next Satur­day, so we’ll have a full high­light re­view then. But The Bride is sen­sa­tional, if you can be bovvered. Donna is spec­tac­u­larly ab­ducted by the Tardis as she is walk­ing down the aisle to marry her fi­ance Lance ( Don Gilet). This has never hap­pened be­fore, and the Doc­tor ( David Ten­nant, pic­tured) is per­plexed. Donna, fu­ri­ous, has none of her pre­de­ces­sor Rose’s wideeyed won­der at the mar­vels of the Tardis and time travel — she just wants to get mar­ried. Look out for a spec­tac­u­lar car and Tardis chase, as the old po­lice box struts its stuff in splen­did style on an English mo­tor­way. Lost, 9.30pm, Seven The isle of the damned never ceases to amaze. Tonight some bi­o­log­i­cal ef­fects of liv­ing there come to light. Sperm counts are many times higher, and wounds, like punc­tured lungs, heal in a trice. All preg­nant women die, and it seems even death is not fi­nal, as the man with the eye patch who was elec­tro­cuted on a Dharma Ini­tia­tive elec­tric fence a cou­ple of episodes ago ap­pears alive and well. Sun’s preg­nancy that ev­ery­one seems to have forgotten about takes cen­tre stage tonight. Was the child con­ceived on the is­land, in which case Sun is doomed, or is it the prod­uct of her ex­tra- mar­i­tal af­fair?

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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