|The Doctor takes Kazran and Abigail on a sleigh-ride.|
Our story looks at Scrooge-like Kazran Sardick (Sir Michael Gambon), miserly controller of a human colony called Sardicktown, founded by his abusive father. He keeps control over the colony through use of a machine invented by his father - one that controls the icey storm clouds around his world. This world has a few curious inhabitants - fish that can live in the world's fog. Including, of course, sharks. Flying sharks.
|Abigail sings to a flying shark.|
Steven Moffat is exceptionally good when it comes to complex time-travel affairs, having said in the past that he did things like it "when in a hurry". The expertise on display here is what really seperates it from other interpretations of the tale, a characteristically Doctor-Who-like take on a classical idea. I don't even need to say that this script is incredibly well-written and that's what make this otherwise tangled plot into a really potent and watchable hour.
One of the biggest things this story has going for it, as far as the press is concerned, are its celebrity guest stars, especially major Hollywood actor Sir Gambon. Both actors fitted seamlessly into the main story and felt as if they'd been in the cast forever. Jenkins was a big surprise, in her first major acting role, and brought a fresh realism to her role.
|Kazran (Sir Michael Gambon)|