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Present day London: Donna (Catherine Tate) is parading down the aisle
to be married to Lance (Don Gilet), when suddently, she is teleported off
to Doctor Who's (David Tennant) time-and-spaceship the TARDIS, and now the
good Doctor has his hands full getting her back to her wedding or, after
that doesn't work, at least to her wedding reception - which isn't made
any easier by the fact that he has to fight a bunch of Robot Santas ...
Ultimately though, the Doctor finds out that Donna is full of huon
particles, an energy form more ancient than the earth itself that
shouldn't be existing anymore (at least not outside the TARDIS), and which
makes the Doctor suspect some alien meddling ... and right he was - as he,
Donna and Lance find out when investigating some catacombs beneath Donna
and Lance's company's office building -, the Empress of Racnoss (Sarah
Parish), last of the Racnoss, intelligent but all devouring beings that
look like giant spiders, has set up shop here to revive her race that was
caught in the center of earth upon earth's creation, and therefore she
needs a human fed with huon particles - Donna, who has been fed with them
because her hubby to be Lance turns out to be a traitor fighting on the
Ultimately however, Lance falls to the center of the earth, the Doctor
drowns the Racnoss emerging from the center redirecting water from River
Thames (but drying out the river in the process), and the Empress, making
a getaway in her starlike starship, is shot down by simple, conventional
tanks ... and once more, Christmas ... er, planet earth, is saved.
Not without its charm and interesting setpieces (the carchase involving
an Robot Santa and the Doctor's TARDIS that looks like a vintage police
phonebox is quite remarkable and great fun), the overall feeling of this
episode - despite the inclusion of comedienne Catherine Tate - is rather
cheesy, too much time is spent with characters trying to express their
deep, but rather clichéd, emotions, while the comic aspects of the story
- like the Robot Santas, which I loved even more this time than in last
Invasion - are often downplayed, but not to the good of the story.
That's not to say The Runaway Bride is all bad, merely that it
could have been better.