On the diamond planet of Midnight, the sapphire waterfall is a must-see tourist attraction, and even if Donna wants to stay behind, there’s no way the Doctor is going to miss it. Unfortunately, getting there involves a four hour bus trip across the deadly surface of the planet- bad enough at the best of times, but even worse when the vehicle mysteriously stops and something starts knocking on the outside. The planet is supposed to be devoid of life- so why is there something outside trying to get in?
Alien, Planet and Tech Guide
- Midnight: a diamond planet that orbits an extonic star which bathes the surface in deadly light, Midnight is home to the sapphire waterfall, and also to an unknown life form that has the power to take over a human mind and learn through repetition. Some years ago, a Leisure Palace was dropped in from orbit to form a prime vacation spot, although the discovery of said planet most likely means that the planet has now been quarantined.
Although I’ve always felt I’m supposed to look up to him and praise him, the truth is that I haven’t liked a lot of the episodes of Doctor Who penned by Russell T Davies, and sadly this one was no exception. It started well enough, but as the episode progressed it all began to feel a little pointless and overacted, until finally the conclusion left me thinking “well, what was the point of all that, then?” And the fact that we didn’t even get to see the sapphire waterfall was a real disappointment (don’t they know better to dangle the promise of gemstones in front of a fanatic like me?).
Notes and Nitpicks
- Although I hadn’t picked up on it myself until this week, a browse of the TV.com forums shows that I should have been paying attention to the Medusa Cascade, which the Doctor offhandedly mentions in this episode, and which has appeared earlier in the season (for example, the girl in Pompeii said that the Doctor’s name was sealed in the Cascade of Medusa). Could it be that Gallifrey and the Time Lords are in there?
- Again we see Rose on a monitor when the Doctor’s back is turned, and as we can see from the preview, she will be back next week.