|Doctor Who-Voyage Of The Damned|
The vessels nuclear engines will crash it into Earth if unattended. And the TARDIS was blown back to Earth by the impact. While it's soon revealed that the Hosts have been sabotaged and are now intent on killing the passengers and crew of the Titanic,the doctor soon finds out that his companions are challenged in helping him. While all trying to be helpful to his cause,all of them are in fact victims of Sto's nearly impossible economic woes. In the end,Foon and Morvin both sacrifice themselves to save the others from the Hosts where Bannakaffalatta reveals himself to be a cyborg,who are considered second class citizens on Sto. After discovering that Max Capricorn,himself a cyborg whose entire sales campaign for the liner was fraudulent. So he had sealed himself off in an uncharted area of the ship and used the Hosts to protect the crew and passengers from his presence. In order to stop him,Astrid and Bannalaffalataa both sacrifice themselves. In the end the doctor,finding Astrid's remains while whering the transport band are partially complete,allows the remainder of her energy to float aloft in space as she'd wished. And as for Mr.Copper,one of the two survivors of the events with the doctor and facing prison on Sto for his own fraud,is left by the doctor to live on Earth as a wealthy man to pursue his own dreams before the doctor himself departs.
There's a lot of humor in this story-from Mr.Copper's misinformation based warnings to the passengers about an evil Santa god and the "the war with the Turkey's from Turkey". However for the most part,this story reflects through the filter of science fiction much of discord that was actually occurring in the world at the time it was being made. While enjoying their vacation to Earth,the passengers on board the Starliner Titanic are mostly rather desperate people such as Asrid Peth,portrayed wonderfully by Kylie Minogue,Mr.Copper as portrayed by 'Keeping Up Appearances' Clive Swift as well as Rickston Slate,Max Capricorn himself. All of them were generally motivated by ambition to trick each other and themselves into getting ahead in life,even if it meant breaking the law. Foon and Morvin,while a happy couple both are forced to sacrifice themselves to help their crew. Whereas the Alonzo Fame,the midshipmen shop by the ships captain who caused the entire disaster,ends up having to be the voice of reason despite his confusion and injury. The tenth doctors constantly lonliness is once again reinforced when Astrid,whose fallen in love with him,is sacrificed along with the cyborg
Bannalaffalataa. A very touching and often chilling reminder of how difficult joy has to come when faced with financial destitution.