Just saw the Dr. Who Special - Planet of the Dead. The setting of the movie is in some remote desert planet, but it was actually shot on location in the sand dunes of Dubai. The Doctor (still played by David Tennant) did not start with a female companion. I'm not sure why. Is this after Season 4 with Catherine Tate?
But not to fret. He was able to hook up with a new character, Lady Christina de Souza (played by Michelle Ryan). Lady Christina is supposed to be some adventure/thrill-seeking aristocrat-turned-cat burglar. She is actually a very interesting character and it would be great if she were to really become a regular travelling partner of the Doctor.
I never really liked Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper) of Seasons 1 and 2. Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) of Season 3 was great and much better looking than Rose. Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) of Season 4 added a nice twist of humor, but I found her too old.
Michelle Ryan is better known in the title role of the 2007 remake of Bionic Woman. I watched the first few episodes of that series which was shown on C/S channel, but found it terribly boring. I don't know if the show is still running or it got canned.
Planet of the Dead is supposed to be the first of a series of Dr. Who specials starting 2009 with David Tennant bowing out as the 10th doctor. Sad to hear that. I hope the new guy is as good. I hated Christopher Eccleston (the one who came before Tennant) of Season 1. Its a good thing they killed him off and have him regenerate as Tennant.