Doctor Who

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 13

    The Name of the Doctor

    Aired 5/18/13

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    Nightmare in Silver

    Aired 5/11/13

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    The Crimson Horror

    Aired 5/4/13

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

    Aired 4/27/13

  • S 7 : Ep 9


    Aired 4/20/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt Smith (VI)

    The Eleventh Doctor

  • Karen Gillan

    Amy Pond

  • Arthur Darvill

    Rory Williams

  • Jenna-Louise Coleman

    Clara Oswin Oswald

  • Christopher Eccleston

    The Ninth Doctor

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  • show Description
  • "I'm the Doctor, run for your life!"A UK television staple, Doctor Who was completely redone for the 21st century by the BBC, bringing the show back in 2005 after its cancellation in 1989. The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) came and conquered and died saving the universe and his companions from the cursed Daleks. Regenerating for the ninth time, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) brought more secrets and dark sides of this universe. Past, Present, Future and beyond! After regenerating to once again save the life of a trusted companion, the Doctor (Matt Smith) is now on his eleventh incarnation. With new friends Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), a newly revamped TARDIS inside and out, the Doctor is ready for more adventures in time and space.moreless

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  • Quotes (2215)

    • The Doctor: I need your help. So - fancy a trip in the TARDIS? (Joking) No? Not bothered? More of a bus person, yeah, I see. Come on then - what are you waiting for!?

    • The Doctor: Back to normal, though, there is a risk, that if you switch to ITV tonight the galaxy may implode.

    • The Doctor: Well done. You're good with numbers. I bet you can even do long division.

    • The Doctor: I could shout but then I'd give you away. I don't want to get you eaten, not at Christmas.

    • The Doctor: Brava, Brava. Don't know why I said that, perhaps I like Opera.

    • The Doctor: All the power of the sonic is yours now. So don't let the cat sit on it, you really wouldn't want that.

    • The Doctor: You've been watching my adventures, and I've been watching some of yours. Including you mate, where do you get the energy?

    • Sycorax Leader: You stand as this world's champion? The Doctor: Thank you. I've no idea who I am, but you've just summed me up.

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    Notes (694)

    • David Tennant was not listed in the end credits for this episode.

    • According to Doctor Who Magazine #366, this episode had the working title 'Changeling World'.

    • The entire episode is premised on breaking the fourth wall by directly addressing the television audience, the first time this has been explicitly done on Doctor Who since episode seven of The Daleks' Master Plan, where the First Doctor wished viewers at home a Happy Christmas. The Tenth Doctor also wishes the viewer a Merry Christmas in this episode.

    • This mini adventure was made playable on the BBC Doctor Who website a couple of months after it aired.

    • A special interactive adventure that digital BBC viewers were able to access by pressing their red button on the remote control.

    • Featured Music: Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade)

    • With the filming of this episode Doctor Who became the first television drama to be granted permission to film atop the Tower of London.

    • Whilst the Ninth Doctor spoke with a Northern accent, the Tenth Doctor's is distinctly an Estuary English one. In an interview on BBC Radio One in December 2005, David Tennant said that a line had been scripted for The Christmas Invasion explaining that the newly regenerated Doctor had imprinted on Rose's accent, "like a chick hatching from an egg," but that it was cut from the final programme.

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    Trivia (768)

    • When the player is looking for the Graske in London, a boy asks for money saying he is saving up for a satsuma. This is a reference to The Christmas Invasion when The Doctor found a satsuma in his dressing gown.

    • This episode only goes for 15 mins instead of its usual 50-60mins.

    • When the TARDIS travels forwards in time the Vortex is normally Red (see End of the World), when it travels backwards in time the vortex is normally Blue (see The Unquiet Dead and Tooth and Claw). This fact is also stated on the Confidential page for Tooth and Claw on the BBC website (mouse over top left corner). Yet in this episode, when you travel back in time, the vortex is red.

    • The Doctor visits London in Christmas 1883.

    • This episode names some of the controls on the TARDIS console. The Dimensional Stabilizer is a large lever with a perpendicular handle. The Vector tracker is a pair of interconnected dials, one annotated with numbers the other with a large arrow. The Vortex loop looks like a bicycle pump sticking out of the console.

    • This episode features the new series first visit to an alien world, as the TARDIS lands on the planet Griffoth.

    • To answer fly the Tardis was flying so eradically, on the mini episode, the Tenth Doctor switched their destenation from barcelona to Christmas 2006 as a mercy in case Rose wanted to leave now that he's changed his looks and personality. As they were conversing about the nature of his transformation/ regeneration, he began experiancing regeration spasms and lost rational thought. This lead to him firing up the egines at a high speed and laughing happy as they zoomed through the vortex.

    • It's never explained who delivered the lethal Christmas Tree. The Sycorax aren't on Earth yet and don't know about the Doctor. If it's the "pilot fishes," Jackie makes no comment about how they looked like Santas. And if it were the pilot fishes, why would they drop off a tree and leave, instead of going inside and capturing the Doctor with minimal resistance? Plus... the tree is a killing machine. It's established that the pilot fishes want the Doctor alive as a power source. However, the tree is trying to kill him.

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    Allusions (429)

    • The Doctor: Got as many doors as Jim Morrison. Jim Morrison, Born December 8, 1943 - Died July 3, 1971, was the lead singer of a band from the late sixties called The Doors. Who had hits with Break on through (to the other side), Light My Fire and People Are Strange.

    • The Doctor: Down, down deeper and Down. The Doctor says this when trying to find the Graske in London, on the third level of scanning. It is the chorus of a song released by Status Quo, from the album On The Level, released in 1975.

    • Rose does not appear in this Interactive Special. And the Doctor mentioned that he dropped off Rose in 1979 at London's Wembley Stadium for a ABBA concert. ABBA was a Swedish pop music group, who had many hits in the 1970s and early 1980s. The name "ABBA" is made from the first letter of each member's first name: * Agnetha Fältskog * Björn Ulvaeus * Benny Andersson, and * Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA became very popular after they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. They had many hits. These included "Dancing Queen", "SOS", "Mamma Mia", and "Waterloo". Most of their songs were written by Ulvaeus and Andersson. They broke up in 1982, but their music is still popular. It has appeared in movies (including the Australian films The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel's Wedding) and the musical Mamma Mia. The 1979 Concert at London's Wembley Stadium turned out to be one of the last important concert of their careers.

    • The Doctor: And Harriet Jones MP for Flydale North! Blimey, it's like 'This Is Your Life'! This Is Your Life was a television series originally aired in the United States from 1952 to 1961, and again in 1972 on NBC. A version of it continued to air in the United Kingdom on BBC1 from 1955 to 2003, and another version is still running in Australia. The format of the show was simple: the host would surprise someone (usually a celebrity or public figure, occasionally an ordinary citizen) and, consulting his "red book," conduct a biography of the subject in a television studio. The subject would be presented with family members and old friends, reunited with old acquaintances, and often shed a tear when a personal tragedy was recounted.

    • Newsreader: Off the record, Government sources are calling this, our longest night. This is a play on the term The Longest Day, which has become synonymous with the D-Day landings at Normandy in June 1944. The origin of the term comes from a quote by Erwin Rommel: "...the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive...the fate of Germany depends on the outcome...for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day."

    • The Doctor: Sorry, that's The Lion King.

      The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Considered to many as the best Disney film of all time, it is the 32nd animated feature in the Disney animated feature series, and the third highest-grossing animated feature film ever released in the United States. The lyrics The Doctor quoted are from the theme song 'Circle of Life'.

    • Independence Day The Torchwood weapon that destroys the Sycorax ship as it leaves behaves very much like the concussion wave weapons used by the invading aliens in the movie Independence Day. It is first composed of multiple beams that form the main blast whose destructive effects on the ship are like the cities' attacks seen in the film. Harriet even says that the technology came from an alien craft that crash landed on Earth "10 years ago." 10 years before this episode first aired was just 6 months before the release of the movie.

    • AMNN Logo When news of the Sycorax invasion spreads across the world, we are shown a portion of an AMNN news broadcast. In the background one sees the AMNN logo, which bears a passing resemblance to the logo for CNN, an American-based 24-hour news network.

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  • Fan Reviews (348)
  • A delightly quirky adventure through, space, time and some boring humans that get in the way

    By andrewferris7737, Apr 01, 2014

  • Just let go and ENJOY!

    By erik_brauer, Mar 08, 2014

  • Hooray Doctor Who!

    By flowerjackie, Feb 11, 2014

  • Don't even think about it.

    By giannitrapane3, Jan 31, 2014

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    By jeffosoft, Dec 29, 2013

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