Doctor Who

The Runaway Bride

Season 0, Ep Christmas Special, Aired 12/25/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: Earth Date: Christmas 2007 Enemy: Empress of the Racnoss, Roboforms As Donna is about to marry her boyfriend Lance on Christmas Eve, she suddenly finds herself on board the TARDIS. As the Doctor tries to get Donna to the church on time, the alien Empress of the Racnoss watches closely from the throne in her spaceship above. How is Donna the key to an ancient plot to destroy the Earth? With time running out, can the Doctor solve the puzzle, defeat the Empress and stop her army of robot Santas?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell T. Davies

  • Euros Lyn

  • Jacqueline King

    Sylvia Noble

  • Trevor Georges


  • Glen Wilson

    Taxi Driver

  • Fan Reviews (31)
  • The Runaway Bride

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 28, 2012

  • What a let down!! After waiting so many months for the new Episode, this one totally let me down on how the story line was all bloched up.

    By warren_zeek, Jan 17, 2007

  • We missed you Doc.

    By peggy777, Jul 07, 2007

  • My favourite Christmas episode.

    By ben-the-hen, Sep 03, 2008

  • Just when I was getting bored watching TV, the Doctor comes back.

    By QuakertownBob, Jul 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (38)

    • Donna: Santa's a robot!

    • Donna: Who are you? The Doctor: I'm the Doctor. You? Donna: Donna. The Doctor: Human? Donna: Yeah. Is that optional? The Doctor: Well, it is for me. Donna: You're an alien? The Doctor: Yeah.

    • (The Doctor looking down into the tunnel in the floor) Empress: Down and down all the way to the center of the Earth. The Doctor: Really? Seriously, what for? Donna: Dinosaurs! The Doctor: What? Donna: Dinosaurs! The Doctor: What do you have with dinosaurs? Donna: Like in that film, under the Earth, with dinosaurs! Trying to help! The Doctor: That's not helping.

    • (When Donna first appears in the TARDIS) The Doctor: What? Donna: Ahhh? The Doctor: What? Donna : Who are you? The Doctor: But!?! Donna : Where am I? The Doctor: What? Donna : What the hell is this place? The Doctor: What!?!

    • Donna: Am I ever going to see you again? Doctor: If I'm lucky.

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    Notes (18)

    • The scene where Donna and the Doctor attempt to hail a taxi was filmed on St Mary’s Street, one of the main roads in Cardiff city centre. Howells department store doubles for Henrik’s again (as it did in Rose, as the shop where Rose worked). St Mary’s Street can also be seen later in the episode when the Webstar begins to destroy the humans.

    • In the opening credits of this episode, the Doctor Who logo has changed. It is now the logo identical to that on the merchandising, rather than the different one used for the first two series.

    • The end scene of "Doomsday" is used as the opening scene of the episode; however, the scene was actually refilmed for the episode. A new lighting designer had been hired for the series and the scene had to be reshot in order for it to match with the rest of the TARDIS scenes.

    • The scenes with the phone-box and cash machine were filmed on Wharton Street in Cardiff with both the phone-box and machine being placed there by the crew- the cash machine was actually fitted into the side doors of the branch of Waterstone’s bookshop.

    • The scenes in the corridors of the lower basement in HC Clements (when Donna, Lance and the Doctor ride Segways) were filmed in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. This location had previously been used in "Dalek."

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    Trivia (6)

    • As the Doctor is applying his sonic screwdriver to the mobile phone he borrowed from one of the wedding guests, to trace the ownership of H.C. Clements, the webpages for U.N.I.T. and The British Rocket Group, who designed Guinevere One in The Christmas Invasion, flash briefly on the screen.

    • When the Doctor and Donna went back to watch the creation of Earth, the Doctor stated that this was the furthest back in time he had ever been. However, in Castrovalva (series 19 of the classic series), the TARDIS went back to the big bang, the creation of the Universe. The Doctor had also previously returned to near the big bang in Edge of Destruction - in the very first series of the classic series.

    • During the motorway chase scene there is a Saab with the numberplate N197 OYO. This car has also appeared in the Torchwood episode "They Keep Killing Suzie" as Gwen's vehicle.

    • During the opening wedding scene, the music being played as the bride walks down the aisle towards the altar is Mendelssohn: The Exit March which should play after the ceremony as the newly weds walk down the aisle post ceremony.

      Traditionally the bride marches to, The Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride from Lohengrin by Wagner.

      Pachelbel's Canon in D is played before the march, as the wedding party (sans the bride) assembles.

    • As Donna and the Doctor enter the reception, the song Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade is playing.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Wedding Videographer They said send it to "You've Been Framed". I said more like the news.
      You've Been Framed is a show similar in format to a number of shows worldwide, including America's Funniest Home Videos and Australia's Funniest Home Video Show. In a deal with various foreign producers of similar shows, many imported clips are used, in exchange for home-grown videos from the UK.

    • Lance: This time it's personal!
      This references the tagline of the 1987 American movie Jaws: The Revenge (i.e., Jaws 4). The featured tagline was "This time it's personal!" although the phrase has entered into common parlance as a tagline for any sequel, often in movie parodies seen on shows like The Simpsons. The movie has become synonymous with bad sequels, and features a shark seeking revenge on the sons of the man who killed it three movies ago.

    • Lance refers to X-factor and 'Brad and Angelina' when commenting on Donna's intelligence.

      The X-factor is a British talent show that is part of the wave of 'reality tv' that swept Britain.

      'Brad and Angelina' refers to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

    • Donna: That film, under the earth, with dinosaurs!

      A reference to the movie "Journey to the Centre of the Earth".

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