Doctor Who

Episode Children in Need Special

Children in Need (Special Mini Adventure)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2005 on BBC America
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Children in Need (Special Mini Adventure)

The newly-regenerated Doctor explains to a disbelieving Rose that he has regenerated.

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  • Tasty.

    This was a fairly pointless interlude, as it goes. Our new Doctor will inevitably be somewhat disoriented at the beginning of The Christmas Invasion, but here he had to be articulate and focussed - for a while at least. But as a taster for the new series, this was wonderful. Tennant is the Doctor. Long may he live.
  • You don't need it...but gives extra useless information.

    You don't need this episode but it does give you extra information like 'Why didn't they go to Barcelona?' and stuff like that. This 'episode' also was very fast with quite a bit of talking. It gives you something to watch before you see the first Christmas special.

    Billie Piper performs great as she is trying to comprehend what has happened. She doesn't believe him and tries to be brave and out-wit him. But of course he is real so it backfires.

    David & Billie have their first real talk as Rose and the 10th Doctor but suddenly is cut short when he goes mad.

    Well written.moreless
  • New Doctor Written by Russell T. Davies Directed by Euros Lyn

    The Doctor: "Go on. What do you think?"

    Rose: "Who are you?" The Doctor: "I'm The Doctor". Rose: "Where is he? Where's The Doctor? What have you done to him?"

    Set in between "The Parting Of The Ways" and "The Christmas Invasion", it was generously nice of Russell T. Davies to give us a little taste of the Tenth Doctor a month before David Tennant made his presence very much felt during the 2005 festive season.

    All in the aid for Children In Need, the not so imaginatively titled "Pudsey Cutaway" sees Rose not dealing with the fact that The Doctor can regenerate at all. Given that this series has been designed for newcomers in a big way, this was a nice thing to play on as it's easy to see why Rose isn't coping so well.

    She's travelled with The Doctor for a whole season and nearly died courtesy of the Daleks and the energy from the TARDIS. With the man bobbing up and down like an overexcited school boy, this should've given her a big hint about the art of regeneration. Rose naturally assumes this man has stolen her Doctor.

    The thing is Rose doesn't exactly make any strong attempts to uncover the truth. Sure she's quick to remember various things during the first season but her fear rather than anger or curiosity is highlighted somewhat more. Also because this is only seven minutes long, halfway through Rose does realise that the man standing in front of her is the same Time Lord who just snogged her a while ago.

    David Tennant is good in this. Okay so his performance in this piece isn't on the level of Christopher Eccleston but "The Christmas Invasion" sorted that one out. Right now in his seven minute scene, he's cute, funny, enthusiastic, mysterious and just a little dangerous to boot. It's also worth pointing out that like his predecessor, this new Doctor is able to flit back and forth with these gamuts of emotions quite expertly.

    When he's not persuading Rose that he's really The Doctor, he asks if she wants to go home. When Rose didn't provide an answer quick enough he decided to go back to the Powell Estate on Christmas Eve. Again this would lead in nicely to a certain episode and while he doesn't forget about Jack, The Doctor isn't exactly in a mad panic to go back and save him. That's one negative point against The Doctor. Sometimes I wished we had seen a little bit of Jack in the second season but the dangerous part comes when The Doctor starts behaving erratically and speeds up the TARDIS. Although Rose is perfectly within her rights to freak out she should be grateful that this Doctor isn't going to strangle her anytime soon. That would definitely add to the tension between The Doctor and Rose right now.

    - Rose mentioned her experiences with Gelth, the Slitheen and Nanogenes when attempting to assert her cleverness.

    - The Cloister Bell went off at the end of this scene. That will occur in future episodes of the series.

    - I loved the CIN ads both David Tennant and Billie Piper did during this special scene. You can find them on YouTube if you look real hard.

    - The Doctor telling Rose about their first encounter/word in "Rose" was a nice shout out.

    - If The Doctor knew Jack had to rebuild the Earth, how did he think Jack was going to do it? - This is the first anything really with David Tennant's name in the Opening Credits. I'm so glad it was featured on the Season Two DVD because I missed its original broadcast.

    Quote, Unquote

    Rose: "Can you change back?" The Doctor: "Do you want me to?"

    Rose: "Yeah".

    The Doctor: "Oh". Rose: "Can you?" The Doctor: "No. Do you want to leave?" Rose: "Do you want me to leave?"

    As mini-scenes go, "Pudsey Cutaway" is a lot of fun and over the next few years, it would be little things such as this that would continue to add to the joy of watching Doctor Who and even reviewing it. It was a nice way of briefly introducing David Tennant before "The Christmas Invasion".moreless
  • Just thought I'd mention that this important Doctor Who episode can now be found on Just do a search there for "doctor who children in need special" and there it is!moreless

    Just thought I'd mention that this important Doctor Who episode can now be found on Just do a search there for "doctor who children in need" (without the quotes) and there it is! And now, in order to fill in the bizarre 100 word minimum requirement for these reviews, I'd like to sing you a little song: "Someone's rockin' my dreamboat. Someone's invading my dream. I was sailing along, peaceful and calm, suddenly something went wrong. Someone's rocking my dreamboat, Disturbing a beautiful view. It's a mystery to me this mutiny at sea... Who can it be?" Bye, now!moreless
  • AAAhhh! A brilliant prelude to Christmas. Even watching it now, over a year later...

    AAAhhh! A brilliant prelude to Christmas. Even watching it now, over a year later it is still an exciting, enjoyable slice of Doctor Who adventure. David Tennant is exceptional in this, playing manic one second, comical the next, serious the next. Good teaser to the Christmas Invasion and Season Two.

    "Here we go, Christmas Eve..."

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Rose:I've seen all sorts of things. Nano genes...Gelth...Slitheen.

      Rose is referring to previous adventures, mentioning nanogenes The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, the Gelth The Unquiet Dead and the Slitheen Aliens of London/World War Three and Boom Town.

    • The newly regenerated Doctor convinces Rose of his identity by reminding her of a private conversation between them when they first met.

      He uses the same technique in The Christmas Invasion to convince Harriet Jones.

    • The Doctors regeneration and subsequent erratic behaviour mirrors that of his sixth incarnation's first appearance in The Twin Dilemma, in which Colin Baker's Doctor found himself unable to stop himself from similar behaviour. A similar display of behavior can be seen in the Doctor's fourth life.

    • As the TARDIS starts to crash land a deep resonant chime can be heard in the background. This is the Cloister bell, first heard in the 4th Doctor's final story Logopolis and is "reserved for wild catastrophes and sudden calls to man the battle stations" according to the Doctor.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • The Doctor: To late, out of control! Oh I love it, Hot Dawg!

    • (In the TARDIS, Rose doubts that the newcomer before her is The Doctor)
      The Doctor: Then how can I remember this? The very first word I ever said to you. Trapped in that cellar. Surrounded by shop window dummies. Oh, such a long time ago. I took your hand. I said one word. Just one word. I
      Rose: ...Doctor?
      The Doctor: Hello!

    • Rose: Who are you?
      The Doctor: I'm the Doctor!

    • The Doctor: Now then, how do I look? No, no, no, no, no! Don't tell me... lessee, two arms, two legs - slight weakness in the dorsal tubicle. HAIR! I'm not bald... oh, big hair! Sideburns... I've got SIDEBURNS! Or really bad skin. Little bit thinner - thats weird... give me time I'll get used to it. I have got... a mole, right between my shoulder blades, there's a mole! S'alright... love the mole. So tell me, whaddya ya think?

    • Rose: Can you change back?
      The Doctor: Do you want me to?
      Rose: Yeah.
      The Doctor: Oh.
      Rose: Can you?
      The Doctor: No.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The mini-episode was included on the Series 2 DVD box set. The version of the special on the Region 2 DVD is slightly different: the opening montage to recap The Parting Of the Ways has been changed, the cloister bell sound has been removed, and the incidental music throughout being re-done (including a rare use of part of the main theme as incidental, when the TARDIS changes course to Earth). This was later revealed to have been a 'rough-cut' version that was used by mistake and should never have been released, and the later Region 1 release features the broadcast version.

    • According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB), the ratings suggest that 10.7 million viewers were tuned into BBC One from 9.00 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. (a 45.1% audience share), the slot in which the mini-episode was broadcast in most regions. This represented the highest ratings Children in Need had received in eight years.

    • This seven minute long special episode was broadcast as part of the 2005 Children in Need programme. It was briefly available to view on the BBC's Children in Need website after the initial broadcast.