Doctor Who

Episode Christmas Special

The Next Doctor

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2008 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


Christmas, 1851, and the Doctor meets a strange man in Victorian England - a man called The Doctor. But can either one of them protect the Earth from the approaching army of metal men?

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  • The Next Doctor

    The Next Doctor was a superb episode of Doctor Who and I really enjoyed watching because the story was intriguing, the actors were amazing and there was a lot of character and plot development within the story. I liked how a woman in red utilized her position and connection with the cyber men. The special effects were awesome. I like how every thing played out and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Disappointed. If Russell is looking to end on a high, he is not going well about it.

    It started off exciting with the arrival of 'The New Doctor' but the character soon developed into nothing but a sobbing mess as the episode went on.

    It was predictable and disappointing with the climax simply being a very big Cyberman. Surely this is not the mind of Russel T Davies.

    The villain was promised to be having children holding on to the edge of thier seats. I, myself having the mind of a child found this out to be a lie with the villain having the same effect on me as the Abzorbaloff.

    Christmas specials are supposed to be the highlight of my Christmas Day, not to be in this case.moreless
  • At last a GOOD christmas specail

    Thank the dark gods of doctor who for that.

    instead of kylie minogue and a really silly plot about a starship titanic??? or a story about a spider queen

    who overacts(when she make the effort) and cant speak properly over her false teeth we get a action adventure episode with a good central plot and suberb villan and a kick ass ending


    david morrisey's doctor is fanatasicly funny ,intelligent

    and very doctor like .his proclaimation at the end that we should all thank the doctor was inspired brilliance.Even if his accent seems to go from southern posh to scouse every now and again??(is he from liverpool?)

    cyber Lady who evil and brilliant to the core scarey heartless and good.Hard to believe its asumpta fitzgerald.

    The giant steam punk robo mecha death god of rock,

    Awe inspiring as it stomps london and shoots fire from on high.The doctor as ever gives her one chance to step back before he stops her,as usuall they dont take his advice.

    The bad:the "assistant" another bad actress in the same vien as martha, lots of enthusiasm making up for no actual talent.

    The strange cyber creatures with furry bodies??

    where they ever explained why were they needed.

    they looked rediculous,even for who.


    It does my heart good to see what thier capable of

    and infuriates me that we had put up with silly dross the last two years.

    In the words of my old teacher

    "I'll expect this standard from you from now on"moreless
  • A bit of a flawed script, but otherwise it was good enough

    Before I begin my review, I would just like to say to all the David Tennant fans out there who only bought tickets to see the royal shakespeare company's production of Hamlet just to see him in it, and then were faced with someone else because David Tennant hurt his back: Ha Ha!!! Screw you!!!

    Note: This is coming from somone who couldn't get tickets for it


    There have been episodes since doctor who's revival back in 2005 that have had me questioning whether or not I should still bother watching it or actually caring what happens. Maybe it depends on what mood I'm in, who knows, but stuff like love and monsters and a large portion of series 3 had me feeling this way. But then you have episodes like the stunning 65 minute finale of last series and blink and I end up loving the show more than ever. But my major problem is that I have ideas for how I would make the episode which many would probably protest as unsuitable for children. When I say that I would like to see an episode involving cybermen that has a sequence where we see what actually happens in full gory detail, people often question my sanity, I'm a horror film fanatic, its just how I feel okay? Its not screwed up, its just my imagination runs away with me sometimes. Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah, um, that's my problem, I often have far out expectations of what will encompass an episode of doctor who which are majorly different to how it turns out. 42 was one of these, I didn't anticipate it to be a family friendly version of the film "sunshine", it was still pretty good, but y'know, I just had my expectations. Its not good to have these, it means you get let down if its not how you pictured it, on the other hand it can sometimes be better, which happened in the cases of school reunion, blink, midnight etc.

    This episode I was anticipating, not because of the whole "its Christmas, let's all be happy about that :)" thing, but more because of the whole "look its the cybermen" thing. The cybermen are a great concept, Kit Pedler's original vision however being changed in this way, it kind of lacked their original impact. If you try watching the tenth planet (well, the first three episodes at least, thank you BBC archivists of the 1650's in your infinite wisdom) its just really well done for a 60's TV show, the cybermen are just ******* ruthless machines, and admittedly that's also true of the cybermen of today, but they lack the aura of these original cybermen. They lack the mysterious past and development of the original cybermen, they didn't reboot the dalek origin, why should this be any different? Oh right, because then that would go into sincere bouts of continuity explanation hell, as proved by attack of the cybermen (****, I know too much about this show). But as good as the whole alternate universe storyline was (well, it was fairly decent), this universe's cybermen still exist. Although the cybermen were a saving quality of this episode, not so certain about the gorilla-cyber-things, they seemed a tad unneccessary. But still, cybermen are cybermen, screwed up by recent developments and lacking in that certain something the originals though they may be, they're a decent monster, and are a decent enemy, if the plot had been expanded and the episode happened to be a bit longer, then maybe it would have been a better episode.

    The plot developments in this episode did make it seem rather rushed, its like they're trying to cram two hours worth of stuff into one, a more expansive and developed storyline would make it a better episode, rather like the four parters of old. I didn't like some directions this went in though, i mean child labour to pirate a massive cyberman thing? I mean come on, be logical, I mean admittedly at the end of last series we had daleks steal planets from all over the galaxy, but....okay this point is dying, I'm just gonna move off it. Onto David Morrissey, jesus, the bookies must be near to killing themselves now, the odds on him being the next doctor were huge. Surely they realised the possibility of him just being someone who's gone mental and thought he was the doctor, you can explain that away with ease, and it makes up a decent part of the plot. I respect David Morrissey as an actor, but the only thing that made me dislike his performance here was a bit of dodgy scripting. Now I know that in the past I've been known to criticise episodes set in the past for not being "old englishy" enough, but this just proves how wrong I was. I admit the plot flowed well enough, flawed though it was, he fitted in well and the script was decent enough, but some of the dialogue really did seem a bit too forced for my liking. This happened with many characters, bar the doctor of course, all however except Ms Hartigan, she gave a brilliant performance, especially so in the graveyard scene, some of the more abstract parts of the plot just made me think that she really is too good.

    But about the graveyard scene: that really was one of the most cinematic sequences in doctor who, I mean really, really well filmed, you can tell the director really knows what he's doing. I dunno if anyone else felt the same way, I don't really care, but just the cybermen walking out of the mist and killing everyone, great direction there. That was this episode's main strongpoint. The plot may have been rather ridiculous at times, but the direction was still as skilled as ever before, if not more so.

    My disappointment in this episode mainly fits in with my dislike of some aspects of the plot, other than that its as decent as any other, well maybe not blink or the empty child, but anyway I can't be bothered to moan about it anymore, Wallace and Gromit's on soon, hopefully I won't be as dissappointed by that.

    Happy Christmas everyonemoreless
  • The best christmas special so far in my opinion.

    This was a pretty good episode, it was action packed from start to finish. The only complaint was the next doctor we saw wasn't really the doctor but i guess that was to be expected. It was good to see the cybermen back again, they haven't been seen since season 2. It's a shame we'll only be getting a few specials this year but if they are all as good as this oe or better I guess I will be satisfied. It was also reported that there would be a shock ending to this episode but unfortunately there wasn't one, maybe the shock was that there was no shcok ending.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (14)

    • The Next Doctor: What have we got here, then?
      The Doctor: Hold on, who are you?
      The Next Doctor: I'm the Doctor. Simply the Doctor. The one, the only and the best. Rosita, hand me the sonic screwdriver!
      The Doctor: The what?
      The Next Doctor: Now quickly, get back to the TARDIS.
      The Doctor: Back to the what?
      The Next Doctor: If you could stand back, sir, this is a job for a Time Lord.
      The Doctor: Job for a What-Lord?

    • The Doctor: But I've heard all about you, Doctor. Bit of a legend if I say so myself.
      The Next Doctor: Modesty forbids me to agree with you, sir. But yes. Yes, I am.

    • The Next Doctor: It's strange, though. I talk of Cybermen from the stars, and you don't blink, Mr. Smith.
      The Doctor: Ah, don't blink, remember that? Whatever you do, don't blink. The blinking and the statues with Sally and the angels. No?
      The Next Doctor: You're a very odd man.
      The Doctor: Mmm. I still am.

    • The Next Doctor: Then I beg you, John, help me.
      The Doctor: Ah. Two words I never refuse.

    • Miss Hartigan: Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live. Although I've got some friends who might disagree with that. Would you like to meet them? (The Cybermen advance) Hark! I can hear them now.

    • The Next Doctor: With all the things a Time Lord has seen, everything he's lost, he must surely have bad dreams.
      The Doctor: Yeah.

    • The Next Doctor: There she is. My transport through time and space. The TARDIS!
      The Doctor: You've got a balloon.
      The Next Doctor: TARDIS. T - A - R - D - I - S. It stands for Tethered Aerial Release Developed in Style. Do you see?
      The Doctor: Well, I do now. I like it. Good TARDIS.

    • Jackson Lake: Ladies and gentleman, I know that man! That Doctor on high! And I know that he has done this deed a thousand times. But not once, no, sir, not once not ever has he ever been thanked. But no more, for I say to you on this Christmas Morn, bravo, sir!

    • Jackson Lake: Might I introduce Rosita. My faithful companion, always telling me off.
      The Doctor: They do that, don't they?

    • The Doctor: Jackson, if anyone had to be The Doctor, I'm glad it was you.

    • Jackson Lake: Tell me one thing. All those facts and figures I saw of the Doctor's life, you were never alone. All those bright and shining companions. But not any more?
      The Doctor: No.
      Jackson Lake: Might I ask why not?
      The Doctor: They leave. Because they should or because they find someone else. And some of them, some of them … forget me. I suppose in the end, they break my heart.

    • Miss Hartigan: (to The Doctor, regarding the Cybermen) Oh but they wouldn't hurt me, my fine boys. They're my knights in shining armour. Quite literally.

    • Jackson Lake: (regarding the Doctor's interest in the murders) You ask a lot of questions.
      The Doctor: I'm your companion.

    • Miss Hartigan: But you promised me, you said I would never be converted!
      Cyber Leader: That was designated a lie.

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