Doctor Who

Episode Christmas Special

The Next Doctor

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

    • A scene in this episode featured clips of all ten actors who have played the Doctor since 1963.

    • This marks the first appearance of the Cybermen since Doomsday, though they did appear in a deleted scene in Journey's End, which is available to watch on the Series 4 DVD.

    • The first two minutes of this episode aired on the 14th November 2008, as part of BBC Children in Need.

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: May 8, 2011 on CNBC-e.

  • Allusions