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The Runaway Bride (6 Jul. 2007)

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A young bride in the midst of her wedding finds herself mysteriously transported to the TARDIS. The Doctor must discover what her connection is with the Empress of Racnoss's plan to destroy the world.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Don Gilet ...
Howard Attfield ...
Trevor Michael Georges ...
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Glen Wilson ...
Taxi driver
Krystal Archer ...
Rhodri Meilir ...
Zafirah Boateng ...
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Donna, a middle aged woman who is on the verge of marrying her fiancé; Lance finds herself transported within the confines of an immense spaceship. That spaceship being the TARDIS. Much to the shock of the obnoxious Bride as well as the Doctor who has just recently had to get over the departure of Rose Tyler. The Time Lord learns that Donna is in some way linked to an alien plot to destroy the planet Earth. With time ticking away and the Doctor having to face off against a small army of robotic Santa's once again. Can he prevent the evil Empress of the Racnoss's plot to eradicate the world? Written by Robert McElwaine

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The climax originally took place at Stonehenge. However, Russell T. Davies was unable to come up with a satisfactory rationale for Stonehenge's involvement, however, and so the idea was abandoned at an early stage. See more »


When Donna and The Doctor are first running down the tunnel away from the TARDIS, the door is open but in the next scene it is closed. See more »


The Doctor: [in a frenzied 'light-bulb' moment] Ahh! The wedding! That's right, you're getting married! That's it! Best day of your life, walking down the aisle... Oh, you're body's a battleground, there's a chemical war inside! Adrenaline, acetocholine, WHAM go the endorphins! You're *cooking*! Yeah! You're like a walking oven, a press cooker, a microwave, all churning away; the buttons reach boiling point and SHAZZAM...
Donna: [slaps him hard upside the face]
The Doctor: [disbelief] What did I do this time?
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Catherine Tate receives co-star credit on the episode "The Runaway Bride" - the only time in the show's history (to date) that a guest star has been so credited. See more »


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Love Don't Roam
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Neil Hannon
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Cheeky Christmas Special
8 January 2007 | by (Mayfair, London, England) – See all my reviews

First aired on Christmas Day 2006, I really enjoyed this episode.

Tennant plays the Doctor with his tongue so firmly in his cheek he's almost blowing raspberries at the "die hard" fans who cannot enjoy an episode unless they can find fault with it and prove their devoted fanaticism.

I wasn't sure about Catherine Tate as The Bride at first. However, once I got past the "Am I bovvered?" voice in my head I really enjoyed her performance as a sharp-tongued nice-but-dim Essex girl trying to make it to the alter on time.

Doctor Who is quite formulaeic (each episode is a variation of the same theme) - aliens attack, Earth is under threat, the Doctor saves the world, girl in tow to give him simpering look and viewers feel the air of melancholy as we all know the Doctor must remain a solitary being... This episode is no different (hope I haven't ruined the plot!!) but Tennant and Tate spark together very effectively - there are some laugh out loud moments in this episode, some great special effects and I felt the previous reviewers judgement was narrow-mindedly harsh. TV like this is made to entertain, and this episode certainly does!

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