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The Runaway Bride 

The Doctor is baffled when a young woman is transported to the TARDIS on her wedding day, and attempts to find out how she is connected to an alien plot to destroy Earth.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Howard Attfield ...
Trevor Michael Georges ...
Vicar (as Trevor Georges)
Glen Wilson ...
Taxi driver
Krystal Archer ...
Rhodri Meilir ...
Zafirah Boateng ...
Little Girl
Robot Santa


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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Release Date:

6 July 2007 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The double decker bus next to which a military tank stops and a soldier gives the order to fire has an advertisement for Henriks' Department Store, which was the chain that Rose Tyler worked for in the series 1 episode "Rose." 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 »


Empress: [sees a cloaked android walking up the steps, Donna wears a look of horror] My children climb towards me, and none shall stop them! So you might as well unmask, my clever little Doctorman!
The Doctor: [pulls off the cloak] Oh well, nice try!
[pulls out sonic screwdriver and points it to the web]
The Doctor: I've got you Donna!
Donna: I'm gonna fall!
The Doctor: No you're not, you're gonna swing! I've got ya!
[she swings in a whole level under his stairs and falls; silence as pipes clatter to the ground]
The Doctor: Oh! Sorry...
Donna: [...]
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.7 (2006) See more »


Merry Xmas Everybody
Performed by Slade
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Good Episode
12 October 2008 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this episode, despite the technical TARDIS errors such as detailed by a few other people who've commented. I think we have to accept that this kind of programme is never going to be completely flawless and get on with it otherwise we just ruin our enjoyment - there's just too much history over the decades for it to be absolutely perfect.

This episode saw the end of Rose and a brief interlude with Donna, the dippy yet feisty bride, picked up in error by the Doctor. Personally I found her to be quite good fun. I always found Rose to be a bit drippy and Donna certainly wasn't that. I know I'm in a minority here, but that's tough, I quite liked Donna - this could be because I haven't been living in the UK for a few years and as such haven't been subjected to a Catherine Tate overload like the rest of the population!

The only problem I had with this episode was that it was supposed to be Christmas and was quite clearly shot in the middle of summer! But there you go, like I say, you can't have everything.

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