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The Runaway Bride (6 Jul. 2007)

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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:
Don Gilet ...
Howard Attfield ...
Trevor Michael Georges ...
Vicar (as Trevor Georges)
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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According to the BBC's podcast commentary for this episode, the scene in which Donna finds Rose's top originally showed the Doctor angrily throwing the top out the TARDIS doors and into space. According to produced Julie Gardner (a participant in the commentary) the scene was cut as being too melodramatic. See more »


While the time-frame is set to be December in England, the trees in the background on the motorway chase are lush and green. See more »


Donna: What did you do?
The Doctor: Guess what I've got Donna.
[Pulls out a large remote device from his overcoat]
The Doctor: Pockets.
Donna: How did they fit in there?
The Doctor: They're bigger on the inside.
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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 »


Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Space Craft (2007) See more »


Merry Xmas Everybody
Performed by Slade
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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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