The Doctor is in a seasonal mood when he arrives in London on Christmas Eve 1851. There are snowflakes in the air, carol singers in the market square and a generally festive air all around. When a woman in distress calls for him to help her, he arrives to find someone else answering her call and calling himself the doctor. The alternate Doctor seems to know more than he should, dresses like the real Doctor and even has a Tardis - though in his version, it's actually a hot air balloon. While The Doctor sorts out just who this impostor is and why they find themselves in the same time and place, Mercy Hartigan and the Cybermen are kidnapping children to work in building their weapon that will allow them to crown their King. Written by
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wore special black contact lenses for the scenes of the transformed Miss Hartigan. Because the lenses didn't completely cover her eyes, however, special effects team at The Mill had to electronically paint out any glimpses of white eyeballs that appeared in shot. See more
When the Doctor and Jackson Lake are being pulled up the building on the rope, they are hanging by their hands; and therefore should be pulled through the open window head first. However, they are shown to fall through the window feet first, which is a physical impossibility. See more
[Rosita is calling out for the Doctor
It's alright, it's me, I'm here!
[Looking at him
There can't be two of you!
Credit at the end of "The Next Doctor": "Doctor Who will return in Planet of the Dead" See more
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Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more