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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This is the first episode to be broadcast after David Tennant
's announcement that he would leave the role of the Doctor in 2010. However, it is the last episode to be filmed and produced before the announcement, as Tennant was playing Hamlet for the latter half of 2008 and early 2009 See more
The Doctor says he has never met his future self before, but many past special episodes of the franchise involve several previous doctors meeting the current one, so in some sense his past selves have met his future ones from their, and by extension his point of view. See more
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?
Might I ask why not?
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.
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