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
Did You Know?
The episode played on public expectations, as David Tennant
's successor to The Doctor was soon to be announced. This was heightened by the fact that David Morrissey
had apparently been in talks to play the Eleventh Doctor. 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
Great swathes of my life have been stolen away.
Credit at the end of "The Next Doctor": "Doctor Who will return in Planet of the Dead" See more
Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more