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"Doctor Who" The Next Doctor (2008)

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Doctor Who: :  -- When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor, with his own sonic screw driver and cockney assistant. How could this be possible? Could this Doctor be a future regeneration? But if so where are his memories?


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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
25 December 2008
The Doctor arrives in London on Christmas Eve in 1851 where he encounters the Cybermen and a man who claims he's a Time Lord called the Doctor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Christmas Special 2008: Solid special that entertains even as it gets silly See more (16 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Tennant ... The Doctor

David Morrissey ... Jackson Lake

Dervla Kirwan ... Miss Hartigan

Velile Tshabalala ... Rosita
Ruari Mears ... Cybershade

Paul Kasey ... Cyberleader
Edmund Kente ... Mr Scoones
Michael Bertenshaw ... Mr Cole
Jason Morell ... Vicar

Neil McDermott ... Jed
Ashley Horne ... Lad
Tom Langford ... Frederic
Jordan Southwell ... Urchin
Matthew Allick ... Docker

Nicholas Briggs ... Cyber Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Colin Baker ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Baker ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jon Davey ... Cyberman (uncredited)

Peter Davison ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Christopher Eccleston ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

William Hartnell ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson ... Cyberman (uncredited)

Sylvester McCoy ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul McGann ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jon Pertwee ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Patrick Troughton ... The Doctor (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andy Goddard 
Writing credits
Russell T. Davies (written by)

Kit Pedler (characters: Cybermen) and
Gerry Davis (characters: Cybermen)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Russell T. Davies .... executive producer
Catrin Lewis Defis .... associate producer
Julie Gardner .... executive producer
Susie Liggat .... producer
Original Music by
Murray Gold 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze (director of photography) (as Ernie Vincze)
Film Editing by
Richard Cox 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
Edward Thomas 
Art Direction by
Stephen Nicholas (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Keith Dunne 
Costume Design by
Louise Page 
Makeup Department
Pam Mullins .... makeup artist
Morag Smith .... makeup artist
Steve Smith .... makeup artist
Barbara Southcott .... makeup designer
Production Management
Chris Blatchford .... post-production supervisor
Samantha Hall .... post-production supervisor
Beccy Jones .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennie Fava .... second assistant director
Richard Harris .... first assistant director
Heddi-Joy Taylor .... third assistant director (as Heddi Joy Taylor)
Art Department
Paul Aitken .... props master (as Paul Aitkin)
Julia Challis .... stand-by painter
Scott Fisher .... construction chargehand
Keith Freeman .... stand-by rigger
Jon Grundon .... props maker
Mark Hill .... workshop manager
Penny Howarth .... props fabrication manager
Matthew Hywel-Davies .... construction manager (as Matt Hywel-Davies)
Julian Luxton .... associate designer
Phil Lyons .... props chargehand
Jonathan Marquand Allison .... art department production manager
Peter McKinstry .... concept artist
Ben Morris .... props buyer
Sarah Payne .... concept artist
Jackson Pope .... stand-by props
Will Pope .... stand-by carpenter
Nicholas Robatto .... props maker
Al Roberts .... model maker
Phil Shellard .... stand-by props
Ciaran Thompson .... stand-by art director
Christina Tom .... graphic designer
Matthew Wild .... forward dresser (as Matt Wild)
Shaun Williams .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Kelly-Marie Angell .... foley editor
Julian Howarth .... sound recordist
Paul Jefferies .... sound effects editor
Glen Jenkins .... boom operator
Paul McFadden .... supervising sound editor
Patrick O'Boyle .... boom operator
Tim Ricketts .... dubbing mixer
Bryn Thomas .... boom operator
Jeff Welch .... boom operator
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Doug Sinclair .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben Ashmore .... special effects coordinator
Daniel Bentley .... special effects technician (as Dan Bentley)
Henry Brook .... special effects technician
Lisa Crawley .... prosthetics crew
Neill Gorton .... prosthetics designer
Danny Hargreaves .... special effects supervisor
Martina Hawkins .... prosthetics crew
Peter Hawkins .... prosthetics crew (as Pete Hawkins)
Gareth Jolly .... special effects technician
Sarah Lockwood .... prosthetics crew
Rob Mayor .... prosthetics designer
Jon Moore .... prosthetics crew
Darren Nevin .... prosthetics crew
Gill Reeves .... prosthetics crew (as Jill Reeves)
Lenny Sant .... prosthetics crew
Karen Spencer .... prosthetics crew
Kate Walshe .... prosthetics crew
Alexandra Wathey .... prosthetics crew (as Alex Wathey)
Lauren Wellman .... prosthetics crew
Visual Effects by
Jean-Yves Audouard .... 3D artist
Ruth Bailey .... 3D artist
Peter Barber .... 2D supervisor
Tim Barter .... 2D artist
Tim Barter .... visual effects supervisor
Charlie Bennett .... digital matte painter
David Bennett .... 3D artist
Sara Bennett .... 2D artist
Grant Bonser .... 3D artist
Adam Burnett .... 3D artist
Serena Cacciato .... 3D artist
Adriano Cirulli .... 2D artist
Will Cohen .... visual effects producer
Loraine Cooper .... 2D artist
Joseph Courtis .... 2D artist (as Joe Courtis)
Jean-Claude Deguara .... 3D supervisor
Ceres Doyle .... visual effects editor
Wayde Duncan-Smith .... 3D artist (as Wayde Duncan Smith)
Dave Early .... digital matte painter (as David Early)
James D. Etherington .... 2D artist (as James Etherington)
Alex Fitzgerald .... visual effects production assistant (as Alexander Fitzgerald)
Andrew Guest .... 3D artist (as Andy Guest)
Michael Harrison .... 2D artist
Nicolas Hernandez .... 3D artist
Simon C. Holden .... 2D artist
Russell Horth .... 2D artist
Dave Houghton .... visual effects supervisor
Rebecca Johnson .... visual effects coordinator
David Jones .... 3D artist
Marie A. Jones .... visual effects producer (as Marie Jones)
Edmund Kolloen .... 3D artist
Arianna Lago .... 2D artist
Sam Lucas .... 3D artist
Bruce Magroune .... 3D artist
Virgil Manning .... 3D artist
Matthew McKinney .... 3D artist
James Moxon .... 2D artist
Julie Nixon .... 2D artist
Jeff North .... 3D artist
Kamila Ostra .... visual effects coordinator
Marianne Paton .... visual effects production assistant
Emily Pearce .... 3D artist
Jenna Powell .... visual effects coordinator
Will Pryor .... 3D artist
Neil Roche .... 3D artist
Lyndall Spagnoletti .... 2D artist
Nick Webber .... 3D artist
Simon Wicker .... digital matte painter
Dean Forster .... stunt performer
Jason Hunjan .... stunt performer
Maurice Lee .... stunt performer
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer
Nick Wilkinson .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Chester .... best boy
Duncan Fowlie .... focus puller
Steve Guy .... electrician
Mark Hutchings .... gaffer
Albert James .... practical electrician
Clive Johnson .... electrician
Roger Pearce .... camera operator
Gafin Riley .... electrician (as Gavin Riley)
John Robinson .... grip
Joe Russell .... camera operator
Jamie Southcott .... focus puller
Alan Tippetts .... electrician
Casting Department
Andy Brierley .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lindsay Bonaccorsi .... costume supervisor (as Lindsay Bonnacorsi)
Rose Goodheart .... assistant costume designer (as Rose Goodhart)
Barbara Harrington .... costume assistant
Louise Martin .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Mark Bright .... on-line editor
Marie Brown .... post-production coordinator
Matthew Wispy Clarke .... on-line editor (as Matthew Clarke)
Carmen Roberts .... assistant editor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Location Management
Gareth Skelding .... location manager
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: original theme music
Ben Foster .... conductor (uncredited)
Ben Foster .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dave Foster .... music preparation (uncredited)
Murray Gold .... music arranger: theme music (uncredited)
Jake Jackson .... score engineer & mixer (uncredited)
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Patrick Deacy .... driver: props (as Pat Deacy)
Wayne Humphreys .... driver
Kevin Kearns .... driver
Other crew
Olivier Ager .... production accountant (as Oliver Ager)
Lindsey Alford .... script editor
Ailsa Berk .... choreographer
Kath Blackman .... contracts assistant
Nicola Brown .... floor runner
Tom Evans .... floor runner
Lisa Hayward .... contracts assistant
Non Eleri Hughes .... continuity
Sian Reynish .... production runner (as Sian Warrilow)
Claire Roberts .... production secretary
Chris Rogers .... finance manager
Julie Scott .... production executive
Jess van Niekerk .... production coordinator
Bobby Williams .... floor runner
Russell T. Davies .... showrunner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

60 min
Australia:PG | UK:PG (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

David Morrissey was influenced in his performance by previous Doctors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker, as he believed there was "a truth" to their performances because they "never saw [Doctor Who] as a genre show or a children's show"See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Jackson Lake: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?
The Doctor:No.
Jackson Lake:Might I ask why not?
The Doctor:They leave. Because they should or because they find someone else. And some of them, some of them... forget me.
The Doctor:I suppose in the end, they break my heart.
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35 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Christmas Special 2008: Solid special that entertains even as it gets silly, 25 December 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The Doctor arrives in Victorian London just in time to meet two very familiar creatures that he did not expect to ever see. The first is some form of creature that is instantly recognisable as being, at very least, some derivative of a cyberman. The second is the man who is chasing the cyberman creature whose memory is blocked for some reason but whose name is The Doctor, who has a Tardis and has a feisty female assistant helping him out. Naturally, the Doctor (the other one) is curious about all of it.

Last year the Doctor Who Christmas special offered much and had lots of noise but was essentially a noisy and rushed version of the Poseidon Adventure that was too full of sacrificial "disaster movie" death to be much fun and too lacking in heart to really engage. As a result I was concerned about yet another special that just seemed to offer easy spectacle to distract you away from the fact that you saw all the "big" movies about three years ago on DVD or Sky. The Next Doctor offered more though because it was talked p for potentially being a handover to a new doctor, or that it had former doctors in it or several other theories. It plays with the audience in this regard early on as the suggestion is that the Next Doctor may either be another time lord or potentially a future version of the Doctor himself. While this concerned me in regards fitting in with the series, it did interest me.

The plot is simple but it helps that there are several threads that are developed across it as it did make it more interesting and engaging. I wasn't ever gripped but it did have a solid pace to it that made it easy to enjoy. The spectacle is there as well and, being Christmas, I didn't really feel inclined to make a big deal out of the logic of the cyberman ship or whatever it was – I can understand why some would have been annoyed by it but for me I was enjoying the special so wasn't in the mood to pick on it. The reason I was enjoying it was that the pace to it also gave some quieter moments and some comic moments that both the "doctors" were able to deliver quite well. I thought Tennant was on good form as he slightly toned down the "OH OF COURSE" delivery while also keeping the essence of "his" doctor. Morrissey has an interesting character throughout and his performance adds much more than another female assistant would have done. Speaking of which – was the casting of Tshabalala as Rosita a plot to make Agyeman seem like a better actress by way of comparison? If so then it worked. If not then I'm afraid I cannot see why she was cast. Kirwan is enjoyable as the main human villain whether it is at her most confident or most frightened. The extras run on command and the cybermen march on cue.

The Next Doctor did not hold the revelations that it was marketed to perhaps have maybe, but it was still enjoyable. The device of the other Doctor makes the plot engaging and I was interested even as the running and explosions started and, as it got silly, I still hadn't stopped enjoying it. A solid Christmas special that did what it was expected to do.

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