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"Doctor Who" The Next Doctor (TV Episode 2008) Poster

(TV Series)

(2008)

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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.
The set for the cyberfactory is actually the Torchwood Hub set from Torchwood (2006) cleverly disguised.
The balloon TARDIS is "Tethered Aerial Release Developed in Style."
David Morrissey was only cast 5 days before filming.
Images are seen of all previous ten on-screen incarnations of the Doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, and David Tennant.
The original plan for the Christmas special was a fantastical adventure in which J.K. Rowling would appear as herself in a world driven by her own imagination. David Tennant disliked this notion, which he felt would veer too close to self-parody.
The balloon TARDIS has a bell. This may reference the Cloister Bell, a feature of the real TARDIS.
Russell T. Davies later realised that it would have been a better ending to have Miss Hartigan redeem herself by making the falling CyberKing disappear, rather than introducing what Davies calls "a silly Dalek continuum dimension vault" to the plot. Davies states that he "can't bear that there could have been a better ending than we actually transmitted".
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This was the final story to be produced in "standard definition". Beginning with the next story, the show moved to high-definition production.
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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
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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."
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An early script draft had the story following on from the unused Cybermen cliffhanger for "Journey's End". The two inside the TARDIS would vanish, and the Doctor would realise that they were falling through the Time Vortex, and follow them to Victorian England.
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Dervla Kirwan 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.
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David Tennant and David Morrissey were both in Blackpool (2004).
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Miss Hartigan uses the expression "Excellent", previously associated with the 1980s Cybermen.
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This episode takes place from December 24 to December 25, 1851.
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Writing the special was delayed when Russell T. Davies came down with bronchitis.
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Russell T. Davies considered having The Doctor's companion be a grown-up version of The Little Match Girl.
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The murdered reverend was called Aubrey Fairchild, a name Davies had previously used for the doomed British Prime Minister in a scene ultimately excised from "The Stolen Earth".
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The working title for this episode was Court Of The CyberKing.
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Russell T. Davies considered setting the story in the court of King Henry VIII, but rejected this notion on the grounds that it would not feature enough recognisible Christmas traditions (since these typically postdated the sixteenth century). He also mulled another completely new idea, about a hotel which becomes displaced in time.
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