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.
Did You Know?
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
(Around 24 minutes) when Miss Hartigan is testing the cybercontrol of the 4 men she tells them to turn right, which they do. She then tells them to turn left but they turn a full 180 degrees rather than turning back to face her. Obviously the actors knew the next line and acted accordingly but the order should have been 'Turn around' rather than 'Turn left.' 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
Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more