Donna, a middle aged woman who is on the verge of marrying her fiancé; Lance finds herself transported within the confines of an immense spaceship. That spaceship being the TARDIS. Much to the shock of the obnoxious Bride as well as the Doctor who has just recently had to get over the departure of Rose Tyler. The Time Lord learns that Donna is in some way linked to an alien plot to destroy the planet Earth. With time ticking away and the Doctor having to face off against a small army of robotic Santa's once again. Can he prevent the evil Empress of the Racnoss's plot to eradicate the world?Written by
According to the BBC's podcast commentary for this episode, the scene in which Donna finds Rose's top originally showed the Doctor angrily throwing the top out the TARDIS doors and into space. According to produced Julie Gardner (a participant in the commentary) the scene was cut as being too melodramatic. See more »
As The Doctor runs down the stairs after Donna stops him, a crew member is seen under the stairs looping coil, probably to control the water flow. See more »
[part of the TARDIS console explodes]
[hitting the console with a hammer]
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Catherine Tate receives co-star credit on the episode "The Runaway Bride" - the only time in the show's history (to date) that a guest star has been so credited. See more »
The version airing on BBC America omitted an entire scene toward the end, when the Doctor drops off Donna at her home. In the American version, they simply smile at each other and say their goodbyes, before the Doctor goes back into the TARDIS and flies away. The British version made this scene less abrupt, as the Doctor invites her along, and she declines; then she invites him to dinner with her parents, and he declines. She pleads with him, and he begrudgingly accepts, and says he just needs to park the TARDIS properly, since it's in the street. He goes back inside and it begins to disappear... Donna shouts at him and he re-emerges, and this time they say their goodbyes for real, before the TARDIS then flies up and away into the sky. See more »
Personally, I thought this was riveting. It looks like something out of Hollywood (with big-budget, barmy special effects and lots of gadgets) and it is full of action. None of it makes sense exactly, but when has that mattered? The killer Santas that replaced the Daleks as the new villains weren't exactly terrifying, but they were menacing and launched a beautifully-made attack on Donna's wedding party. But towards the end, the whole thing starts to feel like a pantomime - why did that stupid spider need so much screen time? Catherine Tate wasn't too bad - I despise her comedy show, but at least in this episode there wasn't any of this "Am I bothered?" rubbish coming from her - she's far better when she stays off the humour. David Tennant is once again a few sandwiches short of a picnic and slightly too jolly, but we can accept that. After all, Doctor Who is meant to be completely bonkers and unrealistic, and this Christmas special promises great things for the third series. A car chase featuring the Tardis and lots of Christmas-related villainy are amongst the best things you'll find in this episode - I'm sure that Series 3 will be absolutely spiffing. 8/10
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