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?
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. See more
This story is set in 1851 but the streetlights seem to be electrical rather than gas powered. Electric streetlights weren't invented until 1875. See more
With all the things a Time Lord has seen, everything he's lost, he must surely have bad dreams.
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