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Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2008) (DVD)
Christmas Eve, 1851, and the Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian LondonWhen the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor and soon, the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing?]]>
Broadcast under intense speculation as to whether it would lead to David Morrissey taking over the title role (he didn't), Doctor Who: The Next Doctor actually turned out to be a really enjoyable 2008 Christmas special for the show, crammed with action and ideas. The premise of The Next Doctor, that there are two Doctors on the go, is set up early, as David Tennant’s Doctor encounters Morrissey’s character wielding a screwdriver, talking of the TARDIS, and fighting foes. This allows Tennant to slip into the role of the assistant, and his double act with Morrissey is excellent, with the latter making the most of a meaty, evolving role.
Also winning the acting plaudits though is the villain of the piece, played by Dervla Kirwan. She’s scene-stealingly good here, and next to her, the returning Cybermen look surprisingly tame, even considering the surprises that the episode throws up as it enters its final act. The Next Doctor isn’t a perfect episode by any means, and the terrific Christmas Invasion is surely the best Yuletide installment to date. But it’s an entertaining, busy, and ambitious hour, and worth seeing for Morrissey and Kirwan alone. --Jon Foster
This one had me confused when it started, there is a man on earth calling himself the Doctor with a companion, but who is he really. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronafish79
I'm a big Dr. Who fan and this was one of the best episodes/specials ever.Published 2 months ago by csisson
I seen this special a few times so I knew it was a good special and I wanted it as part of my collection. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Louise
My 11 year old nephew loved this. It's a really good Christmas special that the whole family enjoyed.Published 6 months ago by Time Traveller
My only issue, I feel that it should be included in with the seasons.Published 8 months ago by Justin E Miether
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No. There are 5 specials so far. The next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The waters of Mars and The end of Time parts 1and 2. These are sold as singles but are soon to be realeased as a box set in Feb.
Dec 19, 2009 by J. Forman | See all 2 posts
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Because The Next Doctor wasn't made in HD.
Aug 2, 2009 by Christopher Krisocki | See all 4 posts
I would imagine that after all the specials have been released by themselves, BBC will release a boxset containing all of them. In the UK they released DVDs with 3-4 episodes a couple months after their airing before releasing the boxset with the entire season. They tried it here with the first... Read More
Jul 26, 2009 by S. Hall | See all 2 posts