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Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, 2008 Christmas Special [DVD]

David Tennant , David Morrisey    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Tennant, David Morrisey, Dervla Kirwan, Velile Tshabalala
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MGUABU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Broadcast under intense speculation as to whether it would lead to David Morrissey taking over the title role, Doctor Who: The Next Doctor actually turned out to be a really enjoyable Christmas special for the show, crammed with action, ideas and solid family entertainment.

The premise of The Next Doctor, that there are two Doctors on the go, is set up early, as 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 baddie of the piece, played by Dervla Kirwan. She’s scene-stealingly good here, and is the most sinister foe on offer in The Next Doctor. Next to her, the returning cybermen looking surprisingly tame, even when considering the surprises that the episodes 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 instalment to date. But it’s an entertaining, busy and ambitious hour, and worth seeing for Morrissey and Kirwan alone. Rollicking good stuff, even if the cybermen seem to quickly need another reboot… –-Jon Foster

Product Description

It's Christmas Eve in 1851 and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London, in this special Christmas edition of Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama. Starring David Tennant, David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan. When 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 Cybermen? This is hosted by Freema Agyerman and features a host of music and monsters, plus a specially filmed segment featuring David Tennant.


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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best ever. 12 Jan 2009
By sam155 VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I never miss the Doctor Who special on Christmas Day and this year was no exception- I waited with baited breath ever since the tantalising glimpse on Children in Need.

David Tennant is always excellent and there are always superb actors queing to appear in the specials and this year we had the brilliant David Morrisey and the lovely Dervla "This is not just food, this is M and S food" Kirwan.

However, I didn't really buy into the giant cyberman stomping over Victorian London as it was a bit fifties melodrama like "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman" or some such. I was also a bit disappointed that it was Cybermen again. I know they've got to get their money's worth, but how many times has it been now? I'm not sure about the wolly cyber bear things either!

Having said all that, I thought the graveyard scene was superbly atmospheric and beautifully shot with the white snow, the black suits and Mtrs Hartigan's scarlet dress. David Morrisey gave an excellent performance as the bereaved husband who got caught in the firing line and thought he was the doctor. I also thought the "doctor's" assistant lacked the charisma of previous characters.

However, the episode had charm in spades and the opening scenes of jolly olde Victorian England (aka Gloucester Cathedral Close) were just the ticket for a Christmas Day. As for David Tennant, he can do no wrong in my eyes.

I get the impression that the Christmas specials are harder to write than the episodes since there is no continuity and all characters except the doctor must be introduced from scratch and the story must be told within one hour and include some sort of huge climax at the end. However, despite a slight feeling of this being a bit formulaic, it was excellent Christmas fayre and I do feel a bit strict only giving three stars but it would be three and a half if I could. But let's give the cybermen a rest for a while eh?
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good christmas fun 28 Dec 2008
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
this is a very enjoyable if very slight doctor who special. david tennant gives his usual excellent performance, in fact, his performances make even the worst episodes of doctor who worth watching. this is not one of those episodes though. action packed, tense and with terrific special effects. the scenes of the cyberking towering over london would i have to say looked ridiculous in the original series but looks very impressive here. david morrisey is superb and would make a great 11th doctor when david tennant leaves at the end of the year.
this special is one of those where if you just switch your brain off and go with it, you should enjoy it. oh, and as a bonus, there is a special scene in it showing all 9 previous doctors as a treat for todays kids who may not have ever seen them before. next up is planet of the dead, an intriguing sounding title and sadly only 3 specials left untill the end of the david tennant era of doctor who. good fun!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 22 April 2009
Format:DVD
I had to buy a region free DVD player just so I could own and watch this. I'm in the U.S. and it hasn't been shown here and haven't seen a date when it will be. I couldn't wait.

I only expect the best from David Tennant and the rest of the cast, and wasn't disappointed. A great plus with this DVD is the "Doctor Who at the Proms." I still get teary at the Doctor/Rose parting and the video and music combined was almost too painful to watch. 5 stars and, if I could, I'd give a 6th one to the Proms extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This story really got me excited when I saw the `Coming Soon' trailer for it at the end of 'Journey's End'. Simply because the Cybermen were going to be in it, and I love the Cybermen. A Cybermen story at Christmas time was a bonus. I always wanted there to be a big Doctor Who monster appearing in a Christmas special and the Cybermen look terrific when marching in the snow with their stomping boots. A Cybermen Christmas special sounds fantastic. They should do a Dalek Christmas special sometime as I always want to see Daleks around Christmas time. I'm thinking of writing one myself with the Daleks this forthcoming Christmas in my spare time.

Of course it wasn't long after this story's trailer that the announcement of David Tennant's departure as the Doctor was made. I was really saddened to hear David Tennant leaving as he's one of my favourite Doctors from the new series. Not long after this, Russell T. Davies announced that he was stepping down from the role of Head Writer of the new series and that Steven Moffatt was to take over. It put me to realisation that the golden years of the Tenth Doctor were starting to come to an end.

Which takes me now to talking about the story's title - `The Next Doctor'. I'm sure many were speculating was this meant, considering David Tennant was leaving. I managed to watch a preview for this story that was shown on Children In Need night back in November 2008. It was the opening teaser sequence of the story and it had the Doctor arriving in Victorian London, 1851, to find someone in trouble calling out for him. Immediately he runs to the rescue, only to find it's not he who's been summoned. It's another Doctor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who went to the proms 20 July 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Remember the fuss about announcing the new DOCTOR,well this xmas special plays on that.THE first twenty minutes or so keep you guessing,however now that we know who's who,it is perhaps inevitable that this episode loses it's edge.Despite excellent work by both Tennant,and Morrissey,this story does not stand repeated veiwing too well.
You are probably now thinking why did I buy it,and give it four stars,well the price for starters + three other reasons.
CYBERMEN-A favourite of mine,but in truth not their best storyline,saved by an expensive looking[for the b.b.c]Cyberking.
Dervla Kirwin-Looks rather striking in that red dress,helps to restore some quality to this episode.
THE PROMS-The full uninterrupted show from the Royal Albert hall.The 2007 xmas special had a backstage documentary of the Cardiff event,I have both as they compliment each other quite well.Why not buy both,they are worth it at Amazon prices,and will delight you again and again.
I could not help but smile at the audiances reaction,when seeing the DOCTOR,or when Donna is shown on the big screen,catching up with the DOCTOR again,or when the DALEKs+DAVROS invade the stage .The best bit,is when the rest of the aliens march through the audiance.Look out for the JUDOON[space rhino] nearly impaling a small child,he's terrifyed and his mum is furious.
I have to say I'm jealous of the audiance who made it there,and also that I would have looked after the TARDIS program better[still jealous].All in all this d.v.d is superb value and worthy of repeat veiwing for the PROMS extra alone,enjoy it again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What more can you say it Dr. Who.
Published 12 days ago by bj
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An Excellent Episode of Dr Who. I have watched it 3 times. The stories are so well written.
Published 17 days ago by John Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My granddaughter loves Dr Who and she was thrilled to bits when she received this, Its a great DVD to watch.
Published 3 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
if u like doctor who youll love this too, its a great piece of acting on both parts of the doctor.
Published 6 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant episode
The two David's together really bounce off each other, you have doctor who + two really good actors!!! + dervla kerwin too
Published 7 months ago by joecy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who: The Next Doctor
My Grandson was over the moon - his Dad is now making him a life sized Tardis!!! Recommended for all new Dr. Who fanatics
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Watched at least 10 times since bought. Just LOVE Dr Who especially with David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston. A must have for any avid Dr Who fans anywhere.
Published 13 months ago by Norry Zinger
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When the Doctor meets another Doctor, the two must combine forces to stop the CyberKing.

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Published 15 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who dvd
Fabulous, gave 5 stars cos I love doctor who and couldn't get the DVD anywhere else. Would recommend to everyone :-)
Published 15 months ago by sylvia weller
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who Christmas Special 2008
Bought for my granddaughter, she loves anything to do with dr who, and wants to watch it all the time,
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