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Doctor Who preview to be shown on Children In Need

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 24th 2008 2:07PM
TARDISStraight from the BBC: the first two minutes of the Doctor Who Christmas special titled "The Next Doctor" will be shown on the BBC Children In Need special on November 14.

Obviously, this goes against the myriad of rumors about the Children In Need special, including the appearance of the seven surviving actors to play to role. Yeah, I didn't buy that one either.

Not much is known about the Christmas special at this point. It takes place in Victorian England and the Cybermen are the villains. Russell T. Davies has said in interviews that the Doctor meets a future incarnation of himself (played by David Morrissey). Frankly, I don't buy it. Why would the creative team want to pigeonhole themselves like that when they probably have no idea at this point who the next Doctor will be?

Sadly, I won't be able to watch the clip live as it will only be broadcast in England. If I'm willing to wait a day, there is always YouTube.

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Here's some pictures of David Morrissey as the fake/future doctor. Although from the pictures it doesn't look like we'll see a future doctor.


October 24 2008 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Couple of thoughts...

I've heard both rumors for this special

-- that the Other Doctor is an imposter
-- It's a Future incarnation

If they follow the imposter angle, it will probably be inspired by the Sixth Doctor Audio play "The One Doctor." They've already established the precedent with the Family of Blood story.

If they do a future incarnation, however -- there's an easy explanation: As the Ninth Doctor pointed out to Rose, with the Time Lords gone, timelines and timestreams are much more fluid and can be easily changed.

For example, they could easily have the Christmas special end in a way that invalidates the existence of this future incarnation, and he ceases to exist.

And now that I've over-thought all this, I'm going to hang my head in shame.

October 24 2008 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So we aren't going to be able to see this in Scotland? Damn!

October 24 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

as I hear it, the story revolves around a guy who is pretending to be the doctor, only to have the real doctor come along and pose as his companion (ala Remington Steele)

October 24 2008 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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