The Next Doctor ★★

Woeful 2008 Christmas special with David Morrissey as a new Doctor decoy

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Story 199
Christmas special 2008

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First UK transmission
Christmas Day 2008

Cast
The Doctor – David Tennant
“The Doctor” – David Morrissey
Miss Hartigan – Dervla Kirwan

Writer Russell T Davies
Director Andy Goddard

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It’s Christmas Eve 1851, and David Tennant finds himself in a back alley with his former Blackpool co-star David Morrissey, who boldly claims, “I’m the Doctor. The one, the only and the best.” He’s a tragic, deluded figure, of course, in a twist designed to wrong-foot viewers, soon after Tennant announced his departure (in October 2008). Dervla Kirwan adds some colour as heartless Miss Hartigan in a heavy-weather plot involving Cybermen, shaggy Cybershades and a gigantic Godzilla-like CyberKing.