The Next Doctor - Episode Guide

The Next Doctor

BBC One

Fear Forecast

Fear Factor: 3 / 5 (Very Scary)

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Harry (Age 9)

Amy (Age 7)

Adam (Age 15)

Samuel (Age 11)

How scary is Doctor Who? Our brave Fear Forecasters present a minute-by-minute teaser guide to The Next Doctor.

  • 0 min

    The TARDIS arrives in Victorian London. "This is the bit we've seen already," notes Samuel. Adam puts on his Cybershade mask. Amy rolls her eyes. Harry watched the screen keenly. "Perhaps Pudsey is behind the TARDIS," grins Adam.

  • 1 min

    A man claims to be the Doctor - 'the one, the only and the best!' "You're not as cool as David Tennant," counters Samuel. And the titles crash in. David Morrissey's name appears in the credits, and the family cheer!

  • 2 min

    The Cybershade leaps up the side of the building and begins crawling upwards! "Cool jump!" says Harry. "How did it do that?" puzzles Samuel. "It's half Cyberman, half werewolf," thinks Adam. "I've got a bathrobe like that," Dad says. The kids shush him.

  • 3 min

    The Next Doctor lassos the beast - and suddenly heads upward himself. Everyone laughs. And then the Tenth Doctor is dragged up, too! Amy's suddenly concerned.

  • 4 min

    The Doctors are being dragged along on their behinds. "Like a bobsleigh!" laughs Adam in delight. Harry winces: "Oooh, that's gotta hurt." Rosita comes the rescue with an axe. "Spoilsport," decides Samuel. The Doctors are laughing. "What's so funny?" demands Harry.

  • 5 min

    The Doctor tries to explain to his namesake what their relationship is. Amy whispers to Dad, "Why doesn't he recognise himself?"

  • 6 min

    The Next Doctor recalls the time he lost his memory - and that Cybermen were involved... "Flashback!" yells Harry.

  • 7 min

    '"Don't Blink", remember that?' The kids certainly do!

  • 8 min

    The Cybermen tell Miss Hartigan about the Doctor. "She's an evil lady," says Samuel. And he's right. Amy clutches Dad's leg.

  • 9 min

    At the graveyard, a funeral's in progress. Amy's worried she's missed something: "Who died already? Was it was the Cyber-thingy?" Adam is impressed by the horses. The Next Doctor warns Rosita that 'this is hardly work for a woman'. Mum harrumphs significantly. Samuel is having doubts about the authenticity of the 'Time Lord': "If he's the Doctor, I'm a fish.

  • 10 min

    Confirming Samuel's suspicions, 'the Doctor' produces his not-so-sonic screwdriver and raps the door lintel. "He's an impersonator," claims Samuel confidently, "that's what I used to when I pretended to be the Doctor." The Next Doctor tells the Doctor about the late Reverend Fairchild.

  • 11 min

    'You seem familiar,' decides the Next Doctor. "Oh, come on!" snaps Samuel. And now... it's a fob watch! Everyone holds their breath expectantly... and all laugh as the innards of the watch fall out, to the Doctor's surprise!

  • 12 min

    Using his special 'whistling' technique, the Doctor locates an infostamp... The kids laugh.

  • 13 min

    The Next Doctor recalls the night he regenerated. "It makes sense now!" says Samuel gleefully. "Another flashback!" yells Harry, who an eye for this sort of thing.

  • 14 min

    The Doctor discovers a Cyberman behind a door. Amy looks briefly alarmed, then laughs. The Doctor closes the door smartly. "That's not going to work," Adam warns him helpfully. The Doctors both retreat to the staircase, the Tenth Doctor desperately trying to find a weapon to use.

  • 15 min

    The Doctor tries to convince the Cybermen that he's the one and only Time Lord. Meanwhile, the Next Doctor unleashes the power in the infostamp and the Cybermen are deleted! "Cool!" marvels Harry.

  • 16 min

    The Next Doctor still can't remember his past. Amy feels quite sorry for him.

  • 17 min

    Miss Hartigan attends the funeral in a stunning red dress. They're committing the body to the ground. "Didn't they say they couldn't find the body?" puzzles Samuel. Amy loves it, but Samuel is outraged by a fresh realisation: "She's not wearing black!" Adam can explain that: "She's eeeeevil." Dad points: "She's quite tall too." Adam gives his father a withering look: "That's a view from inside the grave, Dad."

  • 18 min

    Miss Hartigan introduces her friends. What manner of men are they? 'Cyber-men!' Amy's eyes widen in apprehension. Harry groans in dismay.

  • 19 min

    It's a Cybermassacre! The kids are captivated by the action.

  • 20 min

    Miss Hartigan reveals that her first name is 'Mercy'. Amy frowns. "That's a silly first name," she whispers to Dad. Samuel's perched on the edge of his seat: "What's an anagram of 'Mercy Hartigan'?' "My nice cardigan," says Dad. "Cheating, Dad," replies Adam, "there's no D."

  • 21 min

    In the Next Doctor's base, the Doctor is 'whistling' again with his screwdriver. Samuel is eager to see the TARDIS.

  • 22 min

    Everyone feels sorry for the Doctors when they say that Time Lords have bad dreams.

  • 23 min

    The Next Doctor reveals his TARDIS - Tethered Aerial Release Developed in Style, and everyone laughs. "Not much of a disguise," decides Harry. Samuel's suspicions are confirmed: "He's a nutter!" Adam is more sympathetic: "I suppose it's modern for its time."

  • 24 min

    The undertakers are wearing earpods. "This is not good," observes Harry. "Victorian Bluetooth," Adam decides.

  • 25 min

    Miss Hartigan takes off in her Hansom Cab, driven by a Cybershade.

  • 26 min

    The Doctor thinks he's solved the mystery of what happened to the Next Doctor and of what became of Jackson Lake. Everyone listens expectantly. "JL," says Adam, pointing to the initials. "JLS," says Samuel, who is still disappointed by the previous week's 'X Factor' result.

  • 27 min

    As the Doctor's story unfolds, the infostamp projects clips of all the Doctor's incarnations, to the delight of the kids - and Dad, especially. "Colin Baker, in Doctor Who, on Christmas Day. Prime time BBC One. It's a miracle!" he mutters. "Come on, come on!" demands Samuel as the sequence continues, until he cheers his favourite: Sylvester McCoy.

  • 28 min

    'Sorry. I'm so sorry,' the Doctor tells Jackson. "He's always saying that," whispers Amy.

  • 29 min

    The Doctor explains the reasons for Jackson's fugue state. Mum and Dad are horrified at the implications.

  • 30 min

    Another flashback - this time, to the loss of Jackson's wife, Caroline.

  • 31 min

    Children are being herded through the streets. "It's a bit like in Oliver!" says Amy.

  • 32 min

    "Cyberkids," says Adam ominously. The children are herded towards the waiting Cybermen...

  • 33 min

    ... and the Doctor wonders what he can do to help them. The kids watch on expectantly.

  • 34 min

    The Doctor finally encounters Miss Hartigan. "Mercy Hartigan," Samuel is pondering. Dad has been scribbling on a piece of paper: "Magnetic Harry!" he announces, but everyone ignores him. "Racy nightmare?" he asks, but they all shush him.

  • 35 min

    The Cyberman downloads the infostamp and identifies the Doctor. And decides to delete him! Samuel slaps his forehead. "Why did the Doctor do that?"

  • 36 min

    A familiar figure appears wearing a bandolier of infostamps. "It's JL!" whoops Samuel as the newcomer storms to the rescue. Rosita gives Miss Hartigan a smack on the jaw! The kids cheer!

  • 37 min

    Having served their purpose, the undertakers are deleted. Harry spots something again: "They're still doing that flashback!" he groans.

  • 38 min

    Samuel is impressed by the Cyberleader: "You can see his brain. And he's got a black mask!" The children are busy in the Cyberfactory. "Please sir... can I have some more hard labour?" jokes Adam.

  • 39 min

    Miss Hartigan is horrified that she is to become the Cyberking. The kids seem quietly satisfied with the outcome, and laugh when the Cyberleader states that the promises made to her were 'designated a lie.'

  • 40 min

    Miss Hartigan is led to her fate! Amy wriggles in her seat. "Is it getting too scary?" asks Dad. "Not yet, but I need to go to the loo!" Dad looks at the empty glass of cola, sighs, and takes his daughter to the BBC toilets.

  • 41 min

    Miss Hartigan's eyes are black: "Just like in 'Heroes'!" whispers Samuel. "That's because she's the Cyberking," says Adam. "The Cyberqueen," Harry corrects him.

  • 42 min

    The Cyberking talks, but what she says doesn't please the Cyberleader. "They're gonna get rid of her," predicts Adam. Amy and Dad settle back in their seats. "She's got too much emotion!" whoops Samuel. "Yeah!" grins Harry. "She's too strong!"

  • 43 min

    'I am Cyberking,' announces Miss Hartigan. "Cyberqueen!" Samuel and Harry shout at her. The Cyberking destroys the Cyberleader. "Cooool! She's too good," smiles Harry. But what about the urchins? They're to be deleted! "Run little kiddies, run!" advises Harry.

  • 44 min

    'Keep running!' the children are urged. "Told you so!" Harry yells. "Oooh! Slow motion!" Harry isn't sure that slowing down is a good idea at this point.

  • 45 min

    It's Jackson's son - and he's trapped! 'Frederick!' calls Jackson. "He's called what?" asks Adam.

  • 46 min

    Gasps and cheers as the Doctor rescues young Master Lake. "He's like Tarzan giving a piggy-back!" laughs Adam. Father and son are reunited. 'Merry Christmas,' says the Doctor. Little Frederick gets a big hug from his father. The watching parents observe this, misty-eyed. Adam is unmoved: "Is that child wearing mascara?"

  • 47 min

    Cyberking rising!' declares Miss Hartigan. "They're taking the lift," decides Adam. The gigantic Cyberking rises from the Thames! The boys are suitably impressed.

  • 48 min

    The Cyberking strides across London. Its controller wonders why 'her people' are not grateful. "It's cos you've got black, scary eyes, Cyberqueen," suggests Harry. "If that's a Cyberqueen, shouldn't it be wearing a dress?" suggests Adam.

  • 49 min

    Jed is bribed with a £5 note by the Doctor and helps get the TARDIS ready for its first flight. Meanwhile, the Cyberking continues its march. "It's like Godzilla!" says Samuel. "It's a scary tank with laser-things!" says Harry.

  • 50 min

    Harry yells some sensible advice to the Londoners. "Don't stand there, you'll get squashed!" Adam suggests: "Maybe they can escape if it pauses to reload."

  • 51 min

    The TARDIS is airborne, the Doctor the perfect vision of a hero. "The one the only and the best!" cheers Samuel.

  • 52 min

    The Doctor offers the Cyberking a choice. Samuel doubts it will have any effect: "You can't argue with King Kong."

  • 53 min

    Miss Hartigan has her mind opened... and screams as she realises what has happened. "She has a really high-pitched voice," winces Harry. "Cover your ears!" agrees Samuel. The Cyberking begins to self-destruct... the kids are on the edge of their seats... There are flames everywhere! "Wooaaahh!" gasp the kids.

  • 54 min

    "Yes! Vortexed!" says Harry, as the Doctor banishes the Cybermen back into the Void.

  • 55 min

    Led by Jackson, the Londoners give the Doctor a well-earned round of applause. Everyone smiles. The Doctor dings his bell on the balloon. "The Cloister Bell!" whispers Dad. "Hey, what happened to those Cybershades?" asks Harry. "I bet they're still pouncing around the place like animals.

  • 56 min

    London is safe, and the memory of the night's events will live throughout history. Possibly. Well, maybe not. "This is even better than last year!" decides Adam.

  • 57 min

    Jackson invites the Doctor to dinner. "He never goes to dinner," says Amy, remembering when Donna invited him to Christmas lunch at her place,

  • 58 min

    To everyone's delight, Jackson gets to see the inside of the real TARDIS. Jackson finally has to run back outside, overwhelmed. "You're a very weird man," Samuel tells him.

  • 59 min

    'Companions break my heart,' says the Doctor sadly. The family nod in agreement. He's not wrong.

  • 60 min

    The Doctor decides to go to dinner after all! It's a happy ending! "Very good show!" declares Harry, and the rest agree. Everyone smiles as the credits roll. It's a Merry Christmas!

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