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4.14 - The Next Doctor

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/26/19 11:59 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This Christmas Special is very good. It has a very effective premise as it begins with a suggestion that the Doctor has possibly met a future incarnation of himself. SPOILER ALERT: This character, played brilliantly by David Morrissey, turns out to not be the Doctor and I think some viewers felt disappointed or tricked by this but I think that it is the essence of good storytelling, present an exciting, intriguing situation and then bring the story round to a logical conclusion. Davies could hardly impose the next Doctor on forthcoming Showrunner Steven Moffatt so there had to be an explanation. I felt the interest and anticipation provided by suggesting it WAS the next Doctor was really good and feel that viewers always wanting pay offs for their expectations are rather shallow. I enjoy having my expectations turned upside down if it is done well which this is. The storyline about Jackson Lake and his family is touching and interesting.

What I like slightly less here is the Cybermen aspect. i was not a big fan of the Cyberking and one or two other bits. The less satisfying aspects detract a little but it is overall a fun, entertaining adventure with David tennant on usual great form. There is great humour, strong dialogue and fine acting from Dervla Kirwan as Miss Hartigan.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/16/16 7:43 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a story underrated due its central gimmick. The idea that the character played by David Morrissey might be "The Next Doctor" teased viewers when the show first aired, but as he obviously wasn't, that makes the episode seem forgettable. It's actually a delightful tale with a sense of mystery about this man who claims to be the Doctor. Morrisey's character is a delight and he has great chemistry with David Tennant.


The story is fun and energetic, leading to a massive conclusion that for once spares modern day London and leaves the carnage to the Victorian era. The Next Doctor is an underrated and very pleasant diversion.