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Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2009)

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The 2008 "Doctor Who" Christmas special, "The Next Doctor" is out on DVD, featuring David Tennant as the Doctor.

Tennant's time -traveling Doctor finds himself in 1851 on Christmas Eve. It's there he encounters someone else calling himself "The Doctor!" The Doctor is a Time Lord who regenerates into different appearances periodically, often when injured. So, he presumes this man, who acts very similarly to The Doctor himself, must be the "Next Doctor!' But the Next Doctor, played by David Morrissey, has gaps in his memory, and he claims not to recognize The Doctor.

Still, there are Cybermen afoot in 1851 London, and it's up to the Doctors to put a stop to their plot while they try to figure out what's caused the Next Doctor's memory problems. The Next Doctor has been investigating strange murders, which he believes the Cybermen have committed. The Cyber-men are a race of cyborgs that have often come in conflict with The Doctor. Here, they're attempting to cause the rise of a Cyber King, with the aid of Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan), a woman who rails against Victorian-era mores.

The show crackles along during the first half, as the mystery of the Next Doctor is explored. Once the mystery is solved, the final conflict with the Cybermen is anticlimactic. Overall, it's fun but nonessential.

No behind-the-scenes extras on this disc, but there is the hourlong "Doctor Who at the Proms," featuring the music of "Doctor Who" at Albert Hall, with appearances from the show's stars.

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