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Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride

A bride in church, about to be married, is mysteriously transported to the TARDIS while it is still in flight. Although the Doctor knows her arrival in the TARDIS is an impossible occurrence, he still sets out to return her to her wedding ceremony. When she gets kidnapped by Santa-looking automatons when they reach Earth, the Doctor realizes she is the key to some much bigger alien plan. However, can the Doctor divine the alien Raknoss’ plan in time to save the bride from her impending doom, and thereby ultimately saving the Earth from being devoured?

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x0
Production Number: 28
Airdate: Monday December 25th, 2006
Special Runtime: 60 Minutes

Director: Euros Lyn
Writer: Russell T. Davies

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Jul 06, 2007


Guest Stars
Catherine TateCatherine Tate
As Donna Noble
Catherine TateCatherine Tate
As Donna Noble
Jacqueline KingJacqueline King
As Sylvia Noble
Jacqueline KingJacqueline King
As Sylvia Noble
Krystal ArcherKrystal Archer
As Nerys
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Robot Santa
Don GiletDon Gilet
As Lance Bennett
Don GiletDon Gilet
As Lance Bennett
Howard AttfieldHoward Attfield
As Geoff Noble
Trevor Michael GeorgesTrevor Michael Georges
As Vicar (as Trevor Georges)
Glen WilsonGlen Wilson
As Taxi Driver
Rhodri MeilirRhodri Meilir
As Rhodri
Zafirah BoatengZafirah Boateng
As Little Girl
Zafirah BoatengZafirah Boateng
As Little Girl
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor


Donna Noble is coming down the aisle during her wedding to Lance Bennett on Christmas Eve. However, she disappeared in a glow of golden energy and drifts through the ceiling...

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Episode Notes
This is the first episode of the 2005 series to mention Gallifrey, the Doctor's home planet, by name.

This episode reveals that the Doctor's pockets, like the TARDIS, are "bigger on the inside."

This episode reveals that huon particles are an ancient form of energy present in the Heart of the TARDIS.

Episode Quotes
Donna: Who are you?
The Doctor: I am the Doctor. And who are you?
Donna: Donna.
The Doctor: Human?
Donna: Yeah. Is that optional?
The Doctor: It is with me.

The Doctor: Weird, you're not special, you're not powerful, you're not connected, you're not clever, you're not important...?
Donna: This friend of yours, just before she left, did she punch you in the face?

The Doctor: Only a madmen talks to thin air and trust me, you don’t want to make me mad.

The Doctor: Oh but I'm not from Mars.
The Empress of the Racnoss: Then where?
The Doctor: My home planet is far away and long since gone. But its name lives on...Gallifrey.

The Doctor: (referring to the TARDIS) I've got to park her properly or she might drift off to the Middle Ages.

Donna: Will I see you again?
The Doctor: If I'm lucky.
Donna: Just promise me one thing. Find someone.
The Doctor: I don't need anyone.
Donna: Yes, you do. Because sometimes, I think you need someone to stop you.
The Doctor: Yeah.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJoan Wilson
ProducerPhil Collinson  |  Takashi Nakanishi
Production DesignerEdward Thomas
EditorJohn Richards
First Assistant DirectorPeter Bennett (3)
MusicMurray Gold
Make-upSteve Smith (8)
Set DecoratorTristan Peatfield
Location ManagerGareth Skelding  |  Patrick Schweitzer
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorCeres Doyle
Post Production SupervisorChris Blatchford  |  Samantha Hall
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings  |  Manfred Frieling
On-Line EditorMatthew Clarke (2)
OtherClea Bethlem (Stills)  |  Christine Liber (Unit Publicist)
Director of PhotographyRory Taylor
StuntsNina Armstrong  |  Rob Hunt  |  George Cottle  |  Gary Hoptrough  |  Janina Dall
Production SecretaryKevin Myers
Storyboard ArtistShaun Williams
Assistant Production CoordinatorDebi Griffiths
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementTracie Simpson
Special EffectsWill Cohen (3)
Script EditorSimon Winstone
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Davies
Boom OperatorJon Thomas
Visual Effects CoordinatorJenna Powell  |  Rebecca Johnson (2)
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Visual Effects SupervisorDavid Houghton
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAmy Rogers (2)
Visual Effects ProducerMarie Jones (2)
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerRose Goodhart
Special Effects CoordinatorBen Ashmore
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorLee Gammon
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsClive Clarke  |  Phill Shellard
Floor RunnerBarry Phillips
Art Department Production ManagerJonathan Allison
Associate DesignerJames North
Chief Property MasterAdrian Anscombe
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