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Doctor Who: Time Crash : Children In Need

The TARDIS crashes into another TARDIS when traveling through the space/time vortex, stranding the Doctor with his fifth incarnation. The two must now find a way of splintering their TARDISes before they are destroyed.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x0
Airdate: Friday November 16th, 2007
Special Runtime: 8 Minutes

Director: Graeme Harper
Writer: Steven Moffat


Guest Stars
Peter DavisonPeter Davison
As The Fifth Doctor
Peter DavisonPeter Davison
As The Fifth Doctor
Main Cast
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor
David TennantDavid Tennant
As The Tenth Doctor


Martha is leaving the TARDIS to deal with her family and the Doctor is left alone. He activates the TARDIS, which goes crazy, and he starts to phase about. The Doctor goes to work on the TARDIS console, only to find someone else working on it: his fifth incarnation...

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Episode Notes
This special falls into the (very narrow) gap between "Last of the Time Lords" and "Voyage of the Damned." Technically, it occurs literally in-between seconds in the last few moments of "Last of the Time Lords."

Episode Quotes
The Fifth Doctor: Is there something wrong with you?!
The Tenth Doctor: Oooooh!! There it goes, the frowny face, I remember that one!! Mind you, bit saggier than it ought to be, hair's a bit greyer...that's 'cause of me though. The two of us together, it's shorted out the time differential, should all snap back into place once we get you able to close that coat again. But never mind that! Look at you! The hat, the coat, the crickety-cricket stuff...(less enthusiastic) the stick of celery...Yeah...Brave choice, celery, but fair play to you! Not many men can carry off a decorative vegetable...!
The Fifth Doctor: (furiously) Shut up!...There is something very wrong with my TARDIS and I've got to do something about it very very quickly. And it would help, it really would help, if there wasn't some skinny idiot ranting his head off in my face about every single thing that happens to be in front of him!
The Tenth Doctor: (hurt) Oh. Okay. Sorry. Doctor.

The Tenth Doctor: (excitedly) Oh, the back of our head!
The Fifth Doctor: (frustrated) What?!
The Tenth Doctor: Sorry, sorry, not something you see every day, is it? Back of your own head. Mind you...I can see why you wear a hat. I don't want to seem vain but could you keep that on?

Fifth Doctor: What's this? You've changed the desktop theme, haven't you? What's this one? CORAL?!? It's worse than the leopard skin.

The Tenth Doctor: Now here it comes, the brainy specs. You don’t even need them, you just think they make you look a bit clever.

The Fifth Doctor: It’s like two time zones at war in the heart of the TARDIS. That’s a paradox. Could blow a hole in the space/time continuum the size of... well, actually, the exact size of... Belgium. That’s a bit undramatic, isn’t it? Belgium?
The Tenth Doctor: D'ya need this?
(He offers him the sonic screwdriver)
The Fifth Doctor: No, I'm fine.
The Tenth Doctor: Oh, no, of course. You went all hands-free, didn't you? Like, "Hey, I'm the Doctor. I can save the universe with a kettle and some string. And look at me, I'm wearing a vegetable."

The Fifth Doctor: I’ve never met anyone else who could fly the TARDIS like that.
The Tenth Doctor: Sorry, mate, you still haven’t.
The Fifth Doctor: You didn’t have time to work that all out. Even I couldn’t do it.
The Tenth Doctor: I didn’t work it out. I didn’t have to.
The Fifth Doctor: You remembered.
The Tenth Doctor: Because you will remember.
The Fifth Doctor: You remembered being me watching you doing that. You already knew what to do because I saw you do it.
The Tenth Doctor: Wibbly-wobbly...
Both Doctors: Timey-wimey!

The Tenth Doctor: Right! TARDISes are separating. Sorry, Doctor, back to long ago! Where are you now? Nyssa and Tegan? Cybermen and Mara and Time Lords in funny hats and the Master? Oh, he just showed up again, same as ever.
The Fifth Doctor: Oh no, really? Does he still have that rubbish beard?
The Tenth Doctor: No, no beard this time. Well, a wife...

The Fifth Doctor: Thank you, Doctor.
The Tenth Doctor: Thank you.
The Fifth Doctor: (smiles) I'm very welcome!

The Tenth Doctor: You know, I loved being you. Back when I first started, at the very beginning, I was always trying to be old and grumpy and important, like you do when you're young. And then I was you. And it was all dashing about and playing cricket and my voice going all squeaky when I shouted. I still do that! That voice thing, I got that from you! Oh! And the trainers, and... (He puts on his glasses and grins) Snap!...'Cause you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor.
(The Fifth Doctor raises his hat in salute)
The Fifth Doctor: To days to come.
The Tenth Doctor: All my love to long ago.
(The Fifth Doctor disappears)

Cultural References
The Tenth Doctor: No, no beard this time. Well, a wife...

"Beard" is gay slang for a homosexual's companion of the opposite sex, kept around to convince people he or she is a heterosexual. The reference is an allusion to the occasional fan fiction and speculation that the Master (and by extension the Doctor) is a homosexual.

The Tenth Doctor: 'Cause you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor.

A reference to the fact that everyone has a "First Doctor" who they grow up watching, in David Tennant's case it would have been Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor.

Episode References
The fifth Doctor's reference to LINDA goes back to the second season episode "Love & Monsters", where people obsessed with the Doctor form a fan club and social group.

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