There were five specials between the
end of series 4 and the start of Steven Moffat's series 5. There
was no full tv series in 2009, but between the episode
'Journey's End' and the start of series five in 2010, there were four one hour Doctor Who Specials in 2009. All starred David
Tennant as the 10th Doctor.
Doctor Who 2009 Specials
Next Doctor (4:14 - Christmas Special)
Russell T. Davies
Director: Andy Goddard
This episode was screened on 25 December 2008. It featured David Tennant as The
Doctor, David Morrissey (as a possible future Doctor?), Cybermen and
more. The Doctor lands in London on Christmas Eve, 1851, where he
encounters a woman called Rosita Farisi and another man who calls
himself "The Doctor". After failing to capture a Cybershade, the
two men talk, with the Doctor believing the other to be a future
regeneration. Unfortunately, the other (dubbed "the Next Doctor")
is lacking many memories. Meanwhile, the Cybermen are planning an
attack with a human ally, Miss Mercy Hartigan.
of the Dead (4:15 - 1st 2009 Easter Special - 11 April 2009)
Russell T. Davies & Gareth
Director: James Strong
the Dead Dvd
This episode was screened on 11
April 2009 on BBC1. Planet of the Dead was the first of
four Doctor Who specials in 2009, marking the end of David Tennant's
tenure as the Time Lord. The 2009 Easter special was scripted
by Davies along with Gareth Roberts who also wrote 'Attack of the Graske', 'The Shakespeare Code' and 'The Unicorn and the Wasp' as
well as various new era Doctor Who novels. The script marks the
first time that a Doctor Who episode has had more than one writing
credit since it returned.
Former EastEnders star Michelle Ryan and comedian
Lee Evans guest star in Doctor Who's Easter special, the BBC
confirmed this info in January 2009. Ryan plays the mysterious Lady
Christina de Souza in the special episode, entitled Planet of the
Dead. Evans plays a character called Malcolm, whose life becomes
connected to the Doctor's in unusual circumstances. Noma Dumezweni returns to the series as Captain
Erisa Magambo, last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in
When a London bus
takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with
the extraordinary Lady Christina, in this one-off seasonal
special. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets,
hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly Swarm
Did you know?
Michelle Ryan is best known for playing Zoe Slater in the BBC
One soap and starring in the American remake of Bionic Woman.
3. The Waters of Mars (4:16 - 2nd 2009
Russell T Davies and Phil Ford
Director: Graeme Harper
This episode maybe screened in November 2009 on BBC1.
The Waters of Mars is the second special of 2009. The story is set
on Mars and the Doctor will be joined by a new companion named
Adelaide, played by Lindsay Duncan.
4. The End of Time (4:17 - 3rd 2009 Special
- Christmas Special)
Russell T. Davies
Director: Euros Lyn
This story is a two-parter. It was
televised on BBC One on Christmas Day. It features the Master.
There was speculation that the 3rd 2009 special was going to be
shown during Halloween.
The Doctor learns from the Ood that
the Master will shortly return, but that there is something else
emerging from the darkness that will lead to "the end of Time
itself". As the Doctor races to Earth, a cult loyal to the Master
perform a resurrection ritual, using the Master's genetic material
from Lucy Saxon's lips to complete the process before offering
their lives to the revived Master. Lucy, aware of the Master's
failsafe, introduces a fatal component to the ritual, destroying
herself and everyone else in the prison. The Master escapes,
having gained supernatural agility and telekinetic powers from the
failed ritual that drain him of his life energy, making him suffer
from constant hunger.
The Doctor arrives on Earth on Christmas Eve and begins to trace
the Master. He encounters Wilfred Mott, who reveals that he has
been having nightmares and worries for the Doctor; the Doctor
explains to Wilfred of the regenerative abilities of Time Lords
and the prophecies of his death about the man that will "knock
four times". The Doctor tracks the Master to wastelands outside of
London, but the Master subdues him and forces him to listen to the
sound of drums in his head. The Doctor realises the sound is not a
figment of the Master's insanity, but before he can learn more,
elite troops under billionaire Joshua Naismith's employ abduct the
The Doctor returns to Wilfred the
next day, who is able to help identify Naismith's involvement with
a book gifted to him by Donna Noble. Wilfred retrieves his old
service pistol after being warned by a mysterious woman in white
before joining the Doctor in his TARDIS and travelling to the
Naismith's estate. There, they discover Naismith has recovered an
alien device called the "Immortality Gate" and has enlisted the
Master to correct its programming in order to grant Naismith's
daughter immortality. The Doctor and Wilfred reveal two of the
technicians as Vinvocci aliens working undercover to retrieve the
device themselves, but fail to understand the Doctor's concern
when they tell him it is a simple medical device designed to heal
the population of an entire planet.
The Doctor is too late to stop the Master from completing the
programming, breaking free of his bonds, and jumping into the
gate. The process turns every human—save for Wilfred whom the
Doctor protected in one of the isolation booths for the Gate and
Donna due to her half-Time Lord nature—into clones of the Master,
supplanting the human race for the "Master race". The victorious
Master and his doppelgangers taunt the Doctor, who can only look
on in horror, at his loss.
5. The End
of Time (4:18 - 4th 2010 Special aka New Year's Day Special)
Russell T. Davies
Director: Euros Lyn
The final special was broadcast on
New Year's Day 2010. This was the last story for actor David
Tennant as the Tenth Doctor prior to the Doctor's regeneration
into his eleventh incarnation, which is played by Matt Smith. The
story also featured the Time Lords who returned to the tv series
for the first time since The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986.
The Doctor and Wilfred escape from
the Master with the help of the Vinvocci, taking refuge on their
orbiting ship. Through flashbacks the Time Lord President 'Rassilon'
has been shown to have engineered events, first by placing the
sound of drums in the Master's head as a young child, such that
when amplified by the billions of clones, would act as a signal to
the Master in the present. The President has also sent a
Whitepoint star diamond to Earth that can boost the signal and
lock onto its source. Through these, the Time Lords are able to
create a link to the Master to let them escape from the Time Lock
placed on the Time War.
The President and his council materialise in the Gate room. The
Master attempts to reuse the Gate to transform all Time Lords into
copies of himself, but the President stops the attempt and
reverses the transformation of the human race. At the same time,
Gallifrey begins to materialise above Earth, along with all the
other horrors created in the Time War. The President reveals that
now free of the Time Lock, the Time Lords plan to end time,
destroying the universe and allowing them to evolve into a higher
form of consciousness. The Doctor, long aware of the Time Lords'
plan, is forced to return to Earth, armed with Wilfred's gun. As
he struggles over killing the Master or the President, either
action severing the link, the Doctor catches the glimpse of one of
the women on the Time Lord council—the same woman in white that
Wilfred has seen and who was against the Time Lord's return. The
Doctor recognises her and inspired, shoots the Whitepoint star
diamond. As the Time Lords are drawn back into the Time Lock, the
President attempts to kill the Doctor, but the Master intervenes,
sacrificing himself to gain revenge on the Time Lords for
tormenting him all his life. In a flash of light, the Time Lords,
the Master, and Gallifrey have all disappeared.
Taking a moment to realise his victory, the Doctor hears four
knocks, the sound which precedes his death. He finds Wilfred,
having returned to help the Doctor, still trapped in the Gate's
isolation chamber that will be flooded with radiation due to the
Master's modifications; only the self-sacrifice of another will
free him. The Doctor releases Wilfred, collapsing in agony as he
receives a massive dose of radiation poisoning.
In The End of Time, on the last day
of the Last Great Time War, Rassilon intended to spare Gallifrey
from destruction by using the End of Time to turn the Time Lords
into beings of pure consciousness, but at the cost of the rest of
creation. Implicitly, his plan was defeated by the Doctor, who
destroyed Gallifrey using "the Moment", destroying most of the
Time Lords and the Daleks.
On the Internet there is a lot of
speculation of what the 2009 Specials will be about. Some of the
speculative ideas include:
1. The Return of Sutekh
Sutekh last appeared in the fourth
Doctor story 'Pyramids of Mars'. This story setting could be in in
2. The 8th Doctor to Appear
Paul McGann may return as the
Eighth Doctor appearing in flashbacks about The Time War.
Paul McGann played the Doctor in
the 1996 TV movie, his eighth Doctor has appeared in a lengthy
series of original BBC novels and as well as the Big Finish
original audio dramas.
3. The Return of the Doctor's
Jenny (Georgina Moffett), the Doctor's Daughter may return in one
of the 2009 Doctor Who specials. At the end of her first story
'Doctor's Daughter', the Doctor believed she was dead but she
returned to life in its closing minutes of the episode.
4. Return of Donna Noble, Wilf, the Master
The characters Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Wilf (Bernard
Cribbins) and John Simm (The Master) may appear in one of the 2009
Doctor Who specials.
Donna Noble maybe the Time Lady Romana or the Rani in human
disguise. The Chameleon Arch was used by the Tenth Doctor in the
episode 'Human Nature' to rewrite every cell in his body, enabling
him to hide from the Family of Blood in 1913. The chameleon arch
stored the Doctor's Time Lord self in a fob watch. In episode
'Utopia', Martha discovered that the Master used the same process,
creating 'Professor Yana' as his persona.
5. Return of Astrid
Astrid (Kylie Minogue) may return as a human Tardis.
6. Return of River Song
River Song (Alex Kingston) may return.
7. Other Monsters / Enemies
There are so many great monsters / enemies from the classic
series, new series and novels that have the potential to return.
These include: the Silurians, Sea Devils, Slithereen, Omega,
Zygons, Rutans, Terileptils, Meddling Monk and Ice Warriors.
8. Time War Story
The Time War was a conflict between the Time Lords and the
Daleks, resulting in their mutual destruction. The event has been
referred to on several occasions in the new Doctor Who tv series
since it began in 2005.
* David Tennant has officially
revealed in 2008 that the five new specials of Doctor Who will be
his swansong as the tenth Doctor. Thus we will see the eleventh
Doctor come into existence by the end of the 2009 Christmas