- Broadcast: 25 December 2007
- Viewers: 13.31m
- Availability: DVD Voyage of the Damned
When disaster hits the spaceship Titanic, the Doctor uncovers a threat to the whole human race. Battling alongside aliens, saboteurs, robot Angels and a new friend called Astrid, can he stop the Christmas inferno?
Written by Russell T. Davies
Directed by James Strong
The Doctor – David Tennant
Astrid Peth – Kylie Minogue
Captain Hardaker – Geoffrey Palmer
Midshipman Frame – Russell Tovey
Max Capricorn – George Costigan
Rickston Slade – Gray O’Brien
Chief steward – Andrew Havill
Engineer – Bruce Lawrence
Foon Van Hoff – Debbie Chazen
Morvin Van Hoff – Clive Rowe
Mr Copper – Clive Swift
Bannakaffalatta – Jimmy Vee
Wilfred Mott – Bernard Cribbins
Nicholas Witchell – Himself
Mr. Copper: “So Great Britain is part of Europea and just across the British Channel you’ve got Great France and Great Germany?”
The Doctor: “No, no it’s just France and Germany, only Britain is Great. ”
Mr. Copper: “And they’re all at war with the continent of Hamerica.”
The Doctor: “No, well, not yet. Ah, you could argue that one”
Mr. Copper: “I am Mr. Copper, the ship’s historian, and I shall be taking you to Old London Town in the country of UK, ruled over by Good King Wenceslas. Now, human beings worshipped the great god Santa, a creature with fearsome claws, and his wife Mary and every Christmas Eve, the people of UK go to war with the country of Turkey. They then eat the turkey people for Christmas dinner, like savages.”
The Doctor: “Excuse me, sorry. Sorry. Where did you get all this from?”
Mr. Copper: “Well, I have a first-class degree in Earthonomics.”
The Doctor: “I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord. I’m from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I’m 903 years old and I’m the man who’s going to save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below.You got a problem with that?”
Mr. Copper: “Of all the people to survive, he is not the one you would have chosen, is he? But if you could choose, Doctor, if you could decide who lives and who dies, that would make you a monster.”
The Doctor: “Therefore I’m a stowaway, and stowaways should be arrested and taken to the nearest figure of authority. I reckon the nearest figure of authority is on Deck 31. Final question: am I right?”
Host: “Information: correct.”
The Doctor: “Brilliant. Take me to your leader. I’ve always wanted to say that.”
Astrid: “You look pretty good for nine hundred and three.”
The Doctor: “You should see me in the mornings.”
Mr. Copper: “ You’re leaving us trapped, wouldn’t you say?”
The Doctor: “Never say ‘trapped’, just ‘inconveniently circumstanced’. ”
Max Capricorn: “A shame we couldn’t work together. You’re rather good. All that banter yet not a word wasted. Time for me to retire. The Titanic is falling, the sky will burn. Let the Christmas inferno commence!”
Mr. Copper: “You know, between you and me, I don’t think this snow is real. I think it’s the ballast from the Titanic salvage entering the atmosphere.”
The Doctor: “Yeah, one of these days, it might snow for real.”
The theme tune was remixed for this episode.
First appearance of Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins). He will have a recurring role throughout the fourth series.
This episode was dedicated to Verity Lambert, who was the first producer of Doctor Who in 1963.
The episode runtime is 71 minutes. The longest episode yet.
Astrid is an anagram of TARDIS.