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The Runaway Bride 

The Doctor is baffled when a young woman is transported to the TARDIS on her wedding day, and attempts to find out how she is connected to an alien plot to destroy Earth.


Euros Lyn




Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Sarah Parish ... Empress
Don Gilet ... Lance Bennett
Howard Attfield Howard Attfield ... Geoff Noble
Jacqueline King ... Sylvia Noble
Trevor Michael Georges ... Vicar (as Trevor Georges)
Glen Wilson Glen Wilson ... Taxi driver
Krystal Archer Krystal Archer ... Nerys
Rhodri Meilir Rhodri Meilir ... Rhodri
Zafirah Boateng Zafirah Boateng ... Little Girl
Paul Kasey ... Robot Santa


Donna, a middle aged woman who is on the verge of marrying her fiancé; Lance finds herself transported within the confines of an immense spaceship. That spaceship being the TARDIS. Much to the shock of the obnoxious Bride as well as the Doctor who has just recently had to get over the departure of Rose Tyler. The Time Lord learns that Donna is in some way linked to an alien plot to destroy the planet Earth. With time ticking away and the Doctor having to face off against a small army of robotic Santa's once again. Can he prevent the evil Empress of the Racnoss's plot to eradicate the world? Written by Robert McElwaine

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Release Date:

6 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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| (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


According to the BBC's podcast commentary for this episode, the scene in which Donna finds Rose's top originally showed the Doctor angrily throwing the top out the TARDIS doors and into space. According to produced Julie Gardner (a participant in the commentary) the scene was cut as being too melodramatic. See more »


(Around 48 minutes) when Donna swings towards the Doctor she is facing him but when she falls she has moved 90 degrees to where she should have ended up. See more »


Donna: Who are you?
The Doctor: I'm the Doctor. You?
Donna: Donna.
The Doctor: Human?
Donna: Yeah. Is that optional?
The Doctor: Well, it is for me.
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Crazy Credits

Catherine Tate receives co-star credit on the episode "The Runaway Bride" - the only time in the show's history (to date) that a guest star has been so credited. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version airing on BBC America omitted an entire scene toward the end, when the Doctor drops off Donna at her home. In the American version, they simply smile at each other and say their goodbyes, before the Doctor goes back into the TARDIS and flies away. The British version made this scene less abrupt, as the Doctor invites her along, and she declines; then she invites him to dinner with her parents, and he declines. She pleads with him, and he begrudgingly accepts, and says he just needs to park the TARDIS properly, since it's in the street. He goes back inside and it begins to disappear... Donna shouts at him and he re-emerges, and this time they say their goodbyes for real, before the TARDIS then flies up and away into the sky. See more »


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Runaway Success
14 January 2019 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Christmas Special introducing Donna Noble for a one off adventure before she returned as the regular companion for the Doctor in Series 4.

Stroppy bride Donna is mysteriously transported from her wedding to the TARDIS and the Doctor finds that she is linked inadvertently to an alien plot. The Doctor and Donna end up facing the Racnoss and trying to stop them destroying the world.

Donna worried me as I felt comedian Catherine Tate would be too broad and caricatured in her portrayal to suit the show but I was wrong. Tate is funny and whilst being comedic and 'larger than life' in some ways it works brilliantly because she is so skilled in making it real enough and showing more depth beneath the brash exterior. Her chemistry with Tennant's Doctor is superb and this leads to Donna becoming one of my favourite companions when she returns for a full time role later. In this special episode Donna is great fun and provides a lot of laughs as well as some good drama.

The story itself is fun and has some exciting action including a great chase involving the TARDIS as well as a very dramatic conclusion. It may have a few minor flaws and less impressive aspects but nothing drastic and the script and performances lift it to higher standards. Overall it is an excellent entertaining adventure. 9/10.

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