[[caption-width-right:350:Well, it ''is'' [[WaxingLyrical a nice day for a]] [[Music/BillyIdol white wedding...]]]]

->'''The Doctor:''' Youíve seen it out there. Itís beautiful.\\
'''Donna:''' And it's ''terrible''. That place was flooding and burning and they were dying and you stood there like... I don't know, a stranger. And then you made it ''snow''. I mean, you scare me to death!

The one with the bad-tempered bride and lots and lots of hurled insults.

Written by Creator/RussellTDavies.

... just as the Doctor had finished his last goodbye to Rose in the previous episode, [[Creator/CatherineTate some random broad]] pops up in the TARDIS. ([[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS1E1BloodOfTheDaleksPartOne Again.]]) Neither of them was expecting this. And she's wearing a wedding dress.

This is Donna Noble, of Chiswick -- who demands to be put back on Earth ''right now, damn it.'' She's getting married! Unfortunately, our old friends [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion the RoboSantas]] have come back to help the MonsterOfTheWeek by kidnapping Donna. Fortunately, the Doctor convinces her to jump into his TARDIS out of a speeding car. Which is quite an accomplishment, seeing as the Doctor just told Donna that his last companion girl is now "gone" and she found Rose's jacket in the TARDIS, meaning she's pretty convinced that the Doctor is a deranged serial killer [[RunningGag from Mars]]. The pilot fish, still in their Santa disguises, also crash the wedding reception, which is being held without Donna, who is rather indignant upon discovering this.

She and her fiancé, Lance, go along with the Doctor to help find out what's going on. They avoid the "pilot fish" and find a Racnoss nest under the Thames Flood Barrier, in the basement of the company where Donna temps. Which, unbeknownst to Donna, turns out to be part of Torchwood.

Turns out Donna's fiancé was actually the consort of the [[LargeHam Racnoss Empress]], who truly makes EvilIsHammy into an art form. Lance had been feeding Donna huon particles in order to make her a catalyst and trigger a ship. That ship will carry a whole nest of Racnoss babies in the Earth's core up to the surface of the Earth. And, in the Empress' words, "Racnoss are born starving!" That's right: they would eat everything on Earth.

The Doctor uses huon particle trickery to save his and Donna's lives, and they rush off to work on defeating this new menace. He also shows Donna the beginning of the formation of Earth, which turns out to have formed around the gravitational field of an ancient Racnoss nest. The Empress decides that she'll need a new "key" -- and lucky her, she has Lance right there! One of the pilot fish grabs Donna and drags her away.

The Doctor realizes a bit too late that Donna's awfully quiet, and next thing we know, she and Lance are tied up in a web over the tunnel to the ship. The Empress messes with them for a bit, before she decides that she doesn't approve of Lance's treatment of Donna. So, like any sane, rational alien lady, she cuts him down -- dropping him into the pit for her children. She monologues a bit, before turning and revealing one of the pilot fish as a masked Doctor, who gets Donna down from the web. Guess what? The Doctor has [[RunningGag pockets]]! The Doctor gives the Empress one last chance, but turns out to be ''very'' firm on his new "one chance only" rule he instated earlier this series. He kills the entire nest of Racnoss by flooding it [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill and setting everything on fire at the same time]], completely horrifying Donna. Oh, and draining the Thames. She tells him to ''stop and get out'', and ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft as we learn much later]]) does the universe a huge favour in the process.

Donna tries to come to terms with the fact that her fiancé was just using her for her huon-particle-catalysing body. She goes home, turning down the Doctor's offer of travelling with him and leaving him alone (at least [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime for now]]). But not before telling him he should find someone, because occasionally, he needs somebody to ''stop'' him.


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: "The Doctor-man amuses me!"
* AllWebbedUp: Donna and Lance are stuck to the ceiling with spider threads.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: In keeping with New Series tradition, this time complete with an actual tank.
* ArcWords: Series/{{Torchwood}} and orders from "Mr Saxon".
* AskAStupidQuestion:
-->'''The Doctor:''' Hold on, wait a minute -- what are you dressed like that for?\\
'''Donna:''' [[SarcasmMode I'm going ten-pin bowling]]. WHY DO YOU THINK, DUMBO?! I was halfway up the aisle!
* AssholeVictim: Lance, who suffers the fate he had planned for Donna. At the end Donna states "he deserved it", though later goes back on her statement.
* AstronomicZoom: The zoom-in intro is carried over from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]", except here, it zooms in on a church instead of the Powell Estate.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''The Doctor:''' [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith Oh, but I'm not from Mars.]] My home is far away and [[DoomedHometown long since gone]]. But its name lives on. ''Gallifrey''.
* BadSanta: The "pilot fish", [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion again]].
* BigDamnHeroes: At first, it seems like the primarily hesitant and cowardly Lance is going to pull a stealthy one, involving a fire axe and an evil monologing Empress... [[{{Subverted}} and then it turns out he was just adding insult to injury]] in his EvilAllAlong reveal.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Besides the TARDIS, you've got the Doctor's ''pockets''. Really, it explains an awful lot.
* BigNo: The Racnoss Empress. [[EvilIsHammy "MYYYYY CHIIIIIIILDREEEEEEEEENNNNN!"]]
* {{Bridezilla}}: Donna is understandably pissed that her wedding day was interrupted by a "Martian" and his strange blue box.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Donna calls the Doctor a Martian, which seems like a throwaway gag but leads to the Empress of the Racnoss underestimating him.
** The Doctor also utilises the extrapolator from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown Boom Town]]".
* ChristmasEpisode: The pilot fish pretend to be Santa so the BigBad can eat humanity. [[AnAssKickingChristmas The Doctor kicks their ass down the drain.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: On seeing the massive hole in the Torchwood lab going all the way down to the center of the Earth, Donna wonders if there are dinosaurs down there (because she saw a movie with something like that once). The Doctor is just completely dumbfounded by that one.
* DeathGlare: The Doctor gives a pretty scathing one to Donna after she asks about Rose's jacket in the TARDIS. It shuts her up (and also gives the first showing of Donna's nicer side).
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: A Tenth Doctor trademark -- he generally gives the baddies a chance to walk away. In this case, he tells her he could give her and her children a chance on another planet.
* EpicFail: The Doctor frees Donna from her webby imprisonment, and readies to catch her... only for Donna to smack about 5 feet below him. Even the Empress is a little stunned.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Empress feeds Lance to her children because she isn't impressed with him readily abandoning his "wife".
* EvilIsHammy: The Empress of the Racnoss, bringing ChewingTheScenery to epic levels. One wonders if the Racnoss actually subsisted on scenery that they chewed up, instead of meat, as they insist.
* EvilLaugh:
** The Racnoss Empress. "AK-akakakakakakaka!"
** Lance has a more subdued one than the Empress.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Racnoss ate whole planets.
* FailingATaxi: The Doctor and Donna attempt to hail a taxi, but the cabbies who drive by variously mistake her as going to a fancy dress party, a drunk and a drag queen.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** A simple rewatch and some critical thinking (or someone who's just paying real close attention on their first watch) will reveal that, for a man who's apparently never been down to the hidden depths of the abandoned Torchwood facility beneath the Thames, Lance sure knows the quickest way to leave the lab, circle around and up, and make his way to the Empress in record time. This is a big clue, but relatively easy-to-miss in the heat of the moment and quick run of the sequence of shots, that he knows more than he lets on about the facility and its general layout.
** There is also Donna's story about how Lance gave her a cup of coffee when they first met, because later it's revealed that the huon particles are being stored in water.
** Also, for a large company like H.C. Clements, it would be considered unethical for the head of HR to start dating a temp, which hints that Lance may have an ulterior motive for taking such a risk.
* GilliganCut: When Donna and the Doctor realize they have no money for the cab.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The Doctor confirms to Donna that his pockets are, indeed, BiggerOnTheInside. Just like the TARDIS.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Racnoss larva will rise up and eat every human on the surface.
* HumanResources: It's in the job title! Because [[Film/JawsTheRevenge this time, it's personnel]]!
* IgnoredVitalNewsReports: Donna was hungover for the [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion Sycorax]] and scuba-diving in Spain for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts the]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Cybermen]]. The Doctor is confused as to why she could end up like this.
* ILied: The Doctor to Donna regarding the [=TARDIS=] and its status as a time machine.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Do you know what I said before, about a time machine? Well, I lied, and now it's time to use it.
* ItsAlwaysSpring: It's supposed to be Christmas, but the episode was filmed in warm weather, as evidenced by the green trees seen during the car chase on the highway. Also, despite being famous for cold weather Donna doesn't even shiver at running around London with only a sleeveless wedding dress.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Thoroughly averted. The Doctor attempts to mask his pokes and prods at the Empress' plan as curiosity. Lance, of all people, is the first to spot this and call him out on it, with the Empress agreeing with Lance immediately after. To which Lance says "Tough, all we need is Donna." The Empress then gives the order to kill the Doctor. It's really the one and only moment she avoids falling prey to the BigBad stereotype of old.
* LamePunReaction: "[[Film/JawsTheRevenge This time, it's]] ''[[Film/JawsTheRevenge personnel!]]''" Cue laughter from the villains and absolutely no-one else.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: The Racnoss has set up shop in an abandoned Torchwood base under the Thames flood barrier. Donna is incredulous; the Doctor (who's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose used]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen to]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf it]]), less so.
-->'''Donna:''' What, there's like a secret base hidden underneath a major London landmark?\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[SarcasmMode I know, unheard of...]]
* LoveInterestTraitor: Lance only made Donna coffee in order to drug her with Huon particles. Accepting the marriage proposal was simply to keep her around.
* MissingFloor: The curious thing that the Doctor notes about the H.C. Clements offices is that the lift control panel shows an entire floor not on the official floor plan.
* MythologyGag: Donna ends up in the TARDIS in the same way companion Lucie Miller does in ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho''. Just like Lucie, she's not the least bit impressed by the Doctor. (Lucie assumed he was a "hippie ponce", while Donna sees Rose's shirt on a railing and assumes he's a deranged serial killer.)
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The Empress, possibly due to her sheer age and having been in hibernation for eons, is one of the few aliens who doesn't seem to know that "the Doctor" refers to a renegade Time Lord and assumes he's a physician.
* OhCrap:
** The Doctor reacting upon noticing that the driver of the taxi Donna has climbed into is a Robot Santa, and that there are several more aiming their weapons at him.
** The Racnoss Empress, after the Doctor finally corrects Donna's mistake. Namely, his planet of origin.
* OrSoIHeard: After officially missing the wedding, Donna wishes the Doctor had a time machine so they could go back and get it right. The Doctor mumbles that even if he did, he couldn't go back on her personal timeline -- "apparently".
* PhlebotinumAnalogy: "I'm a pencil inside a mug?"
* PungeonMaster: The Racnoss Empress. Notable in that she deliberately keeps setting up puns, and Lance and Donna don't play along.
-->'''Empress:''' DO YOU WANT TO BE RELEASED?!\\
'''Lance & Donna:''' ''Yes!''\\
'''Empress:''' ''[annoyed]'' YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SAY "I DO!"!!!!!!!!!
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lance gives a heartbreaking one to Donna after his FaceHeelTurn. It's about how she's only a key to his ambitions and he couldn't stand being married to her.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Lance is fed to the young Racnoss because the Empress doesn't approve of males who mistreat their mates.
* RunningGag: The Racnoss Empress is the first person to call the Doctor and Donna a couple. She will not be the last.
* SayMyName: The Doctor shouts "Donna!" at least 5 times.
* SealedEvilInACan: It is revealed that the centre of the Earth contains hundreds -- possibly thousands -- of omnivorous intelligent alien spiders. Indeed, the vessel that holds them is the original core of the planet, nearly five ''billion'' years old.
* ShoutOut:
** The Racnoss Webstar bears a striking resemblance to the Cylon Basestar of the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Both ships are made with Y shapes stacked on each other. The names are also quite similar.
** The Racnoss herself is a TabletopGame/{{D|ungeonsAndDragons}}rider.
** Donna's comment about dinosaurs at the centre of the Earth that she saw in a movie. She probably saw ''Journey to the Centre of the Earth''.
** The way the Doctor kills the Racnoss children is very reminiscent of the nursery rhyme ''WesternAnimation/TheItsyBitsySpider''.
* ShutUpAndSaveMe: The Doctor's listening at a door and talking at Donna and completely fails to notice the fact that she's been kidnapped for about half a minute, and only notices because she's not insulting him for once.
-->'''The Doctor:''' There was a Racnoss web at the centre of the Earth, but my people unravelled their power source. Because huon particles ceased to exist and the Racnoss were stuck, so they just stayed in hibernation for ''billions'' of years, frozen, dead, kaput! So you're the new key, brand new particles, living particles, and they need you to open it... and you have never ''been'' so quiet!
* SureLetsGoWithThat: The Doctor decides to run with Donna's accusation of him being Martian when he uses the sonic screwdriver on a payphone, since it simplifies matters.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: At the reception. (Murray Gold's "Love Don't Roam".)
* SympathyForTheDevil: Donna feels bad for the Racnoss queen as she screams horribly for her children the Doctor killed.
* TimeAbyss: The Racnoss date from the early days of the universe, and the Empress has been in hibernation for ''billions'' of years.
* TranquilFury: The Doctor, and it ''really'' freaks Donna out. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]" reveals that he would've died along with the Racnoss if she hadn't snapped him out of it.
* {{Tsundere}}: Donna is mostly tsun, but gets a couple of softer moments -- after the Robot Santas attack the reception, she tries to get the Doctor to help the injured while he's focused on the "bigger picture".
* UnderestimatingBadassery: The Racnoss Empress, thanks to having been in hibernation for eons and Donna's assumption that the Doctor was "Martian", fails to realize how dangerous he is until it's far, far too late -- when he tells her where he's ''really'' from.
* UnreliableVoiceover: Donna's description of how she and Lance got engaged. ''She'' was the one who proposed after six months of acquaintance and nagged until it was accepted, not the other way around as she tells it.
* VillainousBreakdown: When the Doctor reveals his true home, the Racnoss Empress goes from gloating to horrified shrieking:
-->'''Racnoss Empress:''' They MURDERED the Racnoss!
* VisualPun: How the Doctor destroys the reborn Racnoss.
-->The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the water spout, down came the rain and washed the spider out.
* WeirdnessCensor: Donna's relatives watch as she spontaneously disappears in a flash of light (while screaming piteously all the while). They conclude that it must be some sort of magic trick she cooked up for attention.
* WhamLine: We finally hear the name "Gallifrey" said onscreen in the revival.
* WhatTheHellHero: A relatively gentle one when Donna says she can't travel with the Doctor and that [[MoralityChain he needs someone who can stop him doing the kinds of things he does]].
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Donna's reaction to the TARDIS chasing her taxi down the motorway.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Poor Lance. He's only needed for a key, and once used, he's spider food.
* YouMustBeCold: The Doctor lends Donna his jacket to make up for her lack of sleeves. She immediately points out how skinny he is.
* YourMom: "And that goes ''double'' for your ''mother!''"