To best explain this story, we should start at the beginning:
A fanfiction author was upset with how "Journey's End"
had written Donna
out of the show. So, he decided to redo the ending
so that Donna didn't have to leave with her memory erased.
The catch?The Tenth Doctor ended up regenerating in order to save her.
From there, he and Donna continue adventuring, making their first stop together in Victorian England, Christmas eve
And thus, we have "The Next Doctors"
, the first of a series of stories
concerning the Eleventh Doctor and Donna taking part in the last few episodes of Series 4
How much does this change the story? Let's find out...
(It is recommended you watch "The Next Doctor" or go to the recap page
first before reading this story/page.)
The Next Doctors provides examples of the following tropes:
- Blatant Lies: The narrator explains how the Doctor hated the cheers he has getting for what he did... except not really:
- Christmas Carolers: Tells the Doctor he's arrived at Christmas Eve at one point.
- Famous Last Words: In "Always Another Way", the Tenth Doctor goes out while shouting "ALLONS-Y!"
- For Want of a Nail: The Tenth Doctor regenerating before stopping in Victorian England.
- The most notable difference shown here is in the CyberKing's destruction, where instead of it being sent into the Time Vortex so it can self-destruct harmlessly, Miss Hartigan willingly sends the Cyberking away. Notibly, this is similar to the alternate version of the scene that Davies envisioned for the actual episode.
- Foreshadowing: Near the end of the story, the Doctor notices a crack in the wall of a building.
- Have We Met Yet?: When Rosita makes her claim that "there can't be two of [the Doctor]", the Doctor tries to figure out which one she's referring to:
But... which one? Is it the one with the scarf
? Any of these things ringing a bell?"
- In Spite of a Nail: The Eleventh Doctor is the same one as in the show.
- The CyberKing still runs rampant.
- Need we mention the crack again?
- Prolonged Prologue: "Always Another Way" acts as this to "The Next Doctors".
- Resurrection Sickness: Like in "The Eleventh Hour", the Doctor still has the same post-regeneration problems he had then, like the cramps. Which really comes to bite him in the ass when running away from a Cyberman in Chapter 3.
- Shout-Out: See Have We Met Yet?.
- Instead of choosing "John Smith" as his name, the Doctor goes with "Ian Foreman".
Donna: "Well, what about 'Ian Foreman'? Where'd that come from? What about John Smith?"
The Doctor: "Dunno. I just don't feel like a 'Smith' in this body."
- Skewed Priorities: The Doctor decided to put off persuing the CyberKing... so that he can find some clothes in a school.
- The Stations of the Canon: The Doctor still finds his signature outfit (this time in a school), and the cracks in time still exist.
- Talkative Loon: True to form, the Eleventh Doctor still has the problem for talking too much. A good example is during the scene mentioned for Have We Met Yet?, where the Doctor keeping going on about his past selves, all while ignoring the shaking, banging door.
- What Year Is This?: Averted, as the Doctor not only already knows that he and Donna landed in Victorian England, but also figures out that it's Christmas (eve) thanks to hearing carolers.