List Of Doctor Who Christmas Specials
by June K. Williams
Every year televison producers and writers feel the need to acknowledge Christmas with a holiday themed episode. We have seen the best and worst of and I’d like to share some of both with you.
Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi show on television. Unlike many shows in this genre, Doctor Who seems to make a habit of celebrating the season. Since 2005 when Doctor Who was reinvented for the 21st century there have been 8 Christmas Specials.
1. The Christmas Invasion (2005) This not only was a Christmas Special, it gave us the 10th Doctor in the person of David Tennant.
2. The Runaway Bride (2006) This was the introduction of Donna, a new and quite unexpected Companion for the Doctor.
3. The Voyage of the Damned (2007) The Doctor is aboard a floating Titanic starship heading straight for a catastrophic collision with Earth on Christmas Eve, a one episode Companion named Astride played by Kylie Minogue, Killer Robot Angels with feathery halos, sacrifice. It has one of my favorite Doctor Who quotes of all time. “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 is gonna save your lives and all 6 billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?”
4. The Next Doctor (2008) The Doctor arrives in London on Christmas Eve 1851. Cybermen are on the loose. He meets another man who claims to be a Time Lord and goes by the name of The Doctor and because The tenth Doctor thinks this man may be a future incarnation of himself he is called The Next Doctor.
5. The End of Time (2009) This two part special marked the end of David Tennant’s reign as the 10th Doctor and a regeneration that brought us Matt Smith as the bowtied, fez and stetson wearing 11th incarnation of the Doctor. It was chock full of nostalgia and Apocalyptic action giving us a chance at seeing a regal Timothy Dalton and a host of Whovian actors from the past including Billie Piper and John Barrowman.
6. A Christmas Carol (2010) When Steven Moffat decided to visit the Dickens classic on Doctor Who he made sure to retain the most important theme which is the transformation of the heart of a miserable miser by transporting him to the past and revealing what is important in life. Crashing spaceliners and a world surrounded by an atmosphere filled with flying sharks and fish are just the window dressing.
7. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) It is Christmas in 1938. All is not well on planet Earth and life is hard for the Arwell family in Great Britain. While the Doctor can’t fix all that is wrong on Earth he does make Christmas special for one family.
8. The Snowmen (2012)
All is clear, all is bright but there is evil afoot set on destroying not just Christmas cheer but all that makes life worth living. How do you defeat an enemy that is not exactly alive? Well of course you will need the Doctor but he can’t succeed this time without the help of the young woman who is about to become his new companion. Welcome Clara, she is quite a puzzle.
The Christmas special for 2013 should be quite something as it not only celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who but will mark the departure of another fan favorite, the 11th Doctor played by Matt Smith. With his departure comes the introduction of the 12th Doctor who will be played by Peter Capaldi.
P.S. The Ninth Doctor and Rose visited the Christmas Truce of 1914 but it was not an episode created as a Christmas Special.
by June K. Williams