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Series Length:1 Season, 7 Episodes
Network: BBC
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Since returning from a decades-long hiatus, every year the British sci-fi program has featured a special Christmas episode. The Christmas specials air on Christmas day and run longer than the hour usually allotted to regular episodes. Many of the more recent specials include popular or famous guest stars. Although the series often contains story arcs spanning several episodes, the holiday specials are generally standalone stories and occasionally serve to introduce new regular characters.

The first of these specials follows the first season and features a change in lead actors from Christopher Eccleston as the ninth incarnation of the doctor to David Tennant as the tenth. In this episode, the newly regenerated tenth Doctor must save the Earth from a hostile alien race called the Sycorax. The next year's special has the tenth Doctor meeting a bride who materializes in his spaceship on her wedding day, and together the pair must unravel the mystery of a race of spider beings wreaking havoc in London.

The Doctor finds himself the next Christmas on a spaceship version of the Titanic on a voyage towards disaster. The fourth Christmas special has the tenth Doctor teaming up with a human doctor and squaring off against a giant killer robot. Unlike previous holiday specials, the fifth was the completion of a story arc and David Tennant's final episode in the series. In it the Doctor confronts his worst enemy and perishes in the process, forced to regenerate into the eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith.

Eleven's first Christmas special, and the sixth of the new series, is a science fiction retelling of the classic Christmas Carol. Special number seven is a story set in World War two in which the Doctor helps a broken family come together and saves a dying alien race. The latest Christmas special introduces the Doctor's newest companion with whom he must work to defeat a sentient consciousness set on world domination.

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  • Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way the Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?

  • The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times." David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield. The End Of Time, Part Two is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

  • It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey - but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death, the battle rages from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate. Meanwhile, the alien race Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe. David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield. The End Of Time, Part One is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

  • It's Christmas Eve in 1851 and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor, and soon the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing? The Next Doctor was the second most watched programme during Christmas 2008, attracting over 13 million viewers, a 52% audience share.

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