Watch Doctor Who Christmas Specials


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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  • Two heroic icons - the Doctor and Santa (Nick Frost) - along with Clara Oswald, are thrown together in one of the Time Lord's most incredible adventures yet!

  • Peter Capaldi is introduced as Zoe Ball hosts a live celebration in which the next actor to land Doctor Who's lead role is revealed, in the company of former cast members and celebrity fans.

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