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Christmas was a traditional holiday celebrated by many Humans on Earth.



Although he is an alien, the Doctor has developed a fondness and appreciation for the celebration of Christmas. Christmas celebrations existed in as far away a time and place at the planet Puxatornee in the year 3090. (BFA: Flip-Flop) Even the normally serious Sara Kingdom from the year 4000 celebrated the holiday with the Doctor's first incarnation. (DW: The Daleks' Master Plan)

The Doctor, jokingly or otherwise, claimed to have left Rose Tyler a red bicycle she wanted for Christmas many years before (from her perspective) they first met. (DW: The Doctor Dances)

Christmas commemorates the birth of ancient Earth religious leader Jesus Christ, although the actual date of his birth was not Dec. 25, the Christmas celebration having evolved over the millennia from the combination of several other celebrations. Jesus is said to have been born in a barn or shed due to an inn having no room for his family; the Doctor once claimed it was he who got the last room at the inn. (DW: Voyage of the Damned)

Christmas activities in England may include pantomimes. At a UNIT Christmas party, the Doctor, Jo Grant and others put on a production of Aladdin. (NA: Timewyrm: Revelation, No Future)

The figure of Father Christmas (also known as Santa Claus, Pierre Noel etc), a man who delivers presents to young children, became a key part of Christmas. He may (TVC: A Christmas Story) or may not actually exist.

Earth -- and, specifically the vicinity of London -- experienced a number of major events involving aliens at or around Christmas Day starting in the early 21st century. In 2006, Christmas coincided with the arrival of the Guinevere One space probe at Mars, but this celebration was disrupted by the subsequent Sycorax invasion; this event was later cited by the Doctor as the moment the people of Earth were irrevocably introduced to the idea of alien life (after years of isolated and covered-up incidents) (DW: The Christmas Invasion); this event also had personal significance to the Doctor as he experienced it immediately after regenerating into his tenth incarnation. In 2007, the arrival of the Webstar over London panicked the populace. (DW: The Runaway Bride). For Christmas 2008, the populace of London (except a few holdouts such as Queen Elizabeth II and Wilfred Mott) voluntarily evacuated the city in case of another alien invasion (no invasion occurred, but a spaceship replica of The Titanic nearly crashed into Buckingham Palace). (DW: Voyage of the Damned).

Other incidents at that took place at Christmas have included the Cybermen invasion of Christmas 1851 (DW: The Next Doctor) and an attempt by the Gelth to come through the Cardiff Rift on Christmas Eve 1869 (DW: The Unquiet Dead). Both of these events would be thwarted by the Doctor. Apparently some incident occurred in San Francisco at Christmas in the year 2000, but the details are not known. (DW: Doctor Who: The TV Movie)

In many Earth cultures, the "Christmas season" or "Holiday season" usually continues until the turning of the new year, which occurs six days later. Several events of note occurred on December 31, 1999, otherwise known as New Year's Eve, including the Doctor successfully thwarting an attempt by the Master to steal his remaining regenerations, soon after the Doctor had himself regenerated (DW: Doctor Who: The TV Movie); and the staff of Torchwood 3 being murdered, leaving Jack Harkness in charge (TW: Fragments). This latter event occurred as the Torchwood Hub still had Christmas decorations on display.

Alternate timeline

In the alternate timeline experienced by Donna Noble due to the manipulations of the Trickster's Brigade, the Doctor died during the incident with the Webstar at Christmas 2007, while the Titanic replica crashed into London at Christmas 2008, destroying the city and flooding most of southern England with radiation, sparking a chain of events leading to the country becoming a police state. This timeline was subsequently negated. (DW: Turn Left)

Behind the Scenes

Stories set during or associated with Christmas

Television stories

Doctor Who

K-9 and Company


Prose stories


Virgin New Adventures

Short Story anthologies

Big Finish Short Trips

  • Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury
  • Short Trips: The History of Christmas
  • Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas
  • Short Trips: Christmas Around the World
Other short fiction


Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas


See also

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