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What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow
Series: Doctor Who Annual
Doctor: Ninth Doctor
Author: Steven Moffat
Published In: Doctor Who Annual 2006
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Previous Story: Pitter-Patter
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What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow was a short story by Steven Moffat originally published in the 2006 Doctor Who Annual. It was later adapted as the TV episode DW: Blink, again by Moffat. It is also available online via the BBC's Doctor Who website.



Sally Sparrow is a child who is contacted by the Doctor after he gets stuck at her mum's party after the TARDIS burps. The Doctor then precedes to write messages under Sally's wallpaper in her room and he sends her a video containing messages to Sally form Sally's mum's party.



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  • This story was later adapted into the TV story Blink. The character of Sally Sparrow remains, but was changed into an adult. The same premise of communication across time using pre-recorded messages also remains, as does the idea of the Doctor separated from the TARDIS.
  • It is the first and, to date, only piece of Doctor Who short fiction to be adapted as an episode (a New Adventures novel and a Big Finish audio drama have also been adapted for TV).
  • This is the only officially licensed Ninth Doctor story in which the Doctor is not depicted as travelling with Rose.


  • Despite this story was later remade for television, it is still quite easy to place it as happening within the established "canon" without it taking place in an alternate universe. It likely takes place before the Ninth Doctor meets Rose Tyler, as he is without companion. However, in Rose, the Doctor appears not to have noticed his large ears before, placing Rose very soon after his regeneration. The best placement is just after Rose declines to travel in the TARDIS, and before the Doctor returns and mentions it travels in time and space.

External Links

  • BBC - Doctor Who site "What I did on my Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow" (online version)
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow

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