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10 Lessons Doctor Who Teaches Us About Christmas

A Doctor Who Christmas survival guide.

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The first Doctor Who story to be broadcast on Christmas Day was way back in 1965. The Feast of Steven ended with the Doctor raising a toast and wishing the viewers at home a happy Christmas. It's a bit rich given that Christmas with the Doctor always go pear-shaped.

There are two certainties in life. Number one - whenever the Doctor is around you can bet that we’re all in big trouble (or as Clive put it to Rose “if the Doctor’s making house calls then … God help you”), and number two - Christmas Day will be one of his busiest, with all manner of aliens choosing to pitch up to spoil the party.

When it comes to Christmas, nothing is sacred and everything is fair game to alien invaders and even the Doctor himself. From something as innocuous as a child’s toy to the heavenly host of angels, not everything is quite what it seems.

Instead of offering platitudes, the Doctor should be issuing every household with a Christmas Survival Guide, just in case he’s otherwise engaged with a twenty-four year passion-fest with River Song on Darillium, or getting sloshed on Gallifreyan sherry with his latest companions in the TARDIS.

In the event that the said book fails to materialise inside your Christmas stocking, here are a few handy hints.

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Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.