Since its triumphant return in 2005, the Doctor Who Christmas Special was an annual tradition. For thirteen consecutive years families across the country would sit down on Christmas Day to enjoy adventures in space and time. From evil Santa Claus robots, to giant arachnids, to retellings of Christmas classics, we’ve seen it all over the years.
In 2019, new showrunner Chris Chibnall decided to axe the tradition, after all, how many tales can you tell involving a single holiday? Instead opting for a New Year’s Day special with “Resolution” which saw the return of The Doctor’s greatest enemy, The Daleks. Because of this decision and because Christopher Eccleston regenerated at the end of his debut season, only three of the five New Who Doctors have actually taken part in Christmas specials, with David Tennant taking the top spot with 5 appearances.
Christmas 2020 is rapidly approaching and, after the year we’ve all had, a bit of escapism into a good old Doctor Who adventure might be just what you need on Christmas Day. To help you in choosing where to start, we’ve ranked all 13 New Who Christmas Specials!
I'm Jamie, I am a writer and filmmaker based in Essex, UK. My key interests are in film and TV, particularly horror and comedy. I've published several short stories and hoping to publish a novel soon. Specialist subjects include Resident Evil, horror movies and Doctor Who.