Since the 2005 reboot, the BBC has been issuing special episodes set around Christmas, which are broadcast on Christmas Day every year.
The Christmas Invasion
Christmas becomes a time of terror for Planet Earth, as the whole of mankind falls under the shadow of the alien Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor’s help, but can she trust a man with a new face?
Broadcast: December 25th, 2005
The Runaway Bride
Bride-to-be Donna mysteriously vanishes as she prepares to marry her boyfriend Lance in a glittering ceremony on Christmas Eve. She suddenly appears, to her complete astonishment, in the Tardis with the Doctor.
Broadcast: December 25th, 2006
Voyage of the Damned
When disaster hits the spaceship Titanic, the Doctor uncovers a threat to the whole human race. Battling alongside aliens, saboteurs, robot Angels and a new friend called Astrid, can he stop the Christmas inferno?
The Next Doctor
It’s Christmas Eve in 1851 and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he’s surprised to meet another Doctor, and soon the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing?
Broadcast: December 25th, 2008
The End of Time (two parter)
It’s the Tenth Doctor’s final journey – but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.
Broadcast: December 25th, 2009 & January 1st, 2010 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————
Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?
Broadcast: December 25th, 2010 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish. Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes London with her two children for a house in Dorset where they are greeted by a madcap caretaker with a mysterious Christmas gift. Here, Madge will learn that wishes can come true…
Broadcast: December 25th, 2011
Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. As old friends return, can the Doctor fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace.
Broadcast: December 25th, 2012