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The Christmas Invasion

Season 0, Ep Christmas Special, Aired 12/25/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: London, England, Earth Date: December 2006 Enemy: The Sycorax Rose and the newly-regenerated Doctor continue their adventures together in this Christmas Special episode. 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?

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Tennant

    The 10th Doctor

  • Billie Piper

    Rose Tyler

  • Penelope Wilton

    Harriet Jones

  • Russell T. Davies

  • James Hawes

  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • The Tenth Doctor appears to be as zany as the Fourth One!

    By Carycomic, Oct 02, 2006

  • There's a new Doctor--whenever he wakes up--and a handful of monsters to mount the suspense of his introduction. Rose struggles with the change just as we lesser mortals do.

    By opalemeraldcat, Jul 19, 2011

  • Tennet has became the definitive Doctor... and this is where he starts it.

    By belial_77, Sep 14, 2007

  • very good

    By vbkzlfie, Jul 14, 2008

  • A new Doctor

    By ArielManto, May 27, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Sycorax Leader: You stand as this world's champion? The Doctor: Thank you. I've no idea who I am, but you've just summed me up.

    • The Doctor: That was murder!
      Harriet Jones: That was defense.

    • Sycorax Leader: (via translator) "The yellow girl, she has the clever blue box. Therefore she speaks for your planet." Harriet Jones: But, she can't! Rose: Yeah, I can. Mickey: Don't you dare. Rose: Someone's got to be the Doctor. Harriet Jones: They'll kill you! Rose: It never stopped him. (Rose very nervously addresses the assembled Sycorax) I, um...I address the Sycorax... according to... article fifteen of the Shadow Proclamation. I command you to leave this world with all the authority of... the Slitheen Parliament of Raxicoricofallapatorius and, um... the Gelth Confederacy... as, uh, sanctioned... by the Mighty Jagrafess and... ooh, the Daleks! Now, leave this planet in peace!

    • The Doctor: My head, argh, I'm having a neuron implosion. I need... Jackie: What do you need? The Doctor: I need... Jackie: Just say! Tell me, tell me, tell me. The Doctor: I need.. Jackie: Painkillers? Aspirin? The Doctor: I need... Jackie: Codeine, paracetamol? Oh, I don't know, Pepto-Bismol? The Doctor: I need... Jackie: Liquid paraffin? Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E! The Doctor: I need... Jackie: Is it food? Something simple. Bowl of soup? Nice bowl of soup? Soup and a sandwich? Oh, soup and a little ham sandwich? The Doctor: I need you to shut up. Jackie: Oh, he hasn't changed that much, has he!?!

    • Jackie: I'm gonna be killed by a Christmas tree!!!

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    Notes (20)

    • This Christmas episode was filmed in July and 500 supporting artists were hired to play the British public.

    • A teaser trailer aired on the BBC website from December 2nd 2005.

    • A special preview of this episode was available to watch on the Doctor Who Season One boxset in the form of "Backstage at Christmas"

    • Featured Music: Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade)

    • With the filming of this episode Doctor Who became the first television drama to be granted permission to film atop the Tower of London.

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    Trivia (16)

    • The Doctor says the fruit he's throwing is a satsuma. It's actually a clementine.

    • The Sycorax ship's arrival sets off a sonic boom sufficient to shatter windows. However, it doesn't knock anyone off of the roofs, it doesn't set off any car alarms, it doesn't knock off any (suspiciously green in December) leaves from the trees, or generate a tidal surge from the Thames.

    • When morning comes and the A-Positives are standing on the Tower of London, in the next shot it's not yet sunrise in Paris. Paris is an hour ahead of London.

    • It's not clear how the Doctor's words "Doesn't she look tired?" set off Harriet's removal. He says it to only one person, her aide Adam. Yet in a matter of hours, it's all over the news. First, it's not clear why Adam, who is presumably loyal to Harriet, would repeat the words to anyone. Second, the words and their consequences are all over the news, on Christmas Day, when there has just been an alien invasion and thousands of people walking up to roofs to kill themselves. And that after Harriet apparently saved the world from the aliens.

    • It's never explained who delivered the lethal Christmas Tree. The Sycorax aren't on Earth yet and don't know about the Doctor. If it's the "pilot fishes," Jackie makes no comment about how they looked like Santas. And if it were the pilot fishes, why would they drop off a tree and leave, instead of going inside and capturing the Doctor with minimal resistance? Plus... the tree is a killing machine. It's established that the pilot fishes want the Doctor alive as a power source. However, the tree is trying to kill him.

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    Allusions (6)

    • The Doctor: And Harriet Jones MP for Flydale North! Blimey, it's like 'This Is Your Life'! This Is Your Life was a television series originally aired in the United States from 1952 to 1961, and again in 1972 on NBC. A version of it continued to air in the United Kingdom on BBC1 from 1955 to 2003, and another version is still running in Australia. The format of the show was simple: the host would surprise someone (usually a celebrity or public figure, occasionally an ordinary citizen) and, consulting his "red book," conduct a biography of the subject in a television studio. The subject would be presented with family members and old friends, reunited with old acquaintances, and often shed a tear when a personal tragedy was recounted.

    • Newsreader: Off the record, Government sources are calling this, our longest night. This is a play on the term The Longest Day, which has become synonymous with the D-Day landings at Normandy in June 1944. The origin of the term comes from a quote by Erwin Rommel: "...the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive...the fate of Germany depends on the outcome...for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day."

    • The Doctor: Sorry, that's The Lion King.

      The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Considered to many as the best Disney film of all time, it is the 32nd animated feature in the Disney animated feature series, and the third highest-grossing animated feature film ever released in the United States. The lyrics The Doctor quoted are from the theme song 'Circle of Life'.

    • AMNN Logo When news of the Sycorax invasion spreads across the world, we are shown a portion of an AMNN news broadcast. In the background one sees the AMNN logo, which bears a passing resemblance to the logo for CNN, an American-based 24-hour news network.

    • Sycorax The alien villains of this episode are named after the much talked about (but never seen) witch from Shakespeare's "The Tempest".

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