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The Christmas Invasion 

It's Christmas Eve, but this is to be a far from silent night - the cruel Sycorax have come to Earth to enslave mankind and, as ever, only The Doctor can stop them. Unfortunately, he's lying in a coma in Jackie's home...


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Camille Coduri ... Jackie Tyler
Noel Clarke ... Mickey Smith
Penelope Wilton ... Harriet Jones
Daniel Evans ... Danny Llewellyn
Adam Garcia ... Alex
Sean Gilder ... Sycorax Leader
Chu Omambala ... Major Blake
Anita Briem ... Sally
Sian McDowall Sian McDowall ... Sandra
Paul Anderson ... Jason
Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy ... Mum
Sean Carlsen Sean Carlsen ... Policeman
Jason Mohammad ... Newsreader 1 (as Jason Mohammed)


The newly regenerated Doctor travels to present day London and Rose is happy to be home. Her mother is happy to see her, her protestation to the contrary. The Doctor isn't well however suffering from what he describes as a surplus of energy. While he is in a coma-like state, the people of the Earth are threatened by the Sycorax who threaten to destroy one-third of the planet's population if they don't surrender. The Prime Minister, in the apparent absence of the Doctor, asks for assistance from Torchwood but it's slow in coming and the end is fast approaching. Rose's mum Jackie has the cure for the Doctor, however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although a special Christmas episode is a tradition in most British television series, this is the first story for Doctor Who clearly labeled as a Christmas special. However, the seventh episode of The Daleks' Master Plan, Doctor Who: The Feast of Steven (1965), was written as a Christmas episode, even featuring a fourth-wall-breaking Christmas wish to the viewers by William Hartnell. Although not shown at Christmas, Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead (2005) was set on Christmas Eve, 1869. See more »


When they are explaining how the space probe carried blood samples, the camera pans down to show a computer screen, but a media player is shown. Later, the media player is shown full screen. The computer interface must have just been recorded onto a movie file and played, but they forgot to make it full screen before filming. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Jackie, Mickey, blimey! No, no, no, no, hold on. Wait there! I've got something to say. I've got something I had to tell you. Something important, what was it? No, no, no, hold on. Tch tch tch tch... Oh, I know! Merry Christmas!
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Featured in 2005 TV Moments (2005) See more »


God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Same man, new face
13 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This instantly picks up where The Parting of the ways left us, Tennant is now the Doctor and suffering trauma from his regeneration. Rose heads for her mum's place to spend Christmas but is soon being chased by Robotic killer Santas and lethal Christmas trees. The Sycorax make their first and only appearance, positioning their ship above London and controlling people with A+ blood. PM Harriet Jones pleas for the Doctor's help, who is bed ridden. The Doctor recovers in the nick of time to save the day.

The humour once again belongs to Jackie and Mickey, there are some great lines throughout, my favourites being Jackie's 'I'm gona get killed by a Christmas tree,' and Harriet's 'did we ask about the Royal family, oh they're on the roof,' love it!! The concept of the killer Santas acting as pilot fish for something bigger is a clever one. Harriet Jones (love or hate I know) shines once again, she goes from scatty and lovable to cool, controlled and scared at the end where she destroys the Sycorax. The Sycorax themselves are extremely well designed. We only get about 16 true minutes of David Tennant, but what we get is brilliant. Moment of the episode must be the destruction of the Sycorax ship, and the Doctor's reaction to Harriet.

The imagery again is superb, it looks so good, its production values are extremely high, the scene of the mass of people walking onto the rooftops is a very powerful one.

I applaud the Christmas Invasion for its originality, it would become the format for the annual seasonal adventure. Had this one not worked it would never have recurred. The Christmas link is well devised, it doesn't feel forced. It's a great episode, with some real high points, it's hard really to pick fault with it.

What is the significance of the 6 words? was it paranoia that caused Harriet's demise?

I was a huge Eccleston fan, but it wasn't long before Tennant surpassed Eccleston in the role to become arguably the best Doctor to date. I can remember watching the Coming Soon trailer, and being utterly blown away by it.


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