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.
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
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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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more