Doctor Who: The Christmas specials in pictures

From The Christmas Invasion to The Snowmen, a pictorial year-by-year guide to some of the key players in each festive episode of Doctor Who

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THE CHRISTMAS INVASION (2005)

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Still in his pyjamas, a newly regenerated Doctor (David Tennant) sees off an invasion by alien race the Sycorax – not to mention evil Robot Santas – with the help of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), her mum Jackie and her boyfriend Mickey.


The Doctor


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The companion: Rose Tyler


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The monsters: The Sycorax


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The monsters: Robot Santas


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THE RUNAWAY BRIDE (2006)

A new companion for the Doctor (David Tennant) as Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) materialises aboard the Tardis just as she is about to get married in Chiswick. It’s all part of a plot by the Empress of the Racnoss, an ancient arachnoid race who lie waiting to be revived at the centre of the Earth.


The Doctor


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The companion: Donna Noble


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The monster: Empress of the Racnoss


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VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (2007)

Aboard luxury space liner The Titanic, waitress Astrid (Kylie Minogue) and alien Bannakaffalatta (Jimmy Vee) help the Doctor (David Tennant) take on a disgruntled employee who is engineering the destruction of the vessel, and the Earth, having turned the ship’s angelic information service The Host into killer robots.


The Doctor


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The companion: Astrid Peth


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The monsters: The Host


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The Zocci: Bannakaffalatta


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THE NEXT DOCTOR (2008)

London, Christmas Eve, 1851: the Doctor (David Tennant) encounters a man (David Morrissey) he initially believes to be a future incarnation of himself, who is suffering from amnesia. Together with his companion Rosita (Velili Tshabalala), they uncover a plot by the Cybermen and their human ally Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan) to enslave the children of London and create a giant “Cyberking”.


The Doctor


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“The Doctor”: Jackson Lake


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The companion: Rosita Farisi


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The villain: Miss Hartigan


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The monsters: The Cybermen


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The monsters: The Cybershades


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THE END OF TIME (2009/2010)

The Master (John Simm) uses a medical device belonging to Vinvocci technicians (Lawry Lewin and Sinead Keenan) to swap the DNA of everyone on Earth for his own, creating a Master Race. The only exceptions are The Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate), who have Time Lord DNA, and Donna’s grandfather Wilf (Bernard Cribbins) who is shielded from the procedure. Meanwhile, the race of Time Lords is returning, and The Doctor’s days are numbered…


The Doctor


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The former companion: Donna Noble


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The companion: Wilf Mott


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The Master


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The Vinvocci: Rossiter and Addams


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The Ood


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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2010)

Dickens meets sci-fi as The Doctor (Matt Smith) goes back in time in an attempt to soften the heart of bitter miser Kazran Sardick (Michael Gambon) and persuade him to use his power to enable a stricken space ship – containing honeymooners Amy and Rory – to land safely. Opera singer Katherine Jenkins is Sardick’s doomed love Abigail. Oh, and there’s a flying shark too…  


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The companion: Abigail


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The villain: Kazran Sardick


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The monster: Flying shark


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THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE (2011)

The Doctor (Matt Smith) plays caretaker to a widowed mother (Claire Skinner) and her children (Maurice Cole and Holly Earl) who have been evacuated to the country for Christmas during the Second World War. The Doctor’s Christmas present to them is a portal to a winter wonderland – which turns out to be the home of sentient trees, whose entire race is threatened with destruction…  


The Doctor


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The Mother


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The children


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The monsters: The Wooden King and Queen


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THE SNOWMEN (2012)

Victorian London, Christmas: The Doctor (Matt Smith) is in mourning after the loss of Amy and Rory but is drawn out of retirement by the pleas of young governess Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), teaming up with old friends Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Strax and Jenny to face the threat of Dr Simeon (Richard E Grant) and his deadly Snowmen.


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The companion: Clara


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The villain: Dr Simeon


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The monsters: The Snowmen


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The Silurian detective: Madame Vastra


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