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December 26th, 2014 51 comments

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Which is Your Favourite post 2005 Christmas Special?

We have now had 10 Christmas specials since 2005 featuring 3 different Doctors, David Tennant, Matt Smith and now Peter Capaldi – so which is your favourite?



  • The Werewolf

    March 16th, 2015 - 9:32pm

    The Christmas Invasion was the best Christmas special and it has never been beaten in my eyes.

  • The five doctors

    March 9th, 2015 - 11:03pm

    Voyage of the Dammned by far !!!

    • The Fourth Doctor

      March 9th, 2015 - 11:04pm

      Oops that was me

  • Doctor Who Crazy Ross

    January 10th, 2015 - 9:55pm

    I always thought that it was a shame that Christopher didn’t do a Christmas special

  • Doctor Who Crazy Ross

    January 10th, 2015 - 9:54pm

    If I had to choose a top 5 it would be:

    1. The Christmas invasion
    2. The Time of the Doctor
    3. The Voyage of the Damned
    4. Last Christmas
    5. The snowmen

  • Anomoynus

    January 6th, 2015 - 10:18pm

    My favourite Christmas specials were the time of the doctor and the doctor, the widow and the wardrobe. Last Christmas was ok. it was a bit confusing though at some parts.

  • drwhocollector

    January 1st, 2015 - 11:59am

    Last Christmas is easily my favourite, though it may take a off alien and inception a bit, it has the perfect balance of humour and darkness, which is needed for a Christmas special. The cast were great especially Nick Frost as Santa – I’d give this a well deserved 8/10!

  • Doyouhearthem?

    December 30th, 2014 - 2:19pm

    I’m surprised that Time of the Doctor is only fourth; to me it is the ideal Christmas special in its explorations of hope, redemption and saviours, coupled with the emotional competence and superb performances. The End of Time seems an odd choice for favourite Christmas special…

    • docfan

      January 1st, 2015 - 11:22am

      i know

    • Anomoynus

      January 6th, 2015 - 10:13pm

      I agree

  • drwhofan4ever

    December 29th, 2014 - 12:35am

    Voyage of the damned is my fave Christmas special because it was fun and exciting and The characters were portrayed amazingly. They had so much depth and i was devastated when astrid died. Still think she should come back because of the relationship between her and the doctor. Mind you, the snowmen and the Christmas invasion are not too far behind

    • TheRedCreeperTRC

      December 31st, 2014 - 5:36pm

      I agree completely! The only thing that bugged me a little was when Astrid came back as stardust, that was a bit cheesy, but the rest of it was truly terrific. Fantastic special, and the greater significance of the it in the subsequent series’ plot (Wilfred) was very clever. Definitely my fav!

  • You Know I’m Right

    December 28th, 2014 - 11:29pm

    The Christmas Invasion – a bit simple, but a well structured and paced adventure that I found pleasingly unpredictable and entertaining = thumbs up.
    The Runaway Bride – a jumble of annoying characters, drawn out ideas, a cool villain who doesn’t do anything, pantomime acting, different ideas that don’t work together and a summer-y Christmas crowbarred into the mix = thumbs down.
    Voyage of the Damned – an odd little gem filled with really weird ideas placed together incredibly well using fantastic humour, slick direction, awesome production designs, OTT moments, deep characters, and a barmy climax which results in an episode that, although isn’t overly Christmassy on the surface, captures the spirit of the season perfectly = thumbs up.
    The Next Doctor – a solid plot with some decent moments, reasonable characters and a well utilised villain, the ending is the weakest part (all that Cyber-King rubbish) but the graveyard scene makes up for all of the mistakes of the episode = thumbs (just about) up.
    The End of Time – absolute fan-girl bait trash that doesn’t deserve my time, a diabolical dump RTD took on the show = thumbs down!
    A Christmas Carol – a festive treat that takes a great story and puts Doctor Who’s twist on it resulting in a fun, flipping fabulous hour of my favourite show. Not without mistakes mind you = thumbs up.
    The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe – a funny, perhaps overly Christmassy Christmas episode that delivers in thrills, twists, interesting plot developments and depth that I didn’t see coming. Also, bloody wooden king! = thumbs up.
    The Snowmen – a mixed bag of underused actors, illogical scenes, magical moments, creepy villains and odd production design/a wobbly Moffat episode = thumbs (again, just) up.
    The Time of the Doctor – a fast paced, very clever, pretty heartbreaking war story told in a fantastical way which showcases all the reasons why people loved Matt Smith. Also, bloody wooden cyberman! = thumbs up.
    Last Christmas – an episode which balances christmas, inception, alien, Clara’s development and Danny’s (final) goodbye through use of bland direction, majestic music, momentous moments and really joyous ideas = thumbs up.

  • PedroPete

    December 28th, 2014 - 8:26pm

    The Christmas Invasion

  • 47

    December 28th, 2014 - 9:52am

    1 : The Next Doctor
    2 : End Of Time
    3 : Voyage Of The Damned
    4; The Snowmen

    I’m not sure if I’ve seen the Christmas Invasion, as I turned off during the Christopher Eccelstone era, and didn’t go back and ‘give it another go’ until David Tennant started his series’ proper.
    The Runaway Bride, I don’t remember, Last Christmas – I’ve commented on on the other link, and the rest you can put in a big ol’ bag and beat them with a stick as I thought they were a complete embarrassment to watch and summed up everything I disliked about Matt Smith’s era.

  • Gallifrey Will Rise Again

    December 28th, 2014 - 1:30am

    Hard To choose but my top 5 would be:

    1. End Of Time (The regeneration was way too long, but matt’s first scene was epic)
    2. Last Christmas
    3. The Christmas Invasion. (Would love to see the sycorax return again in the future)
    4. The Time Of The Doctor
    5. The Snowmen

    Weakest one in my opinion is the doctor, the widow and the wardrobe by quite a distance

  • CJ

    December 27th, 2014 - 9:06pm

    For me, the worst Christmas specials were The Runaway Bride and The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, the rest were great!

  • T4RD1S

    December 27th, 2014 - 7:59pm

    Come on!, the doctor, the widow and the wardrobe was a great episode!, doctor who and narnia! Why do people hate it so much?!

    • CJ

      December 27th, 2014 - 8:56pm

      That was the worst christmas special ever! It was just boring and a waste of time

    • T4RD1S

      December 27th, 2014 - 11:23pm

      But I loved it!!!!

    • Dalek The Supreme

      December 28th, 2014 - 12:33am

      Not everyone has the same opinion. Personally, I found The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe to be disappointing due to its mostly flat characters and cheap resolution (though the bit where the Doctor came back for Amy and Rory was well done).

    • GallifreyanKnight

      December 28th, 2014 - 3:51pm

      Because it’s garbage. That’s why.

    • NM

      December 28th, 2014 - 8:46pm

      I thought it was a great special. Of course I liked the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe.

    • Anonymous

      December 28th, 2014 - 10:11pm

      I HATED IT SO!!!!!!!!! MUCH!!!!!!!!


  • TheExtremeBlueTARDIS

    December 27th, 2014 - 4:52pm

    Okay I’m sorry, but The Snowmen does not deserve to be that low… It’s really favourited everywhere else. I honestly think it should overtake TotD, The End of Time and Voyage of the Damned AT LEAST.


    December 27th, 2014 - 3:53pm

    Have 16.38% of voters picked ‘Last Cheristmas’ just because it’s the latest Christmas Special ?? . . . . . SERIOUSLY !! 😀

    My personal favorite in ‘The Runaway Bride’, no Christmas Special is more fun and enjoyable for me then that one, thou ‘The Christmas Invasion’ or ‘Voyage of the Damned’ do come close.

    • the astronaut of death

      December 27th, 2014 - 6:38pm

      No I think they chose it because they think it is the best one

    • CJ

      December 27th, 2014 - 9:03pm

      The only best Christmas specials were the Christmas invasion, voyage of the dammed, the next doctor, the end of time, I guess A Christmas Carol wasn’t that bad! And the snowmen and also the time of the doctor wasn’t bad aswell plus Last Christmas was quite good

    • Dalek The Supreme

      December 28th, 2014 - 12:34am

      Last Christmas was abysmal, and quite possible the worst one of them all, in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      December 28th, 2014 - 11:27am

      Clearly a minority view point. Most people enjoyed Last Christmas and as a lot if the Xmas specials have been poor esp End of Time, then that’s why its up there. Your opinion is not fact…its a minority opinion…nothing more.

  • TheExtremeBlueTARDIS

    December 27th, 2014 - 11:00am

    The Snowmen. Thought it would be higher, especially over Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time…

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2014 - 11:47am

      Agreed Voyage of the Damned and End if Time were awful. The Snowmen was a really good story.

  • Sebatron

    December 27th, 2014 - 10:41am

    1. End of Time
    2. The Time of the Doctor
    3. The Snowmen
    4. The Christmas Invasion
    5. The Next Doctor

  • Dalekparadigm2

    December 26th, 2014 - 11:19pm

    I went for the time of the doctor as Matt Smith was stunning and it was Capaldi’s first episode (where he spoke). I just love the storyline of the episode and all the characters are played really well.

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2014 - 9:56am

      The first time I watched Time of the Doctor, I was a little disappointed. ..but I suppose the Day of the Doctor was impossible to follow. However, I watched Time of the Doctor again recently and really enjoyed it. Moffat did well to weave the story together and resolve prior arcs and as you say, Matt Smith was wonderful.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      December 28th, 2014 - 12:37am

      I don’t see why it gets so much hate. Yeah, the resolutions to the arcs were a bit rushed, and nearly everything between the end of the opening credits and the Doctor and Clara landing on Trenzalore was largely unimportant, forgettable, or exposition, but it still had a solid story, enjoyable characters, and a great regeneration.

    • The Moffat Paradox

      December 31st, 2014 - 2:55pm

      I liked TOTD best as a Christmas Special as well.Why?Because I thought it sucessfully wrapped up the loose ends from Matt Smith’s time In the Tardis, gave what I think you want in a Christmas Special :a Christmas theme without being TOO Christmassy and provided a pretext for throwing in all the deadliest enemies in an epic drawn out battle.

      What’s not to like?

  • Anonymous

    December 26th, 2014 - 11:12pm

    The worst was the End of Time….I actually felt sorry for DT bowing out with such an awful story.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      December 27th, 2014 - 6:37am

      Not sure if it was the worst, but it definitely had a weak story overall, and an abysmal regeneration.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    December 26th, 2014 - 10:35pm

    A Christmas Carol. Matt Smith’s first Christmas spell was a fun-filled episode with a great story, a great antagonist, and a wonderfully Christmas feel to it.

  • Harold Saxon

    December 26th, 2014 - 9:14pm

    mine are as follows,

    1.End Of Time
    2.The Christmas Invasion
    3.Runaway Bride

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    December 26th, 2014 - 8:51pm

    For me its a matter of looking at each episode and seeing which one captured the feel, look and spirit of Christmas! For me its easy The Snowmen. It was Christmas but not too much focus, it was magic, it was heart warming and for me thats how a christmas episode should be! My top three are :-
    1. The Snowmen
    2. A Christmas Carol
    3. Voyage of the Damned.

  • Doctor Rules

    December 26th, 2014 - 8:45pm

    Christmas Invasion is my favourite. I’m going to rewatch Last Christmas because I was very impressed with it so it might make it into the top three which are currently:
    1. The Christmas Invasion
    2. Voyage of the Damned
    3. A Christmas Carol
    Last Christmas might make it there!

  • MBingDW

    December 26th, 2014 - 7:17pm

    I had to choose The Runaway Bride! Love Catherine Tate and Donna Noble.

  • CJ

    December 26th, 2014 - 6:52pm

    The End of Time

  • The Silent Silent

    December 26th, 2014 - 6:45pm

    THE END OF TIME !!!!

  • Doctor Stu

    December 25th, 2014 - 7:29pm

    The end of time definitely

  • Hifi orno

    December 25th, 2014 - 7:23pm

    The christmas invasion

  • T4RD1S

    December 25th, 2014 - 7:20pm

    I actually liked The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, not sure why people h8 it

    • CJ

      December 26th, 2014 - 6:55pm

      I thought that was boring

    • GallifreyanKnight

      December 29th, 2014 - 12:45pm

      Stupid characters, stupid resolution, wasted cameo, breaks logic…

      Need I go on?

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