The Christmas Invasion
2005 Christmas Special
A Doctor Who Christmas Special. How mad is that? For the show to get one in its first year back must have been a huge boost for the people making it. On top of which, it became a tradition, and we're now approaching eight years of Christmas with Doctor Who. Not an achievement to sniff at.
All the same, you don't expect very much from a Christmas Special. The audience are largely in festive spirits – i.e., they're a bit drunk – so they're hardly in the mood to concentrate. Most shows consequently churn out exactly the same as usual, minus a few IQ points but with added tinsel. (Apart from Eastenders, which inexplicably sees Christmas the way Hollyoaks sees the watershed.) The Christmas Invasion could easily have been a mindless, Christmassy victory lap, and most people wouldn't have minded. Or quite possibly, noticed.
Well, you could do that. Or you could be like the Children In Need Special, which opted out of daft Pudsey hijinks for something fans would actually benefit from seeing. Christmas? Check. Special? Thank goodness, you can check that as well.
|Oddly, the Doctor's hair continues to regenerate for several minutes.|