"The Christmas Invasion"
Series Doctor Who
Season 2/28, Episode 00
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Air date December 25th, 2005 (UK)
September 29th, 2006 (US)
Writers Russell T. Davies
Director James Hawes
Producers Phil Collinson; Russell T. Davies; Julie Gardner; Helen Vallis
Starring David Tennant; Billie Piper
Episode guide
"The Parting of the Ways"
"New Earth"

"The Christmas Invasion" is a sixty-minute holiday episode of the 2005 relaunch of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. The episode aired in between seasons one and two. Totalling the episode count of both programs together, "The Christmas Invasion" is the 710th episode in the Doctor Who franchise. The episode was directed by James Hawes and written by Russell T. Davies. It first aired in the United Kingdom on BBC One on December 25th, 2005. It premiered in the United States on BBC America on September 29th, 2006.

In this episode, The Doctor has recently regenerated into his tenth incarnation, but is not fully back to snuff and still suffers from some growing pains. It is unfortunate that his clumsy arrival should coincide with a holiday season that has now run amok, which includes masked Santa's armed with machine gun musical instruments and killer Christmas trees with rotating blades. All of this is foreshadows the coming of the Sycorax, who intend on dominating the planet Earth. Leading the charge in England's defense is the United Kingdom's recently elected Prime Minister, Harriet Jones. Rose, Jackie and Mickey struggle to stay alive while laboring to get The Doctor back into shape.

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Principal Cast Edit

Actor Role
David Tennant The Doctor
Billie Piper Rose Tyler

Guest Stars Edit

Actor Role
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 Sandra
Paul Anderson Jason
Cathy Murphy Mum
Sean Carlsen Policeman
Jason Mohammed Newsreader 1
Sagar Arya Newsreader 2
Lachele Carl Newsreader 3
Greg Bennett Sycorax warrior
Kevin Hudson Cyberman
Mike Mungarvan Passer by

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is a holiday special that aired in between seasons one and two.
  • Production code number: NCFS084E.
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Did somebody call a Doctor?

  • This is the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who to show any part of the TARDIS other than the central control chamber.
  • Several scenes were filmed in Cardiff city centre during Summer 2005. These include scenes of people standing on the rooftops under the Sycorax control and the scene where Mickey and Rose are attacked by the robotic Santas.

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The World of Doctor Who

Doctor Who miscellaneous

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This article pertains to an episode from series 2 of the 2005 Doctor Who revival series.
See the Doctor Who (2005)/Season 2 episodes category.