The Christmas Invasion
First Broadcast December 25th 2005 @ 7.00pm (9.84m viewers)
David Tennant is The Doctor! After a short teaser scene during Children in Need night, Christmas Day 2005 saw the Scotsman’s first full appearance as the Time Lord. Except he’s largely absent. Suffering the ill effects of the regeneration process he is left bed ridden. Rose, Mickey and Jackie are vulnerable without the Doctor. Earth is threatened. Mysterious aliens are closing in. To top it all off about a third of the population is stood on the rooftops. The Sycorax are quite impressively realised, a strong variation to the traditional bipedal life form. Robot Santas and a killer Christmas tree was also a wonderfully surreal touch from Russell T Davies. Yet all the excitement was of course building for the appearance of the new Doctor.
Memorable Moment (Spoiler Warning)
When the Tenth Doctor does appear onscreen he pretty much doesn’t stop talking. Or fighting. Firstly the tracking shot leading to the reveal of him stood in the doorway of the TARDIS is perfectly executed. His dramatic sword fight with the Sycorax Leader for the planet also brings back recollections of the Third Doctor swinging a blade against the Master in ‘The Sea Devils’. There really should be more sword fights in Doctor Who.
Tennant’s Doctor is clearly youthful and energetic. Doctor Who didn’t need a fresh impetus from a new lead actor after only one 13 episode series. But with Tennant’s bravado and enthusiasm for the role a real buzz was created for the new series following this Christmas special. Sadly viewers would have to wait a little longer to see the new Doctor and Rose exploring the universe together but it would be worth the wait.
Also First Aired On This Day…
- The Daleks’ Master Plan: The Feast of Steven
- The Runaway Bride
- Voyage of the Damned
- The Next Doctor
- The End of Time: Part One
- A Christmas Carol
- The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
- The Snowmen
- The Time of the Doctor
- Last Christmas
- The Husbands of River Song
- The Return of Doctor Mysterio