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The Christmas Invasion 

It's Christmas Eve, but this is to be a far from silent night - the cruel Sycorax have come to Earth to enslave mankind and, as ever, only The Doctor can stop them. Unfortunately, he's lying in a coma in Jackie's home...


James Hawes




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
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 Sian McDowall ... Sandra
Paul Anderson ... Jason
Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy ... Mum
Sean Carlsen Sean Carlsen ... Policeman
Jason Mohammad ... Newsreader 1 (as Jason Mohammed)


The newly regenerated Doctor travels to present day London and Rose is happy to be home. Her mother is happy to see her, her protestation to the contrary. The Doctor isn't well however suffering from what he describes as a surplus of energy. While he is in a coma-like state, the people of the Earth are threatened by the Sycorax who threaten to destroy one-third of the planet's population if they don't surrender. The Prime Minister, in the apparent absence of the Doctor, asks for assistance from Torchwood but it's slow in coming and the end is fast approaching. Rose's mum Jackie has the cure for the Doctor, however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song playing during the wardrobe sequence, "Song for Ten" (named in reference to the Tenth Doctor), was composed by Murray Gold for the episode and sung by Tim Phillips. The only other times an original song was written for the series were "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" in The Gunfighters (1966) and the Ringmaster's raps from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988). See more »


When explaining information about Guinevere One there's a misspelling of the probe (Guinivere) twice. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Jackie, Mickey, blimey! No, no, no, no, hold on. Wait there! I've got something to say. I've got something I had to tell you. Something important, what was it? No, no, no, hold on. Tch tch tch tch... Oh, I know! Merry Christmas!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: From Zero to Hero (2006) See more »


God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A Surprise Christmas Treat!
28 November 2018 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

When it was announced Christopher Eccleston was leaving Doctor Who I was disappointed, especially with the timing seeming to risk the newly returned series being able to continue. Then David Tennant was announced as his successor and, having never actually seen him in anything, I made a judgement Tennant was wrong for the role (from clips I had seen advertising a show he was in) and dreaded his arrival. How wrong I was! This debut completely changed my view and made me an instant fan of the 10th Doctor. Exactly as with Jon Pertwee's 3rd Doctor this regeneration has the Doctor spending a lot of time unconscious but just like Pertwee's debut Spearhead From Space it is a terrific story which keeps the interest while the Doctor sleeps and then benefits from a fantastic performance and characterisation once he leaps into action.

The story is clever, interesting, funny and exciting. It features aliens - the Sycorax - making contact and threatening the earth and a large amount of mankind being controlled via clever means. The brilliant Penelope Wilton returns as Harriet Jones (having appeared in Aliens in London), this time as Prime Minister and Rose, Jackie and Mickey help[ with the transition providing fun and humour in between scenes of threat, action and alien contact.

The Sycorax are a great alien menace with an excellent design. The script is great and whenever the Doctor has moments of activity he is funny, superbly acted and engaging. Once fully awake Tennant grabs the role by the scruff of the neck and established 10 as a thoroughly heroic, brave, witty, clever Doctor with a dark, serious edge beneath his endearing and humorous exterior.

The climactic confrontation is simply superb with excitement, some real laughs and some proper drama.

This is an awesome debut for an awesome Doctor. 10/10

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