Here Are Our 5 Favourite Doctor Who Holiday Moments

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There’s no better way to celebrate the start of the holiday season (American Thanksgiving is over now, we can finally play “Jingle Bells” without shame) than to curl up with a cup of cocoa and a few Doctor Who holiday specials.

While we’ll be getting an whole new season instead of a special come January 1, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t gear up for a new run of action-packed episodes by reminding ourselves of what we loved about the old ones.

You can, of course, watch ten entire Who holiday specials on ctvscifi.ca and the CTV Sci-Fi Channel app from now until December 26 and form your own opinions about which specials outrank the others. To start you off, however, we put together a list of what we think are the five best moments in Who holiday history.

1. The Freakiest Santas Ever: The Christmas Invasion

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David Tennant’s newly regenerated Tenth Doctor goes up against a horde of roboforms (who he compares to scavenging Pilot Fish) in Season 2’s “The Christmas Invasions.” We haven’t been able to look at department store Santas the same way since.

2. Superhero Mum: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

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In Season 7’s “The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe,” even Matt Smith’s Doctor isn’t strong enough to save a planet under threat of total devastation by acid rain. In the end, it’s single mom Madge who is deemed to be the only one worthy of carrying such a huge burden—and honour.

3. Regeneration Isn’t Infinite: The Time of the Doctor

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The fate of the Timelords lies in the Eleventh Doctor’s hands as he and Clara are caught up in the intergalactic standoff to end all standoffs (like, literally). It’s in this episode that both Clara and every Whovian watching must face the fact that the Doctor’s regenerative powers are not infinite—and that he believes he’s close to running out. It’s also the episode where we meet Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

4. Clara Decides to Stay: Last Christmas

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Actor Jenna Coleman was notorious for her waffling on whether or not she’d stay on the series or leave, and Season 9’s Doctor Who Christmas Special marked a last minute reversal, requiring the writers to rejig the script so that Clara could stay on as the Doctor’s companion. The last minute change meant that we got to see what Clara might look like in her eighties.

5. Hello, Sweetie: The Husbands of River Song

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The great Alex Kingston makes what is likely her final guest appearance on Who in the most romantic episode of a sci-fi series ever filmed. The Doctor, in his Twelfth regeneration, is a stranger (in appearance at least) to his wife, River Song until—in a moment of life-or-death danger—he gives her a familiar look and whispers her trademark line: “Hello, Sweetie.”

Check out our Doctor Who holiday collection here, and tune in to the Who Season 12 premiere January 1 on CTV Sci-Fi Channel.