If you still miss the special Christmas doctor this Christmas day and don’t want to wait for the New Year for the Dalek Revolution, never be afraid – because RadioTimes.com readers voted by the thousands to name the best ceremonial special from the BBC’s sci-fi series, with the winner being the perfect candidate for the Yuletidea show.
And after 6,000 people voted, it’s official – the 2010 episode of the Christmas carol is Doctor Who is a festive specialty that most fans consider their favorites, followed by the last and first episode of David Tennant The End of Time and the Christmas Invasion.
The Christmas carol is especially prominent RadioTimes.com’s A special poll by Dr. Who Christmas back in 2018, suggesting that fans are still in favor of Matt Smith’s first December adventure as the eleventh doctor, even though his later ceremonial outings ranked significantly lower on the list.
“God bless us! Ten years later, the Christmas carol is still the doctor who will solemnly specially turn even the greatest TV Scrooge into a true Christmas convert, ”said Huw Fullerton, RadioTimes.com’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Editor.
“Full of cheers from Who-letide, adventure, flying sharks, and even Katherine Jenkins’ solo, this episode really has it all. Is it any wonder it’s still at the top of any Whovian Christmas list? “
Also starring Michael Gambon, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darville alongside Smith and Jenkins, the episode written by Steven Moffat sees Smith’s Doctor trying to conjure up a classic Charles Dickens story to warm the heart of an old miser (Gambon) whose greed and apathy threaten the lives of countless people.
Interestingly, the poll also recorded a high score for the solemn one-off Steven’s Feast (William Hartnell), which was actually the seventh part of the Daleks Master Plan series, and saw the first doctor break the fourth wall to wish everyone a Merry Christmas at home.
Given that this episode was irretrievably lost soon after the broadcast and very few people will be able to see it, it seems likely that fans intended to show general support for Hartnell’s Time Lord and mention his often overlooked first doctor status (and only in 40 years) to have a Christmas special.
Shortly after this episode, Jodie Whittaker’s first special New Year’s resolution arrived on the charts, and twelfth Dr. Peter Capaldi, the highest ceremonial special, arrived in seventh place with the husbands of the 2015 river song.
You can see a full overview of special offers (and their results) below.
- Christmas carol (2010) 13 percent
- End of Time (2009/10) 11 percent
- Christmas Invasion (2005) 10 percent (higher vote)
- Holiday Steven (1965) 10 percent
- Resolution (2019) 8 percent (higher vote)
- Husbands of the River Song (2015) 8 percent
- Journey of the Damned (2007) 8 percent
- Twice a long time ago (2017) 7 percent
- Runaway Bride (2006) 6 percent
- Doctor’s Time (2013) 5 percent
- Last Christmas (2014) 5 percent
- Snjegovići (2012) 3 percent (higher vote)
- Next Doctor (2008) 3 percent
- Doctor, Widow and Wardrobe (2011) 2 percent
- Return of Dr. Mysterio (2016) 1 percent
In other words, if you’re looking for a ceremonial special for a doctor to visit on Christmas, there is a lot which you can choose from – even if your favorite isn’t exactly on top of the tree.
Doctor Who: The Dalek Revolution is coming to BBC One at 18:45 on New Year’s Eve. Want something else to watch? Watch our full TV guide.