Christmas is the time for family, food, presents, commercialism, and of course the Doctor Who special episode. For my Christmas Special I’m ranking the episodes from worst to best. I will also say that only one of these stories I consider to be outright BAD! And that story is…
The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe (2011):
I’d actually forgotten this episode happened. Unbelievably dull, a story with no sensible plot and the acting ability of a GCSE drama class.
Last Christmas (2014):
The dreams within dreams within dreams thing was utter nonsensical smeg. Peter Capaldi and Nick Frost were a fab on screen double act, the other supporting cast are forgettable like you wouldn’t believe but if you look deep down it’s not too bad a story.
The Time of The Doctor (2013):
Coming hot off the heels from the 50th anniversary special that everybody loved, we got Matt Smith’s cobbled together half-arsed finale. I can’t say a bad word against Smith’s Doctor I utterly adore him, but there was so much more to be done with him for this one. Leaving him in one town for 2,000 years occasionally fighting a random selection of monsters that have been dumbed down? No thanks.
The End of Time (2009):
Oh are we counting The End of Time as a Christmas Special? *checks wikia* All right fine. Tennant’s Doctor completes his descend into total arrogant pr*ck, I’ve never liked Simm’s ‘mad for the sake of it’ madness and those Vincocci… It’s inclusion of the Timelords was done well though and there’s a decent story if you look hard enough.
The Runaway Bride (2006):
I’m never going to like Donna Noble, because I can’t stand Catherine Tate. The story was quite good though, and I love The Racnoss.
Voyage of The Dammed (2007):
A really enjoyable episode, I love this so much. Kylie makes a surprisingly good companion, the Host are a much better villain than you probably remember, some outstanding supporting cast. It’s awkwardly paced but so much fun you won’t realise.
The Snowmen (2011):
Matt Smith shines as The Doctor and this is THE best iteration of Clara. The Paternoster Gang are tolerable to the point where I may as well just enjoy them. It’s lacking in decent villain scenes but very christmassey.
The Next Doctor (2008):
Wouldn’t David Morrissey make a fantastic Doctor? The Cybermen are useless but Miss Hartigan is an outstanding villain. It’s another purely enjoyable story that manages to accomplish a decent story too.
The Christmas Invasion (2005):
Tennant’s first story is a wonderful one. It captures the spirit of what a Christmas Special should be! It’s simultaneously clever, dark, family orientated, and christmassey.
The Christmas Carol (2010):
Oh I love it so much! It feels so nice to watch an episode that compromises nothing to make a good Christmas special. It’s story (though a tad bollocks with the memory thing) is an excellent use of the time travel mechanic, Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins are outstanding. This is one of those Doctor Who episodes I use to cheer myself up.
Attack of The Graske (2005)
Every 7 year old loves this. This is one of the greatest 20 minutes you will ever spend of your life. Why am I saying this? You all remember this, go play it now http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/sjSBglRVdmy7jDSylGpKN4/attack-of-the-graske
K-9 And Company (1981):
The Feast of Steven (1965):
And incidentally, a merry Christmas to all of you at home!