Monday, 24 November 2014

DW Christmas Special 2005 - The Christmas Invasion

A Guide to Classic Who references in New Who episodes.

Christmas Special #1 (Story 11):  Rose, Jackie and Mickey face an alien invasion while the Doctor sleeps.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"The Christmas Invasion"

Viewing Order

  • [01-01]  "Rose(Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
  • [01-04]  "Aliens of London"  (Suggested viewing - introduction of character, many references.)
  • [01-05]  "World War Three"  (Suggested viewing - continuation of previous episode, many references.)
  • Children in Need - "Born Again" (Suggested viewing - reintroduction of character.)


[1ST] - The first appearance of things in Doctor Who series.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series.
[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series (or the film.)  Episode List.
[INJ] - In-joke.
[NOTE] - Extra information.

  • [OLD]  Christmas - The First Doctor visited Christmas for the episode "The Feast of Steven" during the serial "The Dalek's Masterplan."  The Ninth Doctor and Rose visited Christmas in "The Unquiet Dead."

  • [OLD]  Sleeping after Regeneration - Regenerations for the Doctor are usually problematic, with the Fifth Doctor needing the most rest post-regeneration prior to this.

  • [OLD]  Two Hearts - Although during the First and Second Doctor's tenure it appeared that he had one heart, the Third Doctor on specially reference him having two, including in the new series episode "Dalek."

  • [NEW]  Harriet Jones, Prime Minister - Yes, we know who she is as she previously appeared in "Aliens of London"/"World War Three" where, as stated, Rose stopped WWIII with her.  Although Mickey may have helped.

  • [1ST/OLD]  Guinevere One - A mission to Mars, called Britian's first Mars mission here (although Britain had a manned Mars mission Mars Probe 7 in the Third Doctor story "The Ambassadors of Death" set in the 1970s.  Or the 1980s.  It depends.)

  • [1ST]  Robotic Santas/Killer Christmas Tree - the so-called "pilot fish" haven't appeared previously.

  • [NEW]  AMNN Newsreader - Another reference to "Aliens of London" the reappearance of the female American newsreader from that episode. 

  • [NEW]  Code 9 - "Aliens of London" again.  Once the emergency protocols are activated, software searches communications for keywords to find the Doctor.

  • [1ST]  Sycorax - "Have you seen them before?"  "No."  First appearance of this race.  They share their name with the witch in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

  • [NOTE]  First Contact - The Pig Aliens of "Aliens of London" were obviously fake and the Slitheen's involvement covered up (as Harriet's comments suggest.)

  • [OLD]  Martians look completely different - a reference to the Ice Warriors from the Second Doctor story "The Ice Warriors" and later episodes.

  • [INJ]  Big Ben - The clock tower that contains the bell "Big Ben" seems to be being repaired after the events of "Aliens of London."  I don't know why they keep referencing this episode, I prefer to ignore it.

  • [NEW]  Torchwood - Previously referenced in "Bad Wolf" as the answer to a question in The Weakest Link.

  • [NOTE]  The Royal Family - Queen Elisabeth II and Prince Charles (and probably most of the Royal Family) are said to be O-negative.  Proof, according to some conspiracy theorists that they are blood drinking alien reptiles.  The Queen is a big Doctor Who fan, so she even if she is a blood drinking alien reptile, she's not all bad.

  • [NEW]  Various - Rose recites names learnt in Series One episodes.  I've indented them all here so you can skip past them because they're all pretty obvious.
  • Article 15 of the Shadow Proclamation - Previously mentioned by the Doctor in "Rose" in his attempt to parley with the Nestene.
  • Slitheen Parliament of Raxacoricofallapatorius - Previously appeared in the aforementioned "Aliens of London"/"World War Three" as well as "Boomtown."  The Slitheen were a Raxacoricofallapatorian family so the use of Parliament here is one of the signs that Rose is bluffing.
  • Gleth Confederacy - Previously appeared in "The Unquiet Dead." The Confederacy is another of Rose's additions.
  • The Mighty Jagrafess - Previously appeared in "The Long Game."  It's quite rude of Rose not to use its complete title: Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe. 

  • [NOTE]  TARDIS Translation - Seems in this episode to be related to the Doctor's state of consciousness.  Doesn't always work that way.  Also doesn't explain how he can insult the Sycorax leader in a language that Rose (and the others) can't understand.

  • [OLD]  Fencing - The Third, Fourth and Fifth all displayed this skill.

  • [1ST]  The first fifteen hours of my regeneration cycle - This is the first time this witchcraft has been shown.

  • [INJ]  Arthur Dent - A character from former Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams' radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

  • [1ST]  A ship that fell to Earth ten years ago - First reference to any such craft.

  • [OLD]  Clothes - There are a few references in the clothes scene to previous Doctors and companions costumes.  Above are two I found before the madness gripped me.

The 10 Rules to Doctor Who.

10.  The TARDIS is for arriving at the location of the story at the beginning of the episode and leaving at the end.  This is because Time Travel is the excuse for the story, not that the story is about.  Unless the episode is written by Steve Moffat, then it's definitely about Time Travel.
Just transport.  Badly.  [1]

9.  No one can cross their own Time Stream, except when they do.
No one tries.  [X]

8.  There's no situation that can't be briefly defused by a non-sequitur.
Although newly regenerated, the Doctor has already mastered the art.  [1]

7.  The Doctor is both the most serious and most frivolous person in the room - any room - at the same time.  And he does that without becoming insane.  Mostly.
When not asleep, sure.  [1]

6.  The last episode of every series must contain the Master or at least one Dalek.  Every time.  However briefly.
Not a series final.  [X]

5.  The main companion will be a young contemporary British female.  Although, to be
fair, almost everyone in the Universe is British and most things happen in contemporary London.
Young contemporary British female companion (Set in contemporary London.)  [1] 

4.  The more emotionless a species, cyborg or robot the more likely they are to be destroyed by emotions.  This is true of the Daleks.  It is particularly true of the Cybermen.
Emotionlessness plays no part.  [X] 

3.  Even if the episode title contains the words "Dalek(s)" or "Cyberman/men" the presence of the Daleks and or Cybermen will at the beginning be treated as a mystery and their revelation a surprise.
Spoils the fact that there's an attempted invasion, but nothing more.  [.5]

2.  The nature of the threat will be revealed to the audience before the Doctor.  The truth behind the threat will be unknowable by the audience until it is explained by the Doctor.
The Doctor knew that the blood control was a bluff.  [1]

1.  The most dangerous creature in any situation is the last of its kind.  This sometimes also applies to aliens other than The Doctor.
The Doctor's the only last of his kind.  He realises he is a dangerous man.  [1]

Score:  5.5/7.

~ DUG.

The Time Crash blog was created to help New Who fans understand Classic Who references - and to know if something isn't a reference but a new idea.  If there's a reference I missed or a subject that you feel needs more explaining, please comment.

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