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The Doctor Still Spreads Christmas Cheer With an Animated Short!

We do get a Christmas Doctor Who miracle after all.

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The Doctor Who Christmas special is something that has been cherished of fans of the show for years. So when news broke that we wouldn’t be getting a Christmas special this time around, many were worried about what it meant for the Doctor and the show at large.

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Most of the time, we either see a lovely little Christmas-themed excursion for the Doctor or the Doctor would regenerate into their new form (or at least that’s what happened for both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s Doctors).

This year, Christmas will just have to be spent with friends and family without having the Doctor spreading any holiday cheer … or at least, that’s what we thought.

To help us get through the holidays with the Doctor, the official Twitter account for the show shared a wonderful animation of the Doctor having to help Santa make sure that everyone wakes up on Christmas morning to presents and joy!

The problem? Everyone saw a flying blue police box on Christmas Eve. At least no one sees Santa right?

One question though: Does this make the Doctor an honorary Santa or is she just one of Santa’s elves, helping him bring cheer to the children of the world?

In years past, the Doctor Who Christmas special has brought tears to our eyes as we’ve either said goodbye to that version of the Doctor or watched as he tried to make someone else’s holiday that just much better. In fact, Matt Smith’s episode titled “A Christmas Carol” is one of the best Christmas specials for the heart it brought to the holiday. When Kazran Sardick forgets the joy of the holiday, the Doctor goes back into his life and tries to bring him Christmas joy that will carry on with him into his future.

It is a little upsetting that we’re not going to see the new Doctor on Christmas this year. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor has proven herself and fans already love everything she’s bringing to the character. And with the news that Doctor Who won’t be returning until 2020, we’re going to have a long wait to see the Doctor back in action. (No need to worry about the show, however: Whittaker’s Doctor has received the highest ratings since 2011.)

At least we have the New Year’s Day special before having to wait maybe more than a year to see the Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan once again. We don’t know about next year and if we’ll get a Christmas special then (or even another New Year’s Day special) but maybe we can get more of these wonderful animated shorts in the meantime.

For New Year’s, hopefully we’ll get to see Graham, Ryan, Yaz, and the Doctor all spending the holidays together as the best friend gang they’ve come to be over the last season.

(image: BBC)

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Rachel Leishman
Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. She's been a writer professionally since 2016 but was always obsessed with movies and television and writing about them growing up. A lover of Spider-Man and Wanda Maximoff's biggest defender, she has interests in all things nerdy and a cat named Benjamin Wyatt the cat. If you want to talk classic rock music or all things Harrison Ford, she's your girl but her interests span far and wide. Yes, she knows she looks like Florence Pugh.

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