The Christmas Invasion
|“||No second chances. I'm that sort of a man.||”|
|The Christmas Invasion|
|"Frank? Fraaaaank! I haven't seen you for years!"|
|Episode: Christmas Special|
|Air date||25 December 2005|
|Written by||Russell T. Davies|
|Directed by||James Hawes|
|The Parting of the Ways||New Earth|
The Christmas Invasion is the debut episode of the
best worst tenth Doctor. It's alright. Ironically, it is probably one of the best Christmas specials. Not that it's saying much at all.
Plot, such as it is
The Doctor takes a nap while the Tylers (and Smith) watch the world (which is to say, England) get invaded by
Faction Paradox the Sycorax. Christmas attacks a few times, which is amusing. The Doctor gives a rousing speech and then grows a fresh Fightin' Hand. There's a satsuma, and it's almost as bad as a tangerine. And once the day is saved, Harriet Jones turns out to be Margaret Thatcher in disguise. The Doctor gets a new coat out of the wardrobe (leather's a bit mid life crisis, isn't it?) while a pretty fun song plays. Christmas crackers are had. A terrible tradition is born.
Doctor Ten's debut adventure sealed his fate. On a very real level, the Christmas Invasion illustrates the fatal flaws that will kill him. The Doctor's arrogance in how and why he defeats Harriet Jones proves his ultimate undoing, both emotionally and physically. On a plot level, the power vaccuum he creates here will eventually be filled by the Mattress, leading to the End of Time.
|“||Bravo! That says it all. Bravo!||”|
— Harriet Jones and Rose Tyler on the RTD Era.