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Christmas was a town on the level-2 human colony known as Trenzalore, described by Tasha Lem as a farming community. It contained a residual crack in time left behind after the Eleventh Doctor rebooted the universe.


Clara Oswald asked the Eleventh Doctor how a town could be called Christmas. In response, the Doctor asked how an island could be called Easter. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)


The town became the focus of universal attention due to a signal emanating from a crack in time in the Clock Tower. This signal also contained a Truth Field that encompassed Christmas, which was of Time Lord origin, and asked the Question "Doctor Who?". The answer of the Doctor's real name would be proof to the Time Lords that they had found the right place to return to the universe. This led to the Siege of Trenzalore. The Eleventh Doctor sent Clara Oswald away in the TARDIS, but before the TARDIS could return to the Doctor, Clara held on to the side of the TARDIS, with the TARDIS protecting her from the Time Vortex. This caused the TARDIS to arrive with Clara in Christmas three hundred years late.

For the next three hundred years the Doctor, alongside the village's inhabitants and the Papal Mainframe's soldiers, defended the town from various aliens including Sontarans, Daleks, Weeping Angels and Cybermen. Eventually all but the Daleks retreated or were destroyed.

Eventually the Doctor's TARDIS returned, allowing Clara to answer the question, stating that "the Doctor" was the only name that mattered. Although they did not return, the Time Lords did grant the Doctor a new regeneration cycle when his last incarnation was dying before closing the crack. Using his regeneration energy, the Doctor obliterated the Daleks besieging the town, at the same time causing a shockwave that damaged the town but left it intact. With the threat gone, the Doctor and Clara returned to his TARDIS and left the town. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)


Daylight lasted only a few minutes in Christmas, during which the Doctor would often stand on the Clock Tower's balcony and look out over the town, reminding himself of what he was protecting. The town was lit by 20th century-styled street lamps during the long nights.

The weather was constantly snowing, and the town was decorated with Christmas lights and Christmas trees. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)


Abramal was a man coupled with a woman called Marta. They told the Doctor and Clara about the Truth Field.

Barnable was one of Doctor's best friends during his life in Christmas. He waited for the Doctor outside the TARDIS.

A young man warned the Doctor of the incoming Daleks. The Doctor confused him with Barnable, even after the man told him that he was not. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

Behind the scenes[]

The Christmas town's filming location was an old army training place. The buildings there didn't have windows, so the houses' windows had to be faked.

Though not clarified in The Time of the Doctor, Easter Island was named as such because it was discovered by European explorers on Easter Sunday, shedding some light on the naming of Christmas town.

Doctor Who: Legacy[]

In the story of Doctor Who: Legacy, the Doctors and their companions face the Wooden Cyberman at Christmas while travelling through a time storm focused on 25 December.