Holiday Special was the story published in the Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special comic series.

It is the first full Christmas-themed story to star both the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions (although she had previously appeared alone in the shorter Christmas story 'Twas the Night Before Christmas). Notably, it established that the events of the Free Comic Book Day 2019 story, Meet the Fam!, were in fact a false memory implanted by the story's main villain, Krampus.

It also tied into the brief mention in A Christmas Carol of the Doctor's being friends with Santa Claus and knowing him as "Jeff".

Publisher's summary Edit

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Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor believes in children's dreams, laughter, general jolliness, and bringing joy to others through space and time despite impossible odds.
  • The Doctor uses a fez to protect herself from the mind traps.

Christmas Edit

Leisure Edit

  • Ryan suggests the Doctor take them to Disneyland, or "cool, future, other planet Disneyland".
  • The Doctor recalls how Graham lost a Bevivian game of chance at the amusement park they'd previously visited.

Popular culture Edit

  • Ryan calls the use of the mind trap on the workers "very The Dark Crystal of 'em".
  • Ryan calls Krampus a "regular Grinch".

Miscellaneous Edit

  • The Doctor acted as a gladiator at some point, but "decades" before the scenario that Yaz remembered.
  • Ryan wonders if Yaz would be okay with wearing the festive-looking neurological tracker because of her Muslim faith.
  • Ryan previously had a maths teacher called Ms. Henderson.
  • A human's sense of smell is linked to their memory, as are a Time Lord's.

Notes Edit

Original print details Edit

  • Part 1:
Whirling through time and space, the Doctor and her friends - Yaz, Ryan and Graham - took some time off from thwarting nefarious alien plots to enjoy some well-earned leisure time. But theme parks on distant planets aren't always what they seem, and the gang were soon saving victims of a crooked carnival con. Everything is right in the universe again - or so they think...
Next time!
The Doctor and friends gain an unexpected ally. Together they must stop Mr. Henderson - but who exactly is he? And what is he really up to?
  • Part 2:
Having been plagued by false memories of an alien amusement park, the Doctor and the gang went on the hunt to discover the truth. On a curiously colourful planet, perturbed alien named Friffle reveals his people are being taken by the mysterious the mysterious Mr Henderson - a man who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus! Taken as prisoners in his grotto-like lair, the Doctor resolves to find out exactly what he's plotting...
Next time!
The threat of two deadly enemies - the Weeping Angels and Autons - forces the Doctor to bend the rules and get help from none other than... the Tenth Doctor!

Continuity Edit

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