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Santa Claus

Santa Claus — also known as Father Christmas, or Jeff (TV: A Christmas Carol, COMIC: Holiday Special) — was a legendary figure who distributed presents to good children on Christmas morning under their trees. He played an important part in the Christmas tradition on the planet Earth. While most sources corrobated that Santa was indeed a real figure, there were some accounts that disputed this and claimed that he was a fictional entity.

According to the Thirteenth Doctor, children all over the world believed in Santa, and they all wrote him letters with their Christmas wishes. (COMIC: Holiday Special)


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Santa maintained a workshop where he created toys. It used to be located at the North Pole, but due to the aeroplanes which began flying over it in the 20th century it became very noisy, so he moved it to the Christmas-land. (COMIC: A Christmas Story) In order to deliver presents to all children in a single night, Santa used time loops and clones of himself. (PROSE: The Man Who (Nearly) Killed Christmas)

He was married to Mary Christmas. (AUDIO: Iris Wildthyme and the Claws of Santa)

He was distinguished by his red and white clothing, known as the Santa suit. (COMIC: Holiday Special)

A young Paul Magrs was once told by his aunts that Santa Claus made more than one annual trip, hence why they had presents to give to Paul a week prior to Christmas. (PROSE: Party Like it's 1979)

History as a myth[]

According to accounts where Santa Claus were merely a fictional character, this myth was believed to have been based on Saint Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century bishop from Asia Minor. (AUDIO: Better Watch Out, Fairytale of Salzburg)

Father Christèmas of Faction Paradox claimed that the jolly character of Father Christmas was created by Ben Jonson in the early 17th century to mock Christèmas following a failed deal between the two. The Ministry of Insinuation were displeased that the idea of Father Christmas went viral. (PROSE: Weapons Grade Snake Oil)

Whether or not he was real, most adult human beings believed him to be fictitious. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool) For instance, Clara Oswald ceased believing in him at age nine, dismissing him as a "fairy tale". (TV: Last Christmas) According to one account, the reason most people believed him to be a myth was that Torchwood One was intentionally keeping the truth of his existence secret. (PROSE: Trace Memory)


When confronting the Sixth Doctor while in his final incarnation, Astrolabus, an exiled Time Lord cartographer and astrologer who claimed to be "legend on a dozen worlds", said that Santa Claus had been one of the names given to him over the years, as well as El Diablo, Robin Hood and Zorro. (COMIC: Voyager)

Santa asks the First Doctor for help. (COMIC: A Christmas Story)

The First Doctor visited Santa Claus in his workshop and helped save Christmas. (COMIC: A Christmas Story)

The Second Doctor warned Santa of a future where the toy workshop spanned over two thousand worlds and the fabric of space was being torn by his time looping. A solution was found involving a fleet of robot Santas and newly calculated, more stable wormholes. (PROSE: The Man Who (Nearly) Killed Christmas)

The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith travelled to New York City in 1822, where they met Saint Nicholas. Clement C. Moore watched them from his window, and then sat down to write Twas the Night Before Christmas. (PROSE: A Visit from Saint Nicholas)

Santa helped Iris Wildthyme save Panda from Mary Christmas. (AUDIO: Iris Wildthyme and the Claws of Santa)

Santa Claus visited Paul Magrs and his Mam in their home on Christmas 1979, to deliver presents, filling the living room. Paul knew that his Mam had done the hard work buying the presents, though he also started to doubt the existance of Santa when he saw a pile of presents ontop of his Mam's wardrobe. (PROSE: Party Like it's 1979) Santa also visited Paul, Jeremy, Panda, and Fester's home on Christmas Eve night, 2006, delivering presents. The next morning, Paul and Fester woke up early and went into the living room, and upon seeing the presents, Fester was skeptical that Santa had visited. This disbelief was dispelled when Fester caught a mouse, and he exclaimed that, in gratitude, he did believe in Santa. (PROSE: The Story of Fester Cat)

The Tenth Doctor and Donna mistake Santa for a roboform. (PROSE: Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise!)

At some point, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble met him, after a skirmish with Roboforms and snowmen. He replaced the Doctor's sonic screwdriver. (PROSE: Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise!)

A shared-dream version of Santa Claus and his elves Ian and the Wolf, as well as his flying reindeer, appeared in a collective dream shared by the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald, Shona McCullough, Ashley Carter, Albert Smithe and Rona Bellows, who were being fed on by dream crabs. (TV: Last Christmas) He first appeared to the Doctor when he entered his TARDIS, and told him that Clara was not happy with their recent separation. (TV: Death in Heaven) According to the Doctor, Father Christmas represented their subconscious minds trying to break free of the induced dream state which was killing them. He appeared to know things about them, like that Shona liked My Little Pony, and also claimed to have watched over and taken care of everyone sharing the dream "from Christmas to Christmas". The group of six rode on Santa's sleigh over London as they one by one woke up again into the real world. He later appeared again to the Doctor, causing him to realise he was still in a dream and to wake up for real — although as the Doctor and Clara Oswald reunited in the real world and resumed their adventures together, a tangerine, one of Santa's calling card gifts, was seen on her windowsill. (TV: Last Christmas)

Santa in panic as his sleigh stopped working. (WC: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas)

One Christmas Eve, the Thirteenth Doctor lent Santa her TARDIS when his sleigh stopped working. (WC: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas)


The Fourth Doctor dressed as Santa and sneaked into the Brigadier's house with Romana II in order to leave him a Christmas present. (PROSE: Special Occasions: 3. Better Watch Out, Better Take Care)

In Newton Aycliffe, the council employed a "Council Van Santa" to go around the streets and spread festivities. There were ETAs printed in the local newspaper. While the older kids threw snowballs at "Santa"'s van, everybody else apprecated "Santa". (PROSE: Party Like it's 1979)

On Christmas Eve 2006, Rose and Mickey Smith encountered dangerous "pilot fish" disguised as Santas. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

On 25 December 2007, the same robots, now under control of the Empress of the Racnoss, attacked Donna Noble and Lance Bennett's wedding reception. (TV: The Runaway Bride)

On 24 December 2008, the Eighth Doctor, Lucie Miller and Haygoth ran into a drunken man whose job was to impersonate Santa Claus. However, he was fired for being "too old". (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool)

Danny Pink dressed as Santa Claus on Christmas Day in a dream crab-induced dream Clara Oswald was in. When she asked what day it was, he briefly joked that it was Easter and that he was dressed up as "Father Easter". Danny was in reality dead at this point in her timeline. (TV: Last Christmas)

Krampus took on Santa's appearance while under the guise of "Mr. Henderson". (COMIC: Holiday Special)


In workplaces, colleagues known as "Secret Santas" gave each other gifts. (TV: Kill the Moon)

The Second Doctor once recalled being excited to see what Father Christmas had brought him on Christmas, as a boy. (PROSE: The Celestial Toyshop)

Emma, when she believed the Handsome Doctor was going to die without hope of regeneration, likened him to Father Christmas, the Wizard of Oz, and Scooby Doo. (TV: The Curse of Fatal Death)

The Ninth Doctor hinted that he was Santa Claus and he had delivered a red bicycle to Rose Tyler when she was twelve years old. (TV: The Doctor Dances)

Bayldon Copper, who had a phony Earthonomics degree from Mrs Golightly's Happy Travelling University and Dry Cleaners on the planet Sto, incorrectly told the passengers of the Titanic that Earth worshipped a god named "Santa" and his wife Mary. Santa was described as a beast with fearsome claws (Santa Claus). (TV: Voyage of the Damned)

On 23 November 1963, the five-year-old Kevin Dovie wondered if the TARDIS, which landed on the roof of his home in Totton, Hampshire, belonged to Father Christmas. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)

In April 1996, Amelia Pond once prayed to Santa to do something about the crack in her bedroom wall. (TV: The Eleventh Hour)

When the Eleventh Doctor jumped down a chimney in the 44th century, he told a child that the "fat fella" would be down later. He showed the child a picture of himself, Santa and Albert Einstein at Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge as proof, adding that he knew Santa as "Jeff". (TV: A Christmas Carol)

When a young Grant asked his mother if the "old guy" at his bedroom window could come inside, she, thinking Grant was referring to Santa Claus, told him that the man was expected and that he could come in. When the Doctor realised this, he chuckled, "Ho ho ho ho" and wished Grant a merry Christmas. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)

When Ryan Sinclair asked the Thirteenth Doctor if Santa was real, she cryptically told him that by some measure, "you could say that Santa is more real than any of us". (COMIC: Holiday Special)

While trapped in the Time Vortex, the Master managed to make contact with Earth at Christmas-time, and he offered to bring whoever set him free "gifts that [they] never dreamed, things [they] never even knew [they] wanted", like Santa Claus. (WC: The Master wants to be your Santa Claus)

Behind the scenes[]

Santa Clause, the Eleventh Doctor, Albert Einstein, and Marilyn Monroe? (TV: A Christmas Carol)

Portrayals in other media[]

Frank Welker voiced Santa on four occasions, in the television specials A Chipmunk Christmas (1981), A Wish For Wings That Work (1991), and Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992), and in the 2002 Evil Con Carne episode, Christmas Con Carne. He also voiced a department store Santa in the 1995 Freakazoid! episode In Arms Way.

John DiMaggio played the evil robot Santa in various episodes of Futurama.

William Morgan Sheppard voiced Santa in the 2009 Disney animated TV special Prep & Landing. He reprised the role in the 2011 sequel, as well as in a 2010 short film.

Jim Broadbent has played Santa in film twice: voice only in the 2011 animated film Arthur Christmas (which also featured Bill Nighy as "Grand-Santa") and on screen in the 2014 film Get Santa (also featuring Jodie Whittaker, Warwick Davis, Nonso Anozie, Perry Benson, and Matt King). He also portrayed him in Aldi's 2020 Christmas advert.

Brian Blessed has played Santa at least three times: The Amazing World of Gumball episode "Christmas" (2012; voice only), Sooty episode "Pranks and Presents" (2013), and Danger Mouse (starring Alexander Armstrong) episode "The Snowman Cometh" (2015; voice only).

Will Sasso played Santa in the 2012 made-for-TV film, Finding Mrs. Claus.

Hugh Bonneville voiced Santa in the 2015 animated TV special Stick Man (also featuring Jennifer Saunders and Rob Brydon).

Matt Lucas voiced him in the 2018 animated special Aliens Love Underpants And... Panta Claus.

External links[]


  1. Stewart, Malcolm (25 December 2014). 'Doctor Who' writer Moffat confirms what was real in "Last Christmas". CultBox. Retrieved on 14 January 2015.