Santa Claus — also known as Father Christmas or, according to the Eleventh Doctor, Jeff (TV: A Christmas Carol) — 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. Much like other Earth legends such as King Arthur, sources heavily contradict and dispute each other on the topic of whether Santa was a real figure or a fictional entity.

Profile Edit

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)

Origins Edit

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)

Astrolabus claimed to be Santa. (COMIC: Voyager)

Biography Edit

Santa Baby

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)

Torchwood One helped deal with his existence. (PROSE: Trace Memory)

He met the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller at Nadir Motorway Service Station in 2008, and he was depressed that people weren't believing in him any more. They took him with Anty Pat to Lucie's parents' home. Though it later turned out he was likely just an old man who played Father Christmas at shopping centres and had lost his job as he was apparently too old, he was offered a job because of his people skills at a hospital. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool)

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 Fiona 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 'Twas

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)

Impersonations Edit

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)

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 due him 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)

References Edit

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)

Behind the scenes Edit

Connections in other media Edit

Santa Claus has been portrayed countless times in film and television by different actors, including those with ties to the DWU, sometimes even on more than one occasion:

External links Edit

Footnotes Edit

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