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The Doctor is back for Christmas on the BBC

Doctor Who returns this Christmas as part of the BBC's spectacular line-up of festive viewing.


This year, the BBC offers a mix of new Christmas specials including Catherine Tate, Strictly Come Dancing, Green Green Grass and Celebrate Oliver, hosted by Shane Richie.


Alongside these new offerings will be some established favourites including The Goodies, French & Saunders, EastEnders and the Two Ronnies.


Other highlights for the season include Sweeney Todd, a dark and enthralling new film about the most notorious barber who ever practised his trade, and a Rolf On Art special in which a new portrait of the Queen will be unveiled.


Elsewhere there will be a Little Britain special, where Matt Lucas and David Walliams pick out their favourite episodes from across the three series and reveal the secrets behind the creation of their favourite characters.


In addition, BBC ONE will screen The Snow Queen, a beautiful adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale featuring a mix of live action and animation.


There will also be a huge number of great films on offer. From blockbusters such as Toy Story 2, Chicago , Minority Report and Signs to more esoteric offerings in the form of Nowhere In Africa and The Devil's Backbone, there will be something to suit all tastes.


This year, the digital channels will also offer a wealth of appealing alternatives to the mainstream line-up.


BBC THREE will have a fantastic mix of drama and comedy series including Casanova, Doctor Who, Ideal and Little Britain.


On BBC FOUR, the arts and musical offering is unparalleled. Highlights include a Conan Doyle season, a live performance of The Barber Of Seville, A Bach Christmas and a complete rerun of the critically acclaimed Bleak House.


Jana Bennett, BBC Director Of Television, said: "Christmas is one of the biggest times of the year for shared viewing. With this in mind, we have put together a line-up that we believe everyone can enjoy together.


"In addition, through our digital channels, we are able to broaden the BBC's holiday line-up by running a rich variety of great comedy, drama and arts that complement the mainstream offering."


BBC Christmas Highlights include:




The Two Ronnies Christmas Special

As Time Goes By Christmas Special

Casualty @ Holby City

Celebrate Oliver

Chopra Town

Doctor Who Christmas Special


French & Saunders Christmas Special

Generation Fame

Green Green Grass Christmas Special

Midnight Mass

My Family & Other Animals

My Family Christmas Special

Rolf On Art Christmas Special

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

Songs Of Praise Christmas Special

The Snow Queen

Sweeney Todd

Top Of The Pops




Three Men In A Boat

Tony Hancock series

Catherine Tate Christmas Special

Darcey Bussell: Britain's Ballerina

The Goodies Christmas Special

The Merry Widow

Carols From King's




Ideal Christmas Special

Little Britain Special


Doctor Who




Arthur Conan Doyle Season

A View From A Hill - MR James

The Barber Of Seville

A Bach Christmas

Bleak House

Christmas highlights 2005 Toy Story 2


Films include:


Catch Me If You Can


Minority Report

Spy Kids 1 & 2

Toy Story 2


The Importance Of Being Earnest

Kate & Leopold

The Rookie

Shipping News

The Devil's Backbone

Nowhere In Africa


Doctor Who - The Christmas Invasion


It's Christmas and Jackie Tyler is at home preparing for the festive season, not knowing if her daughter Rose will be home in time - or at all.


Then she hears the familiar, ancient grind of the TARDIS! Mickey, who is hard at work, also hears it and they both race across the estate just in time to witness the TARDIS' glorious, chaotic crash landing.


The doors open and, much to their delight, out steps Rose and a complete stranger - except it isn't a stranger - it's the Doctor.


Disorientated, yet overwhelmed to see them, he takes a few minutes to regain his balance and consider what it is he wants to tell them.


"Oh! I know! Merry Christmas!" he yells, before collapsing. The Doctor falls in and out of consciousness, with Rose and Jackie powerless to help him.


In a bid to boost Rose's spirits, Mickey suggests a spot of Christmas shopping. A good plan - until they find themselves under attack by a sinister brass band of masked Santas.


However, they are not the only ones with problems. Prime Minister Harriet Jones has just been informed that a British space probe, on its way to Mars for a Christmas Day landing, has gone missing.


It has been kidnapped by a monstrous race known as the Sycorax, who are set on taking over the world.


Meanwhile, back at the Tylers', Mickey and Jackie are trying to fend off a killer Christmas tree, while Rose tries to wake the Doctor.




Notes to Editors


Further information about Christmas programmes on BBC ONE, TWO, THREE and FOUR is available via the links on this page or the pdf document - see right-hand column.





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Date: 22.11.2005
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