Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

                    The Christmas Invasion

                    1 episode, broadcast: 25th December 2005
                    Jackie is putting out Christmas decorations and Mickey is working in a garage when they hear the sound of the TARDIS. They meet outside the flats to see the TARDIS crash land and a man stagger out to wish them Merry Christmas - Rose explains that the unconscious figure is the Doctor!
                    As the Doctor recovers, Rose and Mickey go shopping but are then attacked by Santas . They flee back home and the Doctor dispatches them back from where they came .
                    Meanwhile a mission to land a probe on Mars has gone horribly wrong and the expedition head Daniel Llewellyn is driven to the Tower of London , where he then finds himself in UNIT headquarters . The probe is actually on a spaceship which is heading to Earth. As it arrives, some people suddenly enter a trance, leaving homes and heading onto roofs . Reports show that this is happening around the world . As things become desperate Harriet Jones (Prime Minister) makes a plea for the Doctor's help .
                    The Sycorax ship arrives over London and they demand the leader of the planet step forward. Harriet takes on the mantle, and she, Llewellyn and UNIT commander Major Blake are transported to the ship . Meanwhile, in the TARDIS Rose and Mickey inadvertently set of a signal that the Sycorax detect and they beam the TARDIS aboard.
                    Rose attempts to be a champion for the Earth, but the Sycorax laughter is cut short as the Doctor recovers. He fights the Sycorax leader and it continues outside . The Doctor triumphs and everyone is beamed back to Earth - however, the Sycorax ship is destroyed by Torchwood, and a very angry Doctor brings down Harriet Jones.


                    Locations filmed for the story:
                    Tredegar House
                    Newport
                    Filmed: 22 Jul 2005

                    Harriet Jones makes a plea for the Doctor on television
                    Great West Quarter
                    (formerly Wallis House)
                    Great West Road, Brentford
                    Filmed: 25 Jul 2005

                    Deserted area in the Tyler Estate
                    Brandon Estate
                    Kennington, London
                    Filmed: 26-27,29 Jul 2005

                    The Powell Estate
                    Trafalgar Square
                    London
                    Filmed: 28 Jul 2005

                    The Sycorax spaceship arrives over London
                    Westminster Bridge (Palace of Westminster)
                    Westminster, London
                    Filmed: 28 Jul 2005

                    The Sycorax spaceship arrives over London
                    30 St Mary Axe
                    London
                    Filmed: 28 Jul 2005

                    The Sycorax spaceship arrives over London
                    Tower of London
                    London
                    Filmed: 28 Jul 2005
                    Baltic House
                    Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff
                    Filmed: 8 Aug 2005
                    Landmark Place
                    Churchill Way, Cardiff
                    Filmed: 8 Aug 2005
                    Wharton Street
                    Cardiff
                    Filmed: 8 Aug 2005
                    Hayes Island
                    Cardiff
                    Filmed: 8-9 Aug 2005

                    Rose and Mickey do some Christmas shopping.
                    Broadstairs Road
                    Leckwith, Cardiff
                    Filmed: 9 Aug 2005
                    Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines
                    Coleford, Gloucestershire
                    Filmed: 10-13,15 Aug 2005

                    Inside the Sycorax spaceship.
                    Brian Cox Motor Engineering
                    Bromley Road, Ellwood
                    Filmed: 15 Aug 2005

                    The garage Mickey is working at.
                    Barry Docks
                    Barry Island, Cardiff
                    Filmed: 16 Aug 2005

                    The Doctor battles the Sycorax leader outside the spaceship.
                    Millennium Stadium
                    Cardiff
                    Filmed: 17-19 Aug 2005

                    Mission Control
                    St Davids 2
                    (formerly NCP Tredegar Street)
                    Cardiff, Wales
                    Filmed: 2005

                    People controlled by the Sycorax assemble on rooftops
                    Other locations appearing in the story:
                    Eiffel Tower
                    Paris, France
                    Filmed: still (Getty Images)

                    People stand on monuments around the world.
                    Colosseum
                    Rome, Italy
                    Filmed: still (Getty Images)

                    People stand on monuments around the world.
                    Locations unused in the story:
                    Cairo Hyatt
                    Cairo, Egypt
                    Filmed: still (Getty Images)

                    People stand on monuments around the world.
                    Unverified Locations referenced as being used for filming:
                    Loudoun Square
                    Butetown, Cardiff
                    Filmed: 1 Aug 2005
                    In Studio:
                    »Unit Q2, Imperial Park, Imperial Way, Newport, NP10 8UH (22 Jul, 2 Aug, 8,22 Sep, 8 Oct, 3 Nov 2005)
                    »HTV Wales Studios, Culvershouse Cross, Cardiff, CF5 6XJ (2-5,22 Aug 2005)
                    »BBC (Kendal Avenue), Kendal Avenue, Acton, W3 0RP (6-7 Sep 2005)
                    »BBC Broadcasting House (C2 Studio), Llantrisant Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2YQ (10 Nov 2005) - News Reports

                    Further Reading

                    »

                    DWM: The Series Two Companion: Production Journal (p12-21)

                    Associated Links

                    »

                    The Doctor Who Guide - Detailed synopsis of the story.

                    »

                    BBC Doctor Who Episode Guide - Information and Features on the story.

                    »

                    BBC Wales Doctor Who Location Guide - Photos relating to filming for the story

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