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Merry Christmas Doctor Who
Merry Christmas Doctor Who
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana, K9
Main setting: The TARDIS
Key crew
Writer: Ablibed
Release details
Season/series: Season 16
Format: 1.2 minutes
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Merry Christmas Doctor Who, also known as Doug Who or Dr. Doug Who, was a short sketch made for Christmas of 1978 by the BBC production team.

Synopsis Edit

The Doctor, Romana and K9 drink in the TARDIS in celebration of Christmas.

Plot Edit

The Doctor and Romana share a kiss behind K9. They stiffen suddenly and cough awkwardly.

The Doctor offers K9 some gin, which he takes cheerfully. Afterwards, K9 sings "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by suggestion of the Doctor.

The Doctor asks K9 what he wants for Christmas and K9 replies "enough ball bearings to last the series through and fewer sill irons on the floors of the planets they visit." K9 asks the Doctor what he would like for Christmas, and the Doctor thinks deeply, then turns affectionately towards Romana.

Everyone, including the crew, laughs.

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Story notes Edit

  • This story bears a striking similarity to the 2012 sketch Songtaran Carols. Both were made for or at Christmas as a joke, both break the fourth wall, and both end with the cast and crew bursting out laughing.
  • Played for laughs, and never intended for public release, this is nonetheless the first BBC-made Doctor Who production to show the Doctor and his companion in a romantic scenario. Ironically, behind the scenes Tom Baker would later romance and marry Lalla Ward, the actress who would soon replace Mary Tamm as Romana.
  • It is not, however, the first to show the Doctor consuming alcohol, and he had done so on several previous occasions in televised episodes, such as at the conclusion of TV: The Green Death.
  • "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" would later be sung by the next K9 in TV: A Girl's Best Friend which aired during Christmas 1981.

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