TARDIS Index File

Santa Claus

Santa Claus
Santa Baby
Main aliases:
Father Christmas
Saint Nicholas
First seen in: A Christmas Story
Main actor: Nick Frost
Other voice actors:
Santa Claus — also known as Father Christmas or, according to the Eleventh Doctor, Jeff (TV: A Christmas Carol) — legendarily distributed presents to good children on Christmas morning under their trees. He played an important part in the Christmas tradition on the planet Earth.

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, he moved it to an unnamed planet. (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: The Claws of Santa)

Appearances edit

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 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: The Claws of Santa)

Santa Claus

Santa Claus in the Doctor's TARDIS. (TV: Death in Heaven)

Astrolabus claimed to be Santa. (COMIC: Voyager)

Following the Twelfth Doctor's parting with Clara Oswald, Santa Claus entered the Doctor's TARDIS. He told the Doctor that Clara was not happy with their separation and asked him what he wanted for Christmas. (TV: Death in Heaven)

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: 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)

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, 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. (TV: A Christmas Carol)

Behind the Scenes edit

  • Santa Claus and Father Christmas have different origins and are technically different individuals. However, the character portrayed by Nick Frost in TV: Death in Heaven is identified in the closing credits as Santa Claus, although UK media tended to refer to him as Father Christmas both in reviewing the episode, and in pre-broadcast coverage of the 2014 Christmas special.
  • In An Adventure in Space and Time, Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine) describes the Doctor as "C.S. Lewis meets Father Christmas".