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The Christmas Presence was the fourteenth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas. It was written by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris. It featured the Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon.

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Chas Baxter, a resident at Lavender House Retirement Home, has received a special gift from Father Christmas every Christmas since he was a baby. One year as a child he even saw Father Christmas and his elf.

One year at the nursing home, Chas doesn't receive his gift. He suspects new resident Malcolm Harbottle of not only stealing his gift but also of being an alien.

When other things go missing at the nursing home, Chas confronts Harbottle in his room. Harbottle attacks Chas, and as Chas lies dying, he sees Father Christmas and the elf — really the Doctor and Jamie — arrive to take Harbottle, who is a Kleptorodon, into custody. Chas dies happy in the knowledge that Father Christmas didn't forget him, and Jamie convinces the Doctor to leave Chas a gift every Christmas.

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