Category Archives: Christmas

The Wonder Years: Christmas

The Wonder Years was a series that meant a lot to me as a child. I was about the same age as Kevin when I watched it, and it explored a lot of the issues of growing up that I … Continue reading

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Abroad for Christmas #3

Alfred Basil Lubbock was a maritime author who fought in the Boer War, and wrote about his experiences in Round the Horn Before the Mast, published in 1902.  However, before being sent to the war, his ship was heading to … Continue reading

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Abroad for Christmas #2

The following quote is from Travels in Greece and Russia by the frankly magnificent author Bayard Taylor, published in 1859.  This man certainly knew how to live his life, and spent one Christmas Day in Lapland, travelling 40 miles across the … Continue reading

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Abroad for Christmas

American Quaker William Savery (1750-1804) was a notable abolitionist who travelled through Europe between 1796 and 1799.  His journal of travels was published posthumously, as A Journal of the Life, Travels, and Religious Labors of William Savery.  He spent one … Continue reading

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The Alternate Dr. Who Family

Companion Tropes Extra 11 Last Christmas… I gave you my heart. No, sorry, let’s try that again. It’s hard to start a sentence with those words, a bit like “who you gonna call”. Some words in the English language now … Continue reading

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Christmas Lost

Looking back through some old Bioscope magazines, covering the early days of cinema, there are plenty of references to films that were made to pull in the punters at Christmas.  The following quote is from the 5th November 1914 issue: … Continue reading

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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

LET’S GO SLEIGH THEM! Terry Pratchett was truly one of the greatest authors who ever lived.  So many fantasy authors over the years have produced tedious escapism, far removed from the real world, but Pratchett took a different approach.  He … Continue reading

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Santa’s TARDIS

Once upon a time there was a magical time machine that travelled through space.  It was disguised as an ordinary Earth object, and it was bigger on the inside than the outside.  It could travel great distances in the blink … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Christmas Lexicon

Sycorax is the mother of Caliban in The Tempest, and a moon of Uranus. Runaway Bride is a 1999 film starring Julia Roberts. HC Clements was an art connoisseur who purchased a portrait of Shakespeare in c.1840. Huon is a … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Christmas Songs

We all love a good festive pop song don’t we.  So why not mash up our favourite television series with the Christmas spirit?  Well, it has been tried once, in it’s purest form, so let’s start with the obvious, the … Continue reading

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The Dalek Book

54 years ago some lucky children found a very exciting annual in their Christmas stockings: The Dalek Book, subtitled “astounding stories of the outer space robot people of television’s ‘Dr. Who’”.  It was published by Panther Books Ltd in association … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Mr Bean

The three Doctor Who-less years on television between Survival in 1989 and Dimensions in Time in 1993 seemed like an eternity, let alone the seven-year gap between the end of the Classic Series and the Movie in 1996, or the … Continue reading

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Festive Beards in Doctor Who

What do you associate with Christmas?  What are those truly iconic things we think of when we think of Christmas?  Turkey?  Stockings?  Christmas Trees?  Pudding? Forget all those.  There is nothing more festive than a big beard.  Ask Santa Claus.  … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story

On Christmas Day 1965 there was more than one fourth-wall breaking Doctor Who story for children to enjoy.  If they were lucky enough to have a copy of TV Comic Issue 732 (dated week ending 25th December 1965) they could … Continue reading

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Twice Upon a Time

“A long time ago, at the South Pole, the Doctor refused to regenerate…”  Sounds like the opening line of a children’s story, doesn’t it.  And that title: a reference to the opening words of so many fairy tales.  As somebody … Continue reading

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Attack of the Graske

Ever get the nagging feeling you’ve missed something?  We’ve had an amazing December on The View from the Junkyard, writing about every Christmas episode of Doctor Who ever made.  And yet… we ended up with a little hole in our … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from The View from the Junkyard!  Over the last few months we have written nearly 150 articles, with something new every day since the blog started.  We are taking our first week off … Continue reading

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Doctor Who and Christmas

The Christmas episodes of Doctor Who are curious beasts in many ways.  Because of Doctor Who’s usual production schedules they often mark the arrival or departure of a Doctor, and this always overshadows the Christmas theme.  This happens with The … Continue reading

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The Husbands of River Song

Christmas Day is an opportunity for Doctor Who.  It always pulls in a significantly greater amount of viewers than a standard episode, usually good for an extra couple of million and sometimes as much as five or six million more … Continue reading

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Last Christmas

It feels like we have been here before.  Amy’s Choice explored the philosophy of the “dream argument” and did it very well, so this is covering some familiar ground thematically.  As we saw when we looked at Amy’s Choice, genre … Continue reading

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