Doctor Who and Christmas are like chocolate and peanut butter — two great tastes that taste great together. Maybe it’s because Who is often as much fairy tale as space opera, or that The Doctor himself bears no small resemblance to some of our culture’s even better-known mythical figures. But regardless of why, sending The Doctor on Christmas-themed adventures just feels right, and has become one of our favorite Holiday traditions here at GFR. This year’s outing, entitled “Last Christmas,” didn’t disappoint, and in the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas — and the 12th Doctor himself — we’re going to highlight the 12 things we loved most about “Last Christmas.”
1) Nick Frost as Santa Claus
Doctor Who has trotted out characters of questionable reality before — The Doctor bantered with Robin Hood earlier this year, after all — but many were wondering how the show would handle the appearance of Santa Claus. I mean, the idea of Santa is only slightly more preposterous than the idea of a nigh-immortal alien who travels through time and space in a police box, but would the show actually declare Jolly Old St. Nick to be flesh-and-blood reality? The answer proved to be both satisfying and very much consistent with the show’s tone and “reality.” And with Santa played by a perfectly cast Nick Frost — who got some of the best lines — “Last Christmas” proved to be a Christmas adventure we might just have to make an annual tradition in and of itself.