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Doctor Who Theory: Santa Claus Is A Time Lord

The connection between Doctor Who and Santa Claus goes back far further than 2005, where Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor once joked to his companion, Rose Tyler, about being Father Christmas in the episode “The Doctor Dances.” Various stories in books, comics, webcasts, and audio plays teamed the two long before Santa Claus joined with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the 2014 holiday special, “Last Christmas.” This begs the question; could Santa be another rogue Time Lord like The Doctor, only using his powers to spread good cheer rather than combat alien menaces?

Why Santa Being A Time Lord Makes Sense

Perhaps the greatest bit of evidence that Santa is a Time Lord is that his history within the context of Doctor Who is as contradictory as The Doctor’s own history. With the Eleventh Doctor claiming to know Santa’s real name is Jeff and the Twelfth Doctor denying his existence completely, it’s all but impossible to confirm that Santa Claus exists in the world of Doctor Who, much less whether or not he’s a Time Lord.

Perhaps, as the equally confounding character of The Curator once said, “perhaps it doesn’t matter either way,” for mystery is part and parcel of both The Doctor and Santa Claus, and the world would be a bit less magical if everything were easily explained.

Santa Claus’ History In Doctor Who

The history of Santa Claus in Doctor Who is complicated and contradictory, which is hardly unique for Doctor Who history. The two first met in 1965, in a four-part story published in TV Comic #732-735, with a Doctor resembling William Hartnell’s First Doctor. Known simply as “A Christmas Story,” the comic had The Doctor helping Santa fight a wicked being known as the Demon Magician, who was using his magic to stop Santa from making toys.

While the canonicity of this story is up for debate (as it depicted the First Doctor with two grandchildren named John and Gillian who never appeared on the show) it set the tone for most of The Doctor’s encounters with Father Christmas in later stories.

All The Evidence Santa Claus Is A Time Lord

Some fans might argue it is impossible for Santa to be a Time Lord, as Time Lords are supposed to be able to recognize their own kind even if they’ve regenerated into a new body. As such, logically, The Doctor should have recognized Santa as a fellow renegade.

However, The Doctor has also often failed to recognize his rival, The Master, when The Master changed into a new form or disguised himself as someone else. It’s entirely possible then that Santa could have hidden his true nature from The Doctor, particularly if the technology he used was not specifically based on Gallifreyian designs, as seemed to be the case in “The Man Who (Nearly) Killed Christmas.”

The connection between Doctor Who and Santa Claus goes back far further than 2005, where Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor once joked to his companion, Rose Tyler, about being Father Christmas in the episode “The Doctor Dances.” Various stories in books, comics, webcasts, and audio plays teamed the two long before Santa Claus joined with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in the 2014 holiday special, “Last Christmas.” This begs the question; could Santa be another rogue Time Lord like The Doctor, only using his powers to spread good cheer rather than combat alien menaces?

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