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It’s surprising how quickly the Doctor Who Christmas Special became something of an institution. Back in 2007 I remember my dad anticipating Voyage of the Damned – only the third of the revived series’ Specials – by reminding the rest of the family that watching Doctor Who on Christmas Day was “a tradition”.

In issue 530’s editorial I wrote about being pleased that the series was moving to Sundays, arguing that the Saturday night line-up and viewing habits have now changed beyond all recognition. Anybody who’s been reading Tom Spilsbury’s excellent Public Image columns won’t need me to tell them that Doctor Who is once again a massive ratings hit and that Sunday evenings are exactly where it needs to be. The show’s festive Specials have also done well, but unlike the old Saturday evening slot I don’t have any nostalgia for Doctor Who on Christmas Day. Why not? Mainly because it’s the only time of year when you’re obliged to share Doctor Who with people who aren’t really fans or, at worst, actively dislike it.

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Contents include: • An exclusive preview of the New Year's day Special: Resolution. • An exclusive interview with Sharon D Clarke, who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series • Frazer Hines answers questions from our TARDIS tin • A tribute to Derrick Sherwin, the Doctor Who script editor and producer who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour • Highlights from a previously unpublished interview with Derrick Sherwin in 2014 • Part Three of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches Doctor Who’s very first Christmas Day episode, 1965’s The Feast of Steven • An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings • An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings • Share your views on the latest series of Doctor Who in our 2018 Season Survey • The Fact of Fiction delves into 1981’s spin-off K9 and Company, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith • Put your Doctor Who knowledge to the test with the DWM Christmas Quiz • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam! and The Witchfinders • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!