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Dec 21 2010 1:00pm
Announcing the Twelve Doctors of Christmas!

The 12 Doctors of Christmas on Tor.com

Tor.com is excited to announce the Twelve Doctors of Christmas, an event that will play out right here on the site starting on December 26th!

For the past few years, a Christmas hasn’t gone by without the Doctor around, dealing out hugs and destruction in equal measure. So we and a host of special guest writers are taking the holiday to celebrate the many men (and one woman) who we know of as The Doctor.

Who are these special guests? Oh, you know...awesome people.

On December 26th, U.K. author George Mann will be celebrating the First Doctor, William Hartnell!

George is the the author of The Affinity Bridge, The Osiris Ritual and Ghosts of Manhattan, along with the original Doctor Who audiobook The Pyralis Effect. You can find him talking often and entertainingly about the show on his blog.

The First Doctor of Christmas by George Mann

On December 27th, Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist and children’s book author Nick Abadzis will be celebrating the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton!

Nick won an Eisner Award for Best Teen Graphic Novel in 2008 with his work Laika, a story about the Russian puppy who ended up becoming the world’s first space traveler. He has an extensive bibliography of comic strips, graphic novels, and children’s books, and is a big fan of the Doctor Who. (Keep an eye on his post for a special visual treat!)

The Second Doctor of Christmas: The Mystery of a Cosmic Hobo (or, Bow Ties Are Cool!) by Nick Abadzis

On December 28th, Paul Cornell will be celebrating the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee!

Paul is a noted novelist, comic book writer, screenwriter, and all around clever gent, but Doctor Who fans will know him best as the writer of the Hugo-nominated new series episodes, “Father’s Day,” “Human Nature,” and “The Family of Blood.” More dedicated Who fans will also be familiar with Paul’s extensive bibliography with Big Finish and as the creator of popular spin-off companion Bernice Summerfield.

The Third Doctor of Christmas by Paul Cornell

On December 29th, Nicholas Whyte will be celebrating the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker!

Born in Northern Ireland and holding British and Irish citizenship, Whyte works as the Brussels representative of Independent Diplomat, a nongovernmental organization that “aims to promote justice and conflict resolution by enabling governments and political groups disadvantaged or marginalised by lack of diplomatic capacity to engage effectively in diplomatic processes.” Aside from monitoring the European Union on behalf of ID’s clients, Whyte is also project leader on their work with Moldova. As a fan of the show, Nicholas brings a very interesting perspective to the Fourth Doctor!

The Fourth Doctor of Christmas: Born to be an Alien by Nicolas Whyte

On December 30th, artist Pia Guerra will be celebrating the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison!

Pia won an Eisner Award in 2008 for her illustration work on the multiple award-winning Vertigo comic series Y: The Last Man, which she co-created with writer Brian K. Vaughan. Her next project was illustrations for the original mini-series Doctor Who: The Forgotten, which chronicled the Doctor’s life through the perspective of the Tenth Doctor, written by Tony Lee.

The Fifth Doctor of Christmas: Shifting into Fifth by Pia Guerra

On December 31st, writer Josiah Rowe will be celebrating the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker!

Josiah is a news editor for the extremely informative Doctor Who News site, which compiles news on the TV shows, spin-off books and audio, and keeps tabs on the many, many people who have worked on the series over the decades. Josiah brings a comprehensive perspective on who is possibly the most controversial Doctor ever.

The Sixth Doctor of Christmas: The Joy of Six by Josiah Rowe

On January 1st, author Seanan McGuire will be celebrating the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy!

Seanan is a prolific writer whose work spans the fantasy (both urban and non), romance, and science fiction genres. Her essay “Mathematical Excellence: A Documentary,” appears in the essay collection Chicks Dig Time Lords. Here, she expounds on the Seventh Doctor.

The Seventh Doctor of Christmas: The Tea is getting Cold by Seanan McGuire

On January 2nd, Steve Mollmann will be celebrating the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann!

Steve is a prolific reviewer whose coverage of the Eighth Doctor Big Finish audio adventures for Unreality SF makes him an ideal candidate to illustrate the life that the Eighth Doctor has been leading ever since his brief and Eric Roberts-strewn television movie appearance in the mid-1990s. You can also catch Steve’s work by picking up the Star Trek collections The Next Generation: The Sky's the Limit, Corps of Engineers: What's Past, and Myriad Universes: Shattered Light.

The Eighth Doctor: His Humanity Proven by Steve Mollman

On January 3rd, noted SFF critic Graham Sleight will be celebrating the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston!

Graham has an extensive backlog of reviews and critical essays regarding science fiction and fantasy works. He’s currently putting the finishing touches on The Doctor’s Monsters, an original examination of the creatures and monsters from the last five decades of Doctor Who.

The Ninth Doctor of Christmas: The Walking Wounded by Graham Sleight

On January 4th, Brooklyn burlesque queen Nasty Canasta (link is mildly NSFW) will be celebrating the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant!

Nasty Canasta performs original burlesque shows in New York City and recently debuted a Doctor Who-themed showcase featuring many aspects of the show, including a self-built life-size TARDIS!

The Tenth Doctor of Christmas: Because I'm Clever by Nasty Canasta

On January 5th, we have two separate takes on the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, from editors Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea, as well as comics writer and Boom Studios! editor-in-chief Mark Waid!

Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea curated and released Chicks Dig Time Lords in early 2009, an essay collection from female viewpoints including Elizabeth Bear, Carole E. Barrowman, Lisa Bowerman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more regarding the Doctor and his (then 10) incarnations. Here, they reveal what they think about Eleven!

The Eleventh Doctor of Christmas: Chicks Dig the Eleventh Doctor by Tara O'Shea and Lynne M. Thomas

Mark Waid’s comics career is long, varied, and littered with a host of amazing runs on established properties like Fantastic Four, 52, The Flash, as well as with original material such as Empire and current series Incorruptible. Along with his already incredible workload, he is the editor-in-chief of Boom Studios! He’s also a recent convert to Doctor Who and gives us an impression of Eleven that you’ll identify with the character forevermore.

The Eleventh Doctor of Christmas: Fezzes Aren't Cool by Mark Waid

On January 6th, Tor.com blogger Jason Henninger will be celebrating Twelfth Doctors!

Jason Henninger is a Doctor Who fan, Tor.com blogger, and the person you most want guarding your back in an alliterative firefight. Jason will be running through Doctors That Very Briefly Were, whether they appeared in spin-off material, commercial products, or straight-out parodies.

The Twelfth Doctor of Christmas: The Twelfth Doctors by Jason Henninger

In addition to the aforementioned perspectives, we’ll also be featuring posts on Doctor Who music from Jason Heller, Ryan Britt's take on Doctor Who fashion and time travel mechanics, a rundown on DIY Who crafts from Ruth X (Cthulhu Chick herself!), a review of this year’s Christmas episode, and more!

It’s Doctor Who every day on Tor.com as we enter 2011!

TARDIS image from Wikimedia Commons photo © zir.com

22 comments
Nathalie Campistron
1. Prince of the Raisins
Oh what a great Christmas gift you give us! Doctors everywhere! ^^
Thank you so much for organizing this!
JCHicks
3. JCHicks
What a fantastic idea. I look forward to reading it.
JCHicks
4. Chick-a-Boom
I'm probably one of the few old ladies who has been addicted to Doctor Who for more than forty years!!! Can't wait for Boxing Day!
JCHicks
5. Albatross
FYI, a number of typos, including "Chrismas" and "celebrating the Twelfth Doctors".
JCHicks
6. Michelle Kelley-Shea
And it all starts on Christmas with BBC America!!!! Can't wait! (And you are not alone, Chick-a-boom. Although don't call us 'old ladies! We are mature fans.)
Chris Lough
7. TorChris
@5. You got us on "Chrismas," but "Twelfth Doctors" is, in fact, correct. ;)
JCHicks
10. Haec
Sounds wonderful, I still couldn't tell you who my favourite doctor was - part of the fun is the different characterisations. (there might be two or three I am not too keen on).

David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston are up amongst the greats and Matt Smith is definitely growing on me. Is it me or has he not had so many staggeringly good episodes as the other two?

It's a rich enough subject I'm looking forward to hearing other views.
Jason Henninger
11. jasonhenninger
@10
George Mann, who will be writing about the first Doctor, wrote a great piece on the last season. Thought I'd share:

http://georgemann.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/moffats-doctor-who-or-how-i-stopped-worrying-and-learned-to-love-the-dalek-bomb/
JCHicks
13. JFirestone
>"So we and a host of special guest writers are taking
>the holiday to celebrate the many men (and one woman)
>who we know of as The Doctor."

I missed something... who is/was the "one woman?" we know as the doctor?
JCHicks
14. ASMS
@13 JFirestone
Hmmm, do you remember Doctor Donna? :-)
JCHicks
15. Tara O'Shea
JFirestone: Joanna Lumley in "Curse of the Fatal Death"?
JCHicks
16. JordyA
I am in love with Doctor Who!!! I'm a rather recent fan and Netflix is gonna be sending me lots of Doctor Who in the mail! I watched seasons 1-4 streaming...in about a week...David Tennant, 'nough said, LOL! I love Matt, but I wish David woulda stuck around for a while!! And I am looking forward to seeing the earlier Doctors too! CANNOT wait til Saturday ;)
JCHicks
17. sinehster
Me me me!!!
Tina Pierce
18. scissorrunner
and a very merry Christmas will be had by all!!!!!!
Alex Brown
19. AlexBrown
This will be a very happy Kwanzaa indeed :)
JCHicks
20. JFirestone
@ASMS It's not "Doctor Donna". Technically she wasn't a true time lord, nor was she "The Doctor". Neither was Doctor Song. There's only one "The Doctor", who just happens to wear a lot of faces ;D
JCHicks
21. JFirestone
@Tara O'Shea Thank you very much! That clears up a lot, I've never seen that special. I'll have to try and find it somewhere.
harley goode
23. HarleyG
I just found out that BBC America is airing the Doctor Who Christmas special at 9 p.m. ET on Christmas Day!
I don't have to break the law and download an illegal copy this year.
JCHicks
24. The Professor Dalen Rune
5736.1 Rassilon Era (068)
Friday, 22nd of December, 6026 Anno Mundi Vulgaris
Friday, 24th of December, 2010 Common Era
@ 19:50 Universal Time Coordinated.
Greetings Fellow Gallifreyans!!
I don;t know what happened to my last post
Wibbly-wobbly, Timey-wimey!!
There are people that keep saying,
"Eleven actors played The Doctor!!",
and, "Former Doctor Who Star... ".
There were as many as 15 actors (or more)
playing The Doctor in the series!!
And, as we have seen,
even the grave is not enough
to keep one out of a Doctor Who Serial/Episode!!
They actually had William Hartnell,
Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee
listed in the cast as The Doctor
in 2010 Common Era!!
Once a part of Doctor Who,
always a part of Doctor Who!!
Thank you. The Professor Dalen Rune.

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