In 2005, Doctor Who launched a tradition that would last another 12 years with “The Christmas Invasion”—a festive special that broadcast on Christmas day. But “Invasion” wasn’t actually the first Doctor Who episode to air on Christmas. The first actually took place 53 years ago.
“The Feast of Steven” is a wild slice of Doctor Who history, responsible for a few infamous firsts beyond just being what is technically Doctor Who’s first Christmas special. While the classic era of Doctor Who would regularly air story arcs that had episodes running during the holiday period, “The Feast of Steven”—the seventh episode of the 12-part epic serial “The Dalek’s Master Plan”—was the only one to actually broadcast on December 25.
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