Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion” as Want to Read:
Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion

(Doctor Who: Target Collection)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  63 reviews

Discover the new Doctor Who classics.

Earth is under attack by power-hungry aliens. This is no time for the Doctor to be out of action.

When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax – horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by BBC Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Doctor Who, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Doctor Who

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.03  · 
Rating details
 ·  463 ratings  ·  63 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's brilliant that the new series is now getting the Target novelisation treatment and bestselling author Colgan is the perfect choice for the Tenth Doctor's debut adventure.

She really captures the traditional style of these releases with predominantly staying faithful to the original script, whilst th
The new additions fit seamlessly.
For example the Children in Need scene 'Born Again' is included in the opening chapters, it really highlights Rose's initial weariness to this next Doctor - it's a
Josh Marshall
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a lot funnier then I remembered it being on TV
Parker Joelle

Thanks, Jenny T. Colgan, now I have extra beef with you. You're a great Big Finish author, but I'm still salty about that Tentoo story. And you have THE AUDACITY to rip my heart out with pages 156 and 157 respectively. I AM SAD TOWN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME FOLKS!!

But all jokes aside, this was a pretty great novelization. It isn't my favorite Christmas special, but Colgan's penmanship really brings out the humor and charm of the episode. Plus, I was bawling over those closing chap
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. This was chaotic and wonderful. These books are just the episodes with more added to them and that’s what makes them so much fun. It follows Rose and the Tenth Doctor and honestly, can you name a more iconic duo? I’ll wait. Anyway, I loved getting Rose’s thoughts after the Doctor’s regeneration and just how freaked out she was. It takes her a while to accept that he is the Doctor as she was wanting the Ninth one back. I will say though, as much as I love Rose she was never good enough f ...more
Adam Stone
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A delightfully cheap, easy read. I could never get into the Target books by Terrance Dicks that served as screenplays with occasional attribution, but a few months ago, we ordered some of the new Target books for subscriber at the store I work at. That person never picked them up.

Jenny Colgan's prose is breezy and well-constructed, and perfectly brings to mind The Christmas Invasion episode while adding just enough to the narrative to make it feel like a book and not an adapted screenplay (thoug
Nicholas Whyte
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

As with Russell T. Davies' novelisation of Rose, Rose Tyler is the central character here - partly because, as you may remember, the new Tenth Doctor spends about half of the story asleep in post-regenerative repose. We long-term fans can get rather blasé about regeneration, but Colgan really brings us inside the head of Rose who has just seen her best friend's body explode and burn, to be replaced by a total stranger who knows far too much about her -
Katherine Sas
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, doctor-who
A far more literal adaptation than Rose or Day of the Doctor (but then I suspect it's easier to rip into your own work than someone else's). However, I suspect that if you put this side by side with the episode and compared them beat for beat, you'd find more subtle little changes, additions, and bits of commentary than might first appear. ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing novelisation - the passion is clear from page one all the way through to the brilliant afterword. Desperate to re-watch the episode now!
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion is Target novels at their best, retelling the story well, while adding nice details and capturing the mood of the episode.

The internal monologue of Jackie and Mickey is done with care it's nice to hear from them and get a little more insight into their thoughts. Jenny T. Colgan treats both of them with compassion, which was sometimes lacking from RTD. The same goes for the side characters, even one-off ones such as Sally and Llewellyn, they feel like real peop
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Back in High School, I remember attending an author event -- some SF author that I'd never heard of (you probably haven't either), but what did I care? He was an actual SF/Fantasy/Horror writer visiting Idaho (it happens a little more now, but back then I hadn't thought it was possible). He discussed getting to write a novelization of a major Horror film thinking, "How hard can it be? Take the script, throw in some ad
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

Jenny T. Colgan had the hardest job of any of the four authors who novelized an episode for this first wave of new Target books: she had to take an episode that I really didn't care for and make it a good novel. I just really didn't care for the televised version of The Christmas Invasion. The Doctor's asleep for nearly 3/4 of the story and I never much cared for Rose and Mickey, so it's near the bottom of my list of favorite Christmas specials. I say this to explain why I didn't adore th
Book collector
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A preamble before the main review.
I remember back in 2005 when it was announced that the new stories wouldn't be novelised how disappointed I was. The target books were and still are a huge part of my life. I was 7 years old when i read my first one, 41 years later I still regularly dip back into the target books. For my generation of fans these books were the only way to enjoy these stories. Videos and dvds were many years away and there was certainly no internet to access old and new stories.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
This story started off in a difficult place, ratings wise, in that this episode has never been one of my favorites to begin with. While many people praise it as the best Christmas special, I have always had problems paying attention to it, aside from the first viewing. While I adore Rose, Jackie, Mickey, and Harriet Jones, re-watches leave me doing other things while this episode plays in the background until the Doctor shows up only 15 minutes before the end. I like that they show Rose struggli ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A pleasing ramble of the first episode of the second series of the revamped and relaunched Dr Who, when the delicious David Tennant took over the TARDIS from the strangly pleasing Christopher Ecclestone.
Rose and the Dr have travelled the universe together, but in their last trip, the Dr told her that Time Lords have a little trick to cheat death - and then was engulfed in a blazing golden light. When that light faded, the clothes remain, but the man inside them has changed. Rose is horrified -
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
I've been impressed with all these 'New Who' Target novelisations (and I'm about to start Steven Moffat's 'The Day of the Doctor') so far. I notice though that those not written by their TV writer's - this one and Paul Cornell's 'Twice Upon A Time' - feel more Terrance Dicks novelising other people's scripts than they feel like the later Sylvester McCoy era ones, which were often used by their TV writer's to add additional depth to the story - see Ben Aaronovitch's 'Remembrance of The Daleks' or ...more
Michaela Aisling
I loved this! Obviously I've seen this episode before, a thousand times over, and I know it like the back of my hand, but the book still had things to offer that you wouldn't necessarily get from the show, which was great! Tiny little glimpses of backstory and hidden dynamics between background characters. We got brief insights into dynamics between different UNIT and Government operatives that the show doesn't quite offer, even gaining insight into the minds of Mickey and Jackie that we wouldn' ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating - between 3 and 3.5

a nice easy read, as is usual with the Target novelizations both old and new.
as with the title 'Rose' which was published at the same time, the additions to the characters story line generally worked well.
however i didn't enjoy it quite as much as 'Rose' and i'm not sure why so will have to think about it. perhaps the original author completing the adaptation allows the 'new' or 'revised' parts to complete the whole better than if done by a different writer?

so overall a
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it

I want to establish first that I did think that this was a well written book, and I liked the details Colgan added to the main plot, which is always one of the pluses of novelisations. As a book, I don't have any problems with it. It's just that I've never really connected with RTD's era of the show as much as other parts of it, and the Tenth is my least favourite Doctor. The Christmas Invasion comes before my dislike of him really started to manifest itself but there were still moments whe
Hannah Robinson
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favourite of the new doctor who target novels so far. it was so warm and perfect and fun and nostalgic, like getting a hug from the tv show that has defined my childhood. reminded me of just how much I love this stupid romantic amazing show and the companion (rose) that will always define it for me. maybe I’m bias because nine/tens era of the show will always be my favourite, but I honestly thought this was brilliant. I hope there’s more new who target novels on the horizon soon because I mis ...more
Adam James
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, 2018
Of all the four new Doctor Who "Target" novelizations, none hit the mark more directly than Jenny T Colgan's The Christmas Invasion. Anyone who has read enough of the original Target line of books knows that these stories need to be fun, but efficient.

And while Steven Moffat's Day of the Doctor was incredibly entertaining, Colgan's novelization is far more of an accurate recreation of an original Target novel.
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
Jenny Colgan, like Paul Cornell, makes her new series novelization a tribute to the style of Terrance Dicks at his height, as opposed to Russell Davies & Steven Moffat, who owe more to authors such as Malcolm Hulke, Ian Marter & Donald Cotton. That certainly isn't a criticism: this is an efficient, rollicking adaptation, with expanded material in judicious locations, and a great deal of cheeky fun. Very enjoyable all around. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Babies were abandoned by the side of the road or, if screaming to reach one direction, picked up and carried along with everyone else. The mothers were frantic."

Wow.. this part had be just sitting there with my mouth open.
The book was terrific I almost like it better than the TV special. I haven't decided on what I like better but I don't know maybe...

I'm just happy I finish this before midnight lol
Kirstin Totten
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Once again, I loved another on the the Doctor Who Target collection novels. Jenny T. Colgan, clearly researched prior to writing and her love for the story was portrayed in her writing. This was one of my favourite specials and I could clearly picture the story in my head. However, there was not much extra background information in the book, it was almost like the dialogue was taken straight from the tv, I still loved it though! Would read again!

Kirstin xoxo
Kieran McAndrew
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor has changed and a terrified Rose doesn't know what to do when the replacement collapses and needs reviving. While the newly regenerated Doctor is recovering, an alien force called the Sycorax holds a third of the human race hostage in order to enslave the planet.

Colgan has written a faithful and thoughtful novelisation of "The Christmas Invasion", which captures the essence of the original Target books.
Natalie  D
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a really fun/easy novelisation of one of the most iconic episodes of Doctor Who as the introduction to David Tennant's tenth time lord. All the moments from the show are here, pretty much verbatim which makes it really easy to see the plot and characters play out in your head.

Nice reading experience, and a speedy read.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
It’s a good book. Not nearly as good as the Rose novelization but nice.
While the Rose novelization explored the characters we had, giving a lot new depth to Mickey and Jackie, this one simply is a more direct adaptation of the episode with some new details.
It’s diverting, but I think it could have been a lot better.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
This is the last of the 4 new target novels for me to read and the one I knew least of what to expect. It follows the original script fairly closely (just a couple of extra scenes and removing some problematic language) but what it plays with is perspective by really exploring what it would feel like to have this situation occur.

These were all great books and I hope for more soon.
Sarah Baines
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

For some reason I was beyond excited when I found out there was a novelization of The Christmas Invasion and largely, it didn't disappoint. It seemed to take a while to get started - hence the 4.5 stars - but after that fantastic stuff!! I'm hoping one day to see novelizations of Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday then I'd be deliriously happy!!
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, target
Like all great Target novels, this breathes fresh life into the Doctor Who story being novelised. It's great being able to dive into Rose's inner thoughts when facing this fresh-faced new Doctor, and really get to grips with the Doctor's anger at Harriet Jones for destroying the fleeing Sycorax ship. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
It wasn't a good episode to begin with and the novelisation makes all its weaknesses even more obvious. The story is twiddling its thumbs most if the time, Rose is annoying, the baddies uninteresting - and I still don't understand how the Christmas tree attack and the santa robots fit into anything. A mess and a plodding read. ...more
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
  • Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious: All Flesh is Grass
  • Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead
  • Doctor Who: At Childhood’s End
  • Doctor Who: The Novel of the Film
  • Doctor Who: City of Death
  • Doctor Who: The Good Doctor
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose
  • Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who: Legends of Camelot
  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown
  • Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
  • Doctor Who: The Smugglers
  • Doctor Who: The Wonderful Doctor of Oz
  • Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor: Four Stories from the TARDIS
  • Doctor Who: The Target Storybook
See similar books…
Jenny T. Colgan is a pseudonym of author Jenny Colgan.

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopk

Other books in the series

Doctor Who: Target Collection (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Doctor Who: City of Death
  • Doctor Who: Rose
  • Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
  • Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
  • Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who: The Novel of the Film
  • Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet
  • Doctor Who: The Witchfinders
  • Doctor Who: Dalek

News & Interviews

One of the great pleasures of historical fiction is the time-travel element. In the hands of a skilled author, works of historical fiction can...
189 likes · 19 comments