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'The Doctor arrives on Christmas Eve in an Australian suburb threatened by bush fires. He enlists the help of a cynical and bitter man, disillusioned for a number of reasons: his house has just been burnt to the ground by the approaching fire; his wife, Sarah, has recently left him; he is at the home of Sarah's sister Lucy and her husband Jim with whom he has fallen out. The Doctor contrives to build a complicated machine, powered by the TARDIS, which puts out the fire as Christmas Day dawns. Most of the water comes from the leaky TARDIS swimming pool. As he builds the machine the Doctor seems preoccupied with helping reconcile his helper with his in-laws, but more than this with his own people who allowed a firestorm to destroy a whole world. After the Doctor mysteriously vanishes it transpires that no one knew who he was or where he came from.'

[The Doctor is the Sixth Doctor.]

Source: drwhoguide.com (http://www.drwhoguide.com/whotrip18.htm). Sighted 20/5/11

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    y The History of Christmas : A Short-Story Anthology Simon Guerrier (editor), Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2005 Z1780560 2005 anthology short story science fiction

    'Christmas is a time for many things. For family and old acquaintances. For giving, for receiving, for feasts and celebration. For huddling round the warmth of the fire, sheltered from the dark and the cold outside.

    And the monsters.

    It's also the busiest time of year for the mysterious Doctor, whether he's caught-up in the violence of ancient Rome, taking Leonardo da Vinci on a day-trip to the stars, or popping in on the very first Christmas on the moon.

    Spend Christmas with the Doctor. If you dare.'

    Source: drwhoguide.com (http://www.drwhoguide.com/whotrip18.htm). Sighted 20/5/11

    Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2005

Works about this Work

The Doctor is In (the Antipodes) : Doctor Who Short Fiction and Australian National Identity Catriona Mills , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Doctor Who and Race 2013; (p. 213-230)
'British science-fiction family television program Doctor Who has always had a strong fan-base in Australia. This essay explores the ways in which certain of those Australian fans use the shorter forms of ancillary Doctor Who fiction to question the construction and promulgation of Australian national identity. By dropping the Doctor into significant crisis points in Australian history – from Gallipoli to the Port Arthur massacre – these authors literalize and question the process of constructing national identity, drawing to the surface the troubled and often negated role that race plays in ‘Australianness’.' (Author's abstract)
The Doctor is In (the Antipodes) : Doctor Who Short Fiction and Australian National Identity Catriona Mills , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Doctor Who and Race 2013; (p. 213-230)
'British science-fiction family television program Doctor Who has always had a strong fan-base in Australia. This essay explores the ways in which certain of those Australian fans use the shorter forms of ancillary Doctor Who fiction to question the construction and promulgation of Australian national identity. By dropping the Doctor into significant crisis points in Australian history – from Gallipoli to the Port Arthur massacre – these authors literalize and question the process of constructing national identity, drawing to the surface the troubled and often negated role that race plays in ‘Australianness’.' (Author's abstract)
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