Christmas Day TV: NBA Basketball, Doctor Who Christmas Special & More

News & Notes

Get Doctor Who Christmas Specials via Amazon Instant VideoOn cable tonight, BBC America has a Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith special and the premiere of Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor Christmas special and History has the first season finale of Bible Secrets Revealed.

Prime Picks

Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith (BBC America): New Special. Retrospective of Matt Smith’s time as the 11th Doctor that includes interviews with Smith, past and present cast members, writers, producers and celebrity fans of the show. Plays again later.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (BBC America): New Special. The Doctor sets out to save a town called Christmas from the Time Lord’s greatest enemies. Runs 85 minutes. Plays again later.

The Soup (E!): New. The annual “Clipdown” episode. Runs 30 minutes.

Other Options

  • DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (FOX): Repeat. Hiccup attempts to find out why all the dragons left right before the winter holidays.
  • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (FOX): Repeat. Sid wants to go to the North Pole to find out why he is on Santa’s naughty list after Manny convinces him that it is true.
  • I Love Lucy Christmas Special (CBS): Special. The Mertzes and the Ricardos decorate their tree and also visit Rome.
  • Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (The CW): Repeat. Po is bummed to find out that he won’t be able to celebrate the Winter Fest with his family due to his Dragon Warrior duties.
  • Merry Madagascar (The CW): Repeat. Santa has a sleigh accident and ends up with amnesia, so it is up to Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria to make sure all the present get delivered on time.

Sports Notes

  • ABC has doubleheader NBA action today with the Miami Heat at the Los Angeles Lakers in the second game, which is the third game of the day.
  • ESPN has NBA action with the Chicago Bulls at the Brooklyn Nets in the first game of the day and later tonight doubleheader NBA action with the Houston Rockets at the San Antonio Spurs followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at the Golden State Warriors in the fourth and fifth games of the day.
  • ESPN2 has doubleheader college basketball action two games from the Diamond Head Classic.

Christmas Day TV Marathons

Alex Haley’s Queen (BET): The three-part miniseries plays twice today.
Christmas Movies (Hallmark Channel): Has made for TV Christmas movies all day.
Christmas Movies (Hallmark Movie Channel): Has made for TV Christmas movies all day.
Christmas Movies (Lifetime): Has eight made for TV Christmas movies.
Christmas Rom-Coms (ION): Has eight made for TV Christmas rom-coms.
A Christmas Story (TBS): The 24-hour marathon comes to an end tonight.
Doctor Who (BBC America): Has 10 season seven episodes today followed by the 50th anniversary special, the farewell to Matt Smith special and this year’s Christmas special.
The Jamie Foxx Show (Centric): Has 22 episodes today.
Monk (UniversalHD): Has 24 episodes today.
The Santa Clause 1-3 (ABC Family): The trilogy starring Tim Allen plays in between airings of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation today.
White Collar (Cloo): Has 24 episodes today.

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