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Santa Claus visited Doctor Who land this year, and left us a fantastic present: “Last Christmas”, Peter Capaldi‘s first Christmas special in the role of the Time Lord. If you want to remind yourself of the episode in detail, here’s Fraser’s full recap — but in addition, below you’ll find our own personal trip through the high points of the special, rendered in animated GIF form by the users of Tumblr. And check out the Official Doctor Who Tumblr for even more!

1. We start, unsurprisingly, with Shona (Faye Marsay) dancing to Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody”: 

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2. And then Clara rediscovering an old friend:

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3. This piece of movie criticism from the Doctor:

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4. That brief, glorious moment when we all thought Santa (Nick Frost) might turn out to be a Time Lord:

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5. The revelation that elves use Tumblr, too:

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6. When the end of Season 8 was addressed:

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7. This chilling realization:

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8. The last goodbye to Danny Pink:

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9. The whole of the sleigh ride, but especially this bit:

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10. The Doctor only seeing Clara, not Clara’s age:

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11. And this absolutely heartbreaking parallel with “The Time of the Doctor”:

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12. And finally, the beginning of a whole new set of adventures:

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Source: makethemintoshoes and fallen-sparrow

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‘Doctor Who’: 11 Great ‘Time of the Doctor’ Moments… in GIFs
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By Seb Patrick