TV THIS WEEK: Merry Christmas from Doctor Who—and more!

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

While there's not much reason to turn on the TV this week, there is one significant sci-fi event. Christmas Day brings Doctor Who's annual Christmas special, which will introduce his newest companion and see the return of a few familiar faces. Other than that, we have the season finale of Dark Matters: Twisted but True, a K9 Christmas marathon, Bigfoot and a bunch of ghost stuff.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal TV.

Monday, Dec. 24

It's a Wonderful Life (NBC) 8 p.m.

Christmas and classics (and Christmas classics) abound on this Christmas Eve, with everything from Miracle on 34th Street to Home Alone to E.T. to Bad Santa. But my favorite is still the original 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life from Frank Capra with James Stewart, Donna Reed and Henry Travers as Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class.

Here's a preview:

Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas

K9 Marathon (Syfy) 10 a.m.

Syfy is airing all 26 episodes of this new-ish K9 series, featuring the adventures of the Doctor's robotic canine, who was first seen in the original 1978 season of Doctor Who. In this tale, K9 and his teenage friends go up against different human and alien adversaries. John Leeson, who voiced the original K9, also voices this K9.

Here's a look:

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "The Snowmen"

After a sad farewell to the Ponds and waiting months, it's time for Doctor Who's yearly Christmas special, and a special one it is indeed. Not only do we get a new Doctor Who adventure, we also get to meet the Doctor's new companion, Clara Oswin (Jenna-Louise Coleman). In the special, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), her wife, Jenny (Catrin Stewart), and bodygard Strax (Dan Starkey) can't lift the Doctor's spirits. He's a little blue after losing his companions and has sworn off saving the world. However, when an army of evil snowmen with big teeth go after a waitress and governess named Clara, the Doctor gets drawn into the world, saving business once again.

Here's a preview:

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Dark Matters: Twisted but True (Science) 9 p.m. - "Magical Jet Propulsion, Missing Link Mystery, Typhoid Mary"

Season-two finale! Our favorite mad scientist, Fringe's John Noble, and his freaky science series sign off for the show's second season with a look at sorcery mixed with rocket science, a skull discovered in 1912 that might provide clues to human evolution, and the story of Mary Mallon, known as Typhoid Mary.

Friday, Dec. 28

Ghost Adventures (Travel ) 9 p.m. - "Do Not Disturb"

The team take a look at hotels with paranormal activity where shootings, murders and hangings have taken place.

Here's a sneak peek:

Other Friday shows of interest:

On Bio's My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera (9 p.m.), friends hunt for ghosts in Virginia City, Nev., two men hear voices in an old sanatorium, and a spirit appears when a man uncovers a tombstone. And on the channel's Haunted Encounters: Face to Face (10 p.m.), a look at a Masonic temple in North Adams, Mass., and St. Mark's Church in New York City. And on the Travel Channel's The Dead Files (10 p.m.), Steve and Amy investigate the property of a couple in Wichita, Kan., who believe they are dealing with a haunting in "Deadly Gift - Witchita, Kansas."

Sunday, Dec. 30

Finding Bigfoot (Animal) 9 p.m. - "Australian Yowie"

Two-hour episode! The team heads to Australia to investigate the yowie, a Bigfoot-esque creature.

What are you going to watch?