Christmas Day TV: Hey, Mr. Grinch! Plus a ‘Doctor Who’ adieu

“Who”-ppy holidays, everybody! On Christmas, TV celebrates the end of Matt Smith’s run as The Doctor and before the holiday we’re gifted with the last few straggling Christmas specials. Here’s what caught my eye on television for the rest of this holiday week.


“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 7 p.m., ABC: You might be a mean one, Mr. Grinch, but you’re infinitely more entertaining than the live-action adaptation that follows at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m., NBC: Frank Capra’s classic tale of holiday redemption, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, returns and our lives are all better for its existence.


“Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith,” 7 p.m., BBC America: Smith, cohorts and fans look back at the actor’s turn portraying the enigmatic space and time traveler.

“Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor,” 8 p.m., BBC America: This year’s annual Christmas episode marks the departure of the 11th Doctor.


“20/20,” 8 p.m., ABC: This special edition explores the history of the castle that inspired the PBS hit drama, “Downton Abbey.”


“What We Wasted Our Year On,” 8 p.m., NBC: Willie Geist (“Morning Joe,” “Today”) looks back at the year’s most notorious events with a crew of relatively unknown comics.


“WWE Tribute to the Troops,” 7 p.m., NBC: Sports reporter Michelle Beadle hosts this special with appearances by Daughtry and Jeff Dunham.

“Sex Sent Me to the ER,” 9 p.m., TLC: Thanks, Obamacare.