First Trailer For ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special, ‘A Christmas Carol’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

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Santa’s going to have to find another way to fill your stockings because this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol,” has the Doctor sliding down those dusty chimneys. After making its much anticipated premiere on BBC’s Children In Need, the world now knows more about what they can expect to see on Christmas Day.

As I previously stated, with a story like “A Christmas Carol”, the first thought turns to possibly seeing the past present and future of the Doctor. After viewing the trailer, we now know that my final theory was indeed correct. Instead of the Doctor taking the place of Scrooge, we’ll have an ornery elderly gentleman fill those shoes, although his name is not Scrooge.

Set on another planet, with Amy and Rory on their Honeymoon, the Doctor takes on the role of The Ghost of Christmas Past. While action-packed sequences were included in the trailer, it’s hard to tell exactly what peril the Doctor and/or the planet will be in and what, if anything, the conversion of the proverbial Scrooge will have on it.

With dialogue moving quickly through the trailer, one can hear the Doctor speak about someone wanting to see one moment of kindness. Unfortunately, the identity of this ominous someone(s) is never revealed.

Steven Moffat has previously stated that they’re “going for broke with this one.” While the story is titled “A Christmas Carol,” he explained that it’s actually “all your favorite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And … oh, you’ll see.”

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With that statement, one has to believe that the characters wanting to see one moment of kindness will be monsters, albeit kindness seeking monsters, but monsters nonetheless. And, considering it’s Steven Moffat behind this Doctor Who story and not Russell T. Davies, we don’t have to worry about those monsters turning out to be Daleks or Cybermen.

In addition, for fans in America, you’ll be able to kick off the Doctor Who celebration a little early, as BBC America will be airing a marathon of favorite Doctor Who episodes on Christmas Eve. And, on Christmas Day, the annual Doctor Who Prom will be premiering alongside the Christmas special.

You can view the trailer for Doctor Who‘s “A Christmas Carol” below:


Doctor Who “A Christmas Carol” airs December 25, @9pm, on BBC America

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  1. I LOVE how BBC America is stepping up and broadcasting these episodes so soon after their British debut. In the day of internet downloading, it only makes sense to give us these shows as soon as possible. I have loved what they’ve done with Doctor Who, the cast continues to be amazing, the writing superb, and I’m very glad that we don’t have to wait to see it. Long gone are the days that we had to wait years to see old episodes on PBS!

  2. Michael Gambon. I’m there!

  3. hooked the second the doctor said “Im the ghost of christmas past.” too epic!

    • Honestly, it’s Doctor Who. If Kermit the Frog somehow managed to show up i’d still love it. Doctor Who is easily, IMO, the best show on television. The Brits know how to write great television.

  4. I agree Joe that it would be such a good thing if US-UK broadcasting of shows were closer together. It’s so frustrating as a UK viewer having to wait till next year for the 10th season of Smallville while people in the US are already 9-10 episodes through.

    Despite a few issues with the pacing of some episodes I thoroughly enjoyed this season of Doctor Who & Matt Smith is very good in the role. The finale was disappointing though

    • you have to wait till next year?! Oh you poor dear!! O_O
      I am not being sarcastic. It’s a great season. Won’t spoil anything, but you will not be disappointed.

    • Absolutely Lebsta.

      E4 made a critical mistake with the Sixth Season of Smallville, moving it to June, after the Season 4/5 was in January like Supernatural was after.

      That decision lost my business, as I was forced to start downloading Season 6 and have been doing it ever since. (Season 10 is great so far!)

      The same with Stargate: Atlantis – Channel 5 got me hooked but then decided not to air Season 2; I didn’t have SKY and the S1 finale was so WTF that I HAD to download it and then I just downloaded the whole series. (AWESOME SERIES!!!!!!)

      These broadcasting hannes really need to look at these new trends, BBC stepped up and did this with Heroes, moving it up and the same wth Stargate: Universe, just a week apart from the USA broadcast.

      • Ad yes, the S5 Doctor Who finale was majorly disappointing.

  5. Thanks Nichtus, I do sometimes have to close my eyes and quickly scroll down when logging on to this site – as the show gets very good coverage on here (unlike many other tv / dvd magazines unfortunately) But as long as it’s great then that’s good enough for me.

    • Big Smallville fan too and, yes, it’s been a very good season. I’ve been disappointed with the last couple of series, but this year has been very, very good so far. I won’t ruin anything but they’re building up to Clark in the SUIT and I CAN’T WAIT!! Bittersweet, though, since that will mark the end.
      As for the good Doctor, part 1 of the finale was so amazing that I thought it was the end. However, there really was one more episode and, yes, it was a bit disappointing. After all of the villians together in part 1, we get just one old Dalek in the actual finale. Oh well, it was still good to see Rory onboard the Tardis with the Doctor and Amy. I’ve liked him from the beginning. I can’t wait for the Christmas special and the new set of episodes in March.

  6. Where’s the episode review guys?

    • Steve,

      That’s a good question. I’m not happy no one picked that up for review. :-\