With production of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special currently underway, the BBC has revealed what fans can expect to see from the Doctor (Matt Smith) when he returns this holiday season – as well as which British stars will be joining in on the fun.
Returning to war-torn England during World War II (sans any tea serving Daleks), the Doctor, without Amy (Karen Gillan) or Rory (Arthur Darvill), will be playing the part of a caretaker to a house in Dorset, which provides shelter to refugees. When Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, find themselves being evacuated to the Doctor’s pseudo winter home, they find an early Christmas gift waiting for them in the form an extremely familiar big blue box.
With magical adventures of exploration in store for the Arwell family, they will soon learn that, above all else, a Time Lord never forgets his debts.
For now, the mysterious debt will remain a mystery. Since the Doctor is not typically in a position to be indebted to anybody, one can only guess what said debt may be.
Joining Matt Smith in the Doctor Who Christmas special will be the BAFTA nominated actress Claire Skinner as Madge Arwell, legendary comedian Bill Bailey, as well as Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong.
Here’s what executive producer Stephen Moffat has to say about this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special:
The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day – everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one that was born for this time of year – so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”
After last year’s terrific Doctor Who Christmas special, one can only assume that this year’s will be equally fantastic. While the plot may not be as straight forward as it was last year (in terms of story), it’s hard to second-guess anything Moffat has planned – especially when it involves Bill Bailey.
Despite fan criticism of a few Doctor Who episodes under Moffatt’s reign (which were considered underwhelming), there has yet to be bad episode in which Moffat is listed as the writer. So, for all intents and purposes, it’s safe to assume this year’s Christmas special will be as wonderful as his previous episodes.
The Doctor Who Christmas Special will air this December on the BBC and BBC America.
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