The BBC is getting fans of their flagship sci-fi series Doctor Who in the holiday spirit by releasing a wave of exciting new photos from the upcoming Christmas special, titled “The Snowmen”. The images show The Doctor (Matt Smith) trading in his trademark (and cool) bow tie and fez for a dusty Victorian-style top hat and tie.

Along with a new look, the Doctor will be getting a brand new companion in the form of actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who is returning to the series after her surprise debut as Oswin Oswald in the first episode of season 7, ‘Asylum of the Daleks’. Sporting a new name and classy bright-red Victorian dress (which is a nod to her premiere episode, where she wore a modern red dress), Coleman will return as Clara for the second part of season 7.

For those super-puzzled fans (like me) who are looking for an explanation as to how Coleman’s character will bounce back after the shocking conclusion of ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ –  I’m afraid we’ll all have to wait a bit longer, as showrunner Stephen Moffat has stated that “Clara’s” return won’t be directly addressed in the Christmas special.

DW fans are also given an extra special treat this holiday season in the form of Sir Ian McKellen (The Hobbit and (maybe) X-Men: Days of Future Past) who was recently announced as the voice of the main snowman in this year’s Christmas special. We’ll also get  a brand new look for the Tardis interior, which some say will reflect The Doctor’s new altered personality after losing his longtime companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) in the previous episode.

Joining Smith and Coleman for the holidays will be stars Richard E Grant (Withnail & I) as the Christmas special’s human villain, Dr Simeon, and Tom Ward (Silent Witness) as the kindly but uptight widower, Captain Latimer. Finally, the lovable Time Lord will be battling some chilling snowmen with piranha-like teeth in order to rescue two small children (played by real-life siblings Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden).

Check out the many rousing images and snow globe-inspired promo posters which also feature returning allies Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flin (Catrin Stewart) and Commander Strax (Dan Starkey):

Catch the Doctor Who Christmas Special ‘The Snowmen’ on Christmas day and the remaining eight episodes of season 7 in spring 2013.

Source: Doctor Who News