‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special To Premiere In U.S. On Christmas Day

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

doctor who christmas special Doctor Who Christmas Special To Premiere In U.S. On Christmas Day

Grab your sonic screwdriver and ready the TARDIS, because for the first time ever in Doctor Who history, the American audience will no longer have to wait to see the annual Doctor Who Christmas special. Starting this year, BBC America will air the always-anticipated holiday installment of our favorite time traveler on Christmas Day, the same day that it airs in the UK.

A move such as this was almost certainly fueled by the rabbid American audience resorting to Torrent sites for their Doctor Who fix, instead of waiting for the special to air on television. In theory, simultaneous airing should help boost the ratings of the special on BBC America and provide an even greater representation to the BBC of the immense fanbase that the series has across the pond.

For this year’s holiday special, the Doctor will be thrown into one of Charles Dickens most famous tales, “A Christmas Story.” Of course, in typical Doctor Who fashion, this telling of the age-old tale will have a unique twist. As Executive Producer Piers Wenger states, “There’s no one called Scrooge in it and it’s not set on Earth, but there are familiar archetypes from that story within it that will please fans of Dickens’s original.”

One cannot hear “A Christmas Story” in the same sentence as Doctor Who without thinking about the possibility that we’ll be taking a look at the past, present and future of the Doctor. Of course, being that a story of that magnitude would be extremely costly and hard to pull of, it’s more likely that the Doctor will use the TARDIS to present a particular unfriendly character with various moments of their life.

Fortunately, we won’t need to speculate much longer on what Doctor Who’s take on “A Christmas Carol” may or may not entail. On Friday, the BBC will hold their annual Children In Need special and as always, a preview of the upcoming Christmas special will be included. We will have the preview available shortly after it airs.

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In other Doctor Who news, filming is currently underway in America. After a memorable appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (see below), Matthew Smith flew to Utah to begin shooting scenes that will be included in an American story-arc for next season’s premiere. Accompanying the Doctor and Amy Pond stateside is the always lovely Rivers Song (Alex Kingston) and Supernatural alum Mark Sheppard (Crowley) as Canton Everett Delaware III. While nothing else has been revealed about Sheppard’s character, one can only expect his performance to be wonderful.

For your viewing enjoyment, Matt Smith on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson:


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

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  1. I’m in love with Amy Pond.

    • She is definately hot.

      • Hotter than a supernova.

      • yup

  2. FINALLY! I am so psyched for this.

  3. I have always been intrigued in doing really christmasy Doctor Who episode. But what worries me is what happens in future years on Doctor Who Christmas Specials. Will the christmas specials be as christmassy as this one. Will people expect it to be so christmassy? Its also interesting that this story is not set on Earth so that means there is christmas in space and on other planets. Wow! I never thought of that idea before. It’s amazing Doctor Who seems to cover all sorts of topics/themes/situations and I am really excited with this Christmas Carol.

    Vic Stathopoulos

  4. Good to see Matt Smith holding his own there.

  5. I’m going to have to mark this down on my calender! Looks like I won’t be getting rid of my digital cable any time soon…

  6. does anyone know, will BBCA air the special uncut? or will they edit it for timing purposes? If the BBCA airing is going to chop 4 or 5 minutes out of the episode, i’ll still be downloading.

    also, HD? Please?

  7. I still haven’t watched the Matt Smith episodes. I’m thinking a marathon over the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States… I just don’t want to let go of David Tennant.

    I just love the Christmas specials though. They are always great fun. If I remember correctly… sometime in Season 1 the Doctor and Rose actually met Charles Dickens. He’s one of the Doctor’s favorite writers and he called him Charlie the whole episode. :)

    • Jessie, trust me, Matt Smith won’t disappoint!

      • @ The Big Dentist: That’s what I’ve heard! I know I’m just being stupid and I do like Stephen Moffat’s writing. I guess I feel if I set my standards low enough than the season really will blow me away. Ha-ha!

        • LOL, I don’t want to build you up then…but I will anyway! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Smith gets it. Old personality in young body. Mind racing forever ten steps ahead of itself. Darker side effortless, where Tennant had to work at it. I was completely sold on him and Amy by the end of the second episode. Anyway, you’ve got Eccleston as your pic: how fickle are you?! :-)

          • @ The Big Dentist: He’s MY Doctor! I have to show the respect. He was perfect for a Doctor regenerated in war. He did what he had to do and the transition from him to 10th Doctor was plausible.

            I just don’t want Matt Smith to be lonely all the time. That’s all. It’s sappy.

            • Not at all. Matt’s no moper though! That’s a really good point about Eccleston: a Doctor for his times, as it were. Everything about him was no-nonsense and stripped-down: the attitude, the haircut, the outfit, even bowing out after one season fitted that particular characterisation.

            • Good for the Americans liking Matt Smith and Moffet. I think they’re the most boring DW episodes ever! Bring back Eccleston and Tennant!

              Not to mention Amy, the rudest companion ever! Rory is the only thing that makes it worth watchin.

  8. I don’t get BBC here you have to pay extra