The holiday season is not just a time for family, friends and food, it also so happens to be when British fan-favorite series Doctor Who releases their new Christmas episode. This year’s special, titled ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio,’ will follow the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) as he teams up with superhero The Ghost (Justin Chatwin) and investigative journalist Lucy Fletcher (Charity Wakefield) to save New York City from brain-swapping aliens. Matt Lucas will also reprise his role as Nardole from the series’ previous episode, ‘The Husbands of River Song.’

‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ has the distinction of being the first new episode of Doctor Who in a year, after season 10 was postponed until 2017. The special will bridge the gap between last year’s Christmas episode and season 10 in April, which will be showrunner Steven Moffat’s last before he passes the series on to Chris Chibnall in 2018. The special is set to air Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC America with theatrical screenings available a few days later in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

In a new interview on The Andrew Marr Show (seen above), Capaldi stopped by talk about his role on Doctor Who and what fans can expect from this year’s Christmas special. For his part, Capaldi says he takes the responsibility of playing the Doctor very seriously, and he’s aware that the show means a lot to people, especially during the holidays:

“I think the Christmas Day episode has a special role to fill. I think a lot of the time a lot of people watch it who don’t normally watch Doctor Who, so it becomes rather like a tradition. I think it provides a nostalgic reminder to people who perhaps don’t watch the show that it’s still around. It reminds them of their childhood because there’s still the TARDIS. And there’s still monsters. And there’s still a mysterious man who operates the TARDIS. So it’s a tradition that is quite a responsibility, really, to deliver now.”

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And while the series will continue in April with new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, Capaldi himself says he has no plans to leave Doctor Who right now. Whereas others might grow exhausted with the constant attention and pressure that an internationally loved show might provide, Capaldi knows there’ll be a time when it all goes away, and he’s going to simply enjoy it for the time being:

“I didn’t want it to change my life much, but it does. And as much as my private life goes, it remains much the same. But when I go out into the world, I don’t want to escape the idea that I’m Doctor Who. And it’s finite, you know. I won’t be Doctor Who forever. There’ll be a day when people don’t come and say hello. Not for a long time, I hope.”

Assuming Capaldi stays for another season in 2018, he would be the longest-running Doctor since the series was revived in 2005. He will also be the first in the modern series to have worked under two different showrunners. The actor seems to be appreciative of his position on the show, so it’s possible Capaldi may choose to stay longer. For now, though the actor has said that he’s trying to put off the decision for as long as possible.

The Doctor Who Christmas Special airs Sunday, December 25 @9pm on BBC America.

Source: The Andrew Marr Show 

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