Doctor Who offers fans a sneak peek at this year's Christmas Special, 'Twice Upon a Time', giving them a better look at the interaction between Peter Capaldi and David Bradley's First Doctor. The holiday specials have become an annual tradition for Whovians the world over as they take a break from the usual festivities to check out the timey wimey goings-on of the famous Time Lord. This year, though, things will be a bit different, as the Christmas Special will not only be the final episode for Peter Capaldi and outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat, but it will also officially introduce Jodie Whittaker's highly anticipated turn as the new Doctor.
The release of the clip is a reminder just how fast time flies and how close we are to the holiday season. It seems like it was just yesterday that Whittaker's casting was announced, but since then the series has delivered a steady stream of new information, including a first look at the new Doctor's outfit as well as the casting of her new companions and supporting cast. And while the sneak peek doesn't give away Whittaker's first appearance, it does offer a funny exchange between Capaldi and Bradley that is reason enough to tune in.
Given the Doctor's propensity to jump through time, the character has, on occasion, bumped into various other iterations doing the same. These moments of (self) discovery are always entertaining, and this one appears to be no different, as Bradley – whose transformation to resemble William Hartnell is remarkable – takes great exception to the changes he sees in both himself (age is just a number, David) and his TARDIS. For his part, Capaldi appears to be enjoying himself in his final appearance as the character, explaining who he is to his past self and making it very clear that he is in fact a younger version.
It's also nice to see that Mark Gatiss has a significant role in the episode. As usual, he shows off what looks to be a fun character performance, this time as a British military officer who inadvertently stumbles into the nasty spoiler that an unexpected sequel to The Great War will be greenlit sometime in the future. All of that is in addition to some light plot details that center on Gatiss' officer being pursued by an alien through time.
Not much else is revealed, which is a plus given just how high the expectations for the Christmas Special are. With all that will transpire during the episode -- including a final appearance by Pearl Mackie's Bill Potts -- the BBC could probably stand to not market the special at all and still expect to see even the most casual Doctor Who fan tuning in come Christmas Day.
Doctor Who Christmas Special will air on Christmas Day, 2017 on BBC and BBC America. Fans can also check out 'Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time' in theaters for one night only on December 27, as part of Fathom Events' nationwide screening that will include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Christmas Special, as well as a look at Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat's storied run on the series. Check out details of the special event below:
"Doctor Who fans are getting a special gift this Christmas from Fathom Events with BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who is coming to U.S. movie theaters for one night on Wednesday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. local time, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones). The event will also introduce the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), who is the first woman to assume the role.
The cinema event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes to the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer.
Tickets for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time can be purchased beginning Friday, October 20, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available October 20 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change)."