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Introducing The Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe

So it's December now, and we all know what that means: the radio stations abuse their right to play Christmas songs (and we complain even though we secretly love it), the streets are decked with more LED displays than any retina can handle, and of course, we're all getting excited for, you guessed it, Doctor Who's Christmas Special!

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Writer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, has done an introduction to the episode, which reads as follows:

“The Doctor at Christmas - it always just feels so right. When I was a kid, Santa and the Doctor somehow lived in the same place in my head - two generous madmen that I loved so much. So now that the Doctor is a regular feature of Christmas the world is just that bit more right.

“This time we're in England in the 1940s, and recently widowed Madge Arwell hasn't told her children, Lily and Cyril, that their father has died flying his bomber home over the channel, because she doesn't want Christmas to become the day that broke their hearts. But when they're evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset for the holidays, and meet a mysterious young caretaker in a bow tie, events take an unexpected turn. What could be inside that big blue parcel under the tree?

“Soon the Arwells find themselves in a battle for survival in a magical new land. As ever, at this time of year, the Doctor is trying to make things right, and as always it doesn't go according to plan. But maybe he's reckoned without the power of a determined mother. This Christmas, it might just be the lonely Time Lord who's shown the way home.”

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In an interview with Geeky Girls Love Sci-Fi, the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, said that the episode is “a brilliant and touching story about a family who have experienced a tragic event and in many ways they’ve had Christmas stolen from them.”

“The Doctor, in a very ‘Doctory’ way, tries to bring Christmas spirit and cheer back into their lives,” explains Matt. “He has ‘Doctorified’ the house so to speak and there’s a magical present under the Christmas tree which is a portal to another world. Cyril enters it and discovers an enchanting landscape that encapsulates the beauty, danger and madness that is Doctor Who at Christmas.”

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It also seems that Christmas Day won't leave us high and dry when it comes to scares either: “Well there are two scary characters that live in a huge tower and move in a very strange and menacing way,” confides Matt. “I also really enjoyed making this episode because the characters unfold in a subtle way and you never quite know what’s waiting around the corner. I also loved working with the guest cast who all seemed to have a whale of a time.”

The episode will air at 7pm on Christmas Day, on BBC One.

Watch the trailer:



Visit the Doctor Who Official BBC Site where there is also a special Who-themed advent calendar!

Last updated: 20/04/2018 01:04:14

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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