The Christmas Special has become a Doctor Who tradition, and last year’s effort was a brilliant one. This time around, the show is premiering on Christmas day, and it has rather a different feel when compared to that storybook sort of enchanting romp we had last year. Witness the snowmen with the sharp teeth and evil grins.
Not only that, but the Doctor is in a grim mood to begin with, and is poking around in a bah humbug sort of funk, as we can well understand. There are a lot of changes afoot, obviously, which makes for a big kickoff, and we’ve also got Richard E. Grant, and Matt Smith has a new look. How can you miss it?
Take a look at the new trailer and some images, and don’t forget to tune in during your holiday.
Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace? This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen premieres Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET.
Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat on the Christmas special: “The Christmas episode is Doctor Who epitomized and this year we’re going for even more epic.The Doctor, when we meet him, isn’t in a good place. A bit like when we first encountered William Hartnell as the Doctor in 1963 – or indeed Christopher Eccleston in 2005 – this a cold and withdrawn Time Lord, wanting no part of the world around him. It’s going to take a lot of Christmas spirit to get him back out those TARDIS doors.”