Obligatory Doctor Who Christmas Episode post

I haven’t posted about [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] on Shout in quite some time because…well, we got carried away with episode reviews and speculation last year, I figured it was time for a break.

Tonight’s post is the obligatory publicity picture from the set of the Christmas episode. It shows [[Matt Smith]] emerging from (or about to go inside) [[TARDIS (Doctor Who)|the TARDIS]]. Oh, and snow is falling. Because, presumably, it’s Christmas.

You can go off and speculate to your hearts content about the location of the TARDIS and the strange grey-green cylindrical object just behind it. There’s really not much to go on at the moment – in a recent One Show interview with Smith and [[Karen Gillan]] (who plays [[Amy Pond]]), the stars of the show have said they can’t reveal anything…except that it’s snowing.

Casting

What else do we know? Well, the guest stars have already been confirmed. Harry Potter star Michael Gambon (that’s Professor Dumbledore to you lot), and Welsh opera babe Katherine Jenkins. The buxom singer should make it essential viewing for sure, unless they’ve cast her as a bag lady.

Gambon is said to be playing a character called Kazran, whom [[The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor]] will visit at various times during his life:

A local οf thе ‘Victorian’ background thаt thе Doctor visits, thе character іѕ ѕаіd tο hаνе hаd several encounters wіth thе Doctor throughout hіѕ lifetime, much lіkе Moffat’s οthеr characters Amy Pond аnd Reinette (Thе Girl In Thе Fireplace) аnd wіll take thе house οf thе ‘Scrooge’ character frοm A Christmas Carol, thе tаlе thаt thе Christmas Special іѕ ѕаіd tο bе loosely based οn.

Not sure that’s entirely reliable, but A Christmas Carol seems like prime fodder for a time travel adventure (past, present, future). The series featured an appearance by the author, Charles Dickens when [[Christopher Eccleston]] was The Doctor back in 2005.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken about having Gambon on the show:

“I didn’t get the impression that he was a fan of Doctor Who, except insofar as everyone in Britain is at the moment,” he explained. “[But] if it’s a good script [and] they’re being offered prime-time on Christmas day… there’s a real chance you can get anyone for that.”

As for Katherine Jenkins, the opera singer’s appearance is her first ‘proper’ acting role. Her only previous experience was playing herself in an episode of Emmerdale! Speaking about her experience on Doctor Who, Jenkins said:

I’m over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas special. I can’t quite believe it as it’s a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever.

And finally, here’s a quotable quote from Steven Moffat about the episode itself.

We’re going for broke with this one. It’s all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon.

I’ve honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April.

He goes on to say that his neighbours set up a website demanding his execution and all moved away from the neighbourhood. But I think we can treat that one with a pinch of salt! That’s all. But it’s a long way until Christmas.

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2 Comments

  1. jefft

    But it’s a long way until Christmas.”

    See if you still say the same on 1 Sept when the tinsel, cards, and chocolate start to fill the supermarket shelves .

    A quick top-of-my head guesstimate suggests its about 17 weeks, or 4 pay days.

    Between now and then we have Sarah Jane (with one ep featuring the doctor) , and (OT) a new series of Merlin to keep up busy.



    1. Gerard McGarry

      Christmas itself doesn’t really matter to me, so it’s not on my radar at all, Jeff. But I’m looking forward to that episode.

      Also looking forward to Merlin – it’s been so quiet on the Merlin front that I almost assumed it’d been cancelled. I remember last series being quite patchy, so hopefully this one will raise the bar a little bit. I’ve heard that it’s basically war from the outset, so it should be much darker. Will you be sticking around for our reviews?

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