Doctor Who: Tis The Season to be Jolly
Doctor Who Christmas Special time again! The BBC have released a new synopsis and publicity image for the Christmas Special, starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor with Alex Kingston as River Song, and also features Greg Davies as King Hydroflax and Matt Lucas as Nardole.
It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from carols and comedy antlers. But when the Time Lord’s help is requested he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy! King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious and his giant robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River work out who the Doctor is?
All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and at a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time…
Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat told the Radio Times the Christmas episode would be a “great romp”, but has warned fans there is “not a lot of Christmas in it”.
“The big deal is Doctor number 12 encountering River and vice versa,” said Moffat. “It’s strange because they’re now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They’re both sexy older people.
“It’s always been slightly strange before with Matt Smith. Now they could actually be married. It works.”
Moffat said River provided a nice bridge for fans mourning Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, who was killed off last weekend.
“We’ve just lost Clara, so I didn’t want to go straight into a new companion,” said Moffat.
“I’ll be honest, I brought River Song back in because I thought there was a possibility I’d never write [Doctor Who] again, so that’d be my goodbye. [Ooo, foreshadowing – Ed]
“But also, I really fancied it. I hadn’t written River for a couple of years, and I’d missed her.”
Where in River’s timeline does this meeting take place?
“It doesn’t really matter, [Perhaps not to you Steven…] but for those who care it’s immediately after The Angels Take Manhattan: River’s just seen Matt Smith’s Doctor lose Amy and Rory, and obviously before The Name of the Doctor, because she’s dead in that.” So she is.
The Radio Times website tells us that the Doctor Who cover for Christmas will be cover dated 5th-11th December, including the special and the series finale, Hell Bent.