Katherine Jenkins sings for Christmas Doctor

The 'Doctor Who' Christmas special will feature opera star Katherine Jenkins singing a love song in a futuristic take on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'

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The 'Doctor Who' Christmas special will feature opera star Katherine Jenkins singing a love song.

It will be the first time in the BBC sci-fi show's 47-year history that a musical performance will be integrated into a storyline.

Welsh singer Katherine, 30, is to perform the track specially-written by Murray Gold - who pens all the music for the show - for the December special which producers have promised will be a "real treat".

A source told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "It's going to be an amazing surprise. We have never had anyone burst into song on 'Doctor Who'. It's a TV first for us. This will send ratings sky high."

The episode will also see 'Harry Potter' legend Michael Gambon playing a futuristic Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Matt Smith who plays The Doctor and Karen Gillan who plays his companion Amy Pond will set out on adventure to show Scrooge the error of his ways.

Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat is hugely excited about the December special, saying: "It is incredibly Christmassy. That's true of the previous ones but I wanted to go for broke. It's easily the most Christmassy thing you'll ever see. It's a huge, sentimental, lovely, jeopardy-driven story. It's the Christmas special I'd like to see. It's like a compilation of every Christmas movie - a big Christmas treat. But that doesn't mean it's without scares, and that doesn't mean it's without heartbreak. It has genuine tragedy in it."

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