Doctor Who Christmas special announced

The 'Doctor Who' Christmas special will be based on Charles Dickens' traditional tale 'A Christmas Carol' with an alien twist

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'Doctor Who' actor Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Doctor Who's Christmas special will be based on 'A Christmas Carol' with an alien twist.

The Christmas Day (25.12.10) episode - which show boss Steven Moffat claims is the "most exciting" he's ever written - will pay homage to Charles Dickens' famous 1843 story about Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

But in a twist, Matt Smith - who plays the Time Lord in the BBC One sci-fi series - will come face to face with a series of terrifying monsters.

Announcing the episode yesterday (15.11.10), Steven explained: "Oh, 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 never been so excited about writing anything."

Meanwhile, Matt recently revealed he and Karen Gillan - who plays his on-screen companion Amy Pond - are going to sing a Christmas carol as an extra festive treat for fans, which will air on 'Doctor Who Confidential' ahead of the Christmas Day special.

Matt revealed: "We are going to sing for 'Doctor Who Confidential'. We're going to do a carol for people. It's going to be fun, I'm feeling really festive and I like being festive.

"I think those two things marry quite well together - 'Doctor Who' and Christmas."

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