Doctor Who Christmas special is a 'buddy movie'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 December 2014
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat has described the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special, 'Last Christmas', as the "buddy movie you've always wanted"

The 'Doctor Who' Christmas special is the "buddy movie you've always wanted".

The hour-long episode of the BBC One sci-fi drama titled 'Last Christmas' sees the titular Time Lord meet Santa Claus and showrunner Steven Moffat has told fans to expect something "quite surprising".

The 53-year-old writer shared: "Well obviously as everyone knows from the end of 'Death in Heaven', it's the ultimate meeting of Christmas heroes; Santa Claus meets Doctor Who. The buddy movie you've always wanted.

"In addition to that, it's quite surprising - it won't be what some people expect because it's a thriller of an episode.

"The Christmas element is covered in the fairly notable form of Santa Claus and the elves and their sleigh. But the rest of it is very much 'Doctor Who' - scary, in a polar ice cap base, scientists under threat. I keep describing it as 'Miracle on 34th Street' meets 'Alien'."

Meanwhile, Peter Capaldi - who stars as the Time Lord alongside his companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman - says the much-hyped new episode has a strong Christmas theme running through the storyline.

The 56-year-old actor said: "It's both really scary and really festive. It manages to be quite frightening and still have Santa Claus in it. It is extremely Christmassy but there is a plot line in it that is quite dark and I think Steven has done a brilliant job at balancing those two things.

"It's perfect for Christmas viewing - it supplies everything that 'Doctor Who' should supply at Christmas. It's scary but it leaves you feeling warm and cheerful."

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