Preview: Doctor Who Christmas Special

Preview: Doctor Who Christmas Special

The Doctor returns to BBC One for Christmas, regular as clockwork like a good Time Lord should

It's almost as much of a Christmas tradition as the Queen's Speech. Doctor Who is back once again for a festive one-hour special. This time the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will be teaming up with a comic book superhero in New York to save the world from evil aliens in 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio.' Matt Lucas also returns as the bumbling Nardole. 'Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS,' says head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, 'and this time it's not just for Christmas, he's sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.'

Lucas will join Capaldi and new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) for series ten in 2017. Sadly, the tenth series also marks the last with Moffat as head writer. He took over the reins from Russell T Davis back in 2008. His dark imaginings gave us the Weeping Angels and steered the Doctor through two regenerations (from David Tennant to Matt Smith to Capaldi). Chris Chibnall will be taking over. Best known as writer / creator of Life on Mars and Broadchurch, Chibnall is a lifelong Doctor Who fan who has already written five episodes and several webisodes.

'While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I'll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip,' laughs Moffat.

BBC One, Sun 25 Dec.

First Look at the Doctor Who Christmas Special

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