The thrilling adventures of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and newlyweds Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will continue in a Doctor Who fun-filled and heartfelt festive story, A Christmas Carol, this Christmas on BBC One.
In the grand tradition of Doctor Who Christmas specials, this year the show has once again attracted stellar guest stars, as veteran actor Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Singing Detective) and Opera diva Katherine Jenkins, in her first acting role, join the Time Lord for what might be his most Christmassy adventure yet!
On winning her part, Katherine Jenkins said: “I’m over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special – I can’t quite believe it as it’s a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever!”
About the series, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, commented: “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. And… oh, you’ll see.
“I’ve honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I’m fairly sure they did it ironically.”
The Christmas special follows on from Matt Smith’s first series as The Doctor, which attracted huge critical acclaim for Smith, his companion Gillan and lead writer Moffat, from press and legions of fans alike.
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning said: “Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series, and Doctor Who’s clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!”
The show starts on Christmas Eve, and rather than enjoying their honeymoon, newlyweds Amy and Rory are trapped with 4,000 others on a space liner that’s plummeting through a icy fog to the planet below.
Kazran Sardick, is a rich but lonely old miser who rules Sardicktown and the only man who possesses a machine that would clear the fog and allow them to be guided down safely.
The Doctor has to try to warm Kazran’s soul and teach him the joys of living, in a bid to convince him to save the doomed passengers. He even gets to make his entrance down a chimney, Father Christmas style!
In true Christmas Carol style he takes the old man back to his childhood and through the rest of his life. Katherine Jenkins’ character, Abigail, will try to help and even serenades him in a bid to melt his heart.