There’s great news from both the BBC and ITV today as not only has Aunty Beeb released new images and clips for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, but the corporation has also agreed with ITV to avoid the channels’ top festive offerings, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, from clashing in the Christmas Day schedules!
Starting with the new images and clips for Doctor Who’s ‘The Snowmen’ Christmas special, the first image released above shows a close-up of the scary snowmen, while others – which you can see after the jump – feature the episode’s villains and of course, Matt Smith and Jenna Louis Coleman as the Doctor and his new sidekick, Clara Oswin.
Here’s what the BBC says of The Snowmen:
Look… It’s the Christmas Special…Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara, his new companion, this year’s Christmas Special is called The Snowmen and follows their adventures as they battle the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant) and his army of sinister snowmen…
It promises to be a movie-scale episode and aside from Clara’s debut and the return of Strax, Vastra and Jenny, The Snowmen introduces a new look for the Doctor and a new monster that will have families shivering behind their sofas.
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said, ‘The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favourite things – but this year it’s different. He’s lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he’s not in a good place: in fact, he’s Scrooge. He’s withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it’s time to return to the good fight? Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman…’
Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, commented, ‘For this year’s Christmas Special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon. As well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world. Add to that Jenna-Louise Coleman and so begins the Christmas Special, 2012. I hope everyone enjoys it!’
And before you see the new trailer, here’s the prequel to the Christmas special that first aired on Children in Need night…
And here’s the trailer for The Snowmen…
And here are those all new images…
On now to the news that Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey won’t clash – they had initially both been scheduled to air around the same time, causing a fifteen minute overlap – the BBC now plans to air the 75-minute Call the Midwife episode from 7.45pm, while Downton is scheduled to start its two-hour run on ITV1 from 9pm.
One insider told the Mirror, “It is the season of goodwill and there was a realisation that the audience would lose out if there was a clash.
“Think of it as a special Christmas present for viewers.”
The paper adds, “Last year Downton took the ratings title, with 11.6 million viewers tuning in, beating EastEnders’ 11.3 million.”
I love Christmas Day telly! Do you?