Production started today on the Doctor Who Christmas special, according to a BBC press release, which will also feature some intriguing guest stars:
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!
Christmassy? Oh yeah:
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.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, offered another hint as to what we’re in for:
“Doctor Who’s clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year…”
A twist on Dickens? Ooo. Oh, if only Charles Dickens himself were around to write a Doctor Who for us! I bet he’d have loved playing with the timey-whimey opportunites Doctor Who presents…
(Thanks to reader Ken for the heads-up. If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)