‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special prequel and teaser trailer shown on Children in Need

Neela Debnath
Doctor Who  Matt Smith in Christmas special prequel   new image released 300x181 Doctor Who Christmas special prequel and teaser trailer shown on Children in Need


Just like the Christmas specials, an annual tradition has developed whereby each year on Children in Need night viewers get a little Doctor Who teaser to whet their appetite for the forthcoming festive episode. This year Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will be playing the new companion, introduced a short trailer for this year’s Christmas special. Previously, fans had only been give a very brief glimpse of Coleman’s character and the villain of the piece played by Richard E. Grant.

However, now we know that the monster will be the snow and some scary-looking snowmen with a mouthful of icy fangs. Grant’s character is not too nice either and that’s putting it mildly – particularly, when he is seen feeding someone to the snow. But the snow is more mysterious than that, it seems to be reading Clara’s thoughts. What are these deadly creatures?

Just like last year, this will be another period drama but this time set in Victorian England. It seems it is just not Christmas without the costumes and the snow. Last year was enjoyable but Steven Moffat’s version of A Christmas Carol a few years back was far more heart-warming and not overly saccharine on the viewer’s palette. The Doctor is suitably attired but is wearing a top hat that is far too tall to be taken seriously, then again this is a person who considers the Fez to be cool. And let’s not forget that he has made some dubious sartorial choices through the ages of Who as well.

However, I digress, there is the appearance of some familiar faces in the form of Coleman’s Clara, who appears to be a governess from this era. Previously, we saw her as Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks, where she had been killed and turned into a dalek without realising it. Then there is the Sontaran Commander Strax (Dan Starkey), Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and Jenny (Catrin Stewart) who are also in the episode, both of whom will probably come to the Doctor’s aid in some way.

But that was not all, there was also a minisode which was the prequel to the Christmas special and saw the trio of Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny attempt to convince the Doctor to come out of retirement. It’s clear that he has descended into a period of darkness after losing his beloved Ponds. It is interesting how he has become the Scrooge of the story and you half expect him to say ‘bah, humbug!’, the loss has had a profound effect on him. He’s no longer the cheery, bouncy Time Lord that we first met – all goofiness and chin with flailing limbs. He is deep and brooding, letting his silence do the talking and he feels he is just too dangerous to save the world. Yet, there are scary monsters on the loose and the Doctor is needed.

The audience has been given snippets but what dastardly plans are afoot this year? Tune in on Christmas day to find out.

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  • Andrew Thomas

    A minisode? God help us.

  • ConanTheBrightonian

    Could have been worse I suppose, they could have called it an epibit.

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