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Christmas Special: The Stars! The Story!

Christmas Special: The Stars! The Story!

From The Official Site

Information about the Christmas Special is starting to emerge and judging from the details below, it’s going to be the best one yet with an incredible cast and intriguing storyline…

We’ll be bringing you more on the story as it emerges, but for now, here’s that press release in full…

Doctor Who Christmas Special
StarringMatt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong

1 x 60′ drama produced by BBC Wales for BBC One

Cardiff, 21 September 2011: Production has started on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented: “The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day – everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one that was born for this time of year – so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”

The special, set during World War II, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts…

Claire Skinner said: “I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”

This marks Matt Smith’s second outing as the Doctor at Christmas time and will follow hot on the heels of the successful 2011 series, currently airing on BBC One until October.

The Christmas special was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama and Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One. Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Caroline Skinner, also executive producing.

Filming on the Christmas special will continue until mid October 2011.



  • Anonymous

    April 29th, 2013 - 8:53pm

    Old and fat.. the best phrase a whovian could ever speak of!

  • BrainofMorbius

    October 25th, 2011 - 3:22am

    5th, 7th, 8th 9th and 10th could possibly do it, 4th and 6th are too old and fat now, and of course, 1, 2 and 3 are no longer with us

  • cosmic hobo

    October 10th, 2011 - 5:56pm

    Being an adult who has watched the show since 1963 I like stories that contain Claire Skinner

  • dwfan101

    October 7th, 2011 - 9:41pm

    Thank you. (New name)

  • Anonymous

    September 26th, 2011 - 7:06pm

    Yes it is, claire skinner

  • Doctor J

    September 25th, 2011 - 5:51pm

    When I saw the details on Doctor Who TV it said and icy baddie I thought and I was not certain just a thought Ice Warriors but like you said about the book featuring Ice Warriors in a Christmas setting so now I understand.

  • torchwoodfan101

    September 24th, 2011 - 7:33pm

    Isn’t the lady in the picture from outnumbered?

  • Cal

    September 24th, 2011 - 3:23pm

    It’s not Mr Smith. It’s a character played by Alexander Armstrong. 🙂

  • jackoreado

    September 23rd, 2011 - 7:33pm

    i think steven isnt a very good writer his storys seem to drag and have to much detail i cant really see any child watching an episode all the way through he adds way to much concept js


    September 23rd, 2011 - 7:01pm

    I don’t like moffat but i must admit it he has made some great eps. May be i was wrong about the daleks. They do need a break. I was in a bad mood when i wrote my frist coment. I was moaning about every thing but i still think this x mas ep sounds rubbish

  • Anonymous

    September 22nd, 2011 - 10:58pm

    It’s not the Ice Warriors. There is a book that is about to be released featuring the Ice Warriors in a “Christmas” setting, the first thing the writer did was check if the Ice Warriors were in the Special so they are not unfotunately but at least it has it’s positives. The art department absolutely despise the Ice Warrior’s design so the second they come back they shall be absolutely ruined.

  • Anonymous

    September 22nd, 2011 - 10:56pm

    Yes, Mr Smith is back as are Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

  • Seb

    September 22nd, 2011 - 9:14pm

    To be honest, I began to hate the way RTD wrote the more episodes I watched, and the only ones I REALLY liked were the Moffat ones. Moffat’s seasons so far have been fantastic, and I love the cleverness, it’s so creative and sci-fi. Also the daleks need to build up their army, building factories and the like, I mean, after City and Victory they have literally nothing, just five daleks and a spaceship. But I would like to see the new daleks face up against the old, like in Doctor Who Experience.

  • Anonymous

    September 22nd, 2011 - 7:25pm

    They are in it, they just have not put them in the official cast list, both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have confirmed involvement and have been spotted on set although it’s not clear in what capacity they appear.

  • Tom

    September 22nd, 2011 - 1:28pm

    Is Mr Smith back?

  • Doctor J

    September 22nd, 2011 - 1:15am

    I’ve been looking on DW TV and it said that this years xmas special is going to be a Narnia like episode and it said an icy baddie will be in it. In my mind Ice Warriors im not certain but like I said in my mind.

  • American Doctor Who Fan

    September 22nd, 2011 - 12:59am

    I think last years Christmas special was one of the best ever episodes in the revived series. Steven Moffat writes amazing stories and his seasons have been my favorites in the revived series.


    September 21st, 2011 - 8:23pm

    what like


    September 21st, 2011 - 8:23pm

    the second


    September 21st, 2011 - 7:32pm

    I just feel where were lots of unanswerd questions at the end of vicorty

  • I Love Cybermen

    September 21st, 2011 - 7:22pm

    Love the daleks but they DO need a rest. Why? So that they’re scary and a real threat!- If they ALWAYS appear, they’d become the norm and it would never be a surprise/exciting moment when they return.

  • tardistik

    September 21st, 2011 - 7:14pm

    so this means that karen and arthur aren’t in it – maybe we’ve lost the ponds forever!
    or maybe they’ve just had a break from the TARDIS

  • tardistik

    September 21st, 2011 - 7:12pm

    me too


    September 21st, 2011 - 7:01pm

    Yeah i do but i feel they need at least one proper dalek befour a rest. Just to see wat the new daleks can do. Then give them a and bring them back with even more new gagets may be five new daleks.


    September 21st, 2011 - 6:52pm

    yeah they were boring they are back for the finally doctor who tv saw a trailer witch had daleks in it but u guys cant see it cause its like a special but if you see them in a dalek ep would you like to give them a rest not 5 years maybe 2 or three cause they do need a little rest to plan to invade and look more sinister do you agree on that

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