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November 29th, 2016 41 comments

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio 5.45pm Christmas Day

This Christmas sees The Doctor join forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure.

With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost.

Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?




  • Tim M

    December 18th, 2016 - 11:55am

    Only one week to go until Doctor Who…and something else called Christmas or something? 🙂

    • BobTheUncle

      December 22nd, 2016 - 4:52pm

      You mean you actually want to watch this?

  • D0ct0r wh0

    December 14th, 2016 - 5:29pm

    After watching that trailer I now know that this episode will be Christmassy. Watching the clip made me think is this just a Christmas special but with no Christmas in it but the trailer shows the Christmas stuff in it so that’s good.

    • D0ct0r wh0

      December 14th, 2016 - 5:31pm

      By the way I don’t mean the trailer above, I mean the episode trailer with footage from it.

  • Galaxy

    December 14th, 2016 - 6:12am

    I am still going to watch it, but after seeing the trailer, it just doesnt scream doctor who….. its more like a trailer for an american series, like a pilot episode.

    I dont see the poing of having the female character, let alone Nardole, i feel it could have introduced Bill into the series.

    I did like Husbands of River Song last year, but this, i dont know. Like i say, it just isnt saying Doctor Who Christmas special to me.

    On the plus side, at least it looks a lot better than the abismal Doctor, Widow and the Wardrobe though.

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2016 - 1:48pm

    Moffat teases about the villains “theyve been around before, and quite recently. And there’s a sinister plan afoot to conquer earth.” In the radio times. I’ve seen a lot of people with scars on their faces in the trailers. Maybe it’s the race from husband’s of river song with scars on their faces.

    • Tim M

      December 18th, 2016 - 2:23pm

      The foes look similar to those seen in the hospital in ‘The Power of Three’.

  • Lol Hayden

    December 9th, 2016 - 9:22pm

    I never thought I’d say this but I’m really looking forward to this episode! It looks so so so good compared to the last two Christmas specials and I already love Husbands of River Song!

    • D0ctor Wh0

      December 10th, 2016 - 8:43pm

      Yeah I think this might be peter capaldi’s best Christmas special yet.

  • Tim M

    December 9th, 2016 - 12:39pm

    Christmas episodes seem to be where new doctors start (David Tennant in The Christmas Invasion), or where the doctors are leaving (David Tennant in The End of Time and Matt Smith in The Time of the Doctor). Is it therefore a safe bet that the 2017 Christmas Special will be Peter Capaldi’s last story…

  • fiona ting

    December 7th, 2016 - 4:16pm

    I think new Christmas special is wonderful and different since first Christmas special at the years 2005 and first Christmas message from first Doctor play by William Hartnell

  • D0ct0r wh0

    December 6th, 2016 - 7:33pm

    The superhero is basically superman who speaks like batman.

    • Jordan Scott

      December 9th, 2016 - 3:39pm

      That’s exactly what I thought when I first saw the first clip of him! 😀

  • A

    December 4th, 2016 - 7:58pm

    Has everybody been too wrapped up in time of broadcast/don’t like this, that or the other/what’s the best previous Christmas special (a survey which would make more sense after this one has aired really) to have actually watched the CIN clip? The villains seem to be the Harmony Shoal science research associates & the guy with the gun has what appears to be a feint diagonal scar from hairline to jaw. Does that sound familiar to anyone else or have I just watched the Husbands of River Song too much?
    On the subject of super heroes in DW, I was skeptical but on reflection I’m looking forward to finding out what it’s about. Is he an alien/technological construct? Does he know what he is or does he think he’s human with superpowers? IS he a human with superpowers? While the majority on here seem to be determined to be grumpy, I’ll wait & see whether there’s any reason to be.

    • Doctor Who Archive

      December 12th, 2016 - 9:28am

      Apparently The Doctor accidentally gives him super-powers. Perhaps he’s experimenting on the top of someone’s house (based on a promo) and it accidentally malfunctions and gives the super-hero (Grant Gordon, or, ‘The Ghost’) powers.

  • TheClassicsAreAce

    December 3rd, 2016 - 8:06pm

    To be honest, I might not watch this. In my opinion Doctor Who has gone downhill now, the BBC have turned it into a marketing gimmick. I’ll probably be watching Doctor Who stories I have on DVD near Christmas instead.

    • Bob

      December 7th, 2016 - 10:45pm

      Negativity? Is it needed? You should at least give it a chance.

    • TheClassicsAreAce

      December 17th, 2016 - 6:48pm

      Opinions are opinions, but when I want to watch Doctor Who I usually get a DVD from the shelf, I quite liked Series 8 and the first half of Series 9, but the second half of the latter disappointed me. I know I should watch it really but from the trailers I’ve seen it doesn’t look that great.

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    December 2nd, 2016 - 2:40pm

    I’m cooking christmas dinner earlier then we can eat it when we like, hopefully this kicks one the one decent night, Dr who, Corrie call the midewife then Last tango in Halifax, I wish, most christmas tv is garbidge now, so here’s hoping.

  • Lol Hayden

    December 1st, 2016 - 9:06pm

    Let’s rate all the christmas specials…

    1) Voyage of the Damned
    2) The Time of the Doctor
    3) The Husbands of River Song
    4) The Christmas Invasion
    5) A Christmas Carol
    6) The Runaway Bride
    7) The Next Doctor
    8) The Snowmen
    9) The End of Time
    10) Last Christmas
    11) The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

    Idk where this tears will fit in but it looks great!

    • Leaderoftheshadowkin

      December 2nd, 2016 - 4:50pm

      1. Voyage Of The Damned
      2. The End Of Time
      3. The Time Of The Doctor
      4. The Christmas Invasion
      5. The Husbands Of River Song
      6. Last Christmas
      7. A Christmas Carol
      8. The Runaway Bride
      9. The Snowmen
      10. The Next Doctor
      11. The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe

    • Jim

      December 2nd, 2016 - 8:03pm

      1. The Christmas Invasion
      2. Voyage of the Damned
      3. The End of Time
      4. The Next Doctor
      5. The Runaway Bride
      6. The Snowmen
      7. Time of The Doctor
      8. A Christmas Carol
      9. The Husbands of River Song
      10. The Doctor, The Widow And the Wardrobe
      11. Last Christmas

    • Oh No Not the Adipose

      December 2nd, 2016 - 10:44pm

      1) The Christmas Invasion
      2) The Runaway Bride
      3) The End of Time Part 1
      4) Voyage of the Damned
      5) A Christmas Carol
      6) The Next Doctor
      7) The Snowmen
      8) Last Christmas
      9) The Husbands of River Song
      10) The Time of the Doctor
      11) The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
      12) Partners in Crime

    • TARDIS H

      December 3rd, 2016 - 7:54am

      Partners in crime is not a Christmas special

    • Tim M

      December 3rd, 2016 - 5:15pm

      The Christmas Invasion is still my favourite Christmas Special. It would also feature in my top ten favourite David Tennant stories too.

    • Jordan Scott

      December 3rd, 2016 - 9:21pm

      1. The End of Time
      2. The Time of the Doctor
      3. Voyage of the Damned
      4. The Christmas Invasion
      5. The Runaway Bride
      6. The Next Doctor
      7. The Snowmen
      8. A Christmas Carol
      9. Last Christmas
      10. The Husbands of River Song
      11. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

    • Anonymous

      December 4th, 2016 - 3:44pm

      1. The End of Time
      2. The Snowmen
      3. A Christmas Carol
      4. The Christmas Invasion
      5. The Next Doctor
      6. The Time of the Doctor
      7. Last Christmas
      8. Voyage of the Damned
      9. The Runaway Bride
      10. The Husbands of River Song
      11. The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe

    • Tim M

      December 7th, 2016 - 8:22pm

      1) The Christmas Invasion 10/10.
      2) The Next Doctor 9/10.
      3) The Husbands of River Song 9/10.
      4) Voyage of the Damned 8/10.
      5) The Snowmen 8/10.
      6) The Time of the Doctor 7/10.
      7) The End of Time 7/10.
      8) The Runaway Bride 7/10.
      9) Last Christmas 7/10.
      10) A Christmas Carol 6/10.
      11) The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe 4/10.

    • Doctor Who Archive

      December 12th, 2016 - 9:34am

      1. The Husbands of River Song 9.5/10
      2. The Runaway Bride 9.4/10
      3. The End of Time 9/10
      4. Last Christmas 9/10
      5. The Christmas Invasion 9/10
      6. The Next Doctor 8.5/10
      7. Voyage of the Damned 8/10
      8. The Snowmen 6/10
      9. The Time of the Doctor 5.5/10
      10. A Christmas Carol (APPALLING) 1/10
      11. The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe (SO BAD!) .5/10

  • Dalekparadigm2

    December 1st, 2016 - 2:10pm

    The video is very Big Finish-esque isn’t it… I like it. The music is pretty cool too… Hope the episode is good. At least its back. We made it through the year…

    • The Dalek Whovian

      December 1st, 2016 - 6:51pm

      I wonder if the people who make the Big Finish trailers also made this trailer

  • Kit

    November 30th, 2016 - 4:15pm

    I think that the show has really taken a negative turn. I was okay with Peter Capaldi, but everything after the very first episode he was in, I found quite mediocre. He is a fine actor, but where is the writing? It’s hard to believe that the people who turned out Christmas specials like “The Snowmen” or “A Christmas Carol” are writing episodes about superheroes and sonic specs.
    The Doctor has lost his caring towards people. Everything that made him endearing is gone- and it isn’t Capaldi’s fault. It’s the writing. The production values have gone down as well.
    To be perfectly honest, this plot summary was the nail in a coffin.

    • The Outcast

      December 1st, 2016 - 12:09pm

      Just one more series with Moffat… one more… hang in there.

    • The decider

      December 1st, 2016 - 5:04pm

      I hope they bring the dalek eternal back at some point, I would like a definitive answer as to what it does, and a canonical reason as to why the paradigm daleks are gone, perhaps the eternal could be the “dalek caan” of the paradigm, that would be a satisfactory conclusion as to the moffat era daleks.
      The next executive producer should bring back the killing with the plunger, the rotating midriff and the bullet melting forcefield that the daleks used in season one and season two.

  • Doctor Stu

    November 30th, 2016 - 11:44am

    If you think about it it’s basically being shown at 6pm I think the 5:45 makes it sound so much earlier than it is. It’s only an hour earlier than normal and the Christmas schedule is all over the place on Christmas Day anyway as they have the Christmas movies, queens speech, eastenders Christmas Day special and they need to slot Mrs Browns boys in somewhere so doctor who has just been squeezed in where it can fit

  • Tim M

    November 30th, 2016 - 11:07am

    Lets just be thankful Doctor Who is on Christmas Day. There is a lot of programmes in the days schedule. It will be up against ‘Emmerdale’ on ITV.

  • Mr. J

    November 29th, 2016 - 10:50pm

    After reading this synopsis, I’m quite hopeful sounds good!! But, 5:45pm?!?!?! Too early!! “Time of the Doctor” was perfect at half seven!!! I’ll still be having Christmas Dinner!

  • Haza14

    November 29th, 2016 - 8:40pm

    Well, the later a programme is shown on Christmas Day usually means the higher the “general” audience figure is. I’m sure Doctor Who would be given a boost being shown around 7pm. At 5.45 half the country are still stuffing brussel sprouts!

    • Anonymous

      November 30th, 2016 - 6:21am

      Viewing figures are pretty much irrelevant these days. They are only used by the red tops to stir up their ‘falling ratings’ stories. I have never missed a single episode of DW since 2005 yet I could count on 1 hand how many times I’ve watched them live to broadcast over the last 5 years….so according to the papers I am 1 of the millions that have stopped watching the show. Its all poppycock.

  • Haza14

    November 29th, 2016 - 5:51pm

    Oh dear, another early time slot! Series 9 was scheduled to late now this is too early! Doctor Who is pitched as a 7pm drama, and that is when the BBC should try to show it. It’s difficult on Christmas Day yes, but come on! Still, it’s not quite as bad as previous years.

    • The Surgeon

      November 29th, 2016 - 7:38pm

      I don’t think it really applies for Christmas. Earlier the better really, provided there is no clash

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