Doc­tor does Christ­mas Scrooge-style

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRIDAY EXTRA -

Who is trans­formed into a Scroogestyle miser in the sci-fi show’s fes­tive spe­cial. The Timelord is joined by his new com­pan­ion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Cole­man. Clara faces an up­hill strug­gle to per­suade the Doc­tor to ven­ture out into the world and save it all over again. The show’s lead writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Steven Mof­fat says The Doc­tor at Christ­mas is one of his favourite things – but this year it’s dif­fer­ent. ‘‘He’s lost Amy and Rory to the Weep­ing An­gels. He’s not in a good place: in fact, he’s Scrooge,’’ he says. ‘‘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?’’ The spe­cial, which airs in the UK on Christ­mas Day, stars Richard E. Grant as Doc­tor Simeon as the leader of an army of icy snow­men. Matt Smith (pic­tured), who plays the Doc­tor, says the episode will fea­ture lizards, Vic­to­rian as­sas­sins and de­ranged war­riors from the fu­ture, who all re­turn to con­vince the Doc­tor that he should board the Tardis again and save the world.

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