Dr Who lands for Christmas
There’s lots new as the Doctor makes his comeback, writes
THIS year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is named The Snowmen for the snaggle-toothed beasties that appear in the chilling adventure which will be fast-tracked to Australian television from the UK.
Matt Smith returns as the 11th Doctor, now a recluse grieving over the deaths of Rory and Amy Pond. Not for long though. The episode introduces his new female companion Clara Oswin, played by Jenna Louise Coleman. She has quite an effect on the Doctor Perhaps you’ve seen the trailer and that kiss?
The special unveils a revitalised theme tune and a striking new Tardis control room. It also brings in Swaziland-born Brit Richard E. Grant to play the sinister Dr Simeon, a Victorian baddie who controls a horde of snowmen with icicles for teeth.
Tom Ward plays kindly but uptight widower Captain Latimer, living at spooky Darkover House with his two children (played by real-life siblings Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden).
Sir Ian McKellen, most recently of Harry Potter fame, has a cameo as the voice of snowmen.
Meanwhile, in other Doctor Who news, actor Will Merrick, best known for his role as Alo Creevey in the fifth and sixth series of teenage drama Skins, appears as a special guest in an episode which airs next year.
Wednesday, 7.30pm, ABC1.
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Jenna Louise Coleman and Matt Smith.