Dr Who lands for Christ­mas

There’s lots new as the Doc­tor makes his come­back, writes

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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.

TV’s Christ­mas Crack­ers: Report page 23.

Jenna Louise Cole­man and Matt Smith.

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