For most people Christmas television viewing means looking forward to reruns of It’s a Wonderful Life, but science fiction fans know there’s a better reason to look forward to the year’s most jolly holiday season. The Doctor Who Christmas Special.
It’s become something of a tradition for The Doctor. Every Christmas he up celebrating the season embroiled in some sort of horrifying situation, which means the end of the world or him or his friends, unless he can conjure up enough Christmas spirit. More than just a running gag now, the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special invariably ends up being one of the best things on television all year.
Last year he battled air sharks. This year, he’s taking on comedy.
The BBC has informed us that they’ve started production on the 2011 Christmas Special in which Matt Smith’s Doctor will find himself in war-torn England where he’ll embark “on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.”
Here’s a little more detail on what it’s about:
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…
Is it just me, or does that sound a lot like Doctor Who does The Chronicles of Narnia? Narnia with jokes, that is. Though you wouldn’t expect a lot of stand-up comedy in the midst of a Nazi bombing, British comedians Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (Skins, The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller) are somehow involved. They’ll co-star in the episode.
No word yet on when the 2011 Christmas Special will actually premiere, but showrunner and lead writer Stephen Moffat seems as excited about it as we are. He says, “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 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.” Indeed it is.