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Doctor Who And Black Mirror Celebrate Christmas: This Week’s TV Picks

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If you discount Christmas specials and marathons, there ain’t jack (frost) shit on this week. But you totally shouldn’t discount those things, because then you would miss new hours of awesomeness from Doctor Who and Black Mirror!

Before you get totally entangled in cooking, wrapping presents, and the inevitable family drama that’s as much a part of the holiday as eggnog and jolly old St. Nick, be sure to set your DVR for the Doctor Who Christmas special. Really, if you’re a true fan it’s probably been set for weeks now, because the Who Christmas special is one of the geek world’s most beloved traditions. And this year is the very first holiday special for new(ish) Who lead Peter Capaldi. With the tragic events of the season finale still all too fresh, fans are eagerly awaiting to see just how the fallout will have affected the relationship between The Doctor and Clara. Is The Doctor’s impossible girl just about done with all this TARDIS nonsense? We have no idea, but we do know Nick Frost will be showing up as Santa Claus, and you had us at “Nick Frost.”

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Watch The Doctor Meet Santa Claus In This Doctor Who Christmas Special Clip

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It’s truly a magical time of the year for Whovians everywhere, as we’re only ten days away from the latest of Doctor Who’s annual Christmas specials. And if you just can’t wait, if you need a fix from the long running sci-fi adventure, like bad, here is an explosive (sorry, had to be done) new clip from the upcoming episode.

Ominously titled “The Last Christmas,” this installment promises to be a doozy for a variety of reasons. First, it features none other than the big guy himself, Santa Claus, played by general awesome dude, and frequent Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg collaborator, Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End). That alone makes for a rad way to celebrate Christmas and is enough to entice many viewers, but this is the episode that we’ve been told will reveal the ultimate fate of the Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) latest travelling companion, Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman).

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This Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer Is Full Of Cryptic Messages And Santa Claus

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The closer we get to Christmas, the closer Doctor Who fans get to the real reason they’re excited for the holiday season, the annual Christmas Special. It’s still a few weeks off, but it’s never too early to get excited. If nothing else, Nick Frost plays Santa Claus (or does he?), and that should be a pretty damn good time. And just in case you’re about to burst from having to wait so long, the BBC has released another quick new trailer for the special, full of moody atmosphere and peril.

This is going to be an especially interesting installment to watch, because this is where we’ll finally get answers one way or another about the future of Jenna Louise Coleman’s Clara, the Doctor’s latest travelling companion. Back in August we first heard reports that she might leave the show to pursue other career options. Since then there has been news that she changed her mind and is going to stay, but nothing on this front is definite except the fact that the network came out and said that we’ll find out for sure in this episode. As you know, this particular episode is called “The Last Christmas,” which could very well be an ominous sign in that regard.

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Is Doctor Who: The Last Christmas’ Santa The ‘Real’ Santa?

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TheLastChristmasThe Doctor Who Christmas special is one of our favorite holiday traditions here at Giant Freakin’ Robot, so every day closer we get to this year’s installment — entitled “The Last Christmas” — makes us just a little bit happier. Not to mention full of questions, and those questions aren’t finding many answers in this new batch of promotional images from the special. Chief among them: what the hell is up with all the goddamn oranges?

The Doctor’s got an orange. Santa Claus has an orange. I’m betting Clara’s got an orange or two stashed somewhere too. What does it all mean? I haven’t the foggiest, except that maybe this year The Doctor is facing off against some sort of vitamin C vampire.

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Doctor Who Will Be Celebrating The Last Chrismas, New Details Here

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SantaThe Doctor Who Christmas special is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I’m not sure why, but the world of The Doctor just lends itself beautifully to the symbolism and trappings of the holiday, especially when there’s a dark streak and a pinch of tragedy in the mix. This year we got a new Doctor and a whole new set of regenerations, but that doesn’t mean the Time Lord will be tossing aside his fondness for tinsel-tinged adventures through time, space, and dimensions filled with mistletoe. Last year we saw The Doctor battle evil snowmen, but this year’s he’s tackling an even bigger Christmas icon: Santa Claus himself! And now we’ve got an official — and ominious — title for the upcoming special: “The Last Christmas.”

That’s a title that certainly seems to be loaded with potential subtext, especially given all those rumors that Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswin won’t be sticking around in the TARDIS much longer. Of course, that’s still just rumor at this point, but neither has the actress been confirmed for next season yet, whereas showrunner Steven Moffat did recently confirm that series lead Peter Capaldi will indeed be back for season 9 (no real surprise there). Could “The Last Christmas” prove to be the last Who adventure for Clara? The Who producers are obviously playing it close to the vest, but you never know.