Another new Christmas tradition – the Doctor Who Christmas Special:
“I’m the Ghost of Christmas Past.”
And Santa Claus coming down the chimney, as well. And in addition to the Doctor, we have the often snarky and always spunky Amy Pond, a real Victorian Scrooge of a villain, it seems, and… a spaceship?
Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?
Read all about it at: A Christmas Carol – 2010 Christmas Special – Doctor Who – BBC AMERICA (or A Christmas Carol (Doctor Who) – Wikipedia).
Trapped on a crashing spaceship and traveling back in time to save them in the present? I feel like we’ve seen those things before, in more than one Doctor Who episode – such as “The Girl in the Fireplace,” where the Doctor travels back to Versailles while on a spaceship – also written, perhaps not coincidentally, by Steven Moffat – or 2007’s Christmas special, “Voyage of the Damned” when the Doctor was… trapped on a crashing space liner.
Still, we don’t expect great lashings of originality from an episode of Doctor Who, and this does look like it is going to be good, if the trailer is anything to go by. And Moffat has written a number of the best Doctor Who episodes during its current incarnation, including the very scariest, “Blink,” “The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances” and “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead.” (See List of Doctor Who serials for details.)
It also looks like the most Christmas-y Doctor Who Christmas special ever, as if they are taking it more seriously as a geeky holiday tradition. I’ve enjoyed the previous Christmas specials, to varying degrees, but they none of them really embraced the season the way this one seems to do. So that’s nice.
In the past, broadcasts of Doctor Who episodes in the United States have been sadly behind their first showings in the UK. This time, though, BBC America has scheduled things fairly sensibly: the Christmas special will be showing on… Christmas Day, December 25, 2010 at 9pm/8c.
Which seems great – by 9pm, after a full day of presents and rich and sweet food, some time traveling chills and thrills with the Doctor and Amy might be just the thing.