This week's season finale of Doctor Who already raises the prospect of the ensuing dry spell. But at least we're getting a picture of what we'll have to look forward to in this year's Christmas special, which lead writer Steven Moffat is calling "the most Christmassy Christmas special."
Michael Gambon, confirmed to be in the Who Christmas special.
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The two key guest stars will be Michael Gambon and Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, alongside regulars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill. Gambon is best known in the UK for The Singing Detective and Longitude and worldwide as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. Jenkins enthused, "I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special! I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household."
[Edited to correct: Rumors have circulated on the internet that the booming-voiced Brian Blessed and Zoe Tapper (Demons, Survivors) have also been cast; but it seems these reports have no foundation beyond what appears to be an unsupported IMDb entry. Too bad.]
Gambon's role is not yet known, but the subject matter is. Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, has revealed that this year's Christmas special will be "Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol."
Moffat clearly had a jolly time writing it: "Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favorite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And ... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbors loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically!"
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