The ABC has locked in its premiere of the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special, set to air just hours after its UK broadcast.
This will be the first time Doctor Who has aired in Australia within 24 hours of the UK.
Fast-tracked to Australia a day after the UK broadcast, in a clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol, sees the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) return with his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and her new husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).
In the grand tradition of Doctor Who Christmas specials, this year’s show promises a stellar guest star line-up including veteran actor Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and opera diva Katherine Jenkins, in her first acting role.
About the series, lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, commented: “Oh, we’re going for broke with this one. It’s all your favourite 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!”
The Christmas special follows on from Matt Smith’s first series as the Doctor, which attracted huge critical acclaim for Smith, his companion, Gillan, and lead writer Moffat, from the media and legions of fans alike.
It airs 7:30pm Sunday December 26th on ABC1.