Doctor Who: Christmas special cast revealed

Spoilers: Production has now started on this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special penned by showrunner Steven Moffat.

Appearing in the special are Outnumbered actress Claire Skinner, Black Books’ Bill Bailey, The Fast Show‘s Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong (The Armstrong & Miller Show).

The episode will see Matt Smith’s Doctor embark on a magical and mysterious adventure in World War II-torn England with a young widow and her two children.

Madge Arwell (Skinner) and her two children are evacuated to Dorset, where they meet a “mysterious young man in a 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…”

Moffat said nothing was more fun to write than a Doctor Who Christmas special.

“Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is 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.”

Source: Digital Spy


  1. Thanks for the details guys, good to see Matt Smith is not being type cast. The other day I realized he has be in Secret Diary with Billie Piper, I saw the ep at the time but this was before he was the current Doctor. Don’t know why I missed that before.

    BTW I’m sure the current DW season will come together by seasons end.

  2. @Craig: They would have started earlier however Matt Smith was otherwise engaged shooting a TV Movie Bert and… someone about the struggles of an Olympic Rowing Team in the 20’s.

    Arthur Darvill’s been in a play at the Globe and Karen Gillan’s been in NY shooting a movie.

    It’s both good and bad that the actors of our favourite show are so damn talented now everyone want’s them.

  3. Alexander Armstrong is already familiar to Doctor Who fans for voicing Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures but this time he will be appearing in the flesh as a different character.

    Arabella Weir had played the Doctor before as an alternate version of the Third Doctor in the Doctor Who Unbound Big Finish audio play Exile. She however is unlkely to be playing the Doctor again for this Christmas special. Still it should still be fun seeing two Doctor actors Matt Smith and Arabella Weir together in this Christmas special.

  4. I am sure this will be a ripper!!!
    The rest of this season has still been a bit too complicated and “not quite right” for me … but this will stand alone and should be great.

  5. Thanks for the new, although I would have thought they would be well into production by now given how long it takes to produce the average DW ep.

    Hope its an hour long and not the usual 45 minutes.

    Also hope the ABC airs it between xMas and new years this time around!

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