Steven Moffat introduces this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special:
“The Doctor at Christmas - it always just feels so right. When I was a kid, Santa and the Doctor somehow lived in the same place in my head - two generous madmen that I loved so much. So now that the Doctor is a regular feature of Christmas the world is just that bit more right.
“This time we’re in England in the 1940s, and recently widowed Madge Arwell hasn’t told her children, Lily and Cyril, that their father has died flying his bomber home over the channel, because she doesn’t want Christmas to become the day that broke their hearts.
“But when they’re evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset for the holidays, and meet a mysterious young caretaker in a bow tie, events take an unexpected turn. What could be inside that big blue parcel under the tree?
“Soon the Arwells find themselves in a battle for survival in a magical new land. As ever, at this time of year, the Doctor is trying to make things right, and as always it doesn’t go according to plan. But maybe he’s reckoned without the power of a determined mother.
“This Christmas, it might just be the lonely Time Lord who’s shown the way home.”
In DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE, it’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness — all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…
Premieres this Christmas, Sunday Dec 25 at 9/8c only on BBC America.
BBC America will launch the festivities on Friday, December 23rd at 9 pm ET/PT. The network will be airing all of the recent Who Christas specials, from “The Christmas Invasion” up through last year’s “A Christmas Carol.” Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT they’ll have the world premiere of the brand-new Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials. The best-of show will feature celebrity Who fans from various industries discussing their favorite moments from the Christmas specials over the years. On Sunday, Christmas Day, they’ll launch into a marathon of all 13 episodes of the recently aired season six.
Finally, Sunday night, Christmas night, the countdown will culminate with this year’s new Christmas episode: Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
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Need some inspiration for your submission? Check out this Whovian’s clever take on the classic Christmas poem!
Submit your story to us at XmasMadLibs@bbc.com and we’ll show off our TOP 10 favorite entries and let Whovians all over the world vote for their favorite. Get more contest info here: http://bit.ly/dw_madlibs
“I love opening Christmas presents…”
Til the Christmas Special….
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So this is fun: complete the madlib, win a DVD! Deets at BBCAmerica.com
Use our handy Mad Libs template below to craft your own Who-tastic tale by filling in the blanks (click to enlarge the image), or create an original spin-off from scratch! Submit your story to us at XmasMadLibs@bbc.com and we’ll show off our top 10 favorite entries and let Whovians all over the world vote for their favorite. Winner takes home a DVD of last year’s Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol” just in time for the holidays.
So put your thinking caps on and get going, our deadline for submissions is on Thursday, December 15. And don’t forget to tune-in to this year’s Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe,” premiering Sunday, December 25 at 9/8c.
And on that note, “Happy storytelling to all, and to all a good-write!”
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“Merry Christmas, Pond” (fanart)
It’s officially official:
Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe premieres Sunday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC America.
In case you were wondering when the Christmas Special would air.
Whilst browsing the BBC America Shop (We were searching for a Silence mug. We can’t remember where we put ours. This is not a joke. For real.) we came across these three extremely short videos of Matt talking about his fondest holiday memories.
Getting psyched up for the Christmas Special
Just a reminder that this sweepstakes ends tonight at 8pm EST!