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TV Watchlist: Who, Who, Who Merry Christmas!

Steven Moffat makes snow a weapon of mass destruction

If it is winter and its cold out, bundle up with a warm coat, some hot cocoa and a Christmas gift wrapped in a blue box with a bright white ribbon. “Doctor Who” gets fans into the holiday spirit with a damsel in distress, piranha-toothed snowmen and another Christmas adventure to be had; even the Grinch-iest heart will melt.

In this year’s Christmas special entitled “The Snowmen,” the Doctor is heartsick over the loss of his beloved companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), who have been transported somewhere in time by the nefarious Weeping Angels. He lands in England 1892 feeling very “bah humbug” about life in general.

Executive producer Steven Moffat shared: “The Doctor, when we meet him, isn’t in a good place; in fact, he’s Scrooge. A bit like when we first encountered William Hartnell as the Doctor in 1963 -– or indeed Christopher Eccleston in 2005. He’s withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. It’s going to take a lot of Christmas spirit to get him back out those TARDIS doors.”

Can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it’s time to return to the good fight? Enter Clara portrayed by Jenna Louise-Coleman (Oswin Oswald in “Asylum of the Daleks”). Clara is a young governess who knows that, when the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, there is only one person to call upon.

Jenna Louise-Coleman says Clara is very mysterious and yet “down to earth” as well as “feisty and curious.” Matt Smith added, “[she] isn’t intimated by The Doctor” and instead “finds him amazing and ridiculous.”

Fans are also given an extra special treat this holiday season in the form of Sir Ian McKellen (“The Hobbit”) recently announced as the voice of the main snowman. We’ll also get a brand new look for the Tardis interior that reflects the Doctor’s new outlook.

Joining Smith and Coleman for the holidays is Richard E. Grant (“Dracula”) as the delightfully, villainous Dr. Simeon and Tom Ward (“Silent Witness”) as the kindly but uptight widower Captain Latimer. The episode also features returning allies Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flin (Catrin Stewart) and Commander Strax (Dan Starkey).

Will the Doctor be unable to resist the temptation of discovering how something as benign and wonderful as snowmen could become the embodiment of another dastardly villain? To prepare for this Christmas special, be sure to watch the prequel web-isode, “Doctor Who: The Great Detective,” below:

The Doctor Who Christmas Special airs Dec. 25 on BBC America with an additional eight episodes of Season 7 premiering spring 2013.

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