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‘Doctor Who’ Mars Special Hits BBCA In December

It’s not quite the Christmas finale, but previews say it’ll be a good one

British audiences will get to watch it in just a couple weeks, but American audiences will only have to wait a month to see the “Doctor Who” special “The Waters Of Mars.”

It will air on BBC America on Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET, starring David Tennant and British stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan, who has appeared in shows such as “Rome.” Duncan plays Adelaide, who BBC describes as The Doctor’s “cleverest and most strong-minded companion.”

The special is one of a handful that were planned for 2009 instead of a fifth season, all marking Tennant’s final outing with the sonic screwdriver. This particular outing puts The Doctor on Mars along with Adelaide and Ed, played by Peter O’Brien.

The episode is written by outgoing showrunner Russell T. Davies and Phil Ford, and was directed by Graeme Harper.

The remaining episodes starring Tennant will air over the holiday season, although BBC America has yet to announce airdates for those episodes. They will be broadcast over Christmas on BBC in the United Kingdom.

Not only will “Waters of Mars” hit BBC America, but it also will come out on DVD and Blu-ray following the holidays. It will debut on store shelves Feb.2 pricing between $15 and $30. A five-disc set featuring “The Next Doctor,” “Planet of the Dead,” “Waters of Mars” and the two-part finale also will be available beginning at $50.

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