‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: The Christmas Special Prequel Is On The Way

First look at Doctor Who Christmas Special — scroll down to see full photo.

This Friday, November 16, the BBC’s telethon Children In Need will be showing the first teaser clip for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special (premiering Christmas Day on BBC AMERICA).

As is now traditional, the clip will comprise a little stand-alone story, unique to Children in Need, and act as a prequel for the Christmas Special proper. There will also be a chance to see the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman) in the same room for the first time.

Naturally we’ll bring you the clip as soon as is humanly (or otherwise) possible, but, y’know, be ready! In the mean-time, take a peek at the just released photo from the upcoming Christmas Special:

• BBC America wants to hear from all of you Whovians. There’s a new range of Doctor Who T-shirts coming to the BBC America shop soon, but we need your help to make sure we pick the very best designs, so please, come and take our poll!

• Last week we posted about Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Cybermen episode of Doctor Who. Guest stars in the episode include Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders/Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Being Human). Oh and Neil promises to make the Cybermen “scary again.”

• In light of this, should you wish to sign up to the Cyber army, the official doctorwho YouTube team have put together this video from choreographer Ailsa Berk, showing you how to get that Cyberman walk just right.

• In honor of Skyfall being released in the U.S., here’s a Doctor Who fanvid set to Adele’s 007 theme:

• And while we’re looking at videos, the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, is appearing in the British reality show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here right now, which means he’s currently camping in the Australian jungle.

Here’s his introductory video for the show:

We all love a good list, don’t we? So here’s WhatCulture! on the 13 Most Memorable Guest Stars in Who history.

• Anyone else think the couple in this painting, done by Raphael Soyer in 1959, looks an awful lot like Amy Pond and Rory Williams?

Pretty striking resemblance, right? But the coincidences don’t stop there. The Tor Blog did some investigating, and found that Soyer moved from Russia to New York at the turn of the century and began showcasing his art in the 1930′s. The Tor Blog offered this mindblowing theory:

We know that Amy and Rory got zapped back to the 1930s by a Weeping Angel in a graveyard in their final episode. Since their gravestone was in that same graveyard, and their son spoke with an American accent (in this unfilmed scene from “The Power of Three”), we can infer that Amy and Rory probably spent their lives right in New York City. And why not? For two people who love adventures, it’s a pretty good place to be. And if Amy and Rory lived in NYC, they would have had plenty of opportunity to know the painter of this piece, Raphael Soyer.

• To Tumblr! Where THIS has happened:

The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who - Steven Spielberg

• Not to mention THIS. An ACTUAL CAKE:

• Would you like to know how to make a Weeping Angel from a Barbie doll (or similar)? Allow Sarah Franz-Wichlacz to help.

• And, to go out on a high, here’s YouTuber Nick King, taking the Doctor Who theme and enmetalificating it rather well. Gothic choirs and all:

Yeah, not so much hiding behind the sofa as stagediving off it.

 

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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