New Details About ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Announced

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in the Christmas prequel

This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special premieres Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC America. The special’s title has been recently announced as The Snowmen. The program will include a new companion, a new look for the Doctor (Matt Smith) and a new monster in the movie-scale episode.

We’ll meet Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion Clara. She will aid the Doctor on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E. Grant ) and his army of icy snowmen.

Take a peek at the 2012 Christmas Special Teaser Gallery.

A sneak peek trailer has been released revealing a new costume for the Doctor.  Additionally, a special prequel was released showing the impact of the loss of the Ponds, with old friends Vastra, Strax and Jenny trying to persuade the Doctor not to give up his adventures.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said: “The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things – but this year it’s different.  He’s lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he’s not in a good place: in fact, he’s Scrooge.  He’s withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it.  So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it’s time to return to the good fight.  Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman…”

Matt Smith chimed in saying: “For this year’s Christmas special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon.  As well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future, who all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world.  Add to that Jenna-Louise Coleman and so begins the Christmas Special 2012.  I hope everyone enjoys it!”

The BBC Cymru Wales produced series will return to BBC America on December 25 and an additional eight epic episodes will premiere in the spring.

Does the title give you a hint as what to expect?