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The elves, Clara, the Doctor and Santa in "Last Christmas"
The elves, Clara, the Doctor and Santa in "Last Christmas"
The elves, Clara, the Doctor and Santa in “Last Christmas”

Having seen the Doctor and Santa exchange flinty pleasantries on a rooftop in the preview clip of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, we have been waiting expectantly to find out exactly what is going on. And today Doctor Who has released this official image—showing the Doctor, Clara, Santa and his elves—and a title: “Last Christmas”

Younger fans might not be aware, but this is also the title of a 1986 festive hit by the group Wham!

The BBC synopsis is here:

The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

Here’s the full sized image to pore over:

Doctor Who Christmas special

Speaking of holidays, you join us at the midway point between two significant points in time; Thanksgiving and Doctor Who’s birthday (November 23, which we were recently reminded is also Clara Oswald’s birthday, thanks to a certain cyber-inquisition).

So, now seems a perfect moment for Doctor Who fans to pause and be thankful that 51 years ago, a group of talented TV writers, special effects experts, electronic music pioneers, producers and actors got together to create a science fiction TV show that blended elements of horror and comedy, high drama and giddy fun, for children of all ages.

We should thank the Doctor for being a good man even when it was against his nature, to thank the companions for keeping him on the straight and narrow and the TARDIS for taking him where he needed to go.

We should also pause and thank the Daleks, whose appearance gave the Doctor someone to fight against and created the longest and most popular battle across time and space in the universe. And that involves thanking Davros for developing them in the first place.

Then there all the various Cybermen, Sontarans, Ood, Weeping Angels, Silurians, Zygons, the Master, and did we mention the Silence? Can’t quite remember.

Thank you, thank you all, and long may you continue to thrill and delight us.

Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:

• We learned quite a few things from the Series 8 DVD launch panel, including the fact that Steven Moffat enacted the entirety of the season for Peter Capaldi – in his own kitchen.

And this delightful nugget, the full story of Peter turning down the chance to audition for the Doctor in 1996:

Here’s a longer gatheration of highlights:

• David Tennant continues his talk show tour, this time on The Queen Latifah Show, and tells us about the strangest fan encounter he’s experienced thus far:

Patient Zero has found a Doctor in Matt Smith – he’s been cast alongside Natalie Dormer in the upcoming sci-fi flick about a rabies pandemic that results in the evolution of a violent new species. A bit of a step up on the ladder from the outbreak he’ll encounter in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, then?

Jenna Coleman has elected her two favorite Doctors, but they’re not who you might think: “My favourite Doctors are [David] Tennant and [Tom] Baker. I worked with them both, too! [in 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor”] Well, I never got to work with Tom Baker, but I was on set with him. Me and Steven [Moffat] came in to watch his scenes.”

But don’t count on her to choose between Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi: “You can’t ask that! That’s like saying who do you like better, your mum or dad? They are both very dear to me.”

• She also sat down with Digital Spy UK to chat all about the season, and reveals what she loves about Clara: “one of my favourite things about her is her sense of loyalty to the Doctor – she’s really the person who’s been with him right from the beginning, from [William] Hartnell and all the way through, I think that’s pretty amazing, getting to work with Matt and Peter and a bit with David, so that for me is a wonderful side to her.”

Samuel Anderson relives Danny Pink’s glory days in this Instagram post:

As any good cyber would! #cyberdanny #dannypink #daleks #doctorwho #jab

A photo posted by Samuel (@theblackpaddy) on

• Speaking of Instagram, Alex Kingston has succumbed to the Insta-monster, as confirmed by Chasing Shadows co-star (and fellow Doctor Who alum) Noel Clarke:

I have finally done it and succumbed to the pressure… I got an Instagram!

Une photo publiée par Alex Kingston (@alexkingstonofficial) le

Billie Piper has been graced with an Evening Standard award nomination for Best Actress for her stage role in Great Britain. 

• There is now a trailer for the Audible reading of Six Degrees of Assassination, voiced by Freema Agyeman and Andrew Scott:

• Turn your phone into seven sonic screwdrivers (one at a time, though), with the official Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver app:

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1lAVPZr
Android: http://bit.ly/1rsy4TP

• Metro already want to see these five characters back again in Season Nine.

Matthew Sweet talks to Gary Russell, former script editor at BBC Wales, about the Doctor Who adventures he made on cassette as a child:

And on that note, let’s end with a song. Remember Missy singing “oh Missy, you’re so fine?” to the tune of “Mickey” by Toni Basil, to try and wind up Osgood? Well our old musical friends Legs Nose Robinson have done the whole song with a Whovian twist.

TTFN!

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By Kimberly Truong