Doctor Who: New Christmas special sneak peek released
We're exactly a week away from Christmas, which means that we're a week away from the annual Doctor Who Christmas special! (Some people tell me I have my priorities a little mixed up, but I don't believe them.) The special, titled "The Snowmen," will see the Doctor fighting off some evil alien snow, voiced (very excitingly) by Sir Ian McKellen. If Gandalf's voice coming from a snowman doesn't make you at least a little bit excited, well, you're not in Doctor Who's target audience.
A new clip released from the episode reveals the very Scrooge-like Doctor (Matt Smith) still brooding over the sudden, heartbreaking departure of regular companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) in the show's most recent episode, "The Angels Take Manhattan." The Doctor's outlook has become rather nihilistic in the wake of their departure. "The universe doesn't care" that he saves it, he scowls, so why should he bother?
He's talking, in that clip, to the Sontaran Strax, a rather violent fellow whose warlike impulses provide a rather fantastic comic foil to the Doctor's foul mood. The Doctor, investigating some strange alien snow that has appeared on the ground (but apparently failing to notice the oddly rocking carriage behind him), is vaguely intrigued but staunchly decides to be apathetic -- of which Strax rather simply does not approve. It's a pretty great clip, and you can watch it below.
The Doctor will return with "The Snowmen" Christmas day on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Check back soon after for our review.