The BBC have released a nice chunk of information concerning Voyage of the Damned – and as Christmas Day treats go, this one looks like a great gift from the Doctor Who production team!
Following the announcement of BBC One’s Christmas Day schedule they have confirmed that we should be in front of our TV sets and tuned in at 6.50pm – this year, the Doctor Who Christmas Special will run for an excellent 71 minutes instead of the 60 minutes seen in The Christmas Invasion and The Runaway Bride.
There will also be brand new hour-long Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three at 8.30pm as well as a raft of new material on the official website the same evening. Voyage of the Damned is also repeated on New Years Day at 2.15pm.
Meanwhile, the listings magazine are basing their programme information on this:
Kylie Minogue steps back in time this festive season, as she joins Time Lord David Tennant for a spectacular Doctor Who Christmas Special set on board The Titanic.
At the end of the last series, viewers witnessed the The Titanic crash through the Tardis walls in spectacular style, and tonight’s action continues from that moment.
Kylie, who plays Astrid, a waitress on The Titanic, says: “It is an incredible thrill to be joining David and the entire Dr Who production for this year’s Christmas special. Dr Who enjoys a unique history and it is going to be very exciting to be a part of that.”
Two of Britain’s best-loved sitcom actors, Geoffrey Palmer and Clive Swift, also feature in this Christmas episode.
Palmer, perhaps most famous for his roles in the long-running BBC series Butterflies and As Time Goes By, plays the role of Captain of The Titanic.
Kylie Minogue stars as Astrid, alongside David Tennant as The Doctor.
Voyage Of The Damned also features Gray O’Brien, who recently appeared in the Oscar-winning film The Queen; Debbie Chazen, star of the BBC comedy series The Smoking Room; Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe; Russell Tovey, from the smash-hit film The History Boys; Jimmy Vee, who previously appeared in Doctor Who as the Moxx of Balhoon; and George Costigan, who starred in The Long Firm and the acclaimed film Rita, Sue And Bob Too.
Finally, the Telegraph have been speculating on what might or might not happen in Voyage of the Damned. There’s little concrete in this, other than the odd location being confirmed, but other than casting and the few photos we have available (there should be more next week), we’re all going to have to wait two and a bit weeks!