"The Easter Special is pretty much all we’ve got until Christmas." – Gareth Roberts, DWM 406.
Den of Geek have speed-read their issue of Doctor Who Magazine 406 it seems, and come away with the above statement from episode co-writer Gareth Roberts, who reveals that the story also bears some minor similarities to his Virgin New Adventures novel The Highest Science.
Therefore the current adventure being filmed in snowy locations and starring David Tennant alongside Lindsay Duncan, an Ood, Wall-Who and also featuring actress Gemma Chan is likely to be the Christmas special, giving us a good 7-8 months between Doctor Who specials.
Which is a bit of a shame, but at least it sounds as though Doctor Who will be leaving 2009 and entering 2010 with a bang – 2 specials are left to be broadcast after Christmas, with potentially 3 episodes being broadcast over the festive season…
More concerning however is the presence of a character in the Christmas special described by Roberts as a "loving portrait of Doctor Who fandom."
That description of course bears more than a passing resemblance to Whizzkid, the character from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy that was seen as a mass insult to Doctor Who fans everywhere, and did nothing to help the series’ image in the eyes of the general audience.
Exactly why a parody of a fan of a show needs to be in the show that the parody is a fan of is, of course, anyone’s guess.
Why it needs to be attempted twice when it is such a pointless and irrelevant nonsense is also anyone’s guess, but can probably be answered by writers Roberts and Russell T Davies who evidently think they can do better with a pointless stereotype when they should be giving us archetypes.