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Published on December 5th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

A Christmas Carol of Volcanic Ash

Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat has revealed in the Christmas Radio Times how A Christmas Carol was written while he, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were stranded in the USA in early 2010.

Sadly the 2010 Christmas Radio Times cover doesn’t feature Doctor Who – but you can catch up with the many appearances the series has graced the newstands with via the Radio Times website.

The new Christmas edition – which as you can see sports a Wallace and Gromit cover – is on sale until 27th December also features a free DVD of the excruciatingly funny Outnumbered Christmas Special, free to collect from any branch of Currys or PC World, as well as two weeks worth of in-depth listings for the festive period.

So, how easy was it for The Grand Moff to write Christmas while in sunny LA?

“I’m trying to think Christmas!  Crunchy snow and roaring fires! Scarves and stamping your feet warm and spicy wine and mince pies. Clearly I was in the wrongest place ever! Two days of writing nothing, and I took emergency measures.

“I downloaded every Christmas song I could find, closed all the curtains, and turned up the air conditioning to Doctor Zhivago, and sat at my desk in a big coat and mittens.”

The Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol, is scheduled for broadcast at 6pm on BBC One and BBC HD on Christmas Day!

Don’t forget, you can read the full article in the Christmas Radio Times, on sale until 27 December.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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