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A Big Blue Parcel…

The BBC has confirmed that production has started on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

They’ve pulled together a fantastic guest cast that includes Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), potentially great Doctor-of-the-future Bill Bailey (Black Books), former Big Finish Doctor Who Unbound female Doctor Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller, The Sarah Jane Adventures‘ Mr Smith). These names and others will be joining Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer:

“The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day – everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one that was born for this time of year – so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”

The special, set during the Second World War, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

Used to dealing with unruly children in Outnumbered, Claire Skinner said:

“I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”

Matt Smith’s second Christmas special will follow hot on the heels of the successful 2011 series, which ends in just ten days time…

Filming on the Christmas special will continue until mid-October 2011.

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