How important is an exploding ship? Well very if you happen to be onboard said ship say, I don’t know, holding your finger on the button about to ignite the whole vessel as the Doctor was last seen doing in the prequel to this years Christmas special – The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.
But does the floating debris formerly know as a ship feature in the episode itself? This latest mini trailer released by the BBC would seem to suggest that it does and it wouldn’t be the first time that trailers for Doctor Who have recycled footage from the prequels.
Remember that shot of River turning towards camera wearing the eye patch from the trailer for The Wedding of River Song? Taken from the prequel.
Lets be honest, it’s quite an effects shot to waste on just a prequel so it wouldn’t be a surprise if it did turn up ready for a Christmas Day airing. Although, I wouldn’t put it past Steven Moffat to throw something so audacious away in such an off-hand way – and that’s a compliment.
So just how does the Doctor escape, don a spacesuit and land in 1940’s Britain in time to wind up in a forest, in a box, in a sitting room?
Of course the trailer doesn’t answer this but does give us a few new pieces of footage to go with the previous trailer released for Children in Need such as: a nod to Star Wars, a Lancaster Bomber perhaps piloted by Reg (Alexander Armstrong) , Cyril (Maurice Cole) being beckoned in to the box by a mysterious voice and the box itself which now glows… Glowing is cool.
The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe airs Christmas Day at 7pm on BBC 1 and BBC 1 HD, and follows at a later time in the USA on BBC America and Canada on Space.