Doctor Who News Matt Smith as the Doctor at Christmas!

Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Philip Bates

Snow at Christmas…?

Matt Smith as the Doctor at Christmas!

It’s an idea that’s so obvious, you wonder why it hasn’t really been done before: the Doctor looks set to meet deadly snowmen in this year’s Christmas special!

(No, we’re not classing The Abominable Snowmen as featuring deadly snowmen, as the Yeti doesn’t really count – but is this a hint at the return of the Great Intelligence…?)

Cardiff residents saw glimpses of snowmen yesterday as the BBC Wales team filmed at Insole Court. The special will introduce Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor’s new companion, and is set in Victorian London.

Filming continues on Monday 20th August in Bristol. Corn Street (by St. Nicholas’s Market, City Centre) will be the main focus, but other parts of the city will be given the Doctor Who treatment. Corn Street has many original Victorian features, but the team will add snow, special effects and horse and carts to transform it into the 1890s.

Bristol has been used by the Doctor Who crew before, most notably for exterior shots of the estate in Night Terrors.

Filming on Corn Street will take place between 9pm and 5am.


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

6 Responses to Snow at Christmas…?

  1. Deadly snowmen? That sounds pretty cool, actually, although the image at DWTV looked more like the top of a Pyramid of Mars mummy…

  2. avatar Philip Bates says:

    …And made of styrofoam!

  3. avatar Krumstets says:

    What is this obsession with making Christmas specials set at Christmas – with snow?
    Just because it’s on the 25th it doesn’t have to be set around that time or even on this planet.
    Personally I haven’t been too enamoured with the `specials’ in December.
    Each year I hope it gets better-but so far not so good.

    • avatar castellanspandrel says:

      I agree with Krumstets on this, by and large.

      There has been, frankly, a lack of *balls* in most of the Xmas specials. That’s why I applauded the highly flawed End of Time – for having the balls to be a lot darker than the usual Disneyesque soppy nonsense.

      The thinking seems to go that they have to make it as light, fluffy and disposable as possible on Xmas day, so as not to upset the kids or put the family off their Xmas dinner/cheer. Stuff that! It can be as weighty as you want it to be.

      I mean, what did The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe actually contribute to the series, really? It’s all written in a way that’s aimed down at the kids.

      But try having a pop at the Xmas specials and you’re branded as some sort of Grinch, or told “Not so long ago there wasn’t any Who on telly, so you should be grateful to have extra helpings on Xmas day.” I think we should be beyond that sort of thinking now. More discernment would be nice regarding the actual content of stories as opposed to mindless squeeing anytime something Who-related comes onscreen, and that goes for the Xmas specials.

  4. avatar castellanspandrel says:

    P.S. but of course, I’ll be watching and hoping as usual on 25th Dec! It might actually be a good one.

  5. avatar Philip Bates says:

    I like a good dose of Who on Christmas Day, but a few have let me down, like The End of Time and The Next Doctor.

    I love it to be Christmas themed to be honest. A Christmas Carol was my perfect X-Mas Who – and that didn’t particularly indulge in trees and turkey and stuff like that. But it DID have that Christmas spirit, and a great story. So I think that’s all that matters.

    Have faith in the Moff!

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