The BBC's Children In Need annual appeal

Christmas Special Title Revealed!

This evening’s Children in Need doesn’t just reveal the title of the Doctor Who Christmas special 2012, it also features a fascinating prequel that shows the Time Lord in a very dark place…

The BBC's Children In Need annual appeal

As there is still time for you to catch up on TV later this evening when the main special items of the televised appeal are repeated, we won’t spoil it for you now – suffice to say that the prologue appearance of Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint is one that you won’t forget in a hurry.

But why are we wasting time with this, when you want to know the title of the Christmas episode? Displayed at the opening of the trailer that follows the prologue, it’s something makes perfect sense, considering what follows…

So, just in case you want to see it in full motion colour on your computer or via iPlayer later, the title of the 2012 Christmas special is hidden below…

Christmas Special Title Revealed!

The Snowmen

I don’t know about you, but it makes perfect sense following on from version of A Christmas Carol and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, two Christmas classics. Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is a more recent classic, and while the contents of the trailer suggest something far removed from that heart melting tale, the title retains that seasonal connection.


Christian Cawley


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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