Doctor Who News The Snowmen, the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special

Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

It’s Time To Schedule Your Christmas Viewing!

Hold on to your horses, British Doctor Who fans – the Christmas special air time has been confirmed by the BBC Press Office!

The Snowmen, the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special

You’ll need to organize your day around the 5.15-6.15pm timeslot, leaving plenty of time after for discussion of The Snowmen and the consequences of casting Richard E. Grant as a villain.

BBC One will also play host to Call the Midwife, EastEnders and The Royle Family, so you’ll have plenty of time to revisit the Eleventh Doctor’s first encounter with new companion Clara. American views, meanwhile, can catch The Snowmen at the usual time of 9/8c on BBC America.

So why the early airtime for Doctor Who? We’re not sure at the moment, but hope it isn’t due to “light” content. A Christmas episode doesn’t mean that a strong storyline can take second place to snow and festive good cheer, but given what we’ve seen of The Snowmen so far in trailer form, this is unlikely to happen.

Roll on the big day!


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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+.

4 Responses to It’s Time To Schedule Your Christmas Viewing!

  1. avatar daniel says:

    its because of the downton-midwife agreement. It must be the earliest time since maybe Trial of a Timelord or perhaps even longer

    • “the downton-midwife agreement”: Sounds like a wartime peace treaty!

  2. avatar TonyS says:

    I agree that the trailer is promising and I am hoping that we will actually get a story this year. Hopefully one with a real threat. The early timing worries me slightly. I am hoping that it does not indicate a lack of confidence in the story.

  3. avatar leo says:

    Does seem a bit early but I take this more of as a show of confidence in the programme. In effect it’s been placed at a time which will act as a lead in or ‘hook’ for the whole evening. The Gruffalo proved a huge hit at this time and sealed the evenings victory for the BBC

    ITV have scheduled something extremely weak against the episode and have clearly thrown the towel in it seems against taking on the mighty and all conquering Time Lord.

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