Christmas is nearly upon us and as the evenings draw in and the days creep closer to the event itself, the BBC have been kind enough to give us an early present; a synopsis of our ‘big present’ The Snowmen.
Continuing the tradition of adapting much-beloved Christmas classics and bodging them together with Doctor Who’s unique sensibility, much like the trinkets adorning the console of the TARDIS itself; this year sees Steven Moffat adding bite to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.
Only, well, the Doctor has done the classic tale of a man who appeared in a child’s garden one night and enchanted his young host into coming with him on a magical tale; so added to the mix are elements of A Christmas Carol and maybe even a slice of Gremlins (if just for a paranormal threat from a smirking nemesis).
So what exactly do we have to look forward too?
Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace.
Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein The Snowmen, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara, with special guest star Richard E. Grant as Doctor Simeon, airs Christmas Day on BBC One.