If you’re anything like me, you’re currently going through some serious Doctor Who withdrawals. Sure, we have all of the previous seasons to binge watch, but Peter Capaldi was just starting to become one of my favorite Doctors when they decided to take 2016 off! This year’s provided some fun movies about superheroes and wizards to help distract us, but there’s still that void left in our lives by not having the Doctor.
Thankfully, we’re getting our yearly Christmas special to hold us over until 2017! I, for one, am extremely excited for this year’s Christmas episode. To start, the Doctor;s coming to the United States–that’s something that hasn’t been done for a while, especially not in a Christmas episode. I’d grown accustom to the fact that we should all just avoid England on Christmas Day, considering everything that seems to happen, but this time it looks like it’s New York’s turn.
With Peter Capaldi back in his role as the quirky 12th Doctor and Matt Lucas’ return as Nardole from The Husbands of River Song, it feels pretty safe to believe there will be a lot of laughter. In an interesting twist, it appears we’ll also have a superhero in this episode: A masked vigilante called The Ghost (Justin Chatwin) swoops in just in time to save the Doctor and his companions (including Charity Wakefield of Wolf Hall and The Player) from gunpoint.
As has become the custom with the Christmas episode, we’ll have the chance to watch it when it airs on December 25th or watch it in the theaters during a two-night special engagement on the 27th and 29th respectively. Go to Fathom Events to find the movie theater nearest you playing the screenings.
As a bonus to waiting until after everyone else has already seen it, the theatrical release includes two additional shorts: A New Kind of Superhero (examining the Doctor Who modern superhero concept) and Christmas Doctor Who Extra (a behind-the-scenes into how this year’s episode was made. Check out the sneak peak just below!
Whichever way you get to see it, we know Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio’s going to be an exciting event. If you’re at home you may just find yourself blown back behind the sofa and, in theaters, behind your chair. Just try not to spill any popcorn when you do.