‘Doctor Who’: Christmas Special Teaser Released

Hot on the heels of Doctor Who’s Season 8 finale, fans were treated to a preview of the series’ next Christmas special, which appears to pit the time-traveling Gallifreyan against a strange alien menace at the North Pole.

As Doctor Who’s season came to a close with “Death in Heaven,” the episode’s credits were interrupted halfway through, when Nick Frost, portraying Santa Claus, burst into the TARDIS.

“She’s not alright, you know, and neither are you,” Frost says, referencing the Doctor’s companion, Clara. “I’m coming in! I knew I’d get round to you eventually. Now stop gawping and tell me. What do you want for Christmas?”

In the trailer, it becomes apparent that the Doctor will face off against an alien menace at the North Pole. As Metro observes, a creature reminiscent of a Xenomorph is glimpsed in the 30-second-long spot, menacingly opening its mouth.

The Doctor arrives at a floodlit bunker in the snow, as bodies rise up from underneath white sheets. Nick Frost appears in the trailer, flanked by two helpers dressed as elves.

“It’s Christmas. The North Pole. Who are you going to call?” the Doctor asks.

Last year’s Christmas special introduced viewers to Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, as Hitfix notes. The 56-year-old actor officially took over the role from 11th Doctor Matt Smith, embarking upon his first season as the Doctor this year.

Recently, Capaldi made headlines when he recorded a message of support for a 9-year-old autistic fan, whose grandmother had died. As the Inquisitr reported, the boy’s father posted the video online, revealing Capaldi in character as the Doctor, explaining to his young fan that sometimes sad things happen in life, and imploring him to be happy.

This year’s Christmas special will also boast a unique guest star in Michael Troughton, whose father Patrick portrayed the Second Doctor from 1966 until 1969. The special is also set to guest star Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay, and Nathan McMullen.

The 2014 Christmas special, the 10th since Doctor Who’s 2005 revival, is set to air on BBC America on Christmas Eve.

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