Matt Smith talks about the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special

Posted Sep 30, 2010 by Mathew Wace Peck
Actor Matt Smith has been talking about his upcoming feature-length Christmas episode of the BBC science-fiction drama, Doctor Who.
Doctor Who logo
In an interview with Metro, he says that the Steven Moffat-penned story is “brilliant” and very “Christmassy”.
"We’ve got Michael Gambon playing a Scrooge-like miser with a time-travelling twist – and I think it’s really, really good. It’s particularly Christmassy, lots of snow and lots of twinkly lights.
"I think it’s full of the right heart and soul for the season. Steven has, once again, written something brilliant."
Last month, it was announced that two new series of Who will be broadcast in 2011, the first ending on a shocking cliffhanger, and Smith, 27, has praised one of those scripts, too.
“God, I wish I could tell you the other thing [Steven’s] just written, which is just mind-blowing. I think he’s delivered his best script yet. I can’t say anything about it, but it’s bloody brilliant.”
Since the show’s return in 2005, a Doctor Who festive special has been broadcast in the UK on Christmas Day each year, and 2010 is set to be no exception. Previous specials have included Bernard Cribbins, Kylie Minogue, David Morrissey, Billie Piper and Catherine Tate, all playing the Doctor’s companions. The 2009 special boasted Dame Clare Bloom (Brideshead Revisited), John Simm (Life on Mars), June Whitfield (Absolutely Fabulous) and former James Bond, Timothy Dalton among its guest-stars.
Continuing in that tradition, this year’s episode will include Harry Potter’s Sir Michael Gambon and the Welsh mezzo-soprano singer, Katherine Jenkins. The as-yet-untitled story is Smith’s first Christmas special since taking over the title role earlier this year, the other five having starred David Tennant.
Death of the Doctor
Viewers won’t have to wait till Christmas, however, for new Who. In October, the Doctor will be materialising in Death of the Doctor, two episodes of one of the parent show’s spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. In it, the Doctor will be joining forces with two of his former companions, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning), who appeared in the show during the 1970s. Although Sladen’s character has returned to Doctor Who on a number of occasions, this will be the first time that Manning has reprised her role on television so in nearly forty years.
Meanwhile, in a few weeks’ time, fans of the show will be able to experience the whole Who-niverse experience first-hand – in Doctor Who Live, a stage show that will bring together many of the alien creatures from the television series. The show stars Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), as Vorgenson, and is a sequel to Carnival of Monsters, which starred Jon Pertwee as the Doctor in 1973. Smith – who will be busy filming the new TV series during the stage show’s tour – will, nevertheless, appear in it in specially recorded scenes.