Stars to sing a Doctor Who Christmas carol

Posted Nov 16, 2010 by Mathew Wace Peck
Two of the stars of Doctor Who are to sing a Christmas carol as a treat for fans of the long-running BBC science-fiction TV series.
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in New York
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in New York
BBC publicity photograph
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan – who play the Doctor and Amy in the 47-year-old series – decided to record a traditional Yuletide song to coincide with this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are going to sing a Christmas carol as a special festive treat for 'Doctor Who' fans.
The actor – who plays the Time Lord in the BBC One sci-fi series – and his co-star have decided to record a traditional Yule Tide song which will air on 'Doctor Who Confidential' ahead of the show's Christmas special.
Confirming their intentions to Female First, Smith said:
"We are going to sing for Doctor Who Confidential. We're going to do a carol for people. It's going to be fun, I'm feeling really festive and I like being festive.
"I'm way into the whole Christmas thing at the moment. I'm so pleased that the adverts have started."
Doctor Who Confidential isa making-of documentary series, an episode of which usually follows each episode of Doctor Who itself.
As has become traditional in the UK, a special Doctor Who story is broadcast each year on Christmas Day. This year's is written by Steven Moffat (Sherlock), and is to be called A Christmas Carol.
Smith admitted to Female First that he is excited about the episode. He said:
It's as Christmassy as it comes in Doctor Who-land. It's loosely based on A Christmas Carol, with a time-travelling twist. Stephen has managed to reinvent it. I think those two things marry quite well together – Doctor Who and Christmas.
To date, Smith is the youngest actor to have played the Doctor, a part he took over from David Tennant on New Year's Day. In September, Digital Journal reported on the 28-year-old actor's thoughts on this, his first Doctor Who Christmas special.
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.
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.
All previous Christmas specials were written by Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk) and starred Tennant as the tenth Doctor.
A preview of A Christmas Carol will be broadcast as part of Children in Need, on BBC One, on Friday, 19 November. The story itself will be screened in the UK on Christmas Day, 25 December 2010. It co-stars Arthur Darvill, the Shakespearean actor, Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), and the opera singer and first-time actor, Katherine Jenkins.