Show-runner Steven Moffat said:
“The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things – but this year it’s different. He’s lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he’s not in a good place; in fact, he’s Scrooge. He’s withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it’s time to return to the good fight? Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman…”
I cannot tell you how happy I am that the Doctor (Matt Smith) really suffers in the wake of the loss of his friends. Not that I’m trying to be sadistic, you understand, but such a momentous change has to have repercussions. On a show like this, Moffat easily could have picked up the story 300 years later, with the Doctor’s hearts healed from the trauma. I’m looking forward to see how the Doctor changes between now and the end of the season.
Now let’s hear Matt’s thoughts on the Xmas episode:
“For this year’s Christmas special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon – as well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future, who all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world. Add to that Jenna-Louise Coleman, and so begins the Christmas Special 2012. I hope everyone enjoys it!”
In case you missed my previous post, here’s Matt and Jenna-Louise introducing the trailer. And can I just say how much I LOVE the fact that Matt introduces the clip to “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”? Matt gets it – the show should never forget its audience of children. Steven gets it too, as he loves coming up with monsters to scare the shit out of children. What child in the UK won’t be playing with evil snowmen this winter? They’re so easy to imitate!
Richard E. Grant has one of the best villainous lines (and sneers) of 2012: “I said I’d feed you; I didn’t say who to!”