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If you’ve watched Christmas telly over the past six years, you’ll know that Doctor Who is a big part of BBC’s Christmas Day schedules – and this year is no exception!
This year’s Christmas special, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, once more features Matt Smith as the Doctor, alongside Claire Skinner as Madge Arwell, Alexander Armstrong as Reg Arwell, and Maurice Cole and Holly Earl as their children, Cyril and Lily. The story, written by Steven Moffat, will follow in the same vein as last year’s A Christmas Carol, loosely based on the Narnia novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Here’s the official synopsis:
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.
He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.
The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe is due for broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm, Christmas Day.