Christmas is the one time of year that you can guarantee that Doctor Who will be on TV. 2016 has been bereft of any new episodes meaning it’s been a whole year since we’ve seen Peter Capaldi’s take on the Time Lord in ‘The Husbands of River Song’.
This year looks like a completely different although equally fluffy episode featuring the Doctor meeting a real life superhero which appears to be as close to Superman as you can get without breaking copyright law.
The episode is titled ‘- The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ and the official synopsis from the BBC says: “With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?”
The Doctor is without a companion following the incredibly prolonged departure of Clara during Series 9 but there is one familiar face back in the TARDIS. Matt Lucas’ return as Nardole for this special and the following series won’t be massively welcome to some. His comic relief character was fine in one Christmas special but it was a rather one-note performance and it didn’t seem like there was much scope to build on the character. Still, people said that about Catherine Tate’s Donna and she went on to be one of the most loved companions of the new run.
Steven Moffat’s final series as showrunner will begin in the first half of 2017, with Pearl Mackie joining the show as Bill. That will be followed by another Christmas special before Chris Chibnall takes the reigns for Series 11 in 2018. Will there be a new Doctor in the TARDIS too? Time will tell.
Doctor Who ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ airs on BBC One at 5.45pm on Christmas Day