It hasn’t even been a full week since the last episode of Doctor Who‘s eighth series, which gave us a teaser that was the Christmassiest thing to ever Christmas, when Nick Frost showed up as Santa Claus himself. Now, we have a clip of the Christmas Special which will air on December 25th (not confirmed yet, but come on!) which aired Friday on BBC’s annual Children in Need special, a charity telethon program that has offered some kind of Doctor Who clip, be it a specially-shot thing or a piece from the upcoming special, since 2005. They’re intrinsically linked, you might say.
This year, we have one of those from-an-episode clips, this one with Clara meeting Father Christmas himself atop a roof, with two of his elves in tow. She’s in disbelief, but is somehow more in awe when the Doctor shows up.
The Doctor won’t accept help from He Whose Belly Shakes Like a Bowlful of Jelly. That’s Capaldi’s Doc all over, isn’t it? Though, digging the hood and jacket look. Perhaps the Twelfth Doctor was cosplaying as Alan Rickman from Dogma. Seems pretty unlikely, I’ll grant you, but you never know.
The two elves, by the way, are played by Nathan McMullen and Dan Starkey. McMullen is best known over in these parts as Finn from the last two seasons of Misfits which aired on Hulu; Starkey has already been on Who many times as the gun-crazy Sontaran butler Strax. Looks different without all the potato head, huh?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see why the Doctor needs Kris Kringle’s help, and why those things in the other teaser were soppy-gob mouthed. The Doctor Who Christmas special airs at Christmas, so there.