The BBC have confirmed what time the Doctor Who Christmas Special will be airing.

In unveiling its Christmas schedule, the BBC confirmed the Doctor Who Christmas special will air at 5:30pm on BBC One. ‘Twice Upon a Time’ goes out on Christmas Day with an extended one hour running time. The Beeb also gave us this nifty synopsis:

“Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story.”

Twice Upon a Time

As well as star Peter Capaldi, ‘Twice Upon a Time’ will also feature David Bradley as the Doctor’s first incarnation. They’ll be joined by Mark Gatiss as an as-yet-unnamed First World War captain and Pearl Mackie returning as Bill. Not to mention Nikki Amuka-Bird as the voice of the Glass Woman and, of course, Jodie Whittaker debuting as the new Doctor.

Today was a good day to firm up the details of the Christmas special. This morning, fans were up in arms over a report from PCMag which suggested the Christmas special would be available to Amazon Prime customers in the US one week before Christmas. We also know that a run of preview screenings are happening in the northern parts of the UK. So it’s good to know where and when those of us who can’t attend will get to see the show.

As usual, we’ll be bringing you a spoiler-free preview just before the big day. Followed by a full review and a roundup of references (of which there will be many) and Twitter reactions (of which there will be many more).

The Highway Rat

But our three wise Doctors will have wait for their predecessor to finish first. Starting at 4:45pm on Christmas Day, David Tennant voices the title character in ‘The Highway Rat’. Based on the 2011 children’s book by Julia Donaldson, this animated special sees the ravenous Highway Rat fall foul of his own sweet tooth. Tennant will be joined by Rob Brydon as the Narrator, Nina Sosanya as the Duck and Frances de la Tour as the Rabbit.

Will you be watching ‘Twice Upon a Time’ on broadcast or catch it on iPlayer? Let us know in the comments.


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