It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even though it’s still a little early. But then, the BBC will be treating many people to an early Christmas as they take Doctor Who on tour. The upcoming Christmas special ‘Twice Upon a Time’ will hit the road in December. There will be free screenings of the new special, as well as other eagerly awaited festive TV shows from the BBC.

Twice Upon a Time is the final episode for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor before he regenerates into Thirteen as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.  It is also the last episode for lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who’s new showrunner, will take over from Moffat at the end of the Christmas special. As is the tradition for nu-Who, Chibnall will be writing Whittaker’s first words as the Doctor while Moffat will be writing Capaldi’s last.

Other shows which will be screened on the tour include The League of Gentlemen festive special, which sees Mark Gatiss’ return to the comedy troupe. There is a family treat in the animation The Highway Rat. Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, voices the titular character.

Highway Rat – voiced by David Tennant (C) Magic Light Pictures – Photographer: Magic Light Pictures

The full schedule for the Christmas premiere tour is as follows:

Date Location Screenings
Thursday 14 December Hartlepool Town Hall Doctor Who – 7pm

The League of Gentlemen – 8.30pm

Friday 15 December The Guild Hall, York Doctor Who – 7pm

The League of Gentlemen – 8.30pm

Saturday 16 December Jubilee Church, Hull The Highway Rat – 1.30pm

Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Sunday 17 December St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle The Highway Rat – 1.30pm

Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Monday 18 December The Middlesbrough Empire Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm
Tuesday 19 December Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm
Wednesday 20 December Durham School Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm
Friday 22 December Old Odeon, Bradford Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm


Adrian Mills, General Manager of BBC North says: “We can’t wait to bring this wonderful seasonal programming direct to our audiences in the North and we’re sure they’ll enjoy this exclusive BBC content.”

The tickets will be available through a ballot which will be open from Thursday 23 November for 10 days.For more information and to book tickets visit the BBC Christmas Tour site.

The ticket ballot will close on Sunday 3 December. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.


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