Steven Moffat returns to bring Joy to the World this Christmas

Steven Moffat has confirmed that he’s the writer of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. He’s also revealed that the title of the new episode is Joy to the World. It will be Moffat’s 50th episode for the series, and 43rd story, making him one of the show’s most prolific writers.

The new episode brings Derry Girls’ and Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan into the Doctor’s world. We know little about the plot so far, but we can probably safely say the duo save Christmas together. The Bad Wolf team announced Coughlan’s casting as the character of ‘Joy’ just before filming last November. It certainly makes Joy to the World an appropriate title.

It’s the first time anyone but the current showrunner has tackled either a Christmas or New Year’s special. But with Steven Moffat having previously written seven Christmas specials during his own tenure, he’s clearly a safe pair of hands.


You can find out more about Steven Moffat’s return to Doctor Who in the new issue of TV Choice magazine

The news comes from a far ranging interview with former Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury in this week’s TV Choice. There, Moffat also himself downplays the significance of his return to the show in typical fashion.I said, ‘I don’t think it will be huge, that a bloke who wrote a ton of Doctor Who has now written even more of it.’” Yet clearly, many fans are eagerly anticipating this weekend’s battlefield drama Boom and this December’s Joy to the World.

You can read the full interview in TV Choice, where Moffat also reveals why he agreed to return to the show, the showrunner’s art of dodging questions, which of his monsters he’d like to see finally done “right,” and which of his previous Christmas specials he didn’t love. I thought it was OK…


Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) & The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) ,BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,James Pardon Doctor Who Boom
Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) & The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA)
,BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,James Pardon

Doctor Who continues next Friday at midnight BST with Boom on iPlayer in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland




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