This year Blogtor Who will be giving you a daily guide as to where the catch the writers and stars of Doctor Who in other roles and projects this Christmas.

Today we start at the beginning, with Peter Capaldi, Mark Gatiss and Sheridan Smith among those you can catch on television and radio today.


7pm – Watership Down – Part one of a new animated adaptation of the classic children’s novel. A rag tag fugitive band of rabbits set out on a desperate search for a new home. Featuring Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi as Kehaar, the eccentric seagull who becomes a vital ally to the rabbits in their quest.


10.15pm – Goodness Gracious Me: 20 Years Innit! – A special celebration to mark the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking British Asian sketch show that starred Meera Syall (Nasreen in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Colonel Ahmed in Death in Heaven), and Nina Wadia (Dr. Ramsden in The Eleventh Hour)


9pm – The Sinner – the dark psychological drama starring Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes in Torchwood: Miracle Day) reaches its climax in a special double bill.


10pm – The Jonathan Ross Christmas Show – Among Ross’ guests for this festive edition of his popular chat show is Sheridan Smith, known to Big Finish fans as the Eighth Doctor’s companion Lucie Miller.

Mark Gatiss plays the great man himself in The Haunting of MR James on Radio 4 (c) BBC Studios
Mark Gatiss plays the great man himself in The Haunting of MR James on Radio 4 (c) BBC Studios

BBC Radio4

2.30pm The Haunting of MR James – Mark Gatiss (Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment, the Captain in Twice Upon Time and more) stars as celebrated academic and horror writer MR James. This new play features James himself stumbling into a scenario as unnerving as any of his own tales. Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie in The Unicorn and the Wasp) co-stars.


Coming tomorrow…

Peter Capaldi in the conclusion of Watership Down, and more…



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