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

As you settle down for Christmas Eve and hang your stocking by the fireplace, treat yourself to some spooky season tales starring familiar faces. Plus David Walliams and Samantha Bond feature in a comic tale of a post-Monarchy Royal Family.

BBC 4

10pm – The Dead Room – From Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, Night Terrors, Sleep No More etc) comes a traditional ghost story for Christmas. A cynical radio presenter (Simon Callow – The Unquiet Dead) is faced with the terrors of a possibly haunted studio. Co-starring Anjli Mohnindra (Rani in The Sarah Jane Adventures). Read Blogtor Who’s spoiler free preview here.

11.05pm – The Ash Tree – Season repeat for the classic adaptation of one of MR James’ ghost stories for Christmas. Starring Lalla Ward (Romana). When a nobleman inherits a country estate he becomes increasingly haunted by visions of his witch hunter ancestor. While the monsterous tree outside the house seems somehow, impossibly, to be looming ever closer.

Sky 1

6pm – The Queen and I – David Walliams (The God Complex) and Samantha Bond (Mrs Wormwood in The Sarah Jane Adventures) star in an adaptation of the Sue Townsend novel in which a new Republican Prime Minister makes the former Royal Family move to a council estate.

Horror Channel

11am – The Abominable Snowman – A relatively rare screening of the Hammer Horror classic. Worth noting for Doctor Who fans due to the starring role for movie Dr. Who Peter Cushing, and a script by Nigel Kneale, whose work inspired several Doctor Who stories. Arriving at a Tibetan monastery, Cushing’s scientist joins forces with another man hunting for proof of the Yetis’ existence. But the Yeti are not the animals of legend but something else entirely…

 

Coming tomorrow…

Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas and Neil Gaiman headline Christmas radio

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