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Here is the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 trailer. It is in an unusual mix of behind-the-scenes and actual footage.

Peter Capaldi is again starring as the Doctor. Gone, of course, is Jenna Coleman. She is now far too busy with her hit Downton Abbey style Victoria series. In place we have an investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) played by Charity Wakefield!

Doctor Who Christmas Special - Trailer
Doctor Who Christmas Special – First look trailer ©2016 BBC
Doctor Who Christmas Special - Trailer
Doctor Who Christmas Special – First look trailer ©2016 BBC

We do however have the familiar face of Matt Lucas. Last time we saw him in Doctor Who was the previous Christmas Special. Then he had his head attached to a Robot, so this is a bit confusing!

Doctor Who Christmas Special - Superhero
Doctor Who Christmas Special – Superhero ©2016 BBC

The episode is titled “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. Mysterio is a superhero character in a the vane of Superman/ Clarke Kent. Showrunner Steven Moffat is obviously having fun with the idea. Looks like the story will be one of his high comedies. Perhaps that is just what the Doctor has ordered for Christmas.

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 Trailer

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Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 Official Lowdown

This Christmas on BBC One, the Doctor joins forces with a comic-book superhero. It is set in New York for a heroic special written by Steven Moffat, titled ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’.

The show is a family favourite on Christmas day. In the episode the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, join forces with an investigative journalist. She will be played by Charity Wakefield of Wolf Hall and The Player) fame. The Doctor will also join forces with a superhero. Together they will try to save New York from a deadly alien threat!

Steven Moffat, Writer and Executive Producer, says: “I’ve always loved superheroes and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world”. Steven adds, “My favourite superhero is Clark Kent. Not Superman, Clark Kent.”

Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, War of the Worlds) plays Grant in the special. He says: “Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with.”

Matt Lucas (Nardole) will also be joining the cast of the special with Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman.

The 60 minute (without ads) Doctor Who Christmas Special will air on BBC One (and BBC America). It is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.