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The Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 sees the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) join forces with a masked Superhero in New York to deal with brain-swapping aliens poised to attack.

Here Peter gives some thoughts about working with a ‘Superhero’.

Doctor Who Christmas 2016, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” – Grant (Justin Chatwin) ©2016 BBC

It’s going to be a superhero story from the days when superheroes were ironic and witty and clever.

It captures the light comedy touch that existed in the early Superman movies with Christopher Reeves. Superheroes nowadays tend to be a grim lot. In those days there was optimism and a deliberate naivety that the character of Superman had which was very attractive.

The scripts were written back then reminded me of Spencer Tracy or Katherine Hepburn kind of scripts. They were very witty, very knockabout, very American.

Doctor Who allows you the opportunity to almost have a different kind of genre every week. Not just a different kind of plot so this is very much a light-hearted superhero romp.

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 - Peter Capaldi and Justin Chatwin
Doctor Who Christmas 2016, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” – Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Grant (Justin Chatwin) ©2016 BBC

On Justin Chatwin as the Superhero The Ghost / Grant

Justin as The Ghost is amazing because he’s able to do both of those parts. The Ghost and the mild mannered Grant – and he’s got two different voices that he uses for them.

I think comic lightness is a greatly undervalued thing – to be as funny as he is and light but with accurate delivery. The Ghost is a slightly flawed superhero and he’s spot on with all of that.

He has great charm, a movie star quality which is lovely.

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 - Logan Hoffman and Peter Capaldi
Doctor Who Christmas 2016, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” – Young Grant (Logan Hoffman) the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) ©2016 BBC

The the America setting

It’s also set in New York and we have a fabulous American cast and some spectacular flying scenes.

Peter Capaldi on the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016