Dumbledore comes to this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.

OK so that’s not entirely true. The character of Dumbledore won’t be coming to DW, but rather the actor who currently plays him: Michael Gambon. Additionally it sounds like this will be the most Christmas-y DW special of them all:

“Oh, we’re going for broke with this one. It’s all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And The Doctor. And a honeymoon. And… oh, you’ll see. I’ve honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I’m fairly sure they did it ironically.”

The Christmas special will feature one very big guest star: Dumbledore. That’s right: Michael Gambon will be guest starring in the Christmas special. “Michael Gambon is as distinguished an actor as I can imagine and the fact that he was Dumbledore means that he is already known to millions of children,” Moffat said. Classical singer Katherine Jenkins will also appear.

BBC exec Ben Stephenson has revealed that the episode will be based upon Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol, providing a “clever twist” on the story, as well as giving “Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!”

I’m quite pleased with Matt Smith’s take on The Doctor and while this season had a few episodes that were a little “meh”, the finale was pretty damned impressive. I’m also, oddly enough, a big fan of A Christmas Carol so seeing a DW take on the story is something to look forward to.

7 thoughts on “Dumbledore comes to this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.

  1. Nice to see Michael Gambon being remembered as a proper actor. Part of the reason for weaker episode is the fact that there are only so many plot lines, and many fans are less forgiving of similar plots than other series (CSI, Freinds, etc – seen one, seen them all). Also the budget is obviously not evenly split, and the decision has obviously been made to make a couple of fillers to boost others. However I did enjoy them all.

    (Side note – I didn’t spot the ‘continuity error’ in the second Angels episode – Doctor with no jacket, speaks to Amy wearing jacket, the again no jacket, however I loved the way The Grand Moff set it up to be resolved a few episodes later. It was a sort of kick in the balls of the over obsessive- cf Homer Simpson speaking to fans when he becomes Poochie)

    Part of the problem, I feel, is that it has to be filmed for the US market, which means 45 minute episode, and that seems to throw out the pacing of a straight 45 minute show. Many of the stories need to be 60 minutes, but have to wrap up too quickly.

  2. Dad’s going to be just as psyched, as you are! It will to be a good day to visit at the Jenkins for Mom and Dad. LOL The DAD might sit still and have a good time.

  3. There is NO continuity error in the second Angels episode… it is explained in the series finale but I won’t be the one to explain it and ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen the conclusion of this season.

  4. I find it sad that Michael Gambon is now typecast as Dumbledore when his performance in The Singing Detective, perhaps the greatest series ever to be shown on television, has now largely been forgotten.

  5. I don’t know that he’s typecast as much as that’s just what most of us here in America know him for. I admit I’m not familiar with The Singing Detective so it wouldn’t have occurred to me to mention it. I may search it out though.

  6. Make sure that you look up the 1986 BBC production and not the 2003 movie version which was vastly inferior.

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