The Doctor Who Christmas Special is always a highlight for Whovians. This year, it’s coming to a theater near you.
Doctor Who has experimented with various cinema releases before, notably with the season debuts and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. This year is the first time the Doctor Who Christmas Special will hit theaters.
According to BBC America, “The event will be in theaters on December 28 and December 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. local time, and feature an exclusive interview with Alex Kingston, as well as a fifteen minute behind-the-scenes making of featurette starring Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and more.”
There are also several ways to obtain tickets. BBC America clarified that, “Tickets for the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special can be purchased online beginning Friday, November 13, 2015 by visiting Fathom Events, or participating theater box offices. The event is expected to show in nearly 300 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).”
Don’t worry, for those of you who want to actually see the Doctor Who Christmas Special on Christmas, nothing has changed. BBC America will air the show at 9:00 p.m. as it usually does. The difference between the TV version and the movie version seems to be the bonus content with the actors and creators.
Here is a teaser about the show from BBC America: “It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas. River Song made her first Doctor Who appearances in 2008 in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.”
This will be the first time River Song has appeared in a Christmas episode since Doctor Who began the Doctor Who Christmas Special tradition in 2005 with David Tennant’s debut episode, “The Christmas Invasion.” It’s an interesting choice for River Song to be there. After 2005, in the early Christmas episodes, the Doctor had adventures without his main companions, who at the time were Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble. Later on, in the case of Amy and Rory, they had what could be called a cursory role in their Christmas episodes with maybe five minutes of screen time. On the other hand, Clara has featured prominently in the last three Christmas episodes, but this year, her time in the TARDIS will have ended.
No matter where you see the Doctor Who Christmas Special, it is bound to be filled with what makes us love Doctor Who. If you’ve drifted away from Doctor Who, come back at Christmas. In case you need more convincing, here’s why you should give Doctor Who another chance.