One thing we do know for sure is that actor Jamie Foreman will be exiting EastEnders in December as Derek meets an untimely end. So could matters get so heated that Max ends up killing Derek?
“Well, Derek knows what Max’s weaknesses are. Derek knows Max’s secret, so who’s to say how far Max will go? We will have to wait and see. At the moment, Derek is pushing Max all the way and by Christmas, Max is a man cornered and under pressure. So we will have to see what he is capable of.”
So let’s just say – hypothetically – that Max turns murderous. Would Tanya stand by him?
“I don’t see why not,” says Wood, optimistically. “It depends in what way he was provoked or the circumstances leading up to it. So yeah, you will have to wait and see if that is the case.”
Of course, Tanya has her own priorities – top of the list being her wedding to Max that’s scheduled for Christmas Eve. So how does Max feel about marrying Tanya?
“Well, he’s stood by her throughout the cancer. At the moment, she has got the all clear – how long that will last we don’t know. That’s kind of looming in the background. So that’s certainly focused them and made them appreciate each other in new and different ways. They both see getting married as a fresh start.”
This being an EastEnders wedding though, nothing goes to plan. Following recriminations over her recent car crash with Joey, Lauren smashes the cake and rips the bride’s dress. All of which leads to Max having to covertly rearrange events:
“The wedding is postponed until Christmas Day,” reveals Wood. “And that’s when the drama will unfold. I will be sitting down with the rest of the country and watching on the edge of my seat.”
And what will the repercussions of these episodes be? Could the secrets tear Max and Tanya apart just at the moment when they should be celebrating?
“Max always thinks he can wheedle out of anything. But this will really put them to the test, I think. With Derek dying and then the circumstances surrounding both that and Max’s secret – it will have a huge knock-on effect.”
And if he could sum up the wedding day in three words, what would they be? “Dramatic, romantic and unexpected,” comes the answer. Which is surely just what every bride wants on her big day…
To read what Jo Joyner (Tanya) has to say about Christmas on EastEnders in 2012, click here.