We already knew what the Doctor Who Christmas special was called, that it starred Santa and that he isn’t the baddie, but now the BBC has released a short description of the plot – and we can’t help but peek at our present early.
“The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!”
It’s likely the “terrifying creatures” are the slimy Alien-like monsters glimpsed in the episode trailer, and the Arctic base setting definitely puts a different spin on Santa’s Grotto – but could it also be a reference to classic horror movie The Thing?
Best known from the 1982 remake by John Carpenter, The Thing took place in a similar Arctic facility with a team trying to fight off a shapeshifting monster, which doesn’t sound a million miles away from what we know about this episode so far.
It’s also notable that, in line with comments Steven Moffat made recently, it looks like Nick Frost’s Father Christmas is more of a saviour than an enemy in the episode, despite a terse meeting between him and the Doctor in a Children in Need preview. Phew – Christmas cheer restored!
But then again, could it really be the last Christmas for Clara (Jenna Coleman) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi)? And what kind of tragedy could keep the two apart?
We’ll have to wait just under a month to find out…
Doctor Who: Last Christmas is on BBC1 on Christmas Day