“I’ve been away for a while but I’m back!” Doctor Who takes centre stage in new BBC1 Christmas trailer

The BBC releases two new Christmas trailers and prepares to reveal its Christmas 2016 idents

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the BBC, as the broadcaster reveals a host of new trailers and idents – complete with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor declaring, “I’ve been away for a while, but I’m back!”.

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BBC1’s Twitter feed has already changed its profile picture, with a Santa hat now adorning the ‘O’.

And there’s a new Christmas 2016 promo too, complete with a girl peeking from behind her blanket while watching Doctor Who (because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little festive fear).

The BBC has already revealed a showreel of what’s coming up this year, from Sherlock and Call the Midwife to The Great Christmas Bake Off.

Now there’s a new trailer specifically for BBC1, with Capaldi saying the words Doctor Who fans have been waiting all year to hear: “I’m back”.

Watch the video below.

Last year Capaldi narrated a story of an unloved Brussels sprout who found a home among the BBC’s stars.

Check out everything that’s coming up on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more by clicking on the images below.

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30 top shows on TV this Christmas

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Doctor
Who

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Call the
Midwife

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Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas special

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Grantchester 

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Maigret’s Dead Man
 

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Sherlock

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Mrs Brown’s Boys

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Outnumbered

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We’re Going on
A Bear Hunt

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EastEnders

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Coronation
Street

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Emmerdale

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The Great
Christmas Bake Off

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Witness for the 
Prosecution

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Ethel and Ernest
 

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Last Tango in
Halifax

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To Walk Invisible:
The Bronte Sisters

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Jonathan
Creek

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Birds of a
Feather

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Walliams
and Friend

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Robot Wars
 

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Philomena Cunk
On Christmas

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The Real Marigold
On Tour 

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The Entire
Universe

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Gogglesprogs

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The Windsors

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Blankety
Blank

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The Flying Scotsman
From the Footplate

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Still Open
All Hours

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Revolting
Rhymes