Santa Claus and snow in first trailer for Doctor Who Christmas special

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will be joined by Nick Frost, Natalie Gumede and Michael Troughton in the upcoming festive episode...

December is a time for mince pies, stockings, crackling fires, roast turkey and comfy Christmas telly. But while the Doctor Who Christmas special ticks all our boxes for snow, Santa and his merry elves, the first trailer puts a sinister spin on the traditional festivities. 

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The brief teaser – which aired tonight following the dramatic series eight finale – gave us no sign of companion Jenna Coleman, last seen bidding farewell to the Doctor, although she is confirmed to appear in the festive special. 

Instead, this first footage shows Peter Capaldi in icy surroundings as he asks, “It’s Christmas at the North Pole. Who are you going to call?”

The answer? Nick Frost’s Santa Claus, of course, although he doesn’t look too happy about being disturbed on the busiest day of the year… 

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The Doctor Who Christmas special is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst and will also star Natalie Gumede, Michael Troughton, Faye Marsay and Nathan McMullen.