Watch first trailer for ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas ep: ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’

The first footage has been unveiled from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

2016’s festive adventure began filming in Cardiff last month and features the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole alongside Canadian actor Justin Chatwin (Shameless, American Gothic) as a “superhero character.”

The episode is titled ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ and is written by showrunner Steven Moffat.

Watch the trailer…

The new season of Doctor Who will begin in April 2017.

Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

A trailer for new Doctor Who spin-off Class was also released this afternoon.

Are you looking forward to the Christmas special? Let us know below…

  • Dr. Moo

    I like the look of this. Spaceships, superheroes and Twelve being intense. Love it!

  • Marcie

    Looking forward to the full trailer but this looks just fabulous. The quality of the images, particularly of the superhero is staggering. I know that pretty well everyone who has seen the script and filming is declaring it possibly Moffat’s finest script and an instant classic but seeing these snippets just makes me want to see the entire thing now – Dammit! I am also loving the new snippets from the NYCC about Nardole. Hope the haters are chocking on all of these goodies they are getting today. The Class tease with Capaldi, though, is just phenomenal. How I have missed our brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Doctor. Yay for the return of the best television show in the galaxy!!

    • Dr. Moo

      Yay for the return of the best television show in the galaxy!!

      Welcome folks, I say that from the heart, because the greatest show is about to start. It’s happening right here before your very eyes and one thing’s for sure, you’re in for quite a surprise. But then, nothing’s quite as it seems to be at the Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

      *cough*

      Sorry, I had to.

      • johnmcjohnson

        Greatest Show… what an episode! Love that one.

    • Ottoman Wilde

      ‘I know that pretty well everyone who has seen the script and filming is declaring it possibly Moffat’s finest script and an instant classic.’

      Surely you cannot be that gullible? The reason that they’re saying those things is to generate hype for the upcoming special. Also, people who criticise the show are not ‘haters.’ Just because you hate the fact that some people dislike the show in its current from doesn’t mean they deserve to be punished.

      I swear that this website has become an echo chamber for people who worship at the Temple of Moffat, where rational, reasonable and critically-minded fans are banished. I can’t stand this ‘screw the haters’ nonsense.

      • johnmcjohnson

        Maybe we enjoy it? I forgot that wasn’t allowed.

        • Dr. Moo

          You’re wasting your time with him John, trust me I’ve tried with him before. He can’t stand the ideas of people actually liking the work of a multi-award winning writer with an OBE who took a cult show and made it an international phenomenon. He says he can’t stand people going “screw the haters” but apparently he’s allowed to have double standards and say “screw the fans”.

          • Ottoman Wilde

            It’s not the fact that people like it that bothers me, in fact, i’m glad that some people still enjoy this show. My issue with some users on this site is that they have this cult-like mentality (they picked an appropriate place for it, at least) in the sense that unless you revere Steven Moffat, you’re somehow ineligible. It’s a very elitist mentality and it’s quite worrying (both sides of the argument have this problem.)

            As for Moffat increasing the show’s popularity, it’s true that he helped bring it to a worldwide stage, but that reputation was built on the legacy of his predecessor and the BBC marketing campaign, not his writing. Besides, that was a few years ago now. These days the show is just limping along, with many viewers and fans having abandoned it in their droves, and considering how uninspired Moffat’s writing has been in the past few years (bar a couple of exceptions) it’s clear that Doctor Who’s gas tank is running on fumes. The Series 10 teasers have been pretty stale as well (another bland, chatterbox companion from 21st century Earth, etc.), and the show is in desperate need of creative rejuvenation. It’s a shame the BBC didn’t hire Patrick Ness to helm Series 10 instead of getting Moffat for another awkward year. I’m not trying to be antagonistic here, I’m just trying to be a voice of reason.

          • MurrayFutterman

            You’re not being the voice of reason though, you’re confusing your opinion with fact. “That reputation was built on the legacy of his predecessor and the BBC marketing campaign, not [Moffat’s] writing.” That is purely your opinion, and frankly I find it pretty offensive that you’ve disregarded Moffat’s contribution to the success of Who so thoroughly there and then tried to claim it as a “fact” being relayed by “the voice of reason”. Pretty much everything you say in the paragraph that follows that is purely opinion, not fact.
            The one point that you are hinging everything on is that Doctor Who lost (overnight) viewers recently. I don’t want to get bogged down in the whole ratings thing yet again, but while the show lost some overnight viewers in series 9, you are ignoring a huge swath of context regarding this. It’s not as simple as you make it out.
            The viewing habits of the TV audience are changing, people are watching TV live less and less and are instead watching when they choose via streaming and catch up services, and overnight ratings have taken a hit across the board, especially for drama shows (people are more likely to watch things like Strictly and X-Factor live as there is an interactive voting element). You’re also ignoring the fact that not all of the viewers for Doctor Who are fans as such, it’s the kind of show which attracts a lot of casual viewers as well as the core fanbase, and many shows are now finding that they don’t attract as many casual viewers now that they are not limited by what is on TV at a set time but can instead watch what they like when they like. This is the way TV drama is going, it’s going to more often attract smaller groups of dedicated viewers. The other issue is that the scheduling problems in series 9 (later start times, debuting against the Rugby World Cup and being up against that for the first few weeks, etc) also cost casual viewers.
            Also, any long-running show sheds viewers over time. Some people just like the shiny new thing and drop out after a while, some are uncomfortable with inevitable changes in cast, creative team, format or tone etc, and the longer a show on is on the air, the more people just take it for granted and treat it as part of the furniture. Another issue specific to Doctor Who is that it’s been traditionally the case that many younger viewers “grow out” of it in their teen years. Usually new younger viewers replace those children, but in the last couple of years the show has not been placed in a prime position to do that (as it was on too late and seemed to be positioned as having a tone less suited to younger children). It seems that this in particular is something that the BBC and the creative team have noticed, acknowledged, and are trying to rectify considering some of what we have seen coming up.
            So there are several issues at work in regards to the ratings hit the show took recently, but it still gets more viewers than most comparable shows (Jekyll And Hyde didn’t come anywhere near to Who’s series 9 viewing figures), it’s still a hit, it’s still further up the charts than the original series was after 11 years on the air, and we’ve now had a nice little hiatus to allow people to miss it a bit and so appreciate it when it’s back.

  • Mat Greenfield

    Doctor Who does a send-up of superhero movies? I like the sound of that.

    • Edward Delingford

      It seems such an obvious thing to do, but to do it well, the show needs to have complete confidence in itself and complete clarity about the character of the Doctor. Seems a perfect match for Capaldi’s Doctor in the light of how perfectly the tone of series 9 carried through. Think this is going to be tremendous fun.

  • Bart Teirlynck

    I guess they finally realized, matt smith’s doctor theme is the best ever.

    • Edward Delingford

      I think they use it for a lot of these kinds of things because it really is THE iconic Gold composition. Never been bettered yet. It’s just gorgeous.

  • Greetl

    Capaldi is so good at comedy, particularly if it is witty and fast paced. Expect this will be a great balance of laughs, thrills and some tears. Exactly what you want at Christmas. Last year’s Christmas episode was a great template to follow. While I wil miss River Song this Christmas, do love the superhero idea.

  • russell

    SPOILERS : The Moff is a writer, who thinks similar thoughts, and tends to re-use them. Knowing this repetition, and the core of the Superman story, we can gleam a gist of this years fantastic looking Xmas special. 1) The Doctor encounters a Child, and makes an influence upon them. Which affects their future self…( the boy with the spectacles in his PJ’s). 2) The Fireplace Man ( err, Dr Mysterio ), not only changes their character; but the Raggedy Man probably inadvertantly gives him his superpowers…( the boy coming into contact with a superbeing from another world and his tec,sonic glasses etc).4) Dr Mysterio returns to meet the Child in their future, discovers how they changed.5) At its heart, Superman was a love story. The secret indentity protecting those close to him- Lois failing to see Clark’s admiration for her.6) With this in mind, our American friend of the Doctor, no doubt will find true love, after saving the girl of his dreams,from a terrible threat, who normally ignored him- dazzled by the guy who could fly in tights……Sounds good to me, and I cannot wait!! Peter, and Matt look fantastic…this is going to be a Christmas to remember. Smart of the Moff to tap into the current craze of Superhero madness. Dec 25th…..here I come!!!!!!

    • Ranting Ol’ rus

      opps. Got me numbers in a twist.

      • Dr. Moo

        Ha!
        I like the sound of what you described there. I think you may be correct, a simple yet moving story with a time-travel twist. Can’t go wrong with that.

        • russell

          I think it’s going to be wonderful. A big fat fluffy Christmas treat. Heartwarming. Peter is continuing to grow into the role: love the shot of Matt – struggling against the wall. Yep. Count me in.

          • Dr. Moo

            It’s Doctor Who‘s take on the superhero genre, it’s christmas, it’s everything I could possibly want. If it’s anywhere near as good as Gatiss and the others have said then I can see this being a hit.

          • Jessica Cobden

            Something else that we can hope to look forward with this, which was established in the RTD era, now that episodes are in the can: THE COMING SOON TRAILER

          • Dr. Moo

            I expect to see that after the special ends, either before or after the credits, it would be a good way to carry the momentum. I remember being disappointed after Last Christmass aired in 2014 when all we got was the next episode’s title – of course they hadn’t started filming yet, but still!

          • Jessica Cobden

            “Carry the momentum”- yes. Another gift under the tree,also

          • Edward Delingford

            Me too. It just looks *so* good and there are a myriad of ways the story could turn. Moffat just totally gets the sense of wonder and delight children have. I think that is why he has always struck gold with his Christmas specials. He has the uncynical heart of a child under all that gruffness. I know it gets a lot of (unfair) flack, but my favourite is Time of the Doctor which is just so warm hearted and joyous and feels utterly spontaneous. It has what I call ‘well earned tears’ at the end as it takes you through an emotional journey with the Doctor and Clara and you can see and feel it all comes directly from the heart. (Just compare it to the sneering, manipulative End of Time which doesn’t have a shred of genuinely earned emotion in it, apart from poor Bernard Cribbins). Widow was a rare miss but even that has some lovely stuff, particularly the ending and Matt Smith dances lightly across the screen like an enchanted sprite. Otherwise Moffat’s Christmas collection is simply a thing of wonder. Big, fluffy, sometimes scary in a good way, sometimes sad in a sweet way, golden hearted and full of genuine sentiment aimed at everyone from the smallest family member to Gran. This may be the best yet. I also love that so many posters are so enthused. Good for them! After all, we should be celebrating the show at the moment as it seems to be at its creative zenith. Christmas can’t come soon enough for me

          • russell

            I think it is important for the Christmas special to appeal to the broadest possible audience: Just as you say Edward. With recognizable cues in the storytelling – it is very easy for those who are watching, to become engaged…to enjoy, and to follow. I’m really liking what I’m seeing in this footage( a bit of Die Hard too? ), and can’t wait for the end result…” And they all lived happily ever after.”

          • Ottoman Wilde

            ‘It seems to be at its creative zenith.’

            Oh, the irony of that statement.

          • MurrayFutterman

            Don’t know what’s ironic about it, I’d say it’s true. A few writer friends of mine – who watch the show but aren’t obsessed with the ins and outs of it, so wouldn’t call themselves fans exactly – were hugely impressed with the last couple of series.

          • Ottoman Wilde

            Series 7, 8 & 9 have all been creatively lacking (with the sole exception of ‘Heaven Sent,’ which was inspired.) Just take ‘The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar’ for instance. It was basically just an homage to ‘Genesis of the Daleks,’ with no new ideas of its own. It wasn’t a bad two parter, but compared to the likes of ‘The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon’ (which was magnificent and very fresh) it felt pretty uninspired. The show used to present new and exciting concepts, but these days, seems more interested in simply recycling old ideas and old foes on a repeating cycle. And no, my expectations aren’t ‘too high,’ I just know this show can do better.

          • MurrayFutterman

            So Heaven Sent wasn’t a new and exciting concept then? I personally don’t think any show last year “did better” than that magnificent episode.
            The show has always (well, ever since the second season and “The Dalek Invasion Of Earth”) been a combination of new concepts and characters, returning concepts and characters, and ripping off other TV shows and movies (or putting a Doctor Who spin on them, but yeah mostly just ripping them off).
            I completely disagree re. The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar, incidentally. It’s a much, much better Davros story than Journey’s End / The Stolen Earth, with a much more devious and intelligent Davros instead of the shouty rent-a-villain we got in that earlier story.
            I don’t think your expectations are high at all, I think you’ve convinced yourself the show is rubbish now and your confirmation bias is in full effect every time you watch it.

          • Ottoman Wilde

            I said I liked ‘Heaven Sent,’ read my last comment again. I even described it as ‘inspired’ which is the highest compliment you can offer an episode. And I never said the show was rubbish, either, just in need of creative rejuvenation. No bias here, just honesty.

          • russell

            The next two Xmas specials- together with series 10, will be Moffat’s last throw of the die, Ottoman.14,15 episodes with his fingerprints left on them. In what one assumes will be a little over 18 months time, there will be a new Captain at the wheel. Some might think this is terrible – others might not be able to wait. Regardless of your views at present on Chris Chibnall…new people bring new ideas.FACT. The programme is about ideas; however good or bad a person has been on the show, people tend to have only so many of them.Fresh ones. That is why creatives tend to get a second wind, by: looking at different sources for inspiration/ collaborating. I know. I am artistic, and a creative in my own specialisms myself. Be patient – and you might just be rewarded. The creative rejuvenation you seek might be around the corner. But although questioning, and challenging is good ( and a right)-” you don’t like Moffat’s stuff? Great!” Don’t simply mock, what is not to your taste.Those who are completely immersed in The Moff’s version, are bound to be disappointed in anything new,that comes their way, which is not his. Which will be a shame. Because Dr Who, is not just about Steven Moffat. It is far greater than that….Which I’m sure such a self confessed devotee as himself would agree. Let those who enjoy his work, enjoy it.For now. For the many who simply hate it? Well, not now long to wait.

          • Dr. Moo

            Well said. I was initially annoyed when Chibnall was announced. But was I annoyed because I’ve so enjoyed Moffat or was I annoyed because Chibnall’s never really hit the spot for me? I think both of these were factors but, as you say, he’ll bring a new perspective and fresh approach. We have to be glad about that much at least. I’ve grown more favourable toward Chibs as his time grows closer but still not yet won over by him. We shall see. His appointment is proof, we must remember, that the BBC still very much do believe in Doctor Who as a series since they’ve picked a genuine fan with the experience of running a show.

          • russell

            I’ve read many of your comments on this matter in recent months, Dr. Moo. What a reasonable and mature response you have just given. Our TV HERO would be proud, of such a flexible-honest, an open mind!

          • Dr. Moo

            Thanks Russell. I pride myself on having a love of all eras (albeit some more than others!) in this show’s long and varied history. I see no reason why Chris Chibnall’s time in charge should be an exception and am prepared to give him a shot, despite my misgivings regarding what he’s done before.
            You want me to mention another DW writer who wrote several questionable scripts before he found his stride? Robert Holmes, generally regarded as the best writer ever to lend his talents to the series. An extreme example perhaps, but you get the idea – I believe that Chibnall’s best is yet to come, thus I can put aside my issues with him and give him a fair chance.

          • russell

            Whatever Chris decides to do, will be more of HIS OWN work. I expect him to get better at it – the more time he has to develop. Just as you suggest, Dr. Moo : practise makes perfect!

          • Dr. Moo

            “Time will tell. It always does.” – The Seventh Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks.

          • Edward Delingford

            Can’t be said often enough. Series 9 is the most critically applauded series of the show on both sides of the Atlantic. That is simply a fact. Sure, not every viewer will agree but television critics who are not geeks or Who obsessives (like us!) are pretty well unanimous that series 9 of Who was one of the best written, acted, produced and thematically coherent television programs made in 2015.

            I deal with a lot of people from acting and theatre circles. I can tell you that while most adored Matt’s performance as the Doctor (and it is no secret that Matt really is *adored* by other actors and directors for his talent, kindness and special zest. There was a big push for Matt to be awarded the BAFTA for his debut series precisely because he showed how a fresh talent could completely revitalise a sagging and stale interpretation), it is Peter’s interpretation that they find so admirable from an acting point of view. That is also the reason that so many top tier actors are desperately seeking to get on the show while Capaldi and Moffat are there. It is a hugely positive thing to have on your CV and garner critical attention, no longer a giggle like when Derek Jacobi agreed to guest, for example, just as a bit of fun.

          • MurrayFutterman

            I love Time Of The Doctor too. It’s a bit unsettled in the first ten or fifteen minutes (feels like that portion could’ve done with a rewrite to tighten it up), and by necessity has to wrap a few plot points about the Silence etc a bit bluntly, but everything from the point when the Doctor finds the crack is just wonderful, and so I feel the flaws can be easily overlooked. I actually think it might be my favourite regeneration story (though Caves Of Androzani is obviously actually the best.)
            As regards to Widow, while I’d place it near the bottom if I was ranking Moffat’s scripts from the show, it’s still a solid enough episode that I enjoy, and while I could maybe understand some finding it a bit twee I don’t really get the hate it attracts in some circles. Worst part of it? Wasting Bill Bailey on a minor role.

          • Edward Delingford

            I am sure Time of the Doctor will in time be justly celebrated for the perfection and emotion of its final half. I personally rank Matt’s performance in this as highly as Peter’s in Heaven Sent and find the lack of BAFTA nomination for either completely inexplicable (though this has been rectified partly by Scottish BAFTA who will be awarding Peter their Best Actor award in a few weeks). The less successful bits are still light and frothy and quite charming and I suspect the episode missed a final edit purely because Steven Moffat was under such incredible pressure at the time. I particularly love it because it is the antithesis of the dog in the manager bloated ego fest we got in The End of Time. Steven Moffat rightly speaks to that episode by having Matt’s regeneration a quiet act of selflessness, humility and hope. It is also blessedly short. It is chock full of genuine emotion, particularly from Matt. Compare this to the humourless, look at me acting, dry eyed cynicism of David’s performance.

            Widow does have its fans but it does feel a lot like post it notes from Moffat’s pin board strung together with a bunch of actor friends having a good time. At least it has the good manners to not pretend it is other than fluff and mostly nicely done at that. It looks ravishing of course and Matt is all kinds of wonderful – like Peter so far, he has never given less than a beautifully nuanced and intelligent performance in the role.

            We get two more Christmas specials from Moffat and he has yet to really disappoint.

  • Charlieboy

    It looks and sounds awful!

  • MargaretL

    Looks and sounds FANTASTIC.