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Is it good to be a Doctor Who fan right now or what? The series is in in full swing and finally getting the respect it deserves from the head honchos at the Beeb. Probably due to the cash the merchandising pulls in for them, but more of whatever allows Steven Moffat to keep at what he’s doing, the better.

Today we learned official details of what Moffat and co. have in store for the Christmas special, here’s the official BBC press release:

Production has started on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented: “The Doctor at Christmas—nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day—everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one that was born for this time of year—so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”

The special, set during the Second World War, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

Claire Skinner said: “I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”

This marks Matt Smith’s second outing as the Doctor at Christmas time and will follow hot on the heels of the successful 2011 series, currently airing on BBC One until October.

The Christmas Special was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama and Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One. Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Caroline Skinner, also executive producing.

Filming on the Christmas special will continue until mid-October 2011.

Silly hats!? Score! This is right up Matt Smith‘s alley. What do they mean repaying a debt? Hmm…another mysterious bit from the Doctor’s past? How am I not surprised in the least.

The folks at Blastr also pointed this out and I can’t help but agree, Moffat obviously loves World War II era Britain. This Christmas special marks the fifth time we’ll be traveling to England during the war. Two from Moffat’s recent time as showrunner,  ”Victory of the Daleks” and ”Let’s Kill Hitler” (All right, this on was set in Germany, but whatevs.), and two from earlier in the show’s return, ”The Empty Child” and ”The Doctor Dances”, both, haha, written by Steven Moffat. We’re on to you, bub.

In addition to news about the highly anticipated Christmas special the BBC have released the first full trailer for The Sarah Jane Adventures. It’s going to be hard to watch this show knowing Miss Sarah Jane herself has left us. But it looks like Elizabeth Sladen left us with her best season yet. Give the trailer a watch below.

Sources: Blastr, Bleeding Cool

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