It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Doctor Who special. Screened every Christmas Day on BBC One since the show’s revival in 2005, it offers something that all the family can enjoy while they’re too full of dinner to move about much. And it’s usually a fair bit more interesting than the Queen’s speech. This year’s festive episode, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, marks the start of the tenth series, continuing with the adventures of the twelfth Doctor and following on from the events of last year’s episode, The Husbands of River Song. It was screened in cinemas across the world starting from Boxing Day for fans outside of the UK.
It was the first episode since last year’s Christmas special, so it’s fair to say that fans are excited by the return of the Doctor. In fact, Doctor Who was the 7th most watched programme on Christmas Day 2016 in Great Britain, with viewing figures of over 5.68million people and a hugely positive response from critics.
The new series of the show is due to premiere in April 2017, so there’s not much longer to wait before the Doctor’s adventures are resumed on a more regular basis. The tenth series is due to be writer and producer Steven Moffat‘s last before he hands over control to Chris Chibnall.
Peter Capaldi will be returning as the Doctor, with Pearl Mackie stepping into the companion position as Bill, now that Jenna Coleman’s Clara has set off on a journey through space and time of her own. A number of other familiar faces are expected to make reappearances in the new episodes, with a few popular names due to make their Doctor Who debuts this year.
While a lot of information about the new series is still a mystery, the BBC has released a brand new teaser so fans have at least a little something to speculate on between now and spring.