Although this past weekend's episode of "Doctor Who" saw the departure (for now) of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and her husband, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), the Doctor (Matt Smith) is still on target for his annual Christmas episode.
The BBC has officially announced that production has begun for this year's "Doctor Who" Christmas special, which will continue through the end of October. Claire Skinner ("Outnumbered") will play a young widowed bride named Madge Arwell, with Bill Bailey ("Black Books"), Arabella Weir ("The Fast Show") and Alexander Armstrong ("Armstrong & Miller") also set to appear within the episode.
However, the announcement didn't specify whether Gillan or Darvill would also appear. "Doctor Who" showrunner, Steven Moffat is writing the script for the special as he did for last year's "A Christmas Carol."
"The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write," said Moffat. "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 BBC has also released a brief synopsis for the episode:
"The special, set during World War II, 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 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…"
If BBC and BBC America repeat last year's arrangements, then the special will air on Christmas Day in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Only two episodes remain in the sixth season of "Doctor Who," but just to tide you over, here's the trailer for Saturday's episode which brings back the Doctor's reluctant roommate, Craig (James Corden)… and the Cybermen.
Don't miss "Doctor Who" this Saturday on BBC America!