Doctor Who: Christmas Special air time announced

News Louisa Mellor 4 Dec 2012 - 16:53

The Snowmen, this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, will be going out at the earlier-than-usual time of 5.15pm...

Expect to settle down in front of this year's Doctor Who Special on Christmas Day a full hour and three quarters earlier than last year's The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe. It's been confirmed that BBC One is broadcasting the episode, which you can read more about here, on December the 25th at 5.15pm. Our US chums will be able to see the episode on BBC America at 8pm central time.

The Snowmen, written by Steven Moffat, features Jenna-Louise Coleman, Richard E. Grant, and a couple of faces from the past. Read the official episode synopsis below:

Christmas Eve 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairytales. When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?

The hour-long Who special is expected to be followed by Christmas episodes of Strictly Come DancingCall The MidwifeEastenders and The Royle Family on BBC One. Merlin's final episode, The Diamond of the Day (Part Two), will go out on Christmas Eve at 8.15pm on the channel.

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