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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does anyone else plan when they have christmas dinner around when doctor who is on? My family does

PVR, my friend. I find it's best to watch the good Doctor on a full stomach of Christmas dinner and appropriate spirits.

Hmm, 5:15 might be a wee bit too early for me.

Good old 'Record' button, eh?

It's just right for us: Early enough for it to be finished by the time the inevitable deluge of evening drop-ins begin - at which point the TV goes off.

I have bad luck with Doctor Who on Christmas Day:

* 2005 We stayed with the in-laws. Everyone decided to go for a walk so I declined and settled down to enjoy the first DW Xmas episode for 40 years - got halfway through when everyone got back and made so much noise I had to watch the end later.
* 2006 We were staying at my parents' and my mum hates it so we never got to watch it at all until we got home.
* 2007 Likewise.
* 2008 we went away for the holiday and stayed in a hotel with no TV in the room so that was a bust.
* 2009 back at my folks so no joy there. Although they did let us watch it on their Virgin iPlayer when they went out shopping.
* 2010 It was on at the exact same time as the in-laws served evening meal.
*2011 Finally, after 6 failed attempts we stayed at home and made the time to watch it uninterrupted. However, the mother-in-law rang at the exact second the BBC announced it (seriously, it was just like this: "And now on BBC One: The Christmas special of Doctor Who" RING RING. There were loud shouts of "Who the hell is calling RIGHT NOW? And how did they time it so well?" in our house on that day before the phone was answered) and my wife, much to my protests, answered so we ended up watching it on a 45 minute time lag.

This year we are back at my folks but the earlier timeslot avoids all the meals and is before the evening guests are due so I might just get away with it... now if only my mum didn't hate it!!

I usually record it and watch it later with a cold turkey sandwich after all the madness has stopped.

hahaha. well, I with you good luck with this years' one then!

When Doctor who was Actualy Good from 2007-09 ! It went out at 7 so that the whole family could watch, so Why the HELL IS IT ON A 5 , THAT'S WHEN THAT CRAP WIZARDS VS ALIENS IS SHOWN, FIVE PM IS KIDS HOUR NOT DR WHO HOUR, NO ONE WILL WATCH IT. THAT'S IT MOFFAT GET DOCTOR WHO CANCELED

Wow u must hate your in-laws

If I don't get to see it live, I will be pissed of for the whole day, I live for dr who


Oh dear. i warn everone so i have uninterrupted access to the tv and anyone making noise is expelled from the room :)


Happily, my family have dinner at 3 so two hours should be enough time!

I'm not being sarcastic , Wizards Vs Aliens IS Crap and yes I am pissed of with it being on at Bloody 5:15 pm, I was not being sarcastic and I Actualy do HATE MOFFAT .

I see, well, a 5.15 time slot for a christmas special isn't going to be the death of Who. (You're probably right about Wizards Vs Aliens, it sounds pretty crap)

Wizard vs Aleins is crap compared to SJA, I'm not saying the episode will be bad, it will be good just the timing is a bit off

I reckon they expect a lot of people to watch it re order or on iplayer now anyway, all the ratings count do they'll slot it in wherever it works best. I do agree that 6 or later is better though!

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