Doctor Who: free Christmas Special previews in the North

BBC North is putting on free Doctor Who Christmas Special preview screenings for fans. Apply for tickets here…

Lots of planets have a north, and ours (specifically the north of the UK) is about to get a treat. No, it’s not all about London this festive season.

BBC North is giving viewers in Hartlepool, York, Hull, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Salford, Durham and Bradford the chance to see the Doctor Who Xmas Special, Twice Upon A Time, over a week before it goes out on December the 25th.

According to the official press bumf, the last few moments of the Christmas Who episode won’t be shown at the public screenings but will be “kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.”

There will, however, be an opportunity for attendees to pose for posh photos “on the BBC’s red carpet and with props from the programmes.”

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Not only that, but the first of three new episodes of The League Of Gentlemen will also be screened at select events, as will children’s animation The Highway Rat.

You can apply for the ticket ballot here from Thursday the 23rd of November. The ballot will be open for ten days.

Here’s the full schedule for the Xmas preview screenings, showing what’s airing where and when.

Thursday 14 DecemberHartlepool Town HallDoctor Who – 7pm

The League of Gentlemen – 8.30pm

Friday 15 DecemberThe Guild Hall, YorkDoctor Who – 7pm

The League of Gentlemen – 8.30pm

Saturday 16 DecemberJubilee Church, HullThe Highway Rat – 1.30pm

Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

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Sunday 17 DecemberSt Nicholas Cathedral, NewcastleThe Highway Rat – 1.30pm

Doctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm

Monday 18 DecemberThe Middlesbrough EmpireDoctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm
Tuesday 19 DecemberDock 10, MediaCityUK, SalfordDoctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm
Wednesday 20 DecemberDurham SchoolDoctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm
Friday 22 DecemberOld Odeon, BradfordDoctor Who – 7pm & 8.30pm