The next episode of Doctor Who won’t be airing for months yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already be getting excited about it. The show’s Christmas special, which hits our screens on December 25 (strangely enough) is already being pushed as “the most Christmassy Christmas special ever.” It’ll certainly be happier fare than last year’s “The End of Time, Part 1.”
Then there’s also the fact that it’s co-starring Albus Dumbledore. Michael Gambon, who we previously reported was on board the episode (which is tentatively titled “Father Who?”), has been described by the head writer Steven Moffat as being “brilliant.”
“Of course he’s brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. What a voice,” Moffat shared about the acclaimed stage actor.
Gambon, however, was apparently not the biggest Who fan in Britain. “I didn’t get the impression that he was a fan of Doctor Who, except insofar as everyone in Britain is at the moment,” he explained. “[But] if it’s a good script [and] they’re being offered prime-time on Christmas day… there’s a real chance you can get anyone for that.”
What role Gambon will play amongst members of the TARDIS is currently unknown, though it would not be out of the question to see him portraying Ebeneezer Scrooge, since the episode has been described as a “clever twist” on the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.
Before his stint on Doctor Who, Gambon will reprise his role as famed wizard Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 due out in November. Part 2 will follow in July.
Doctor Who‘s Christmas special will air on Christmas day before the series returns for a sixth series the following spring.