First Look at Doctor Who Christmas 2016 Special (PLUS Title!)

The title for the 2016 Christmas special of Doctor Who has been announced, and it’s like a particularly-well-organised junkyard: neat but a bit rubbish too.

The next episode is called… The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

Marvel Comic fans, like myself, might be having flashbacks to Quentin Beck, aka the illusionist Mysterio, one of Spider-Man’s most notable enemies. It’s extremely, extremely, extremely unlikely Spidey will pop up this festive season, however, despite confirmations that the special, expected to air on Christmas Day, will feature a superhero. That superhero is played by Justin Chatwin, and here he is, doing his best Superman impression.

And here’s our very first look at The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which, as you can see, features Matt Lucas as Nardole, and ship that looks quite a bit like that in The Husbands of River Song!

Okay, so why did I call the title “neat”? It’s likely an allusion to “Doctor Misterio,” which is what the show was broadcast as in Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s. See? Neat. If you cast your mind back to 2014, and the Doctor Who World Tour, you might recall the series being a big hit in Mexico, so this is a nice little nod to those fans.

Honestly, when I heard that Nardole was coming back, not to mention the fact that the title seems a bit pants, I wasn’t overly excited… until I saw that video. Yes, okay, that looks awesome.

But what do you think? Will it be a very Merry Christmas to all of you at home too…?

  • Dr. Moo

    I like that title for its implications. Anyone who’s listened to Big Finish’s The One Doctor will know what I’m getting at.

    • JOHNBOY!

      I like that idea. I’m not wholly sold on Who Vs Mysterio but if it’s anything like that I can go with it.

      • bar

        Not sure it will be a ‘X v X’ story – if the boy is the one who grows up to be the ‘superhero,’ then he’s hardly likely to be Doctor Mysterio, given he has a big G on his chest. Maybe the Doctor is Mysterio, returning to see the boy years later?

  • bar

    My first thought was how great for the Mexico and Brazil fans. Let’s keep it global.
    love the Bond/supervillain look, but there was one point I thought ‘Fight Club.’! And maybe Minions.

    I hope the young actor had fun. Definite child-appeal; the next gen of who fandom starts here.

  • Rick714

    I’m not sure if all these deeper meanings are spot on at all—I think the Moff simply wanted to have Doctor Who meets the superhero world. and it looks very cool! Maybe for once we won’t get an overly over the top Christmassy Christmas special! I’m looking forward to this.

  • Edward Delingford

    This really does look the goods. I was expecting much moaning and rending of garments around all of today’s reveals, but nice to see so much positivity about this on social media, further information about Nardole, interview with Pearl and the Class teaser. Nice to know it has all been worth the wait. Lovely now to be waiting for more of the superb Peter Capaldi coming to our screens. Happy to ays!

  • Christian Cawley

    Interesting. Good opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done in Doctor Who before, something we should all applaud.

    • bar

      I hope you’re right Christian. It would be fantastic if Who did something totally new with the whole superhero myth – that one person with superpowers, or a more powerful weapon, or some other mcGuffin is what we need to change the world/save the day/rescue the princess/child/investigative journalist (do they really exist any more?). Maybe I’m warming to the Class idea that we have to do it for ourselves…

      Not sure a Christmas special is the right place for that sort of debate though. I plan to enjoy it either way.


    Not sure about this. Superheroes in a sci-fi series? The two are mutually exclusive!

    • Dr. Moo

      Because the most famous superhero ever totally isn’t an alien nor is he the sole survivor of a destroyed planet halfway across the universe.

      Oh, wait! He is.

      • JOHNBOY!


  • Rick714

    One UK article went on about the superhero in question being Doctor Mysterio—which would probably be a mistake, considering A) that’s more of a villain name and B) the hero has a big G on his chest. If I had to guess, I’m thinking the Moff will have the Doctor be cast as Doctor Mysterio, the villain of the piece for some reason—maybe to get the superhero back in action. Only my guess.