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.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 7, 2016
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…?