Mark Gatiss: Christmas Special Script is ‘Absolutely Beautiful’

We’ve not got long to wait until the festive period is upon us, bringing as it does, the greatest present of them all. Brand new Doctor Who!

However, one person who has already had an early peek at his present is Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, (who is writing an episode for the upcoming series) who says that the new material might be worth the wait – because this year’s festive special is some of head writer Steven Moffat’s best work yet.

Speaking to the audience at a Victoria & Albert Museum members’ talk last night, Gatiss said:

“I think the Christmas special… which is the only one this year…I think is one of Steve’s best ever scripts, absolutely beautiful…It made me cry.”

There’s no telling yet if those were tears of infinite sadness or tears of yuletide joy (I think it’s safe to guess which one would be more likely for Christmas episode). As for more details, Gatiss refused to be drawn on anything specific about the special or the upcoming series, which is rumoured to be airing April 2017.

He said:

“What can you expect? The Doctor is in it. It’s great!”

Expanding on why he prefers not to spoil anything more, he added:

“But I don’t want to see it, because it spoils it! I am such a fan, I just want to watch it.

 Peter Capaldi’s first season, the second half of that I knew nothing about. And it was such a joy to watch the next time trailer and just be totally surprised.

“So I mean, I have to, to some extent, but I try and see as little as possible, because I don’t wanna spoil it.”

Doctor Who will return for a special episode this Christmas and then a full series in Spring 2017.