Check Out Children in Need’s Preview of Doctor Who Christmas Special

It’s a very special day indeed: Children in Need is here again, and that means a small helping of Doctor Who – a great treat given how barren 2016 has been!

Written by Steven Moffat, The Return of Doctor Mysterio stars Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Matt Lucas as Nardole (returning after last year’s The Husbands of River Song), and Justin Chatwin as a mysterious masked hero…

Without further ado, here’s a sneak peek, as shown earlier this evening on Children in Need, BBC1.

Looks… intriguing, eh? And Chatwin’s superhero finally has a name: The Ghost.

Rather pleasingly, the festive special, directed by Poldark‘s Ed Bazalgette (Class), is a return stateside for Doctor Who. Moffat does seem fond of New York, having previously set The Angels Take Manhattan (2012) and – briefly – Day of the Moon (2011) there – but who can blame him?!

The Return of Doctor Mysterio co-stars Adetomiwa Edun, Aleksandar Jovanovic, and Logan Hoffman, and airs on Christmas Day 2016. And we can’t wait. Just over a month to go…

Stay tuned to Children in Need for Strictly Come Dancing, Little Mix, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (featuring a brief bit of Doctor Who goodness – which is where the above image comes from!), Call the Midwife, Busted, and plenty more. If you’d like to help the appeal raise more than last year’s £37 million, you can either text or donate online.