Sure it’s only July but it’s never too early to start wondering about what will happen on this year’s annual Doctor Who Christmas episode! It will be a nice present for Whovians since we won’t get to jump on board the TARDIS for season 10 until 2017.
Fans have been wondering when the Doctor’s new companion, Bill played by Peal Mackie, will join the journey across time and space ever since the departure of Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald. Moffat has revealed to Doctor Who Magazine, that fans won’t be meeting her until the opener for season 10.
“We’ll introduce [Bill] in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run through that series. She’ll not be in Christmas , because that would blow the series launch … So there’ll be somebody else – a different, guest companion – this Christmas, like how River Song played the companion role in last year’s Special.”
So who will be joining the Doctor for this year’s Christmas special? We still don’t know quite yet. The last two episodes of season 9 had the Doctor flying solo. Usually the Christmas episodes are standalone and do not follow with the rest of the previous or up coming season. They are also more light hearted and comedic, with the exception of Matt Smith’s exit in the 2013 special. (I still haven’t recovered from that one.) A solo adventure just would not be in the spirit of Christmas!
There are a few potential candidates that could come along on a festive journey. River Song, played by Alex Kingston, could return. After all, last year’s The Husbands of River Song was the most popular from the 2015 episodes. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams was also very well received during her appearance in season 9 and many fans hoped she would become the newest full time companion but she has stated that she would not be returning to the show. Maybe she’ll have a change of heart with a little Christmas spirit? Could we even see the return of Missy, played by Michelle Gomez? Maybe we’ll meet someone from deep down in the Doctor’s past adventures? I wonder how Stormegeddon, Dark Lord of All, is getting on with his father Craig.
What we do know is that Moffat loves to toy with fans’ emotions and expectations. “I want it to feel like episode 1 of a brand new show, I want to leave just as it’s all beginning.”