The Doctor Who Xmas special trailer is now out! Written by Steven Moffat, the episode is titled The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe.
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Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world.
[The Doctor comes running out of a spaceship door, explosion behind, frantically using his sonic screwdriver. He is thrown forward by the explosion.]
[A woman surveys wreckage in the dark]
Voiceover: England, 1941, and there’s a war on.
[closeup of pilot in an old-timey war plane, zooming downwards]
[A woman, a preteen girl by her left side and a young boy by her right, approaches the imposing front door of a country manor. The children wear coats, the girl a beret. Both carry cases.]
Cyril: Is it haunted?
[The Doctor is descending a large stairway with elaborate wooden banisters.]
Madge: Who are you?
Doctor: Usually called The Doctor. Or The Caretaker. Or Get-Off-This-Planet.
[The Doctor runs into a bedroom and bounces onto the bed; Madge, Cyril and Lily are looking on dubiously.]
Madge [unseen]: That man is quite ridiculous.
Doctor [gleefully]: I know!
[children are peeping around doorways in the dark]
Madge [unseen]: Stay away from him.
Lily [in nightclothes/blue knobbly dressing gown, arms folded]: Why have you got a phone box in your room?
Doctor: It’s not a phonebox, it’s my …. [activates sonic screwdriver offhandedly as he gestures toward the TARDIS] wardrobe.
[Cyril walking in the dark toward a large Xmas tree. A huge box lies below it with a white ribbon. A whispery evil-sounding voice in background says “Ccccyrillll…”]
Doctor: Your brother. Where is he?
[Cyril is in a wintery outdoor landscape with snow-covered fir trees. It is dark, but there is some glowy light between the trees. Whispery evil voice says “Folloooowww…”]
Doctor [offscreen, in TARDIS; urgently]: OK, come on!
[A hand grabs Lily and pulls her into the TARDIS.]
[Wintery land. The Doctor is crouched down inspecting something at the base of a fir tree – is it where Cyril had been standing? Lily is walking, looking around]
Lily: Where ARE we?
[Doctor’s voice, offscreen: “In a forest, in a box, in a sitting room.”]
[Cut to Madge, back in the house, is crouching down looking into something.]
Doctor: What do they teach you in schools these days?!
[Doctor spins around in alarm. Glowy light, crashing noises, spacesuited forms come out of a green-glowing doorway.]
[Doctor, offscreen: “There is something very wrong in this forest.”]
[Cyril, in forest, looking frightened.]
Doctor: And your brother’s right in the middle of it.
[Montage of Cyril looking frightened, spacesuits, Doctor shining sonic screwdriver in the dark. Big giant creepy statue-like head. A closeup of a bearded man’s face with spacesuit visor off – he’s human-looking. A woman flips her spacesuit visor up. Madge looks concerned. Huge giant statue-like head turns. Fade to black, briefly.]
[Madge and the two children are in the sitting-room, Xmas tree in the background. She embraces the children.]
Madge: Best. Christmas. Ever.
Doctor [smiling under his breath]: I know.
[Text: The Doctor Returns In The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe. Christmas 2011]
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