Friday evening saw The UK’s annual charity telethon Children in Need take over BBC One in the UK and, as has become traditional, “Doctor Who” was part of the proceedings — this time in the form of a sneak preview of the show’s Christmas episode, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”
The short clip, which is just under 3 minutes in length, features The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) sneaking around the New York offices of a mysterious international organization with journalist Lucy (Charity Wakefield) and bumbling pedant Nardole (Matt Lucas).
The trio soon run afoul of the episode’s as-yet unnamed villain, played by Aleksandar Jovanovic. Jovanovic’s character is preparing to shoot the Time Lord and his friends when he is interrupted by the legendary superhero known as “The Ghost,” played by Justin Chatwin.
Judging from the clip alone, The Ghost can fly, is impervious to bullets and has some level of super-strength. He also has a strict moral code that prohibits him from causing “lasting harm to any individual,” but, as he goes on to explain, “light to moderate injury is fine.”
The extract also reveals that the plot will revolve around a collection of sentient brains in jars.
“Doctor Who’s” association with Children in Need stretches all the way back to 1983 and the show’s 20th anniversary episode, “The Five Doctors,” which debuted in the UK as part of the event. Since the series’ revival in 2005, this link has been maintained, with the annual event regularly featuring original mini-episodes, such as the light-hearted mini multi-Doctor story, “Time Crash,” in 2007, or previews of upcoming stories.
Those wishing to give money to Children in Need can do so on the charity’s website.
The “Doctor Who” Christmas special will air on BBC One and BBC America and will also be screened in cinemas across the US on December 27 and 29, 2016.
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