Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 Air Date, Cast Update, Spoilers: Everything to Know So Far

By Diane Samson | 2 years ago
Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 Air Date, Cast Update, Spoilers: Everything to Know So Far
Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who

Fans of the long-running sci-fi program, Doctor Who, will not see Series 10 until 2017. However, the BBC has a special treat this holiday season. On Dec. 25, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) will come back on television screens with a new companion and a caped new friend in a bid to save New York City from an alien threat.


Joining Capaldi inside the TARDIS this Christmas is Matt Lucas who will reprise his role as Nardole, River Song’s (Alex Kingston) assistant in last year’s episode, The Husbands of River Song. While Pearl Mackie will officially be the Clara Oswald’s (Jenna Coleman) replacement in Series 10, Nardole will also recur in the next installment of Doctor Who. 

Also set to appear in The Return of Doctor Mysterio is Shameless actor  Justin Chatwin. The 34-year-old will play as a superhero named Grant. According to departing showrunner Steven Moffat, the character was inspired by popular comic book superhero, Clark Kent.

In a report by Cinema Blend, Moffat explained that he has always been fascinated with superheroes. However, it is their secret identity that he wanted to explore for the Christmas Special.

“The most exciting superhero of all time is Clark Kent,” he stated. “He has to be a god and pretend he isn’t.”

Charity Wakefield of Close to the Enemy will play the role of a Lois Lane-like character. As a journalist, she and Grant will help the Doctor defeat the alien threat in New York City.


So far, the synopsis for the upcoming episode of Doctor Who did not reveal much information. But considering that in the photo released by BBC for the Christmas Special, the superhero alter ego of Grant wears a “G” on his suit.

Perhaps, the Doctor Mysterio referred in the title is the supervillain who is threatening New York City. The title also implies that he probably already tried to take down the masked vigilante and conquer the city.


According to Wired, the first teaser for The Return of Doctor Mysterio will air during Children in Need. It is BBC’s fundraising event that will air on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (U.K.).

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Diane Samson is a graduate of Literature. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies and television shows. She joined MNG in February 2016.