This Christmas sees the Doctor join forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure. With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?
Peter Capaldi stars as the Doctor, Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Little Britain) as Nardole, Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant and Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) as an investigative journalist.
The special is written by Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.
The Return of Doctor Mysterio premieres Sunday, December 25 at 5:45pm GMT on BBC One and 9/8c on BBC AMERICA.
Night view looking east of Midtown Manhattan skyline from Weehawken, New Jersey. Christmas, 1968. Avenue of the Americas skyscrapers and Rockefeller Center are visibles at left. Pan Am and Chrysler Building are at center, and the Empire State Building are at right, dominating the glittering skyline.
Source: Thomas Page. “New York”. Genéve. Minerva, 1976.
At first I was unhappy that Moffat wrote over First Night/Last Night to say that Eleven didn’t really take River to Darillium…
But then I realized, this fits perfectly with Eleven’s character!
This is the man who used his own regeneration energy to heal his wife’s hand when she broke it escaping from a weeping angel (TATM). OF COURSE he wouldn’t be able to take her to Darillium, knowing that it’s the last place he saw her before the Library. River’s assertion that the Doctor is not sentimental enough to care about her could not be more wrong. Eleven is sentimental enough that he cancelled every time he tried to take River to the towers because he just couldn’t face the fact that his wife was about to go to her death.