Doctor Who Alum Returns to Arrow For Christmas Special

Alex Kingston
Photo: Cate Cameron / The CW

With the weather getting colder and Starbucks’ Peppermint Mochas getting hotter, the television industry is steadily preparing for several holiday themed episodes.

This includes the CW hit-show Arrow. In order to reunite the Lance family for the holidays, Alex Kingston will return as Dinah Lance for a special Christmas episode, to air December 10. It will also function as the shows mid-season finale.

Recently the CW released a short synposis for the aforementioned episode “The Climb”:
DINAH LANCE RETURNS HOME — Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is stunned when her father (Paul Blackthorne) delivers a very special Christmas gift – her mother, Dinah (guest star Alex Kingston).  Thor Freudenthal directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#309).

The last we saw of absentee-mom Dinah, was a tearful reunion with her daughter Sara Lance, who she believed had died on the Queen’s Gambit five years prior, during the season 2 episode “Heir to the Demon”. After Sara’s death (which unfortunately really is final) in the show’s season three premiere – which I am, admittedly, still not over yet – we are wondering how Laurel is going to explain the absence of her sister. Christmas may not be the most appropriate time to tell her parents about the tragic fate of their youngest daughter, but it also seems inevitable.

Whether this confrontation will push Laurel to finally accept Sara’s death is unclear. But I am absolutely positive that it will play a vital part in Laurel’s transformation to the Black Canary. We have seen Laurel getting some fundamental training with Ted Grant (guest star J.R. Ramirez) during the last few episodes, even though I believe it takes more than that to follow in Sara’s footsteps. But Katie Cassidy has certainly proven that she can rock the leather suit in a recently released promo shoot.

Arrow’s Christmas episode “The Climb” will air Wednesday December 10 at 8/7 CT on the CW.

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