Mark Gatiss Teases A “Moving” Doctor Who Christmas Special

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Doctor Who will air its annual Christmas special come Monday. While we’re heartbroken at the thought of Peter Capaldi leaving the role, it’s exciting to see just how the Twelfth Doctor will regenerate into Jodie Whittaker.

First, however, we need to sob our way through “Twice Upon A Time”. In an interview with Mark Gatiss, Entertainment Weekly learned how many tissue we’ll need.

A lot, pretty much.

He also described what to expect from the special. Both the First Doctor (David Bradley) and the Twelfth coming to terms with their regenerations.

“Both Doctors are about to regenerate, one of them for the first time, one for the 13th, or whatever it is now. [Laughs] It’s a very charming, funny, and rather moving script, and it was just a privilege to be part of it. I mean, for me, as a lifelong fan, to be in a regeneration story, and to be in Peter’s one, and to be also with the First Doctor, it was amazing. I just had to pinch myself at times. I looked across the set to see two TARDISes next to each other and got a real frisson of old-school Doctor Who-ness.”

Gatiss, who is a regular collaborator with former showrunner Steven Moffat, does not plan to return to show as a writer anytime soon.

“I must admit, the idea of not writing for it again is very strange. But I’m just very excited about not knowing anything and it’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to say that, literally, when it starts, I won’t know a thing about the new approach, the music, the title sequence, the inside of the TARDIS, the stories, the writers. I don’t know anything! And that’s just like being eight years old and sitting in front of the TV again, and not knowing anything, which in this day and age is a very unusual situation to be [in]. So, I’d just like to enjoy it and have a proper break, and maybe, if Chris wants me, I might do something.”

“Twice Upon A Time” airs on Christmas Day.

Bec Heim