Doctor Who fans have been given a first look at the festive special, which is set to feature the Daleks in an epic showdown, and it’s definitely a Christmas miracle.
First shots of the special, titled Revolution of the Daleks, show Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole) looking deep in thought as they’re sat together – without the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).
Surrounded by papers, it could show the trio planning a way of getting back in touch with her, or simply moving on with their lives without her.
Another snap shows the Doctor locked away in an alien prison, surrounded by countless tally marks chalked on the wall – and it looks like she’s been there for a very long time.
While the lines give us major throwbacks to the Silence from Matt Smith’s era, creatures that were removed from the memory the minute anyone stopped looking at them, it’s more likely it’s just a marker of the time the Doctor’s spent in the cell.
The episode is set to see the Doctor locked away alone, while Graham, Yaz and Ryan attempt to get on with their lives without her.
It’s not long before they discover a disturbing plan forming – one involving the Doctor’s oldest enemy. However, fighting them without her seems like an impossible feat.
Following a cliffhanger ending to series 12, showrunner Chris Chibnall previously said of the Christmas special: ‘We can’t leave the Doctor there! On that cliffhanger! Well, we did. But rest assured, the Doctor and her friends will be back for a one-off extended Special around Christmas and New Year.
‘I don’t know when they’re going to put it on yet, otherwise we’d tell you! There will be Daleks. There will be exterminations. Thrills, laughter, tears. You know. The usual. See you at the end of the year.’
Meanwhile, Mandip said of the monsters’ epic return: ‘Oh, it’s brilliant! They never get old,’ she revealed. ‘And it seems so long ago that we did the last one [2019’s Resolution].’
She added to Radio Times: ‘Working with iconic monsters and whatnot, that people associate with Doctor Who, makes you feel more cemented in the series.
‘When we work with things like Cybermen, John Barrowman, the Daleks, the Judoon… you feel like you’re now properly part of the Doctor Who family.’
Christmas can’t come soon enough!
Revolution of the Daleks will air during the upcoming festive period on BBC One.
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