While they're always entertaining, Doctor Who Christmas specials aren't always known for being happy. For many years, fans of the series have tuned in on the holiday either to be delighted or saddened by the adventures of The Doctor. Thankfully, it sounds like this year's special isn't too sad, as one star has said that it's like a certain Christmas Classic in some key ways. David Bradley, who will play the First Doctor, explained how the much-anticipated holiday special is similar to the holiday classic It's A Wonderful Life:
It's full of good-heartedness. I would say even if you have never seen Doctor Who before, I think you will love it. It's a story for me that is as heart-warming as It's A Wonderful Life. I would say it has a heartwarming aspect of storytelling. It will be funny as well as heartwarming, and I think the fans will love it. I can't wait to see it. I normally don't get too excited about things I've done, but with the Doctor Who, I can't wait to see it. I'm very excited.
Considering It's A Wonderful Life is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed holiday films out there, that's some high praise from David Bradley! Granted, not everyone would say the tale of a man who is talked down from suicide on Christmas Eve is necessarily heartwarming, but the drama mixed with the end result make it a classic story for all ages. Apparently, that's the same type of tale Doctor Who will shoot for in its Christmas special, which features the two Doctors and a WW1 army captain stuck at the South Pole.
Bradley may be a bit biased to judge how good the Doctor Who Christmas special is though, as he tells Comicbook.com he was thrilled to be joining the cast to play the First Doctor. Previous to his appearance in "The Doctor Falls," David Bradley had portrayed the Doctor before, but it was in a docudrama in which he played the actual actor of the First Doctor (William Hartnell). While Bradley obviously couldn't spill the beans too much about what puts the episode "Twice Upon A Time" on the same level as It's A Wonderful Life, he did indicate all the pieces are there for it certainly to be an iconic episode in the show's history.
Doctor Who will air its Christmas Special on BBC America in Monday, December 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET. For other shows that can be seen this December, Christmas-related or otherwise, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide as there are still many shows worth watching in 2017. Those wishing to skip ahead and see what all is scheduled for 2018 can certainly do so by visiting our midseason premiere guide. Those unable to find the show they're looking for in that guide might find it instead in our cancellation guide, as 2017 was none to kind to a healthy heap of shows.