The First Image and Footage From the Doctor Who Christmas Special Adds Superheroes to the Whoniverse

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As was just revealed at the Doctor Who panel at New York Comic Con, in addition to the Doctor and Matt Lucas’ character Nardole, the Christmas special, “Return of Doctor Mysterio,” also features Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black) as a literal superhero.

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Here’s the full image of Chatwin:

Steven Moffat said that his inspiration for the special was his obsession with superheroes, in particular Clark Kent. Not Superman, but Clark Kent because Moffat loved the mild-mannered alter ego. In particular, the way that he never tells Lois Lane that he is actually the man she loves. “It’s a love triangle with two people in it!” It is, in his mind, the best love story ever told.

We also saw some of the very first footage from the special in a behind-the-scenes video. Be prepared for a lot of weird things confusing the Doctor:

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

DISCUSSION

cattarsussinus
Cat Tarsus Sinus

Ok, I love Who, don’t get me wrong here. But, that costume looks like something out of a superhero porn parody (or Bibleman). Despite the aesthetics of the costume, I’d be totally jazzed to finally get some new Doctor Who except for Matt Lucas (sans robot body apparently), whom I do not find the least bit entertaining. Between Lucas’ appearance in the special and series 10, I feel like Moffat is giving us the finger on the way out the door.