Stop me if you’ve heard this one before … If you want to see Doctor Who’s Christmas special on the big screen, you’re in luck: Fathom Events is continuing its practice of screening the holiday adventure with this year’s “Twice Upon a Time.”
The now-traditional holiday episode, bridging Series 10 and 11 of the venerable British sci-fi drama’s modern manifestation, will be notable for being current star Peter Capaldi’s last, as his Twelfth Doctor faces (or tries to avoid facing) regeneration into a Thirteenth incarnation, played by Jodie Whittaker in a female first.
Also, David Bradley, known for playing First Doctor performer William Hartnell in a 50th anniversary docu-drama a few years back, will appear — this time, in character as the First Doctor (“the original, you might say,” as he’d say). He actually appeared in the cliffhanger final scene of Series 10’s explosive finale, “The Doctor Falls,” setting up the Christmas appearance.
Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, with many Who appearances on screen and behind the scenes as a writer), also appears in the Christmas special, as does Pearl Mackie as Series 10’s unforgettable traveling companion Bill Potts.
“Twice Upon a Time,” set to air Christmas Day on BBC America, will screen in select theaters Dec. 27. Tickets should go on sale to the general public Oct. 20.