A new sneak peek for the Doctor Who Christmas special landed during the BBC’s Children In Need coverage on Friday. Set in New York, the episode sees The Doctor teaming up with a masked superhero and a journalist to stop a deadly alien threat. The three-minute clip teases secret facilities, a superhero and a new villain. Here’s three things we learnt from the teaser.
1. A new ‘companion’
Charity Wakefield plays Lucy Fletcher, an investigative journalist for the New York newspaper the Daily Chronicle. Almost like a Lois Lane type character, Lucy is surprised to learn that the superhero is real. It looks like she stumbles upon The Doctor at a mysterious secret facility, and she tags along with The Doctor and Nardole (Matt Lucas) to stop the alien threat that has been teased.
2. The Doctor has another new alias
Peter Capaldi’s Doctor introduces himself to Lucy as ‘agent Dan Dangerous from Scotland Yard’ or ‘The Doctor for short’. He’s always had an alias - in series nine, he referred to himself as Doctor Disco - and its likely that the episode’s title refers to him, Doctor Mysterio.
3. The superhero has a name
Until now, there have only been rumours of the existence of a masked vigilante roaming the streets of New York. The caped crusader has a name - The Ghost. When Justin Chatwin’s unnamed superhero was first introduced, there was a theory that we might be dealing with The Doctor’s old enemy the Great Intelligence. That might still be the case but we’ve now also discovered that his powers include flight, super-strength and invulnerability.
Watch the teaser below…
The 60-minute episode titled The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will air on BBC 1 on Christmas day.