I'm not sure I can link this to Formula 1 at all. Erm, except that this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special has Michael Gambon in it, and he has a corner named after him on the Top Gear track, which Formula 1 people have also driven around. Ha. I did it. Katherine Jenkins is also in it, but she doesn't have a corner named after her. She was on this year's Sports Personality event, though, and Frank Williams appeared on stage. Double bonus!

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Now, on to the good stuff. There are lots of Doctor Who fans in the Sidepodcommunity, and so this is simply a space for them to gather to talk about the big event - the Christmas Special. This year is Matt Smith's first outing on Christmas Day, and as Lukeh pointed out on Twitter earlier in the week, it's also the first Christmas Special of the new Who era that won't star David Tennant. The stakes are quite high, but I'm sure Moffat can handle it.

The episode is loosely based on the Charles Dicken's novel of the same name, and there have been clips and photographs pouring out of the BBC for the past few weeks. This thread is here to avoid spoilers in the daily for anyone holding off on the episode, so if you want to chatter your way through the broadcast, that's fine. If you want to watch it in peace, then come back and discuss it later, that's fine too. If you can't stand Doctor Who, that's also good, there's a daily waiting for you just across the way.

For us, though, it is just under two hours until things kick off. I can't wait.

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  • Alex Andronov25/12/2010 at 16:44

    We have been trying for a while to get Katherine's dad into Doctor Who. He's remained unconvinced. And then a few minutes ago he said, "only an hour and a half to go until Doctor Who".

    "Why are you so interested all of a sudden?"

    Katherine's mum peered over her book, "Katherine Jenkins"...

  • me25/12/2010 at 16:47

    hehehehe!!

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 16:53

    That all sounds very familiar :)

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 16:56

    Since you commented that you set this thread up to prevent from spoilers "leaking", is there a way to prevent comments here from showing in the "realtime" window?

    I'd hate to see someone there getting spoiled by mistake.

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 16:57

    That's what the dashboard and/or direct threads are for :)

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 16:57

    http://sidepodcast.com/dashboard

    http://sidepodcast.com/post/daily-25th-december-2010

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 16:59

    Oh, I guess I should use the dashboard more often. *blush*

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 16:59

    Oh, I guess I should use the dashboard more often. *blush*

    Both options will provide live updates, but only on one thread at a time. We tried to cover all bases when designing it all :)

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 17:04

    Less than an hour to go!

    I'm so happy to have found this topic. Usually I'm yelling about Doctor Who on twitter, but 99% of my twitter list has never even heard of it. At least now I'll sound -less- stupid being all excited. ;)

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 17:06

    You are always welcome to shout about Doctor Who here!

  • Kai25/12/2010 at 17:09

    I think I just saw the Queen's Christmas message on BBCAmerica. I've never seen it before and never knew it existed. She was talking about sports bringing people together. All I could think of was how nerve wracking it must have been for those kids to read and sing in front of the Queen.

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 17:09

    Both options will provide live updates, but only on one thread at a time. We tried to cover all bases when designing it all :)

    I swear, I'm really not this slow usually, just that sometimes I don't see obvious things that are in front of me. Thanks to you and mr. c for already thinking 3 moves ahead.

  • Kai25/12/2010 at 17:11

    I swear, I'm really not this slow usually, just that sometimes I don't see obvious things that are in front of me. Thanks to you and mr. c for already thinking 3 moves ahead.

    You're not alone, Eric. I have been astonished at just how dense I have been this year. I need to ask basic questions about basic things. Thank goodness people are nice.

  • Kai25/12/2010 at 17:17

    Eric, how are you watching Dr Who - online? Next up on BBC America is Dr Who at the Proms.

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 17:19

    Both options will provide live updates, but only on one thread at a time. We tried to cover all bases when designing it all :)

    Sadly, no. I am off to bed soon. Go back to work tonight.. there will be hungry people wanting their bread and bagels in the morning.

    I'll be grabbing it and watching it in the morning when I get home from work.

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 17:20

    T orren ts are wonderful things.

  • Kai25/12/2010 at 17:21

    there will be hungry people wanting their bread and bagels in the morning.

    oh yes, they need you. :)

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 17:26

    there will be hungry people wanting their bread and bagels in the morning.

    If only you had had a Tardis, you would've been able to watch the show and prepare food literally at the same time. :(

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 17:27

    If only you had had a Tardis, you would've been able to watch the show and prepare food literally at the same time. :(

    Don't rub it in. :)

    I've wanted a TARDIS since at least 1978. When I first hear of Dr. Who.

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 17:33

    I've wanted a TARDIS since at least 1978. When I first hear of Dr. Who.

    Oh, wow. I don't think it's possible to have been watching it for that long in the Netherlands. Apparently it was on here in the 70s, but children got scared and then it got banned for being 'unchristian'.

  • Eric the baker25/12/2010 at 17:35

    Oh, I wasn't watching then. The local Public Broadcasting station did import classic episodes in the mid-80's or so. But back in '78 my older sister brought back some magazines from a visit to the UK, ( I think it was her honeymoon) and I read about the Doctor and his TARDIS then.

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 17:59

    Oooooh, it's about to start!!

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:01

    Oooooh, it's about to start!!

    Yeay! Btw, did I just see a dalek with a shipping bag? :o

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:03

    Yeay! Btw, did I just see a dalek with a shipping bag? :o

    I thought thats what I saw :)

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:07

    Jeff!!

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:12

    Fish?! :O

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:23

    Mr C jumped a mile. Hehehe.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:26

    Hullo, have come to my room to watch this as my family will not shut up.

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:27

    Hullo, have come to my room to watch this as my family will not shut up.

    Awwww.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:28

    But it means i can live comment it with lovely people. The shark made me jump :)

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:28

    Biiig shark!

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:29

    I can't stand that shark! It scares me every time...

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:29

    I suppose if your casting choice can sing you should make use of it

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:29

    I suppose if your casting choice can sing you should make use of it

    Bah. She couldnt last a minut on screen without warbling.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:31

    Oooh I wish it was transport! Going to work would be fun!

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:31

    Shark in a box, not to be confused with jack in a box.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:32

    Going to have to rewatch this I think, I'm really confused by a lot of the plot especially the fish because of the whole people not shutting up

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:33

    I bet santa doesnt have any sharks.

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:34

    That Christmas hat is okay, but I preferred the fez. :P

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:34

    Going to have to rewatch this I think, I'm really confused by a lot of the plot especially the fish because of the whole people not shutting up

    Never hurts to watch the Doctor twice, anyways :)

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:34

    FEZ!!!

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:35

    HE WORE A TOM BAKER SCARF

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:35

    Asran or whatever his name is is very Paul McGann right now

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:36

    Hehehe.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:38

    Hehehehehe, Matt Smith is awesome.

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:39

    Hehehehehe, Matt Smith is awesome.

    Too funny.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:41

    Awwwww I've missed the Doctor

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:41

    She's phoned a chapel, there's a car outside. LMAO!

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:42

    She's phoned a chapel, there's a car outside. LMAO!

    Marilyn! Get your coat!

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:42

    She's phoned a chapel, there's a car outside. LMAO!

    MARILYN! Get your coat!

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:42

    jinx!

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:42

    Mr C is right. You two ARE the same person!

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:43

    He looks like hugh grant

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:44

    He's playing his own dad, that confuses me.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:46

    Why are they dressed like that?!

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:47

    Why are they dressed like that?!

    Honeymoon suite.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:50

    has anyone else noticed the Star Trek film style lighting on the ship with the lens flares?

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:50

    Yup. Particularly the opening shots were very Star Trek.

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 18:52

    Ooh, he's tricksy that Doctor.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 18:54

    Panicky lost doctor.

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 18:58

    Wait, is that actual real snow for once?

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:01

    Yaaaaay. although stop hinting at things ending!

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:02

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 19:03

    Green ood?! When is the new season starting?

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 19:03

    I hope they arent going to overuse River.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:03

    I hope they arent going to overuse River.

    I also worried about that as she kept appearing

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:03

    Green ood?! When is the new season starting?

    6 episodes in the spring, 6 episodes in the autumn I believe

  • Leigh O'Gorman25/12/2010 at 19:04

    Hmmm... interesting enough episode, I suppose

  • me25/12/2010 at 19:04

    #needsmoreamy

    (still don't like the new doctor :( )

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:05

    (still don't like the new doctor :( )

    WHAT?!

  • me25/12/2010 at 19:06

    sorry, i like david.

  • me25/12/2010 at 19:06

    i likes amy almost as much as billie though.

  • Leigh O'Gorman25/12/2010 at 19:06

    sorry, i like david.

    I do like David, but it got a bit meh after a while - I think Matt is a better actor

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:06

    sorry, i like david.

    we all like david but matt's cool, he likes fezzes and jammie dodgers.

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:07

    Leigh did you see the Tom baker scarf?

  • Christine25/12/2010 at 19:07

    i likes amy almost as much as billie though.

    What???

  • me25/12/2010 at 19:07

    oops

  • Leigh O'Gorman25/12/2010 at 19:07

    Leigh did you see the Tom baker scarf?

    Indeed

    :D

  • Lukeh25/12/2010 at 19:13

    Goodness me, enver mention star trek on twitter. so many bot replies. Anyways I'm heading back off, thanks for being good dr who company! Have a lovely rest of Christmas Day :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman25/12/2010 at 19:14

    see you later lukeh

  • Alex Andronov25/12/2010 at 19:23

    i likes amy almost as much as billie though.

    What???

    Don't panic he doesn't know this one's real name :)

  • me25/12/2010 at 19:27

    Don't panic he doesn't know this one's real name

    erm... pond?

    actually, i'm not sure i knew billie's screen name. she was just billie to me :)

  • Sandy25/12/2010 at 19:34

    #needsmoreamy

    #needsmorerory He's way funnier than his wife. ;)

  • Lukeh26/12/2010 at 10:26

    hehehe, have been watching confidential this morning and Murray Gold's aim with abigail's Song was for it to build into the crescendo of a typical Muse song :D