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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a new synopsis and publicity image for the forthcoming Christmas Special, which stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor with Alex Kingston as River Song, and also features Greg Davies as King Hydroflax and Matt Lucas as Nardole.

Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Doctor and River, as played by Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)

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Alex Kingston (Credit: BBC/Jon Hall) Alex Kingston as River Song in the 2015 Christmas Special (Credit: BBC/Jon Hall)

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Radio Times (5-11 Dec 2015) (Credit: Radio Times)The new edition of the Radio Times, published today, features an interview with writer Steven Moffat, during which he confirms where in River's convoluted timeline this meeting takes place:
It doesn’t really matter, but for those who care it's immediately after The Angels Take Manhattan: River’s just seen Matt Smith’s Doctor lose Amy and Rory, and obviously before The Name of the Doctor because she’s dead in that.
The Radio Times website has also revealed that the now traditional Doctor Who cover for the Christmas period will be on the issue dated 5th-11th December, covering both the special and this year's series finale, Hell Bent. It is due to be published on the earlier date of 28th November as editions begin to roll out for the festive season.

The Christmas Special is (of course) due to be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day, but the first channel to confirm exactly when they will broadcast the episode is FOX in Germany, whose schedules show that it is due to air there on Thursday 28th January at 9:00pm! This is later than in recent years (where the episode has aired on or close to the same day as the UK) owing to a delay in being able to dub the episodes into German.

Though no other regions have confirmed when they will show the episode as yet, last year's special, Last Christmas, was broadcast in over thirty countries within 24 hours of the UK premiere!