It's beginning to look a lot like 'Doctor Who' Christmas

'Doctor Who Christmas Special' poster.
Courtesy BBC America
BBC America is teasing the season with info on the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Snowmen."

Airing Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET, the episode is a movie-scale production that features a new monster, along with new companion "Clara" (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, who was also played Oswin in the "Asylum of the Daleks" season premiere in September).

As if that's not enough, the special follows a tradition of having brilliant guest stars - such as Richard E. Grant, who plays villain Doctor Simeon, leader of the snowmen creatures. And did we mention the funky new look for Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith? Apparently stovepipe hats are cool.

Of course, if the special will tie into the exclusive super major news we received about the second-half of season seven, we don't know. But Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said, "The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things - but this year it's different. He's lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he's not in a good place: in fact, he's Scrooge. He's withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it's time to return to the good fight. Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman ..."

For Smith's part, the Doctor himself said, "For this year’s Christmas special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon. As well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future, who all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world. Add to that Jenna-Louise Coleman and so begins the Christmas Special 2012."

Earlier, we received a trailer and prequel mini-sode for the special, but if you need any more motivation to get into the Who mood for Christmas, check out the new poster above and jump ahead to see the first look at the all-new Snowmen monster. And don't miss our CNN partnership article about the events leading up to the Christmas special.

-Aaron Sagers

Grrr! Imma Snowman monster!
Courtesy BBC America