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DOCTOR WHO: 'The Snowmen' Gets A New Prequel Minisode!! + Changes To Opening Coming!!


BBC has issued another prequel to The Snowmen, this year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special.  

The last episode found Vastra - the hottest lizard lady on or off this planet - encountering a rather Darkish Doctor. 


This new installment, seen below, continues her tale. Or, should that be tail?  Do lady Silurians have tails?  The literal, reptilian kind, I mean...


The Snowmen transmits on BBC One and BBC America Christmas Day!! 

Also, today we learn that The Snowmen will being forth a new title sequence and theme arrangement for the show!  More details HERE!  





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  • Dec. 17, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Wonder if new opening will last the remainder of series 7?

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Or will the new opening be the same as series 5,6, and the beginning of series 7, just changes with font designs?

  • Dec. 17, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Don't really care, show us some better baddies

    by cerberus

    The Doctor has enough fun friends. Never really cared about the trashcans with plungers, or the silly Cybermen. He needs better enemies that aren't props.

  • time for the brits to experience what raping of one's childhood feels like

  • Dec. 17, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    new theme?

    by docmem

    Thank god. Murray Gold's version of the theme for the Smith era is just embarrassingly awful.

  • Dec. 17, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    hmmm... some Girl on (girl) lizard action!

    by Rendell


  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Lesbian lizard luv...PASS

    by FeralAngel

    With Amy gone and Moffatt's preachiness going beyond subtlety, I'm outta here. Cheers, mates.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Speaking of new theme version

    by Mac Styran - For who-ever is interested. My god, that was the lamest pun I've ever done... oh noes ... now I'm rhyming... *back to bed*

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Cue the whining about the 'gay agenda'!

    by BloodiedFox

    Oh wait, Moffat's straight, and they're women. It's only the 'gay agenda' if the writer's gay and the character's are male. Bitching aside, I'm cautiously optimistic about the christmas special. Yes, the snow men look beyond stupid, but since most of the focus will undoubtedly be on Clara/Oswin/Souffle Girl it just might fly.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    New titles? Yay, everyone loves distracting gimmicks!

    by buggerbugger

    Try concentrating on the story for a change, eh? I don't particularly care if the logo's got Christmas decorations on it and there are sleigh bells in the music, just try producing a decent story for a change. Oh, wait, it's a Christmas episode, so it's bound to be even worse than usual. Sentient, evil snow and kissing companions. Christ on a bike.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I love the Christmas Specials.

    by Captain Howdy

    Even the rubbish ones. Besides, I've got a good pre-50th vibe about this year's edition. The board has been cleared, the pieces are being rearranged, and a new game will shortly begin.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    No more of these friends please

    by Fuck The Napkin

    I liked it when the Doctor when round calling in favours off a few characters he'd met before but I don't want to see them again. Hopefully they're not in the full episode... I really liked the Christmas episode with the opera singer in the freezer. And the Christmas Invasion and the Runaway Bride. The others have varied between dull, forgettable and embarrassing. I often persuade non-Who fans to watch on Christmas Day for a taste of what they've been missing. They don't normally come back for any more.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Complaining about the episode before seeing it

    by Mister Vertue

    I've never understood that. Of course, these people can still watch the episode and come back and say 'there you go, I told you it was rubbish', but to say so beforehand? Baffling. All part of modern society's need to bitch and moan about everything I suppose.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    waltkovacs - oh shut the fuck up, mate

    by Dharma4

    As if the US is the ONLY place that you grew up with Star Trek. Fucking ignorant is what you are. Thank JJ for making Trek fun to watch and energizing again. We did experience that with Moffat taking over. He made it more expansive and fun. I bid you a fuck off. -Namaste-

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    @dharma4: Aaaannnnddd... Bob's you're uncle. Agreed.

    by ChakaMudd

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    @MOV: Those who moan and bitch and hate...

    by wtriker1701

    ...might be silent in about a week. Or not? Well, this is and always will be AICN. Where all shades and colours of mankind gather to praise and bitch, to love and hate, to giggle and moan... I'm eagerly awaiting th Christmas Special. This Half A Season was not enough Who for 1 year. See, I'm already moaning about not enough Who. Though I love Who! ;-)

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    More topless companion photos pleaze!

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Is this new scene from the actual episode?

    by Dreamfasting

    Great characters wonderfully performed. But is this latest snippet the opening of the episode itself? If not, I find myself curious how the actual story will re-introduce them (then again, the episode itself is presumably going to focus on the new companion rather than our old friends?)

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    @MOV: of doubt and grumbles

    by Dreamfasting

    Just as hope and anticipation from the faintest whisps of news can become a self-sustaining joy, so can doubt dig deeper and deeper pits from the tiniest of irritations. Expectations are subjective. No matter how well and how consistently something delivers, the dream of what could be can still begin to overshoot what's possible. It's hard, very hard, when desperately trying to gather eyeballs and generate excitement, to also weave in a little restraint, to pull down expectations that have gone too far or to make an honest invitation to people who have become cynical about having their emotions engineered by marketting. Since last year's special evoked Narnia references, let me give a shout out to a wonderful scene from C.S.Lewis's "The Last Battle", at the finale of the Narnia series where a group of dwarves are seated at a banquet and cannot see a great feast before them, thinking it only stale bread and foul water. Ignoring Lewis's religious allegories, I feel the scene speaks deeply to the self-reinforcing subjectiveness of our joys and despair. Don't hate the haters. Just accept that sometimes people become trapped. If everyone could find bliss on a whim, the entertainment industry wouldn't need to exist in the first place.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Shabash Dreamfasting!

    by veteran_of_mu

    A beautiful sentiment beautifully expressed. DW rewards people who bring their imaginations to the party. To fail to imagine is to fail to see.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    New TARDIS Console Room has been revealed!

    by Darth_Tarantino

    Image on the official site and also on Blogtor Who. Looks great - a mixture of classic console with a few hints of McGann's console. Love it.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    This year's special looks to be much better than last year's

    by DoctorTom

    At least if we can judge by the prequels. It feels like the spark is back for a Christmas story (small S on story - I don't think we're getting Moffat riffing off that movie yet, but I'd triple dog dare him to try). I saw the picture of the new TARDIS console room, and I get the feeling it's going to do double duty in the 50th anniversary special. It looks a lot like it could be a default setting for the desktop pattern. Maybe the rumors about a young first Doctor will pan out.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    It still bugs me that they didn't update the Silurians...

    by ProfWimsey

    Intelligent dinosaurs would be warm-blooded and feathered. They didn't know that in 1970, but they knew it by 2010! Vastra should have a feathery crest, and probably a fuzzy face, too.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Silurians aren't intelligent dinosaurs

    by mallerick2001

    They're reptiles evolved into the dominant lifeform at that time.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Loved last year's Christmas special

    by FeralAngel

    But this year's I will pass on. Yes, the scaley dyke turned me off. Deal! Plus, the first episode of Who I ever saw was the one with the Christmas Carol theme, complete with Amy Pond (and unfortunately, Rory too). Hated Rory. Third wheel, when the heat was between Amy and the Doc. Then I saw "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" and lost my nut over it. FANTASTIC. It hurts to say goodbye to the Doctor. But I'm not seeing anything in this new ep to prompt me to pay Amazon to watch it. Ah well. Nice while it lasted.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    My heart sinks further with each Christmas special that's made.

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Inter-species lesbianism? Victorian-era humans being totally at ease with aliens? Evil snowmen?? I for one am growing tired of this self-indulgent tripe, riddled with in-jokes and nods & winks as to how clever a writer Moffat is. If you want to write an intelligent "Victorian" era story, please see "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" first as that's the bench-mark, and it didn't patronise the children (or adults) who watched it. Is it any wonder this story is being broadcast at 5:15 in the afternoon? It's clearly been aimed at 3 year-olds, those who don't appreciate good sci-fi and die-hard "Who" fans who won't hear a bad word against their beloved show.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Nice to see Scrooge has been rallying the troops, this week.

    by Captain Howdy

    If anyone else knows of something more suited to, (or deserving of), an hour of your televisual time on Christmas Day, feel free to enlighten us. I'll be sure to stick it on TiVo and watch it after Doctor Who.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Many humans have naturally naked faces. Why shouldn't Silurians?

    by veteran_of_mu

    I imagine Vastra has pubic feathers. And I imagine they tickle.

  • If this Xmas special doesn't appeal to me at all, that would be my comment, and leave it at that. If everyone else thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I don't, I'll scratch my head curiously, but again I won't be trying to convert anyone. As it is, I have high expectations just for the new companion, and low expectations because the Christmas episodes have always seemed like an excuse for the writers to indulge in a little more cheese than usual, and to wave away plot holes with a little more legerdemain than I'd like.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    @caractacuspotts - Pubic.. feathers...

    by V'Shael

    Is it possible that you just made Madam Vastra even more sexy? Yes, I think it is.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Pubic feathers

    by Dreamfasting

    *blank stare at the screen* ok, that's ... that's enough Internet for me today.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    @ Johnny Wishbone - pretty much agree.

    by Octavian

    The era of Moffat worship is slowly coming to an end. Thank the Lord the great charlatan is finally being found out.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    NEW TARDIS interior revealed!

    by Seph_J <p> Proper retro console! I actually kinda love it!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    Oh boy.