Following through on its promise to return ‘early in 2020’, we now know definitively that Doctor Who will be back on tv screens on New Year’s Day – kicking off with a slightly longer episode (entitled Spyfall) before settling back in for the rest of its run on consecutive Sundays. Doctor Who had a modern tradition of a Christmas Day slot, but that appears to have moved a week onwards by a week. In the UK the episode will be shown on BBC1 in the early evening and in the US it can be seen at 8pm EST on BBC America. There are also various cinemas in the US showing the episode ‘live’. The latest trailer can be seen below or here…
But there are several other projects that are hooked on classics and have potential ‘must-see’ considerations.
Ex-Who showrunner Steve Moffatt and fellow Sherlock writing partner Mark Gatiss have penned their version of Dracula which has now been confirmed for a three-consecutive-night run, starting on New Year’s Day on BBC1. Unlike Sherlock which saw the titular detective transposed to modern times, this version of Bram Stoker’s vampire (a co-production with Netflix, who will debut the project shortly afterwards) is a traditional period piece with Claes Bang as the blood-sucking count who arrives in the UK with a very personal mission. The cast includes John Heffernan, Jonathan Arris and Catherine Schell and Gatiss will also appear in front of the camera.
There’s also a retelling of another classic: Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol. It stars Guy Pearce (The Count of Monte Cristo, Memento, Iron Man 3) as Ebenezer Scrooge, Joe Alwyn as Bob Crachitt, Stephen Graham as Jacob Marley, Andy Serkis is the Ghost of Christmas Past and Jason Flemyng is the Ghost of Christmas Future. Taboo/Venom‘s Tom Hardy, is also executive producing. The US’s FX will debut the film on 19th December with the BBC and British broadcast taking place three days later.