Matt Smith details Doctor Who Christmas special

BBC America recently posted a brief interview with Matt Smith, who currently plays The Doctor on Doctor Who. In the short YouTube video, Smith discusses the upcoming special holiday episode of the popular show.

The special is set in “a very magical snowy world,” Smith says to an unseen/unheard interviewer in the video.

“[It’s actually] very Tim Burton-esque in many ways, which is quite exciting.”

The clips of Smith in a thin, ill-fitting Beastie Boys T-Shirt, sitting in what is likely a studio back room – his hair is in-character, but the rest of him is not – are cut with scenes from the trailer for the episode released last week.

The synopsis of the episode is thus:

In DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE, it’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness — all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

The episode guest star is Claire Skinner, as Madge. The episode will air on BBC America on the evening of December 25, 2011.