Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has shed some light on how the character of Santa Claus will be portrayed in this year’s Christmas special.
The comments were made during a Q&A session as part of the Series 8 DVD launch earlier this week, where Moffat said:
“Santa could never be evil, for heaven’s sake! Santa is both real and a Christmas hero.
“No no, don’t worry any parents who were worried about that. Santa is presented, as he is in real life, as a great Christmas hero.”
He then went on to talk about the casting of Nick Frost in the role, claiming:
“He actually is the real Santa. He’s been faking it up until now. For the first time he’s allowing the natural colour of his beard to show through.
“You could figure it out, you know, Nick Frost, Nicholas Frost – you see?”
Viewers caught a first glimpse of Frost’s Santa at the end of the Series 8 finale Death in Heaven, whilst a special preview clip featuring the character alongside the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) aired last week as part of the BBC’s Children in Need appeal night.
This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will air on Christmas Day on BBC One – watch the teaser trailer here!
[Source: Doctor Who TV]