The ABC has announced that two marque shows will air specials on Boxing Day evening.
Doctor Who – The Time Of The Doctor
Screens Thursday December 26 at 7.30pm, ABC1
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - and amongst them, the Doctor.
Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
Call The Midwife Christmas Special 2013
Screens Thursday December 26 at 8.30pm, ABC1
In Poplar, Christmas 1958 is not just about the opening of presents, but also the closing of deep wounds. Wartime trials are relived - and a new enemy confronted - before peace and love are restored to centre stage. Fairy lights festoon the streets as Jenny’s relationship with Alec continues to blossom and Shelagh prepares for her quiet wedding to Dr Turner. Suddenly, Nonnatus House is awoken by a hammering on the door. But this time, it’s not a panicking father, it’s the police. Just around the corner, an unexploded bomb has been uncovered and the district has to be evacuated. Electrical power in the immediate vicinity has been cut off, and it is dark as the nuns and nurses scramble out of the door to join the crowds of evacuated residents scurrying down the pitch-black street. As the community struggles to stop Christmas being reduced to ashes, the Nonnatus House staff reach out to those in need and keep spirits high, rekindling the spirit of the Blitz. Jenny is played by Jessica Raine, Alec by Leo Staar, Shelagh by Laura Main and Dr Turner by Stephen McGann. Guest stars include Sandy Toksvig as Sister Gibbs, Raymond Coulthard as Captain Goodacre and Simon Armstrong as Major Fawcett.