Christmas 2013

Happy Christmas to the Best Readers on the Planet

Happy Christmas, Telly Visions readers! (Or Happy Wednesday and generally Winter-ish season if this holiday isn’t your cup of tea.) Either way, the point is, is that today is a day about where it’s appropriate to celebrate people we care about – and also hopefully to get a ton of great British telly on DVD – and you all are basically the best readers ever.

Thanks for being a part of our blog community for the past two years and change – for reading, and commenting, and tweeting, and sharing and just generally being fantastic. It’s the best present a girl could ask for. Well, other than an advance copy of Sherlock Series 3. Just in case Santa is listening. (Sorry, I had to try.)

Here’s hoping that you find a pile of great Anglophile-appropriate presents under the tree – we’re looking forward to a great 2014 with all of you!

Did you get any particularly great Brit-themed gifts today? Do tell in the comments!

Naughty and Nice British Television Shows of 2013

Father Christmas sure must have his work cut out for him. With all that business of trying to determine who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, it surely must do his head in a bit. How do I know? Because I’ve been attempting to do the same with the British TV shows of the past year and have found it to be more difficult that I originally thought.

First of all, there is no way I could watch every series broadcast in the past twelve months, even if I lived in the UK and did nothing but sit on the couch with my eyes glued to the tube 24 hours a day. Therefore, I reviewed the list of programs I had watched, sorted them into quick first-impression categories, ruminated on the line-up I had assembled and then narrowed down both lists to the naughtiest and the nicest British shows of 2013.

Preview ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special ‘The Time of the Doctor’

"And now it's time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve's."

With an opening line like that, you almost don’t need to bother with making the rest of an actual trailer, but, we’ll certainly watch it anyway if you do.

Yes, the trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special, called The Time of the Doctor, but better known as The Episode Where Matt Smith is Leaving, has arrived, and it’s pretty fantastic. This episode marks the end of Smith’s run as the Eleventh Doctor, and the dawn of the Peter Capaldi era, and that transition seems to be a fairly major plot point in this episode.

Watch for yourselves below and then let’s engage in some rampant speculation shall we?

First Photos from 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special 'The Time of the Doctor'

It’s a bit of a bittersweet time to be a Doctor Who fan. We’re all still basking in the joy generated by the fantastic 50th anniversary celebrations and looking forward to the bonus of another new episode airing at Christmas. Yet, the excitement is also tinged with a hint of sadness, as the arrival of the holiday special means that we’ll be officially saying goodbye to Matt Smith and his Eleventh Doctor. Oh, and we’re also all pretty excited to see incoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi at the same time. Like I said, it’s a complicated time to be a Whovian.

But, let’s focus on the joy for now, at least – and the excitement that comes with new Who goodies to share. BBC America has helpfully released some new photos from the upcoming Christmas special, entitled The Time of the Doctor. The episode will air on Christmas Day in both the UK and the US, which means that us Americans will only have to manage to avoid the internet for about 5 hours. Whew.

The synopsis for The Time of the Doctor is as follows: 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.

Take a look for yourselves below.

Even More 'Doctor Who' Goodies: Watch a 50th Anniversary Behind the Scenes Clip and a Christmas Special Teaser

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more Doctor Who-related goodness after the magical 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, well, guess what, the BBC seems bound and determined to spoil us all, with a continued flood of video goodies sure to make all Whovians pretty happy.

Even after we got a whale of an episode for the 50th already, the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s a new behind-the-scenes clip and a deleted scene from the anniversary special itself, as well as our first (incredibly brief) look at the upcoming 2013 Christmas special – also known as the episode where Matt Smith hangs up his sonic screwdriver and we say goodbye to the Eleventh Doctor.

Basically, this is a really good week to be a Doctor Who fan.

Hugh Bonneville’s ‘Mr Stink’ Headed to PBS Stations This Christmas

Get ready for an unexpected and heartwarming treat this holiday season, coming to PBS stations nationwide. Mr. Stink, a feature-length drama adapted from the popular children’s novel written by David Walliams, will premiere this December, as part of PBS’s upcoming holiday programming line-up.

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville stars as the titular Mr. Stink, a homeless man who is befriended by a lonely twelve-year-old girl named Chloe who invites him to live in the shed at the end of her family’s garden. It’s a role that seems to be about 180 degrees removed from the ultra posh Robert, Earl of Grantham, which is part of the reason it should be so fun to watch.

Read on for more details.