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Doctor Who - Piers Wenger on 'A Christmas Carol' and Season 6

CraveOnline: What can you tell us about the "Doctor Who" Christmas special coming out in December?

Piers Wenger: It's called "A Christmas Carol" and you know Steven [Moffat's] obsession with timelines to drive a story is very well documented. It's based on the iconic Christmas story that does that. It's very much a "Doctor Who" "Christmas Carol." He meets a character named Kazran Sardick played by Michael Gambon who is similar to Scrooge and the Doctor appears to him as the Ghost of Christmas Past and takes him back to his childhood and tries to show him the error of his ways while trying to save Amy and Rory who are trapped on a [space] train.

CraveOnline: After the Christmas special, what's coming up in season six?

Piers Wenger: Well, season six... you know we've got the pressure up after the success of the last season. We really have to raise the bar. Steven has written a two-parter, which will be the first season opening two-parter since the series came back in 2005 and it's all set in the [United States]. The [production] went to the states to film the American locations for that two-parter. I'm particularly dying to see that one. I think it's going to be the most ambitious season opener that "Doctor Who" has seen for the last five or six years.

CraveOnline: Are we finally going to learn who River Song is in that two-parter?

Piers Wenger: No. We're probably not finding that out quite yet, but stay tuned. I think you'll get really great clues in the coming season.

CraveOnline: What was the rationale for splitting season six into two parts next year?

Piers Wenger: I think it was basically driven by the story that Steven had in his head. It had a big [story] in the middle of it and I think [Steven] spoke to the drama commissioner of the BBC about that where he figured "why not build a [structure] that really built to it?" It was an excellent opportunity to really get the audience hooked by making it an end of season cliffhanger. We get a three month hiatus between the first part and the second part in the U.K.

CraveOnline: So, it'll be seven episodes in the spring, with six episodes and the 2011 Christmas special in the fall, right?

Piers Wenger: That's right, yes. You're never more than three months away from the next "Doctor Who."

CraveOnline: Will that be the schedule going forward even beyond this year?

Piers Wenger: We don't know that yet. As I said, it was driven by a story thing, by a two-parter from Steven.

CraveOnline: Can you tell us about any guest stars coming up in season six?

Piers Wenger: Well, we tend to do it on a rolling basis when the scripts are ready. But we've got some really exciting negotiations going on at the moment. We've got Alex Kingston returning for several episodes this year. But at the moment, there's no one I can actually reveal other than Alex.

Read the full interview here: Crave Online

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