Clara (to the children): There's a man called the Doctor. He lives on a cloud in the sky and all he does, all day, every day is to stop all the children in the world ever having bad dreams.
So after eight months since the announcement of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion and six months since the name actually leaked, the trailer finally confirmed that her character's name is Clara. Unfortunately we didn't learn her surname but we do know that she's a governess though, so it's a little more to go on. Plus, the episode itself is called The Snowmen with actual killer snowmen in it.
And from the BBCAmerica press release ...
Announced today, the title of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is The Snowmen. A new companion, a new look for the Doctor, plus a new monster will all be introduced in this movie-scale episode. Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion Clara, The Snowmen follows their adventures as they embark on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant, The Iron Lady, Dracula)
and his army of icy snowmen. This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special
premieres Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.
I did love seeing Matt and Jenna introducing both the prequel and the trailer for this episode. Already, you can tell that both actors have great chemistry with each other and that the Eleven/Clara dynamic will be a success story. Also the implied teasing as to whether there's a connection between Clara and Oswin is also interesting too. I'm really hoping this episode gives us some variation of Walking In The Air as well.
The prequel scene, titled The Great Detective sees Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint (thanks for giving her a surname) trying to tempt the Doctor into an adventure with no success. It seems that the Doctor has retired from adventures, so it's going to be interesting to see how Clara will earn herself a trip in the TARDIS. Strax wanting to declare war on the moon was amusing too.
Press Release: http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/11/bbcamerica-xmas-171112010008.html
The Snowmen airs on Christmas Day on BBC1 and BBCAmerica.