Watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special Prequel, “The Great Detective”

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"The Great Detective," a prequel to the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special, will air tonight as part of the BBC’s Children in Need telethon. The Beeb has thankfully taken mercy upon us Whovians across the pond and uploaded it to YouTube. 

The clip begins with a brief, humorous introduction from the Doctor himself, Matt Smith, and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. After that, we’re treated to an old-fashioned tale of set in Victorian London with Vastra, Jenny and Strax attempting to coax the Doctor out of retirement. It’s a mere 4:10 (counting intro & outro), but it’s definitely worth watching.

Children in Need is a BBC-ran corporate charity focusing on awarding grants to programs in the UK that focus on helping disadvantaged children. For more information, check out their official website.

See “The Great Detective” below and tune in for the full Christmas special on December 25.

UPDATE: A trailer for the Christmas Special has been released as well.

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