Smith’s Xmas Secrets in Radio Times

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A Doctor Who Christmas cover dedication from the Radio Times is now as traditional as the festive special itself.

The latest issue dated 3–9 December 2011 features the Doctor, Lily (Holly Earl) and Cyril (Maurice Cole)  in the snowy forest from The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

Inside, Matt Smith previews the special: “Whereas last year felt more like a Christmas romp, there’s a slow-burning, ethereal magic to this.

“We’ve covered a whole forest in snow. The scale is vast and there’s just something wonderfully magical about it because it’s never that snowy in this country, except maybe in Scotland … and on the telly. It does it for you: all the snow and the lovely smell of the pine trees. I’m really, really looking forward to Christmas now.”

Matt also speaks about pulling off his own fiery stunt: “Believe me, the fireball does so much of the acting for you. It was only afterwards that I realised I could have been seriously charred.

“I’ve been really enjoying it. Hopefully we’ll see more action/adventure-y Doctor next season.”

The new issue of the Radio Times is out today.