I know I said I'd likely be on hiatus this month, but some important details have been revealed by the BBC regarding this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, which I have picked up from the ever-so-helpful pop culture newshounds over at LeakyNews.com, a blog spun off from the popular Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron.
So...first off, the episode will air on Christmas Day as usual.We also have an episode title; just a couple days ago the official Doctor Who Twitter account confirmed it will be called "The Snowmen." We do know from previous information it will be set in Victorian times and that a new Companion will be introduced to replace the departing Amy & Rory Pond, and that she is a girl, and she will be played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. And, according to the first proper trailer for the episode (also just released), her character will be named Clara. Coleman also played Oswin Oswald in "Asylum of the Daleks," the Series 7 premiere, making the Christmas Special her second episode of the series. It is unknown whether her character as a Companion and her character in "Asylum of the Daleks" are the same person (though in a bit introducing the trailer Matt Smith and Coleman joke about that possibility). Coleman is primarily known for her four years on Emmerdale, a British soap opera set on a farm in Yorkshire, as Jasmine Thomas.
A prequel for the Christmas Special was also aired by the BBC, called "The Great Detective," which can now be viewed online. You can see more at LeakyNews via the link below, as well as watch the prequel and the trailer.
Just wanted to share that news! There's only a little over a month till Christmas, so not much longer to wait yet!
Edit: I have edited the "Next Doctor Who Episode" part of the footer to reflect this new information.