Brit fave Matt Lucas makes his Doctor Who debut in 11 new pics from the Christmas special

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Dec 4, 2015, 3:22 PM EST

While we’re waiting on tenterhooks for the Doctor Who Season 9 finale to air tomorrow, the BBC has released a bunch of new promo and character pics for its upcoming Chirstmas special, “The Husbands of River Song.”

As well as revealing a first look at some new aliens and guest stars Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Pompidou) and Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners), the pics also offer some very nice character shots of the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his time-traveling wife, River Song (Alex Kingston).

Steven Moffat has said of the yuletide episode that it's going to be a fun, madcap adventure with River kissing almost everyone but our poor, lovelorn Doctor. Geez, our beloved Time Lord cannot catch a break! Here’s the official synopsis:

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from carols and comedy antlers. But when the Time Lord’s help is requested he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy! King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious and his giant robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and at a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time…

Also included in the gallery is a higher-resolution image (as well as a close-up shot) of the Doctor holding a new sonic screwdriver. As some of you have pointed out (I couldn't make it out the first time I saw it since the pic was so low-res), it is indeed a brand-new, very cool-looking screwdriver!  Check out the pics below, and let us know what you think.

(via Far Far Away Site, Doctor Who TV)