Check out the 1st set pics from Doctor Who's Xmas special

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

'Tis the season to be jolly as the first set pics from the Newport set of Doctor Who's Christmas episode emerge and in one swift stroke confirm the return of a few rumored characters.

In the wake of our recent post about the Doctor's (Matt Smith) new companion Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, we now have some pictures from said Xmas episode and—lo and behold—

Victorian era? Check!

Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh)? Check!

Victorian-clad new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman)? Check!

We even have some pictures of our Silurian warrior's lady love Jenny (Catrin Stewart), plus the return of everyone's favorite lactating Sontaran Strax (Dan Starkey). All three characters, Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax, do return later in one episode of the second part of the seventh season, titled ''The Crimson Horror.''

As a bonus, we also have some pics of actor Tom Ward (Silent Witness) as—we'll call him "mysterious Victorian dapper man" for now—and Life on Mars actress Liz White as a maid.

Sadly, no pics of our favorite Time Lord Matt Smith or Richard E. Grant as the big bad villain just yet, but the ones we have are cool.

What's your take on those new pics?

(via Digital Spy and Doctor Who TV)