As everyone knows, Santa Claus is coming to town on December 25. But six days earlier, so is another very famous old gentleman. To MediaCity to be precise.

Fans of Doctor Who will be able to see the annual Christmas special before anyone else, because free screenings of one of the most eagerly-awaited festive TV shows will take place at Dock 10 MediaCity on Tuesday, 19 December.

It’s part of a Christmas tour taking in eight locations across northern England to spread a little festive fun throughout the region.

As well as a sneak peek of this hotly-anticipated show, fans will also be able to pose for photos on the BBC’s red carpet with props from the programmes.

This year’s episode Twice Upon a Time will feature Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for the last time.  He’ll joined by David Bradley who reprises his role as the First Doctor, while Pearl Mackie returns as companion Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss guest stars as the Captain.

The programme will be shown in its entirety – apart from the last few moments which will be kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.

“We can’t wait to bring this wonderful seasonal programming direct to our audiences in the north and we’re sure they’ll enjoy this exclusive BBC content,” says BBC North general manager Adrian Mills.

Tickets will be available through a ballot which will be open from Thursday 23 November for 10 days via the BBC Shows and Tours website.

The ballot will close on Sunday 3 December. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.

Tuesday 19 December
Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford
7pm & 8.30pm

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