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Christmas show will be broadcast on same day as U.K.

"Dr. Who" fans rejoice!

For the first time ever, the "Dr. Who Christmas Special" will be broadcast in the United States on the same day it's shown in the United Kingdom — Dec. 25.

For the uninitiated, Dr. Who is a Timelord from the planet Gallifrey who travels in a spaceship that looks like a blue British police box from the 1960s.

He's been delighting British sci-fi fans with his exploits since 1963 — and Americans have been able to follow him, sporadically, on public television, the Syfy Channel and BBC America.

Until this year, American fans have had to wait until the spring to see the show's Christmas special.

But this year, BBC America, available on digital cable and satellite services, will air the special at 8 p.m. Central time on Christmas Day.

The showing will be preceded by a marathon of previous Dr. Who "Christmas Specials" beginning at 11 p.m. Dec. 24.

A live concert, the "Doctor Who Prom," will air just before the new Christmas special.

This year's special is titled "A Christmas Carol," and guest-stars Michael Gambon (the second actor to play Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies) and Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins.

The show likely will feature Dr. Who saving Earth from destruction — a running theme through most of the "Christmas Specials."

The Doctor has died at least 10 times and been regenerated into a new form — a handy plot device that allows a new actor to take over the role.

The current Who the llth of the series — is Matt Smith, who is relatively unknown in the United States.

For the first time, parts of the coming season, which will begin airing in the spring on BBC America, has been filmed in the United States.

Caption: Michael Gambon (from left), Matt Smith and Katherine Jenkins are featured in the "Dr. Who Christmas Special," which will be broadcast Dec. 25.

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