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Last Updated: Monday July 12 2010 15:05 GMT

Christmas Doctor Who's 'clever twist'

Doctor Who (Matt Smith), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) in episode 1 of series 5

Exciting news for Doctor Who fans missing their weekly fix - filming has started on the Christmas special!

It will be a "fun-filled and heartfelt festive story" and a "clever twist" on the classic tale A Christmas Carol.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon, who plays Dumbledore in Harry Potter, will guest star in it.

Show boss Steve Moffatt revealed: "It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon."

Katherine Jenkins
The Doctor Who special will be Katherine Jenkins' first acting role

It's Katherine Jenkins' first acting role and she is over the moon: "I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever."

The finale of the last series saw Amy Pond get married to Rory Williams, played by Arthur Darvill.