|Though still half a year away, the Christmas Day schedule in Britain is now firming up. And it seems to be a season in which Christmas Past is the dominant ghost. We earlier reported on the remake of The Old Curiosity Shop on ITV. Now Sky Plus has added another old favorite to the festivities: Noel Edmonds.
In a report from The Sun, the host of a dozen Doctor Who-related interviews (many of which have been included on Doctor Who DVD releases) will resurrect his formerly-traditional Christmas special for audiences. The show last appeared in 1999 and involved sending cameras out with Noel as he presented emotionally-resonant, and sometimes exhorbitant, gifts to ordinary Britons.
Though it is not yet known when, precisely, the show will air—and, more crucially, whether it will provide head-to-head competition for "Voyage of the Damned"—it's likely that Edmonds' revival won't pose much of a threat to "Damned"'s ratings. It will likely draw its largest audiences from an older demographic than that which typically enjoys Doctor Who. It may, in fact, be best viewed as counter-programming to Doctor Who. However, as it's aimed at a different audience, it, Shop and Doctor Who may bring more total viewers to the set on Christmas Day, making Who's task of grabbing a sizable market share a bit harder.
To date, Edmonds' most direct involvement in the Doctor Who television experience is arguably as the presenter for JNT's swansong, "Dimensions in Time."