'Doctor Who' photos: Christmas special 2012 - 'The Snowmen'

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jenna-louise-coleman-clara-matt-smith-doctor-who-christmas-snowmen-bbc-america.jpgAs any Whovian can tell you, the TV highlight of every holiday season is the annual "Doctor Who" Christmas special. And this year's "The Snowmen" has the added bonus of introducing us to the Doctor's new companion, Clara ( Jenna-Louise Coleman).

In addition to the trailer and prequel webisode released last week, BBC America has also unveiled a slew of photos from the special which spotlight The Doctor ( Matt Smith), Clara, the villainous Doctor Simeon ( Richard E. Grant) and a few old friends.

Check out the photos and the questions they inspire below:

How will Clara stack up against previous companions?

jenna-louise-coleman-doctor-who-christsmas-snowmen-bbc-america.jpg What nefarious plot does Doctor Simeon (Richard E. Grant) have planned?

doctor-who-christmas-snowmen-richard-e-grant-2012-bbc-america.jpg How will Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Commander Strax (Dan Starkey), and Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) fit into the story?

doctor-who-christmas-2012-snowmen-Neve-McIntosh-Dan-Starkey-Catrin-Stewart-bbc-america.jpg What kind of holiday mischief will The Doctor and Clara get into?

jenna-louise-coleman-matt-smith-doctor-who-christmas-snowmen-bbc-america.jpgWritten by current showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein, "The Snowmen" is set to make its U.S. debut on Christmas night, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.
Photo/Video credit: BBC America