Doctor Who is back—and not a moment too soon! After an arguably lackluster half-season farewell to companions Amy and Rory (evil angel Statue of Liberty, really?), everyone's favorite Time Lord returns on December 25th for another of his patented Christmas Specials. And if your GI tract has been tied up in knots in anticipation, you can begin unraveling it: we've seen the special, and met the Doctor's newest companion, and you've got a lot to look forward to. And if you've never taken a trip on the Doctor's time-traveling TARDIS, well, now you've got something to do after the presents are opened that doesn't involve slave bounty hunters or singing revolutionaries. That goes double for fans of Who Executive Producer Steven Moffatt's other iconic British television show, Sherlock. Seriously! This special is accessible to newcomers and rewarding for longtime fans.

[If you've never seen an episode of Doctor Who here is what you need to know: The Doctor is an alien "Time Lord" who travels in a time machine called the TARDIS that is "bigger on the inside." He often travels with a human companion to help keep him grounded, and because this is a British show they are generally British]

Now, we don't want to spoil anything for you—which makes this very hard to write—but we will say that the latest special, The Snowmen, takes place in a Victorian England that is very aware of, and happy to talk about, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective. Not that Holmes ever met carnivorous snowmen—but, well, you'll see! And you don't even have to wait for a taste of what we're talking about. Just watch the lovely prequel webisode the BBC put up online last month:

Of course the episode isn't all green ladies and weird little men. It also brings us the introduction of the Doctor's new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). And if you groaned at the casting of yet another pretty young thing as one of the Doctor's companions, you may well be pleasantly surprised by Ms. Coleman who proves her appearance acting against Matt Smith's Doctor in the season premiere (as a different character) was no fluke.

What else can we tell you? Sadly not much beyond the fact that we've left out a lot of the episodes many, many lovely surprises at the request of the BBC and Moffatt. Sorry! So while we all count down the days until Christmas wishing we had a TARDIS of our own, maybe sit back and rewatch The Snowmen trailer?

Also... winter is coming!