The 'Doctor Who' Christmas special might live it up to its name by arriving tonight, but since when have we ever waited until Christmas Day for a peek at our gifts? In advance of the arrival of the good 'Doctor's latest series seven adventure "The Snowmen," the first to officially introduce Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor's new companion, the BBC has been kind enough to gift us with two brand new sneak peeks from the episode. Meet the new villain, and hear Ian McKellen's glorious voice as the titular Snowmen inside!

It's the day of the last new 'Doctor Who' until 2013, when the good Doctor emerges from his grief to battle "The Snowmen" in Victorian England. Along the way, he'll encounter friends new and old, as well as dastardly villains that threaten the very fabric of space and time, but why wait until tomorrow for a sneak peek? The BBC has released two brand-new clips from the 2012 special, with plenty of universal intrigue to go around.

In addition to introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor’s new companion Clara, “The Snowmen” features Richard E. Grant and Tom Ward as villains, as well as the return of characters Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Commander Strax (Dan Starkey) and Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart). Check out The BBC’s official summary:

Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace.

We’ve also heard that the ‘Doctor Who’ special will feature a modified opening credits, as well as a new TARDIS interior, but while we wait, check out two new clips from "The Snowmen" below, and give us your predictions in the comments!

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