Video and pix: Look Who’s here! Tardis materialises outside the Mansion House

A fine addition to St Helen's Square… the Doctor's Tardis. Photograph: YorkMix
15 Dec 2017 @ 2.00 pm
| Entertainment

Perhaps he’d heard about the Ivy opening.

Or maybe the Doctor has come to see the Mansion House, now restored to its glorious best.

Either way he parked his Tardis in St Helen’s Square today (Friday).

The famous blue police box arrived ready for the special early screenings taking place in York later.

An exclusive preview of the Christmas episode of Doctor Who was to be shown at the Guildhall at 7pm.

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Easy for the Doctor to pop in to the Mansion House – or The Ivy
Everyone was waiting for the doors to open…

Last for Peter

Plenty of Telfies – Tardis selfies – were being taken

The free screening is part of a preview tour of the BBC’s festive shows which is going to various Northern cities this week and next.

People were asked to enter a ballot for free tickets last month, and thousands did.

The Christmas episode is Peter Capaldi’s last as the twelfth Doctor.

A special Christmas sight
Perhaps the Time Lord popped into the Ivy? Photograph: Richard McDougall
Thinking outside the box

Fans will not get a glimpse of his regeneration into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th incarnation however, with the last few moments of the episode being kept a surprise until the Christmas Day broadcast on BBC One.

The episode co-stars York actor David Bradley. He reprises his role of the first Doctor in the story called Twice Upon A Time.

An hour long, the special also features Mark Gatiss as the Captain, a soldier from the First World War.

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Bill (Pearl Mackie), The First Doctor (David Bradley) and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in Twice Upon A Time

Humour of the North

Mickey (Mark Gatiss), Pauline (Steve Pemberton), Ross (Reece Shearsmith) in The League Of Gentlemen. Photograph: BBC / James Stack

There is also a screening at 8.30pm of two of three new episodes of The League Of Gentlemen.

“The north of England is where all four of us hail from and it was very definitely in our minds when we created Royston Vasey,” said one of the League’s stars, Steve Pemberton.

“We know from going out on tour that we get the best audiences in the north of England, and there’s a real connection, a humour, that we share between the four of us which is out there it the north.

“They’re the funniest people in the whole country, and we hope they enjoy the new specials we’ve made for them this Christmas.”