Though there was a quite a divide about Series 8 as a whole I don't think any Whovian had anything but love for the Christmas special "Last Christmas". It had horror, mind-twists, and for what hopefully is the foreseeable future Clara and the Twelfth Doctor finally seemed to come clean and start anew with each. It was like Series 8 was six-hour version of "Power of the Daleks" with Clara standing in for Ben Jackson and finally accepting The Doctor had changed.
It also sparked a rumor regarding a new companion in the Tardis in the form of Shona McCullough played by Faye Marsay. Shona stole a lot of the spotlight in the episode, even from the guest starring Nick Frost as Santa. From her lily-white dance moves in her first scene to her threatening The Doctor with "I will mark you, old man" she stood out as a combination of childish need and gutsy heroism.
The clues are all there. She refers to The Doctor as a magician and the announced first episode of Series 9 is "The Magician's Apprentice". In the scene where the remaining crew all hold hands The Doctor is deeply reluctant to be touched by anyone other than Clara until Clara instructs him to hold onto Shona. When the dreamers disappear at the end of the episode Shona goes last after promising to meet up for curry with Clara in the real world.More »