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Doctor Who: The Snowmen [Blu-ray] (2012) (2013)

Matt Smith , Jenna-Louise Coleman , Saul Metzstein  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Tom Ward, Richard E. Grant, Catrin Stewart
  • Directors: Saul Metzstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CENWUZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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?

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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[Added later: The Complete Series 7 will include "The Snowmen" PLUS a new commentary track with commentators Michael Pickwoad (production designer) and Paul Spriggs (art director).]

It's 1842 London and a lonely boy builds a snowman. To his surprise, the snowman talks to him. Fifty years later, the boy is now the wealthy Doctor Simeon. He has hired several men to scoop snow into jars in return for food. They deliver the jars to him and ask for their food. Simeon snarls, "I said I'd feed you. I didn't say who to." Suddenly, snowmen baring mouths of fangs spring up around the men ... and we only hear the rest.

Meanwhile, Clara Oswald leaves the Rose & Crown where she works as a barmaid. The disinterested Doctor strolls by but refuses to connect. So Clara does the sensible thing, runs after him and jumps into his carriage. Then follows a funny sequence where the Doctor orders Strax to use the memory worm on Clara, to make her forget having met him. Hah!

The next day is Christmas Eve, and Clara leaves for her other job, a total change of scenery, being a governess to Captain Latimer's 2 children. In front of his mansion is a pond where the previous governess drowned a year before. Is that pond making noises?

These plot strings come together and the Doctor is finally shaken out of his lethargy, musing, "Memory snow. Snow that learns. I hope it is listening to the right people." Naturally not! What about hungry snow? Snow that snarls?

This 60-minute Matt Smith Christmas Special originally aired December 2012. This is a review of the May 2013 release of the special, by itself, on DVD and Blu-Ray. "The Snowmen" is not going to be part of the May release of Series 7 -Part 2.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special is finally making its way onto DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013, which introduces Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor's new companion, Clara Oswin Oswald, or otherwise known as the Impossible Girl.

After losing his previous companions, Amy Pond and Rory Williams, the Doctor has parked the TARDIS above London in the year 1892. He's still grieving and would prefer to be alone, in which his allies, Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, keep others from seeking his help. That is until a barmaid, Clara Oswin Oswald, accuses him of building a snowman in front of her workplace. He ignores her and instructs Strax to erase her memory with a memory worm, but the snowmen appear out of nowhere.

Clara flees to her other job as a governess to Captain Latimer's children, but she will once again cross paths with the Doctor, who can't quite figure out where he has seen her before. The ghastly snowmen return along with an icy ex-governess, all leading to return of one of the Doctor's oldest enemies, the Great Intelligence.

Bonus features on the DVD are:

Clara's White Christmas - Behind-the-scenes of The Snowmen. (3.5 minutes)

Vastra Investigates - A three-minute prequel to The Snowmen.

Children in Need Special: The Great Detective - A three-minute prequel to The Snowmen.

Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary this November, though I have only been aware of the program since 2006 when I watched Series One of the new incarnation on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as SyFy). I became a fan by the end of the first episode. Since the end of Series Four, the series has aired on BBC America, which isn't offered through my local cable company.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I am the smart one. You are the potato one." May 18, 2013
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In Matt Smith's oeuvre of Doctor Who holiday programming, "The Snowmen" challenges "A Christmas Carol" for top honors, it's that brilliant. As we near the Doctor's 50th anniversary, expect even more nods to classic Doctor Who, and why not start with this Christmas special? "The Snowmen" finds a gutted Doctor wandering the streets of Victorian London in the winter of 1892. Much time has elapsed since he lost the Ponds, but the Doctor's still in mourning, to the extent that he's disengaged from the world, retired from saving it. But then in steps a clever, cheeky tavern wench (Jenna-Louise Coleman) who moonlights occasionally as a prim and proper governess (or is it the other way around?). She may be the only person to wrench the Doctor from his mopey doldrums, just in time to save the planet from a horde of ravenous alien snowmen, and this on Christmas Eve.

The Doctor nowadays prefers his solitude and his wallowing in self-pity, never mind that he's got staunch friends and allies. Awesomely, Steven Moffat dips into the "A Good Man Goes to War" arc and reintroduces part of the Doctor's army: the Great Detective herself, Madame Vastra (famous in this period for inspiring the creation of Sherlock Holmes), her faithful human assistant/wife Jenny Flint, and the perplexingly alive (and wonderfully comic) Sontaran Strax. In Victorian England, this concerned trio keep tabs on the morose Doctor, and can I say I wouldn't at all mind a spin-off about them? They're a kickasss ensemble. Check out the two mini-episodes - "The Great Detective" and the hilarious "Vastra Investigates" - which prequel "The Snowmen.
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Published 12 days ago by Thomas J Skatter
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This is an addition to my collection. Enjoyable.
Published 18 days ago by Julia A. Vivlemore
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dr who. why say more.
Published 20 days ago by book reader
2.0 out of 5 stars All that is Wrong with Matt Smith's time as the Doctor in one disc.
One of the now traditional Xmas Doctor Who episodes and it seemed to define everything I dislike about the Matt Smith’s years as the Doctor a time travelling alien with a fondness... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars and it has some cool T. A
What can I say? It's DR WHO, and it has some cool T.A.R.D.I.S. special affects. And WHO doesn't love people eating snowmen?
Published 1 month ago by William A. Skinner Jr.
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Fast delivery, great product.
Published 1 month ago by Kernie Sawatis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Doctor Who rocks.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin D. Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done.
Shipped quickly. Who doesn't love Doctor Who.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Polacheck
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The Snowmen
This was kind of a sad Christmas special. Thank goodness for his associates, Jenny, vestra & Strax! Clara also was a breath of fresh air here with the Doctor trying to separate... Read more
Published 2 months ago by WeirdRaptor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Snowmen
Just great!! These modern "Whos" are superbly written, acted, and filmed. A most enjoyable story which any Sci Fi fan should like. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Al
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