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Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe (2012)

Matt Smith , Karen Gillan , Farren Blackburn  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Paul Kasey, Arthur Darvill, Nicholas Briggs
  • Directors: Farren Blackburn
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MVKMTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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A London family flees the bombing of World War II and comes to a country estate, where two children and their mother discover a doorway to another world… but what lies on the other side is definitely not Narnia. Instead, it's a wintry forest planet on the brink of destruction, and only the infinitely clever time-and-space-traveling alien being known as the Doctor (Matt Smith) can figure out how to save it. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe doesn't have the complex story of the last Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol, and the Doctor coming into a family's life and making it better veers perilously close to Touched by an Angel territory--but what makes up for it is the rich creepiness of the snowbound forest and the eerie creatures who live there. As with any Steven Moffat script, the dialogue is smart and sprightly. And Matt Smith, with his deep-set eyes, gangly body, and effervescent fusion of whimsy and intelligence, continues to develop a multilayered incarnation of the Doctor that's as compelling as any that's gone before. Extras include a very peculiar look back at Doctor Who's sixth season, in which an odd mix of artists and celebrities (including alternative comedians like Reggie Watts and Eugene Mirman, Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, magazine editors, podcast hosts, and random actresses) enthuse about their favorite aspects of the show. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special Doctor Who at the Proms - Concert performance of music from Doctor Who recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC's annual Proms concerts.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Watching the modern Doctor Who one-off specials has certainly become an unexpected Christmas tradition in our home. And each Doctor brings his own spin to the holiday themed episodes. Last year Matt Smith's Doctor took on Dickens in an outer-space interpretation of "A Christmas Carol." It was frenetic and funny, managed to seamlessly blend tragedy with humor, and was emotionally satisfying without being cloying. This year, we had "The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe" (its central plot point borrows from a certain literature classic--I think you can figure out which one). This may well be the most straightforward and heartfelt Christmas special yet. Set in World War II era Britain, Smith helps a family adjusts to what promises to be a painful season by making a perfect getaway experience for the kids. However, with the best of intentions, one of the Doctor's surprises leads to unexpected dangers. The family must work together to ensure their very survival and get back home.

The special capitalizes of an eco-friendly theme as the principle aliens within the piece are not your typical beasts. They too are a race battling to live as manmade intrusions into their environment threaten their existence and livelihood. Might the Doctor and his charges be of assistance? It is Christmas after all. Or as certain annihilation looms, might it be too late for anyone to survive? This is Doctor Who after all. The show's pacing is brisk and its storyline affirms a strong message of loyalty and family. In fact, the Doctor's exposure to the widow and her children make him contemplate those that he has left behind through the course of his exploits.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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- Lily (as rocket engines fire): "What's happening?"
- the Doctor: "No idea. Do what I do. Hold tight... and pretend it's a plan."

As sublime as "A Christmas Carol" was, it would take something really special for this most recent Doctor Who Christmas Special to match, let alone top, it. I quite liked "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" because Matt Smith is never less than entertaining. But Steven Moffat's cup of schmaltz really spills over with this episode. But, hey, it's Christmastime, a season ripe for excess, and surely Moffat can be excused for overindulging his inner sappy.

The story opens in outer space as a hostile alien warship menaces Earth. But no sooner do the invaders declare "People of Earth, you stand alone!" than the Doctor pops up to gum up the works. But, having once more saved our little ball of mud, the Time Lord plummets down and crashlands in London on Christmas Eve, 1938. In the crater developed by his forced landing, the Doctor finds himself in a bit of a bind, but he's aided by a passing housewife named Madge Arwell (Claire Skinner). The Doctor is so touched by Madge's generosity that he vows to return the favor. "How?" she asks. "I dunno," says the Doctor. "Make a wish, that usually works."

Cut now to a war-torn London three years later, and to a desolate Christmastime for Madge Arwell. Having just received a telegram informing her of her husband's death under enemy fire, she determines to keep the news from her children, Lily and Cyril, until after the holidays. She promises them: "This Christmas is going to be the best Christmas ever!" (And, at this juncture, maybe there's a collective rolling of the eyes from the audience, oh we jaded souls.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but little reason to buy January 4, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
The special itself was great, but everything on this Blu-Ray will also be in the eventual Series 7 box set. The only reason to buy this would be if you don't plan on getting season 7 or you just can not wait.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD vs Blu-ray Description Deception - Bad Amazon August 13, 2012
By Mookie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that I love Doctor Who and although this isn't one of my favorite episodes, I'm not giving the 1-star for the episode (I'd give it a 3-star). I'm giving the 1-star for Amazon's deceptive product description for the DVD. Amazon's product description FOR THE DVD is as follows: "Doctor Who Confidential - An inside look at the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special Doctor Who at the Proms - Concert performance of music from Doctor Who recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC's annual Proms concerts."

Guess what's NOT on the DVD version? Yep, you guessed it, the Doctor Who Confidential. If the Confidential was only on the Blu-ray, then why was it listed in the production description for the DVD? I wouldn't have bought the DVD if I'd known that it wasn't complete with ALL the extras. Amazon, in the future, PLEASE don't put extras that are only on the Blu-ray version in the production description for the DVD version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Doctor Who Story August 10, 2012
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The Doctor Who creaters and writers continue to create great adventures for our Hero! I enjoyed an adventure with a different twist. I enjoy "Sentimental Happy" endings even if it is a Doctor Who story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have the tissues ready March 17, 2012
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If you're a fan of the show, you KNOW that it just keeps getting better every year. And while the Christmas Specials are "side" stories, they tend to create some of the most unique moments. If you are a fan, you already know how this special ends. But if you have missed seeing it until you buy this (which you MUST do!), then have the tissues ready. The last 15 seconds make it worth every penny you will spend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I love the way Dr Who can take the most ordinary people and show how they can be heroes. This special has one of my favorite Dr Who moments where the mother is interrogated in a... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Joanna Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars so you gotta own if you're a Who fam
reminded me a bit too much of Lion, Witch & Wardrobe in some ways--but I guess that was intentional. It definitely goes and ends differently. Read more
Published 22 days ago by tck
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie. Great plot. If you like Dr. Who, you will enjoy this...
I choose this rating because I was thoroughly entertained by this movie. I love that this series never has swearing nor does it show a lot of violence.
Published 28 days ago by Lisa Monington
5.0 out of 5 stars It Doctor Who so of course I love it. I love all things Who the series...
It Doctor Who so of course I love it. I love all things Who the series is awesome if you like to collect.
Published 2 months ago by The Doctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who always
It lives up to all of the doctor who adventures and more - it's to bad that we have to loose this doctor.
Published 2 months ago by Jack Harowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Doctor Who and this is typical lf his series
It was awesome and exemplary of the Doctor Who series. What can I say more? Hmmm....for more words required. I repeat it was awesome!
Published 2 months ago by Susan Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey its Doctor Who!
Why would you not like Doctor Who? It has everything I love about the show and more. Everyone Doctor Who should check this out!
Published 2 months ago by Lee Dowdy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your Dr Who collection
I am very sad to say that this is the only Dr Who DVD I own. I would highly recommend it - it has everything good you expect from a Dr Who story and more - a bizarre alien planet,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Doctor Who as always
This was my Christmas eve present for my husband & I, and now it's a Christmas tradition. Absolutely love it!
Published 3 months ago by Lacey Oakes Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Christmas Special
I have grown op on Doctor Who and have always Loved it.. I hope this feedback helps ..Matt Smith was born to be the Doctor.
Published 3 months ago by Robert McPherson
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