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Doctor Who - Christmas Specials 4 Seasons 2012

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Season 1
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4.6 out of 5 stars (1,189) IMDb 8.6/10

The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) continues his thrilling adventures through time and space in this collection of specials, beginning with his first - 2010's "A Christmas Carol."

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Matt Smith, Karen Gillan

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Season 1
1. Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

The Eleventh Doctor, and newlyweds Amy and Rory are back for a thrilling, fun-filled, festive story. Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way the Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute Release date: December 25, 2010
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2. The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: December 25, 2011
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3. The Snowmen

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. Will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: December 25, 2012
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Bonus: Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, promotional trailer

Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, tries to stop the Doctor from rescuing a crashing space liner in a festive edition of Doctor Who.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 minute Release date: December 19, 2010
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Bonus: The Great Detective (Prequel to The Snowmen)

Matt and Jenna introduce the Doctor Who Christmas Prequel, The Great Detective, in which Vastra, Jenny and Strax try to persuade the grumpy Doctor to engage again.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 3 minutes Release date: December 17, 2012
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Bonus: Vastra Investigates (Second Prequel to The Snowmen)

Madame Vastra, accompanied by her loyal companions Jenny and Strax, is called upon to investigate a Victorian murder mystery. But where is the Doctor?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: December 20, 2012
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Bonus: Prequel to The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

Written by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, this exciting Prequel shows what was happening to the Time Lord moments before the explosive start of the Christmas Special!

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 minute Release date: December 25, 2011
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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure, Mystery, Kids & Family
Director Toby Haynes
Starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan
Supporting actors Arthur Darvill, Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins, Laurence Belcher, Danny Horn, Leo Bill, Pooky Quesnel, Micah Balfour, Steve North, Bailey Pepper, Tim Plester, Nick Malinowski, Laura Rogers, Meg Wynn Owen
Season year 2012
Network BBC America
Producers Diana Barton, Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis, Sanne Wohlenberg
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Yes, 5 stars. And I'm not even going to talk about the plot.

Not only was this the best thing on TV in many, many moons, but it was also the best episode of Doctor Who since... possibly as far back as the middle of Season 4. If I've learned anything from past Doctors, it's that it takes about a season for the new actor to become the roll.

In this episode, Matt Smith is the Doctor.

This is the first episode since Moffat took over that I felt like we got to see the Doctor through many different lenses, and that adds to the dynamic and shear scope of the character. (The Amy/Rory side-plot is pivotal in establishing this effect.)

Watch this episode. Then watch it again because it's even better the second time.

Also, I feel I should add that this was the first thing I bought and watched through my new Roku. That thing is awesome.
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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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Steven Moffat crafts a beguiling story brought to time-twisting life by the most fun Doctor, yet, in a play on Dicken's classic. Vocalist Katherine Jenkins brings class with her timeless voice and a first-ever acting appearance carried off like a pro. And Matt Smith brings it all to life in a role he now owns lock, stock and barrel. It has reached the point where I can barely look at the guy without chuckling in delight.

If you are new to Who, spend 2-bucks on this one, anyway. Odds are you'll wind up traveling back into time for a look at the 2005 season rebirth of this series that has been timeless since the 60's. Then, if your cable system doesn't offer BBC-America ... demand it for the upcoming new split season starting spring 2011. Cowboy hats are 'cool' ....
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We watched this year's special as a family; and it has just the right combination of danger, humor, heart and surprises. Fun!
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By Sassy on December 27, 2011
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That was a really beautiful Christmas story. So many wonderful emotions from start to finish. The actress who played Madge was awesome! She really carried the show since a lot of the emotional scenes were her's.

Loved the Doctor at the end.

Beautiful! I'd watch it again.
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I like Doctor Who, but frankly the Christmas specials have been a bit disappointing in the past. Not this one! Well written, well executed with many great one-liners. One of the best DrWho episode I have seen to date.
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It was of high production value. Good acting. A few very cool parts. The story on the other hand - did anybody give it much thought? It just kind of rambled on in different directions not wanting to ever end. Doesn't seem much thought was put into it. Left you with a ton of questions and many things that just didn't make sense.
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By Hortensia on December 30, 2012
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Well, I've loved Dr. Who over the years. But I think the writers are making a mistake here. I thought River Song was supposed to be the love of his life, but now he's entranced with someone else. It's an OK story with a very silly Sherlock Holmes crossover. So, to like this one, you need to forget all the angst of the last couple of years. The Pond family, poof! As if they never existed. So I guess I have a continuity complaint.

Matt Smith is a sweetie, of course, always a lively performance. But, I think I'm getting tired of the series.
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