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Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
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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.Read more ›
- 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.Read more ›
This simple holiday story finds The Doctor (in his 11th incarnation played by Matt Smith) repaying an act of kindness to a recently widowed woman and her children during The Blitz of the Second World War.
Matt Smith has been a constant delight in his portrayal of The Doctor, who can go from manic delight at the embellishments he's added to an old house, such as bumper-car chairs in the sitting room to a lemonade faucet over the kitchen sink ("I know!"), to somber and poignant as he offers up to the widowed mother his reflections on just why its so important that the children be happy just before they're going to be told the sad news of their RAF Father's demise.
This special offers us a feast for the eyes, as well as a story without any true malevolence or villains. And it is genuinely haertwarming, especially the dinner scene at the end, with The Doctor shedding very heartfelt and humble tears of joy as the special comes to a close.
Now, one might wonder why to purchase this now, when it will, as other reviewers have pointed out, likely be included on the boxed set for the as of this review unaired seventh series.
The answer I can put forth is, the extras. The DVD features three "Best of..." retrospectives on the adventures of The Eleventh Doctor thus far, with a wide variety of celebrity guests explaining their love of the show, The Doctor, The Companions, and, of course, The Monsters.
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Solid story with a larger element of Christmas than any of the other Christmas specials. My favorite of all the Christmas specials.Published 7 months ago by Brent Smith
Beware throbbing glowing gifts that are also particularly noisy and enticing by their dimensions alone. But. Any present that you can crawl into is a bit problematic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Einsatz
My husband loves all doctor who stuff. Was glad I got his the moviePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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