I'll start by saying that, yes, this Christmas Special is expertly written, skillfully acted, and interestingly played out. By far this is my favorite of all Doctor Who Christmas Specials. It takes fans on a journey very different from what is usual on the regular weekly programming. As not to give away the story to those who have yet to see the special, I'll simply say this; it does not so much show case the Doctor's ability to face and defeat truly evil and malevolent beings but more his way of being able to heal a person's past and warm their heart for the better. There are no Dalek or Cybermen, but rather the challenge of changing a cold man's heart. Set in the style of "A Christmas Carol" Moffat uses some writing genius in his play on the story for the Doctor. He does not allow the original story of "A Christmas Carol" to overshadow the individuality of Doctor Who, but still keeps the theme present while leaving room for the hilarity that Matt Smith always seems to bring as the Doctor. The actors also display a deep understanding and control of their rolls. Of course, with Michael Gambon on cast, it's difficult to go wrong. The characters were played to perfection and really brought to life. Not only this, but it is within this episode that Matt Smith shows he has truly "become" the Doctor. (But, in my opinion, I always thought he was pretty amazing.)
The special feature also blew me away. I had actually not known that Doctor Who at The Proms would be on the disc and was in for a pleasant surprise when if found it there. It's an enjoyable little extra and I love it every time I watch it. The Doctor Who Confidential was also very interesting. It was roughly just under an hour and gave a lot of insight to filming, acting, and set creation. I was rather fascinated by it actually. It gave a lot of detail and was highly interesting. (Note: DO NOT WATCH CONFIDENTIAL BEFORE THE ACTUAL CHRISTMAS SPEICAL!)
The casing itself is pretty video store standard. Nothing especially high quality but no real issues with it as I bought this for entertainment value, not collection.
Overall, this is a great buy and really cheap too. I suggest just going for it and buying it now if you're interested, it's well worth it.
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