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Thank you Auntie! (BBC)
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This year has confirmed for me that by far and away the best channels on British TV, paid for or free, terrestrial or satellite, are the BBC channels.

Best Christmas telly ever!

- Dr Who (I will post about this today)
- Strictly
- Eastenders

And, coming soon:

- Sherlock

What need is there for any other channels?!
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Dr Who 2011 Christmas Special: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
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Photo credit: http://www.denofgeek.com/television/394167/bbc_releases_new_matt_smith_doctor_who_pictures.html

Cut and pasted from the BBC Dr Who website:

'Best Christmas ever!'

The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe is a festive adventure as magical as Santa Claus and as timeless as the Doctor himself!

Written by Steven Moffat and with a dazzling cast led by Matt Smith that includes Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir, Paul Bazely and Alexander Armstrong, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe sees the Time Lord befriend the Arwells, a family from war-torn Britain who are about to experience a wintry wonderland where beauty and danger await...

Raks's Review

I will start by saying upfront that I am not a a Whovian, or a Dr Who expert, in anyway whatsoever. I merely drop into the programme, as and when I can. I have really enjoyed all of the three "new" doctors - Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and, of course, Matt Smith. In fact, Matt Smith is definitely my favourite doctor EVER - I love his Englishness, his quirkiness, his eccentricity, his maverickness (if such a word exists) and the sheer amount of fun, joy and exuberance that he brings to the role.

Having got that out of the way, I will now give my reaction to the 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, which aired on BBC1 yesterday.

What a Christmas Cracker and a Box of Delights! It was OUTSTANDING and had just about everything you could wish for AND MORE! I simply fell in love with this episode and took it straight to my heart.

It was about family, in particular mothers, love (the selfless kind), sadness and heartbreak, loneliness, magic and fantasy, excitement and adventure, Narnia, joy, and it had a huge sprinkling of fun and humour. It also spoke about the true meaning of Christmas which, for me, is to do with it being a time of joy and happiness, to be shared with those close to you, family and friends. That is what is important, not so much the tree, the lunch, the presents, etc (all of which I chose to ditch this year).

I also loved the way that it was very loosely based on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Narnia. So it took something that you were familiar with, and put a whole new spin on it.

I gave this a standing ovation in my living room when the credits rolled, and I WON'T be deleting it from my SkyPlus EVER. I love it and will be rewatching it on many an occasion.

I have recommended this particular episode to all my friends, especially those with children. I am disheartened that a lot of children's toys and games these days rot children's brains. I have recommended this to people because it will feed and fire children's imaginations, and will nourish, grow and develop their minds.

Raks's favourite presents this year have not been traditional presents - I have had very few traditional presents. But my favourite presents this year have been:
- The Times Magazine, published on Christmas Eve, with Benedict on the cover and a whole feature on Sherlock inside, given to me as a surprise by a friend I met at All Souls, and
- The Dr Who Christmas Special. Thank you for this amazing present, Steven Moffat and Matt Smith!

To read more on the episode, and find out more about Dr Who generally, follow the link to the official BBC website which is pretty amazing in itself!:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw

And finally, here is a great review, which I love, from Den of Geek!:
http://www.denofgeek.com/television/1180532/doctor_who_the_doctor_the_widow_and_the_wardrobe_review.html
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In tribute to Steven Moffat ...
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Photo credit: http://doctorwho76totterslane.blogspot.com/2010/07/steven-moffat-twitter-profile-photo.html

To celebrate the genius of Steven Moffat. Last night's Dr Who was amazing and I cannot wait for Sherlock Series 2 - Roll on 2012!

And, let's be honest, any excuse to repost the photo above works for me!