January 17th, 2012

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Dr Who Christmas Special 2011 - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Photo credit: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/12/25/review-of-doctor-who-%E2%80%98the-doctor-the-widow-and-the-wardrobe%E2%80%99/

I loved the 2011 Dr Who Christmas Special - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. My feature on it is here:

Quick synopsis of my reaction:

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. 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.

Unlike most people, whose favourite Doctor is the one they grew up with, my favourite Doctor is Matt Smith. 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.

Photo credit: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s7/doctor-who/news/a354649/doctor-who-the-doctor-the-widow-and-the-wardrobe-prequel-video.html

The DVD was in shops yesterday (16 January 2012), I pre-ordered it and mine has arrived today - HOORAY! It has over 2 hours of extras including the prequel and three "The Best of Dr Who" features. Buy it here:

Cut and pasted from Amazon:
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.

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...

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!:
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Its Official: Sherlock encourages people to read the original Conan Doyle stories

Another reason why Sherlock is the best thing since sliced bread!

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/sherlock-promotional-photos/

Cut and pasted from the Radio Times Website:

Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock boosts Conan Doyle book sales

You might think television discourages reading, but in one intriguing case, at least, you'd be wrong...

Sales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories are enjoying a resurgence thanks to the popularity of BBC1 TV show Sherlock.

The first series of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s modern-day reworking, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the great detective, aired in 2010. That year, sales of Sherlock Holmes books increased by 53 per cent – from around 57,000 copies to 88,000 – compared with 2009. 2011 saw a further increase as fans looked ahead to the second series, which concluded last night.

The Sherlock Holmes blockbuster movie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr may also have contributed to heightened interest in the books – the films were released in December of 2009 and 2011 – but figures support the idea that it's the TV series that is mainly responsible.

Weekly sales of Sherlock Holmes books took “a significant jump” when the series began, according to David Walter of Neilsen BookScan, which provided the figures. They more than doubled in the week in which the first episode of series one was broadcast – from 1,562 copies in the previous seven-day period to 3,758 – maintaining that level during the three-part run and returning to normal around a month after the series ended.

Although the annual increase in Christmas sales makes a week-on-week comparison harder for the second series of Sherlock, airing as it did in January, it does seem to have had a similar impact.

“If you compare sales for the first week of 2012 to an average week from 2011 (sales somewhere under 2,000 copies a week) the sales are nearly double,” said Walter. “Book sales are usually relatively quiet after Christmas so this does indicate good sales.”

Figures used included all books sold by Conan Doyle during the periods quoted, but Walter said sales of non-Sherlock Holmes books had a negligible effect on the figures.

After fans saw Sherlock miraculously survive an apparently fatal fall in last night's season finale, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat revealed via Twitter that a third series had been commissioned.