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Dr Who 2011 Christmas Special: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
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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!:

And finally, here is a great review, which I love, from Den of Geek!:
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I grew up with Doctor Who and can remember watching the very first doctor, William Hartnell, literally from behind a chair during Saturday teatimes as a young child. :-) I'm in no way fanatical about it, but my daughter and I have watched the programme together since it's return with Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and now Matt Smith. We never miss a Christmas special! It's become something of a tradition. :-))

So ... don't keep me in suspense, what did you think of this one?!

For me, I genuinely think this is one of the best Dr Who episodes I have ever seen.

Edited at 2011-12-26 08:57 pm (UTC)

Sometimes I find Stephen Moffat's story lines over busy, frenetic and convoluted, but this script managed simplicity whilst yet touching upon many complex issues. I loved the Narnia-esque theme, and the fact that the Doctor was trying to 'fix it' for someone who had helped him in the past with a little Christmas magic. It was certainly an episode full of heart with several strong messages. I especially liked that when the Doctor withdrew from the reunited family at the end, instead of his usual solitary departure, he visited Amy and Rory and was taken in like long lost family to join them, bringing a tear even to his own eye.

I can't remember the details of other Christmas specials to compare with this one – which probably in itself means that this was one of the better ones from recent years! :-)

"I loved the Narnia-esque theme". Ditto! Could not agree more.

I too liked the fact that the Doctor was welcomed in from out of the cold. I know Mark always says that he connected strongly with Dr Who because Dr Who was, like himself, a loner, a solitary figure, an outsider. Its nice to see that even for people who see themselves like that, there are people who care about them. It was heart-warming and touching to know that the Doctor got to have a family Christmas with Amy and Rory, the people who he is closest to, whom he loves and who love him back. How soppy am I getting in my old age?!

And yes, not only is this one of the best Christmas specials ever, it is one of my favourite Dr Who episodes ever.

Go Matt Go!

Edited at 2011-12-28 12:11 am (UTC)

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