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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.
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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!: