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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The Snowmen'

31 December 2012 7:52 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of last week's "Doctor Who" Christmas special coming up just as soon as I am a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife... "The Snowmen" was a fun Christmas outing, albeit one that felt more overstuffed than these specials sometimes get. (the snowmen ultimately felt more besides the point, for instance, than I think Steven Moffat might have wanted, but I understand why he'd prefer to write more material for Madame Vastra and Strax), and it proved once again that Jenna-Louise Coleman was a fine choice to play the new companion... ... except, of course, that we »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Doctor Who, 2012 Christmas Special, “The Snowmen”: Personality, energy outweigh third act blunders

28 December 2012 8:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Doctor Who, 2012 Christmas Special: “The Snowmen”

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Saul Metzstein

Aired Christmas at 9pm (Et) on BBC America

Another Christmas, another Doctor Who special. Though the series has a dubious track record for specials, to say the least, it’s become somewhat comforting to be able to count on new Who each December 25th. The high water mark for Doctor Who Christmas specials remains the enchanting and whimsical “A Christmas Carol”, which saw the Doctor (Matt Smith) channeling Dickens in his own timey-wimey way to transform a bitter man, saving the Ponds in the process. Though this episode doesn’t live up to that standard, it is one of the better specials thanks to charismatic performances from Matt Smith and new Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman and the welcome return of Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.

Showrunner Steven Moffat seems highly interested in revamping the series. Aside from the new Companion, »

- Kate Kulzick

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‘Doctor Who’ Trailer Teases Second Half of Season 7

28 December 2012 4:17 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

The recent Christmas Day Special for Doctor Who marked a major turning point for the fantastical science-fiction series. After solving a Victorian-era crisis of man-eating snowmen, the Doctor decided to set aside his grief and track down another iteration of Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), a woman he has seen die twice in two different time periods.

Though the second half of this season of Doctor Who won’t air until April of 2013, the show has wasted no time in drumming up interest in the upcoming episodes. As such, BBC released a trailer for the back half of season 7 on Christmas Day.

The trailer for next year’s Doctor Who episodes features all the time-hopping, growling aliens, creepy villain designs, and familiar faces fans have come to expect from the cult-favorite series. Naturally, the segment focuses heavily on Clara, set ...

Click to continue reading ‘Doctor Who’ Trailer Teases Second Half »

- Kyle Hembree

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Doctor Who Teaser: Who is Clara?

28 December 2012 6:47 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

After months of speculation, Doctor Who fans can rest easy having finally come to understand how it was possible the new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, could have appeared in “Asylum of the Daleks” long before her proper introduction in this year’s Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” As it turns out, Clara and Oswyn are somehow the same person! And she’s died twice already! We may have figured out the connection between the two characters, but now Clara Oswyn Oswald has become a whole new mystery, one that – from the looks of the teaser for the new 2013 episodes – will drive the Doctor going forward.

You can see the new teaser below, which is absolutely full of classic Doctor Who moments – look at all those great new aliens we’ll be running in to! And that one shot of him attempting to fly a plane while shouting “I can’t fly a plane! »

- Brody Gibson

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‘Doctor Who: The Snowmen’

26 December 2012 10:20 PM, PST | | See recent news »

For all intents and purposes, Christmas night’s Doctor Who episode The Snowmen was about introducing the Time Lords new assistant, Clara Oswin Oswald. And there was no explanation as to how this Clara is connected to Oswin Oswald, seen in the season opener Asylum of the Daleks. And in many ways, that was the least of my interest, mostly because showrunner Steven Moffat and Clara actress Jenna-Louise Coleman have said that the mystery of the new companion will be played out for the rest of the season, which (sadly) will not begin airing until at least April.

The things I wanted answers to where sort of glossed over, and so it just may be my sense of storytelling versus today’s way of putting a bunch of action on the screen so no one realizes the story is lacking a certain something. If I had not watched the prequel segments released online, »

- spaced-odyssey

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Doctor Who Trailer: She's Impossible!

26 December 2012 10:37 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Doctor Who Christmas special re-introduced fans to Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin Oswald.

And then the episode killed this companion off. Yes, again.

What the heck is going on here? Even the two-hearted doctor himself doesn't appear sure, at least not based on the following BBC promo. It teases new episodes to come, many of which will be based on the mystery of Ms. Clara Oswald. Watch now and prepare for plenty more Doctor Who in 2013...

 Doctor Who 2013 Teaser »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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Doctor Who: The Snowmen Recap: A Merry Homeric Companion

26 December 2012 8:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Doctor Who: The Snowmen, the sci-fi franchise’s annual Christmas special, wasn’t so much about the battle to defeat an army of destructive Frostys as it was about getting our titular hero back in the business of saving the universe — and pairing him up with the charismatic (and crazy gorgeous) new companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman) who’ll make that journey worthwhile.

And so while, as a stand-alone episode, “The Snowmen” didn’t quite live up to the thrilling, emotional heights of ”The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” or “Voyage of the Damned,” it nevertheless earns an important place »

- Michael Slezak

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New Who Review: “The Snowmen”

26 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Oh, Steven Moffat, you magnificent bastard. The return of a villain before it and The Doctor have ever met, a reunion with a character The Doctor’s never actually met, the team-up of three characters, one of whom died in the far future, and a couple of surprise guests.  A nice little Christmas present, and what’s Christmas without…

The Snowmen

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Saul Metzstein

A young boy is met by a talking snowman, one who promises he can help him.  Fifty years later, and Dr. Walter Simeon has become quite a successful man, head of a prestigious institute, and still working with the sentient snowstorm to prepare for a coming assault on the earth.  Madame Vastra and Jenny are curious as to Dr. Simeon’s plans, but get nowhere.  Meanwhile, a young barmaid named Clara has noticed a snowman pop up out of nowhere, and though »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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'Doctor Who' goes behind the scenes on 'The Snowmen' - video

26 December 2012 3:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A behind-the-scenes look at Doctor Who's Christmas special 'The Snowmen' has been released by the BBC. Titled 'Clara's First Christmas', the three-minute clip takes a closer look at filming in Bristol.

"Generally, if you're in Cardiff trying to shoot Victorian London, you end up in Bristol, because it's got some nice Victorian, Georgian and older streets," said the episode's director Saul Metzstein. Metzstein also described Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays new companion Clara Oswin Oswald, as "the heart of the story of Christmas". Executive producer Caroline Skinner explained how the crew managed to film (more) »

- By Kate Goodacre

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First Doctor Who Coming Soon Teaser Trailer for 2013!

26 December 2012 1:32 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

New companion Clara, will play a big major role next year and as yet, there's no more details than that forthcoming, but check the new clips for the new BBC season below for your Dr Who fix. Starring: Matt Smith as The Doctor Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara LEEE777 - Dr Who will air sometime in April 2013 next year on BBC One and BBC America. »

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Doctor Who Review: Winter Is Coming

25 December 2012 8:00 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

There are some really great things happening in Doctor Who Season 7, and the addition of Clara Oswin Oswald could turn out to be one of the most monumental characters in the show's history. She was back in "The Snowmen," but had the audacity to - get this - Die again by the end. 

However, and I struggle with this, I daresay The Doctor is in love with Clara. While I never thought the idea of watching The Doctor travel the earth with a companion and lover might be a draw, I've officially changed my mind. The chemistry between Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman works in that regard far better than it would work as mere friends, as I dangled on the edge of the couch hoping Clara was not really going to kick the bucket.


The Christmas episode took us back to Victorian England and introduced us to some really fun characters. »

- (Carissa Pavlica)

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TV review: The Snowman and The Snowdog; Doctor Who: The Snowmen; Call The Midwife

25 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new Snowman is charming, but so like the original it seems pointless

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It is hard to know how to feel about snowmen after this Christmas. A child might – I might – have a dream tonight, fuelled by an amalgamation of festive television. I'm walking in the air, flying actually, over London, at night. There's St Paul's Cathedral, the Oxo tower, the Shard of Glass like an upside-down icicle, then on to a magical winter – and winter sports – wonderland. I fly holding the hand of a smiley snowman wearing a friendly old green hat and scarf and, on the other side, a cute snow puppy, with unmatching socks for ears. I look from the snowman, to the puppy, down in wonder, then back to the snowman ... who has changed ...

He's still smiling, but in a different way, not in a nice way. Now »

- Sam Wollaston

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'Doctor Who': First look trailer for new 2013 episodes - video

25 December 2012 3:06 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A first look at the 2013 episodes of Doctor Who has aired. The 45-second trailer was shown after the premiere of Christmas special episode 'The Snowmen' on Christmas Day and previews the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara's (Jenna-Louise Coleman) forthcoming adventures.

The clip features The Doctor saying of his companion: "Right then, Clara Oswald, time to find out who you are..." following the events of 'The Snowmen'. Clara and the Doctor are also seen riding a motorbike over London's Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament, (more) »

- By Kate Goodacre

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Doctor Who: The Snowmen – Christmas special 2012

25 December 2012 10:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It was the first Christmas episode to be genuinely scary and Clara has us all intrigued – this was the best festive Doctor Who special in years

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who have been watching the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen it

'You poured your darkest dreams into a snowman, and look what it became'

Welcome back, Merry Christmas, and wow. The Snowmen was easily the finest Christmas special under this regime. After last year's dog's giblets of an episode, it needed to be, but this poetic romp was actually the best since The Christmas Invasion, and possibly better. It had everything we like about Doctor Who (frights, romance, running, a menacing baddie, lizard people) while being just sentimental enough to tick off a lot of things we like about Christmas.

But this was no retelling of a festive classic. Bravely, perhaps foolishly, »

- Dan Martin

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'Doctor Who': Have your say on Christmas special 'The Snowmen'

25 December 2012 10:14 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Doctor Who stormed back onto your screens this fine Christmas Day with a thrilling hour-long special that answered a few questions about Jenna-Louise Coleman's new companion Clara... before then posing a bunch more! April 2013 can't come soon enough... But what did you make of Coleman's not-quite-debut performance? Are you excited to meet Clara Oswald all over again? Were the Snowmen a chilling menace, or was this festive episode more (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Doctor Who' Christmas special 2012: Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman tease 'Snowmen'

24 December 2012 6:06 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Sci-fi fans have a new Christmas tradition: the annual "Doctor Who" holiday special. This year's special, "The Snowmen," promises to be even more of an event than usual as it marks the official introduction of the Doctor's brand new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

The Doctor himself, Matt Smith, joins Coleman in letting fans know what to expect in this final teaser for the special, premiering Dec. 25 on BBC America in the U.S.

While Smith teases a "new version" of the Doctor, it's obvious from the genuine chemistry between Smith and Coleman that little will change when it comes to the show's trademark fun and banter.

In prepration for spending your holiday with the Doctor, don't forget to check out the "Snowmen" prequel webisode and trailer, as well as our collection of photos from the episode. »


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Doctor Who Christmas special 'The Snowmen' new teaser trailer- video

24 December 2012 7:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new Doctor Who Christmas special teaser trailer has been revealed. The festive special entitled 'The Snowmen' is set in Victorian London, and sees the Doctor attempt to combat an army of evil snowmen with icy fangs. In the clip, Jenny and Vastra confront the evil Doctor Simeon, played by Richard E Grant. The Christmas special is the first time that viewers will be introduced to the Doctor's new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Coleman has already featured in a Doctor Who episode earlier in the year, but the actress has insisted (more) »

- By Charlotte Grant-West

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TV on Tap: It's a Final Caper for "Leverage," "Jersey Shore" Ends with a Ratings Whimper and Be Sure to Enunciate on "Wheel of Fortune"

24 December 2012 5:32 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Animanicas is back on TV where they belong, thank you Hub.

Since everyday is likely to be a slow news day this week, I'm giving you the full listings for Christmas week. (Be sure to note that Christmas isn't enough to get in the way of snicks following Days of Our Lives with liveblogs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday!) I hope you all have a safe, happy and delicious holiday!


Over the weekend, TNT cancelled Leverage, making Tuesday's season finale, the series' swan song. On the bright side, fans had a couple weeks to prepare for the bad news as producer Dean Devlin wrote that, foreseeing this cancellation, the episode was written to work as a season or series finale.

The next season of The Walking Dead won't have Glenn Mazzara as showrunner any more. This prompted Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan (Mazzara, »

- LyleMasaki

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New Trailer and Prequel for Your Final Doctor Who Christmas Special Preparations

24 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Are you ready for tomorrow? All of your preparations in order? Then… Happy New Doctor Who Eve! Hopefully those preparations have included a way to get away from any pesky non-Whovian relatives that might be lurking around your home for whatever reason, so you can soak up all the new Who goodness without distraction.

To help fill your time between now and tomorrow night’s premiere, here are a new trailer and the second prequel. We’ve included the first prequel as a reminder, plus, well, what else do you have to do between now and the premiere? Enjoy!

Trailer: Doctor Who: The Snowmen Exclusive Sneak Peek BBC America

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The Great Detective (Doctor Who Christmas Special Prequel #1)

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Vastra Investigates (Doctor Who Christmas Special Prequel #2)

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The Doctor Who Christmas Special “The Snowmen, »

- Erin Willard

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Doctor Who: The Snowmen review

23 December 2012 4:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Simon Brew Dec 25, 2012

Here's our spoiler-filled review of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, starring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

The Snowmen

If you were looking for clues that Steven Moffat was taking this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, as an opportunity to do a bit of freshening up in advance of the show’s 50th anniversary year, you really didn’t have to wait long. A brand new title sequence, with a splash of Matt Smith, and a revised theme tune as well, suggested early on that things had changed a little. Later in the episode, the now well-publicised Tardis redesign had been demonstrated too, with more than a nod to 70s and 80s Who in the console room.

Furthermore, by the time the credits rolled on the least-Christmassy Christmas special in the revived Doctor Who’s history, »

- simonbrew

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