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A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet. Amy and Rory have been spending some time on board in the honeymoon suite and they quickly appear on deck. Amy calls the doctor for help and the TARDIS soon appears ahead of the ship. However the Doctor cannot save them and the only other option is to land on the planet below. There the Doctor meets a Scrooge like figure by the name of Kazran Sardick, the only person that can save Amy, Rory and all the other lives on the Spacecraft. The Doctor learns that the atmosphere surrounding the planet is controlled by Kazran who is unwilling to help the liner. The only option to save the ship is for the Doctor to persuade Kazran to save the liner himself. Written by Peter Alcock

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Steven Moffat based the story on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol, which is his favourite Christmas story. See more »

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The older and younger versions of Karzan come into physical contact with no ill effects. According to the "Blinovitch Limitation Effect", such contact between two versions of the same person should result in a dangerous energy discharge. See more »

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The Doctor: There are 4,003 people I won't allow to die tonight. Do you know where that puts you?
Kazran Sardick: Where?
The Doctor: Four thousand and four.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Silent Night
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Written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
Performed by The Passengers
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Simply beautiful
21 September 2011 | by (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most beautiful episodes of Doctor Who. It's almost a year since i watched it, and simply can't get it out of my head. Perfect Christmas episode, guaranteed to have tears in your eyes by the end of the show.

This special has that fine line of strange, funny, sad and exciting. Steven Moffat at his best.

I hope the next Xmas special will be as good as this one. Season is also good, so special continue to give prediction of season that will follow in the new year. Can't wait for new episodes of this silly show, that has something that holds you and doesn't lose it's grip for a long long time.


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