Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 0

A Christmas Carol (25 Dec. 2010)

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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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On one of the times that the Young Kazran opens Abigail's stasis unit, he is wearing a scarf similar to the one that Tom Baker wore as the fourth Doctor. See more »

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When The Doctor travels back in time to visit Kazran in his bedroom, the TARDIS is hidden behind two large doors, with the TARDIS windows clearly visible even when the doors are closed. When he does travel back, he appears in Kazran's recording, but you can still see the TARDIS's window between the doors. See more »

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Chief Servant: The president says there is a galaxy-class ship trapped in the cloud layer and, well, we have to let it land.
Kazran Sardick: ...or?
Chief Servant: ...or it will crash, sir.
Kazran Sardick: Ah, well, it's a kind of landing, isn't it?
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Referenced in The ONE Show: Episode dated 20 August 2010 (2010) See more »

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Abigail's Song (Silence Is All You Know)
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Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Katherine Jenkins
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A brilliant, entertaining Christmas fairytale, Doctor Who style...
1 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I normally don't do reviews, but I couldn't pass this one up. This Christmas special was simply brilliant. For me, it's hands down the best Christmas special to date. It's a truly magical Christmas fairytale-ish story, done in somewhat atypical Who-niverse fashion. I just loved it. I had no issues whatsoever with the characters, the casting, the story... it was all just brilliant. Even the "personal timeline" stuff didn't bother me in the slightest - it made for a compelling and somewhat awe inspiring storyline that I really enjoyed. And besides... yeah, the cardinal rule of not crossing personal timelines... rubbish, really. True Who fans can probably cite off the top of their heads a half dozen examples of when the Doctor blatantly violated that rule, going all the way back to the 3rd or 4th Doctor even. The way I looked at it was that this was not ordinary Doctor Who anyway... this was the Christmas special... and I thoroughly enjoyed the Who crew taking it a bit further than previous norms. It's the unexpected that makes this show so exciting.


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