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"Doctor Who" A Christmas Carol (2010)

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Original Air Date:
25 December 2010 (Season 6, Episode 0)
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Plot:
A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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'Doctor Who' Review: 'A Christmas Carol'
 (From MTV Splash Page. 26 December 2010, 6:01 AM, PST)

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Christmas Special 2010: So well done that even a flying shark pulling a sledge doesn't spoil it See more (20 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matt Smith ... The Doctor

Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond

Arthur Darvill ... Rory

Michael Gambon ... Kazran Sardick / Elliot Sardick

Katherine Jenkins ... Abigail

Laurence Belcher ... Young Kazran

Danny Horn ... Adult Kazran

Leo Bill ... Pilot

Pooky Quesnel ... Captain

Micah Balfour ... Co-Pilot

Stephen North ... Old Benjamin (as Steve North)
Bailey Pepper ... Boy / Benjamin

Tim Plester ... Servant

Nick Malinowski ... Eric
Laura Rogers ... Isabella
Meg Wynn Owen ... Old Isabella (as Meg Wynn-Owen)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Toby Haynes 
 
Writing credits
Steven Moffat (written by)

Produced by
Diana Barton .... line producer
Steven Moffat .... executive producer
Piers Wenger .... executive producer
Beth Willis .... executive producer
Sanne Wohlenberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Murray Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Stephan Pehrsson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adam Recht 
 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Nicholas 
 
Set Decoration by
Julian Luxton 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kidd 
 
Makeup Department
Pam Mullins .... makeup supervisor
Vivienne Simpson .... makeup artist
Allison Sing .... makeup artist
Barbara Southcott .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Nerys Davies .... post-production supervisor
Rhys Griffiths .... unit manager
Steffan Morris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Curtis .... assistant director
James Dehaviland .... second assistant director
Janine H. Jones .... assistant director
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director
Heddi-Joy Taylor .... third assistant director (as Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch)
 
Art Department
Paul Aitken .... props master
Adrian Anscombe .... props buyer
Katherine Archer .... stand-by props
Helen Atherton .... stand-by painter
Jayne Davies .... storeperson
Scott Fisher .... construction chargehand
Bryan Griffiths .... stand-by rigger
Penny Howarth .... props maker
Matthew Hywel-Davies .... construction manager
Julia Jones .... model maker
Rhys Jones .... prop chargehand
Rod Knipping .... storyboard artist
Stuart MacKay .... dressing props
Ben Morris .... production buyer
Nicholas Robatto .... props maker
Ciaran Thompson .... stand-by art director
Christina Tom .... graphic artist
Justin Williams .... stand-by carpenter
Shaun Williams .... concept artist (as Richard Shaun Williams)
Silas Gee Williams .... stand-by props (as Silas Williams)
Kristian Wilsher .... dressing props
Kate Elizabeth Wilson .... petty cash buyer (as Kate Wilson)
 
Sound Department
Laura Coates .... boom operator
Paul Jefferies .... sound effects editor
Paul McFadden .... sound supervisor
Dafydd Parry .... sound maintenance engineer
Tim Ricketts .... dubbing mixer
Jamie Talbutt .... foley editor
Bryn Thomas .... sound recordist
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Ayres .... sound remastering (uncredited)
Brian Hodgson .... sound effects (uncredited)
Dick Mills .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Beewan Athwal .... visual effects producer
Cat Gregory .... visual effects editor
Craig Higgins .... senior visual effects artist
Zahra Al-Naib .... pre-visualization artist (uncredited)
James Ballard .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Tim Barter .... on set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rubén Bautista .... cg effects artist (uncredited)
Jacob Flint .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Dave Freeman .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Andrew Hutton .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Jenna Powell .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Neil Roche .... animation supervisor (uncredited)
James Rose .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tamsie Thomas .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Llyr Williams .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Crispin Layfield .... stunt coordinator
Gordon Seed .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Arrowsmith .... camera operator (as Robert Arrowsmith)
Peter Chester .... best boy (as Pete Chester)
Ben Griffiths .... electrician
Mark Hutchings .... gaffer
Albert James .... practical electrician
Svetlana Miko .... camera assistant
Bob Milton .... electrician
Gary Norman .... grip
Steve Rees .... focus puller
Simon Ridge .... camera assistant
Pete Scott .... electrician (as Peter Scott)
Gareth Sheldon .... electrician
Simon Walton .... focus puller
 
Animation Department
Martin Lanzinger .... animator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alice Purser .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Gill .... costume assistant
Yasemin Kascioglu .... costume assistant
Samantha Keeble .... assistant costume designer
Bobbie Peach .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mark Bright .... on-line conformer
Marie Brown .... post-production coordinator
Becky Trotman .... assistant editor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
 
Music Department
Ben Foster .... conductor
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Ron Grainer .... composer: original theme music
Jake Jackson .... music mixer
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recordist
Dave Foster .... music preparation (uncredited)
Murray Gold .... music arranger: theme music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Medard Mankos .... driver: props
 
Other crew
Lindsey Alford .... script executive
Helen Blyth .... assistant production coordinator
Charlie Coombes .... production assistant
Rhys Evans .... assistant production accountant
Scott Handcock .... production secretary
Claire Hildred .... production coordinator
Iwan Roberts .... location manager
Julie Scott .... production executive
Dyfed Thomas .... production accountant
Phillip Trow .... script supervisor
Mark Burnett .... uncredited
Steven Moffat .... showrunner (uncredited)
 
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
The Doctor:[Pointing to frozen Abigail Pettigrew] Who's she?
Kazran Sardick:Nobody important.
The Doctor:Nobody important? Blimey, that's amazing. You know that in nine hundred years of time and space and I've never met anybody who wasn't important before.
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Soundtrack:
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Christmas Special 2010: So well done that even a flying shark pulling a sledge doesn't spoil it, 16 January 2011
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Without any Wallace & Gromit and robbed of "big" movies by virtue of everyone seeing them already, the BBC continue to put all their festive spirit on the back of reality dancing shows and the annual outing for Doctor Who. This is not the place for people such as myself that watches Doctor Who for the occasional darkness and engaging plots and just puts up with the kiddie-friendly silliness that it will always have; no, the Christmas special is usually full of colourful, noisy nonsense and Bernard Cribbins in a Santa hat. So there was a certain amount of "strapping in for the ride" when I heard the plot of this years special (which it took me till now to watch – happy Christmas!).

The plot is essentially that Amy and Rory are on a spaceship crashing onto a planet but trapped in a thick cloud layer which is controlled by one man on the ground. Kazran Sardick is a real sour dick though and decides to just let the ship crash and kill everyone. Unable to do it without his help, the Doctor decides to travel back in time and show Sardick the miracle of Christmas, thus changing him into a good person and getting him to allow the ship to land. Meanwhile though, the Doctor cannot help but also be mystified by the cloud layer, in which fish freely swim and live. So it is a version of A Christmas Carol with flying sharks basically – sounds like a recipe for silly spectacle and easy sentiment right? Well, a little, but far less than I expected.

The viewer does have to deal with the image of a shark harnessed like a reindeer flying through the sky, but otherwise the special is actually very engaging and smartly done. The Christmas Carol aspect is actually pretty good and it even held my interest even though I'm not one for the whole "what a special day Christmas is" thing. Gambon plays his scrooge really well and I thought he gave the special a lot of heart. I had assumed that Jenkins would be a novelty but, while not brilliant, she was reasonably OK. Smith worked the thing as well as one would expect while neither Gillan nor Darvill (who really should not be in it in my opinion) didn't have much to do other than be the plot device – but weirdly the special was better for their absence.

Overall this was a really enjoyable Christmas special which (unlike the Poseidon in Space one the other year) actually feels festive due to its content rather than its trimmings. Engaging, quite clever, quite touching while also having the silliness that kids need – much better than I expected it would be.

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