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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (25 Dec. 2011)

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It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish. Three ... See full summary »

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It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish. Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true... Written by BBC Publicity

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The scene in which the Doctor is showing the Arwells around the house originally included a scene in a "haunted coal cellar". See more »

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[Madge has escorted The Doctor to a police box, because he has a space suit on backwards]
The Doctor: I just need to find the uh... The key.
Madge Arwell: Oh. Do you want me to do it with a pin? I'm good with a pin.
[removes a hairpin from her hair]
The Doctor: [as Madge works on door lock with her hairpin] Multidimensional, triple-encoded, temporal interface. Not really susceptible to pointy things.
Madge Arwell: Got it!
The Doctor: Ok. Suddenly the last 900 years of time travel seem that bit less secure.
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dreadful, dire, abominable
28 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The title indicates that this is CS Lewis revisited.

A childish tone is developed and maintained which today's sophisticated kids may, and should, feel insulted by.

The cast features several of the current batch of bland comedians who are doing themselves no favours appearing in this tosh.

This years season of Dr Who has twisted and turned with now predictable and formulaic Moffat shtick punctuated by the odd contemporary embarrassment such as the "Anglican gay marines". Hundreds of years into the future and gays still have to be defensive about their sexuality.

Moffat is on the slide - he can't possibly get worse than this.

But I'm sure he'll try.


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