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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 story partly takes place on Androzani Major. In the original series of Doctor Who, the fifth Doctor's final storyline takes place on Androzani Minor. See more »


Lily Arwell: Where are we?
The Doctor: In a forest. In a box. In a sitting room. Pay attention! He's about 20 minutes ahead of us.
Lily Arwell: But we just saw him!
The Doctor: Time moves differently across the dimensional planes. What do they teach you in school these days?
Lily Arwell: But I don't understand where we are!
The Doctor: We went through a dimensional portal... thingy.
Lily Arwell: Well what's that supposed to be? Where did it come from?
The Doctor: It was a present and it wasn't supposed to be opened until Christmas Day. Honestly who opens their Christmas Presents early? OK... ...
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In season seven's opening credits, the Doctor Who logo is textured in a way that is relevant to the current episode. See more »


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Music by Franz Gruber
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Christmas Confusion amid Environmental Chaos
25 March 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

My daughter and I are great fans of Doctor Who. We found this last season to be horrible at best. We were hoping that Christmas would deliver a pleasant gift like last year's Doctor Who version of the Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol.

Unfortunately, lightning did not strike again. This time, it was a bizarre and convoluted tale of World War II and alien planets facing environmental hazards and futuristic space mecha-warriors fighting against a housewife who is grieving for her dead husband, while the kids are in the Christmas vacation home finding doors to other dimensions and wondering when Dad is going to arrive. Not to mention the awful first scene of Doctor Who dropping to earth like a clown with the space suit on backwards.

To be frank, Doctor Who has reached the point where it seems to be attempting to imitate Tim Burton's bizarre sense of comedy gags mixed with maudlin drama and insane pathos. Once, you looked at Doctor Who as a brilliant character who was going to win the day, thanks to his smarts, wit, and ingenuity. Now, he is just a clown who succeeds thanks to random chance, special powers (deus ex machina) gifted to him by other characters, accidents of time and luck, or just magic and wishful thinking. Doctor Who might as well sign up for the next class at Hogwarts Academy, so he can get his screwdriver converted into a magic wand.

Overall, this episode was a series of disappointments and missed opportunities, culminating in the last scenes, when Amy and Rory show up again. Someone needs to reboot this series, before all the magic of Doctor Who is lost in the mists of time.

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