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"Doctor Who" The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)

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Original Air Date:
25 December 2011 (Season 7, Episode 0)
It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Christmas Special 2011: Poor and with no substance to support the silliness See more (12 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Farren Blackburn 
Writing credits
Steven Moffat (written by)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Diana Barton .... line producer
Steven Moffat .... executive producer
Denise Paul .... associate producer
Caroline Skinner .... executive producer
Piers Wenger .... executive producer
Marcus Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Murray Gold 
Cinematography by
Stephan Pehrsson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Porter 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Karl Probert 
Set Decoration by
Adrian Anscombe 
Costume Design by
Edward K. Gibbon 
Makeup Department
Julie Davies .... makeup artist
Vivienne Simpson .... makeup artist
Barbara Southcott .... makeup designer
Rob Mayor .... prosthetics supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Phillipa Cole .... production manager
Nerys Davies .... post-production supervisor
Rhys Griffiths .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James DeHaviland .... second assistant director
Danielle Richards .... assistant director
Matthew Scrivener .... first assistant director
Heddi-Joy Taylor .... third assistant director (as Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch)
Art Department
Helen Atherton .... stand-by props
Tom Belton .... prop hand
Matthew Burlem .... Digital Artist/Pictures Designer: BBC
Austin J. Curtis .... prop hand
Bernard Davies .... props master (as Bernie Davies)
Michael Elkins .... prop hand
Scott Fisher .... construction manager
Steven Fudge .... scenic painter
Bryan Griffiths .... stand-by rigger
Richard Hardy .... art department assistant
Penny Howarth .... prop maker
Brian Jones .... construction chargehand
Dan Martin .... assistant art director
Holly McCarthy .... petty cash buyer
Ben Morris .... art department production manager
Will Pope .... stand-by carpenter
Nicholas Robatto .... prop maker
Phil Shellard .... stand-by props (as Phill Shellard)
Sophia Stapleton .... stand-by art director
Christina Tom .... graphic artist
Mathew Tooher .... prop chargehand
John Whalley .... scenic painter
Lizzi Wilson .... props buyer
Richard Rowntree .... additional greens (uncredited)
Sound Department
Abdulqader Amoud .... sound assistant (as Abdul Amoud)
Darran Clement .... dialogue editor
Matthew Cox .... adr editor (as Matt Cox)
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer
Paul Jefferies .... sound effects editor
Paul Naughton .... boom operator
Tim Ricketts .... dubbing mixer
Jamie Talbutt .... foley editor
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Ayres .... sound remastering (uncredited)
Brian Hodgson .... sound effects (uncredited)
Dick Mills .... sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dewi Alun Foulkes .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Mark Hutchinson .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Dan MacIntyre .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Dafydd Meirion Owen .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Russ Perkin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joel Skinner .... visual effects editor
Tim Barter .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tim Barter .... on set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rubén Bautista .... fx technical director: The Mill (uncredited)
David Birkhill .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rick Bovill .... visual effects (uncredited)
Darren Byford .... senior look development and lighting artist (uncredited)
Jacob Flint .... matchmove artist: The Mill (uncredited)
Kwai Keung Ip .... matchmove artist: The Mill (uncredited)
Gary Kelly .... visual effects (uncredited)
Nicholas Lambert .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ruben Mayor .... visual effects technical director (uncredited)
Dan Newlands .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Jenna Powell .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Natalie Reid .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Tamsie Thomas .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Matt Wood .... visual effects supervisor: Space Digital (uncredited)
Tracey Caudle .... stunt performer (as Tracy Caudle)
Crispin Layfield .... stunt coordinator
Gordon Seed .... stunt coordinator
William Willoughby .... stunt performer (as Will Willoughby)
Camera and Electrical Department
Owen Charnley .... assistant grip
Tom Hartley .... camera assistant
Mark Hutchings .... gaffer
Albert James .... practical electrician
Gary Norman .... grip
Becky Pescod .... camera assistant (as Rebecca Pescod)
Gafin Riley .... electrician
Joe Russell .... camera operator
Gareth Sheldon .... electrician
Steve Slocombe .... best boy (as Stephen Slocombe)
Owain Thatcher .... camera assistant
Jonathan Vidgen .... focus puller
Simon Walton .... focus puller
Matt Wilson .... electrician
Paul Duffy .... electrician (uncredited)
Steve Hopkins .... electrician (uncredited)
Steve Hopkins .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Adrian Rogers .... still photographer (uncredited)
Animation Department
James Farrington .... lead animator
Martin Lanzinger .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alice Purser .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Duncan .... costume supervisor
Gemma Evans .... costume assistant
Lloyd Middleton .... costume assistant
Claire Polydorou .... costume assistant
Stephen Kill .... costume prop maker (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mark Bright .... on-line conformer
Marie Brown .... post-production coordinator
Jeremy Lott .... on-line editor
Matt Mullins .... on-line editor
Becky Trotman .... assistant editor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Location Management
Beccy Jones .... location assistant
Iwan Roberts .... location manager
Music Department
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Ron Grainer .... composer: original theme music
Jeremy Holland-Smith .... additional orchestrations
Jeremy Holland-Smith .... conductor
Jake Jackson .... music mixer
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recordist
Dave Foster .... music preparation (uncredited)
Murray Gold .... music arranger: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Sandra Cosfeld .... production assistant
Rhys Evans .... assistant production accountant
Caroline Henry .... script executive
Claire Hildred .... production coordinator
Caroline Holder .... script supervisor
Richard McNeill .... production accountant
Julie Scott .... production executive
Mark Burnett .... uncredited
Steven Moffat .... showrunner (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

59 min
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

Did You Know?

Bill Bailey was pleased to be given a comedic human character, explaining, "The fact that I am almost playing a human means the expressions are easier to do. If I was an Ood, with a face full of tentacles, that would have been harder to bring the funny".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Madge first meets the doctor after he crashed to earth in his spacesuit, it was 1938. The passage of time revealed 3 years. When Madge received the telegram her husband was lost, it was dated 20 December 1940. Finally, when Madge was interrogated by the Androzani miners, she stated the year was 1941. Either the telegram is incorrect, or the year of the first meeting as well as the response to the Androzani interrogation was incorrect.See more »
Madge Arwell:Listen Cyril, tell him that I've borrowed Mr Goldsmith's car, that I've found a spaceman in a field, possibly an angel, but he's injured and I can't get his helmet off, so I'm going to have to take him into town to find a police telephone box. All right?
Cyril Arwell:[thinks] All right.
Madge Arwell:Good boy.
[She exits. Cyril's father enters through another door]
Reg Arwell:Was that your mother? Where's she going?
Cyril Arwell:Out.
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30 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Christmas Special 2011: Poor and with no substance to support the silliness, 26 December 2011
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A year ago I watched a Doctor Who Christmas special that retold A Christmas Carol on an alien world with the Doctor racing to change an old man's mind to save his companions while a flying shark threatened; it could have been nonsense but it captured the heart of the tale really well and was moving and engaging to the point that the silliness had enough substance to support it. I mention this special because the 2011 one was billed as being similar and had enough in common to make me hope it would be good. Moffat using the CS Lewis world of Narnia as inspiration I presumed he would be able to pull it off again in a way that was satisfying. I could not have been more wrong.

The special starts with silliness that I forgave because I thought that we had that out of the way – the Doctor falling to Earth through space in a backwards spacesuit was just a plot device to get to the meat of the special. This is the case as it introduces the characters and sets up the reason for this return – the death of a husband in the war and the woman trying to find the strength to get through Christmas and then tell her two young children. Problem is that, when the script needed to find character and emotion, it instead found a messy plot filled with almost nothing. The heart of the story, of the characters is nowhere to be found and instead we get a few brief moments of peril and a corny denouncement that is so convenient and so empty that it robbed me of what little good will I had when I reached that point.

The previous year's special was so enjoyable because it focused on the people, on the heart and placed that within a sci-fi context. Here there is no such thing and unfortunately the plot isn't enough to fill this gap with anything like tension, thrills or spectacle. It doesn't help either that the effects are surprisingly clunky and that the ideas are so half-assed throughout. The cast are solid and one can only imagine what they could have done with a better script and better characters. Smith overplays the comedy because he has been directed to do so. He didn't convince me and didn't make me care and his "emotional" conclusion was nothing of the sort. I liked Skinner but there was nothing for her here. Likewise I though Earl was really good as Lily and could have done more – although Cole is only a typical cute kid. Bailey and Armstrong are just names with no time to justify a mention. I suppose at least it was a positive that Gillan is limited to the last few minutes – the next season is thankfully her last before she heads off into the lucrative world of signing photos at sci-fi conventions.

A really disappointing special – we were thinking of watching It's a Wonderful Life tonight and instead watched this special – mainly off the back of the hope that it could be as good as last year's, that was a bad decision it turns out. Such a shame to see such a poor, heartless mess being presented as a finished product – even those just looking for basic sentimental, festive heart-warming will be left disappointed. Heartless, manipulative, messy and lacking in anything to really hook the viewer. Supposedly the jewel in the crown of the BBC Christmas schedule? Not this year.

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