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

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TV Series:
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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One of the best Doctor Who's to date! 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
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 .... 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
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
Beccy Jones .... location assistant
Richard McNeill .... production accountant
Iwan Roberts .... location manager
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:

Did You Know?

The looks of the wooden King and Queen in The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe (2011) are heavily influenced by the 2004 Danish animated fantasy drama feature film "Strings" and mostly the wooden puppets in the film. Claire Skinner (Madge Arwell) provided the voice of Jhinna in that film.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 »
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... shut up... everyone.
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Movie Connections:
References Star Wars (1977)See more »
Silent NightSee more »


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18 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Doctor Who's to date!, 4 March 2012
Author: Corey from United States

There is nothing to say about this episode that you don't already know about the series. It plays slightly on the Chronicles of Narnia but those expecting a religious experience are just kidding themselves. It's Doctor Who, not C.S. Lewis. What you should know about this episode is that you need to devote the entire time to it, don't stop watching, things change, fast. You might see things blink, flash for half a second, and frankly miss important happenings. The episode is played out perfectly and the message is wonderful, I took away 'never give up' but you could take just about anything positive from it that you would like. In my opinion, this is one of the best Doctor Who episodes, ever.

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