London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Tom Ward ...
Joseph Darcey-Alden ...
Ellie Darcey-Alden ...
Jim Conway ...
Cameron Strefford ...
Sophie Miller-Sheen ...


The Doctor is living in 1892 London, still despondent over the loss of his friends. He has no interest in what is happening in the world even after he learns that the snow is strangely sentient and can form into rather vicious snowmen. A local barmaid, Clara, is intrigued by the Doctor and he is soon intrigued by her when it turns out she also works as a governess caring for Captain Latimer's two children. Together, they fight Dr. Simeon who has known the evil snowmen since he was a child. The Doctor is shocked when he realizes that he's met Clara before....and will no doubt meet her again. Written by garykmcd

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25 December 2012 (UK)  »

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The story was originally called The Snowman. See more »


When the Doctor and Clara are running away from the ice-governess and climb the stairs to his Tardis, they start climbing the stairs clock-wise, then climb it anti-clockwise when they get near the top, even thought the ice governess is still climbing them clockwise. The stairs literally flip the opposite way. See more »


The Doctor: Multi-nucleate, crystalline organism with the ability to mimic and mirror what it finds. Looks like snow. Isn't snow.
Dr. Simeon: You must leave here now.
The Doctor: Shut up. I'm making deductions, it's very exciting.
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Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Classic Doctor Who.
15 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm going to be honest. Part 1 of Season 7 had me worried. I don't know what it was, but the plot-lines just......lacked. Despite the critical acclaim of Asylum of Daleks I found myself hating that episode. It felt completely off. The fact that the Ponds were still around after the somewhat closure that was given to them last season made it just...odd. I did not like the idea of the Doctor's companions only occasionally traveling with him, to the point where I wasn't very distraught by their departure. Now, I'm mystified by how Doctor Who can have so many cast changes, with viewers ALWAYS knowing that when they start loving a certain character, rather it's that Doctor (well, EVERYBODY loves the Doctor) or his companion, there's that troubling fact that you know they won't be around forever. And yet it stays completely amazing, something many TV shows likely can't pull off. I felt this episode of Doctor Who was very well crafted, fitting for Christmas spirit, as well as raising my spirit for Doctor Who after the disappointing part 1 of Season 7.

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