Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 6

The Snowmen (25 Dec. 2012)

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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 ...
Cameron Strefford ...
Annabelle Dowler ...
Ben Addis ...
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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The Snowmen features a first-ever special effect for the series: a single camera shot following a character (Clara) from the outside of the TARDIS, through the doors, and into the console room. See more »


When Clara lands after pulling the ladder down in the park the ground moves as if the snow was sitting on top of a plastic sheet See more »


Great Intelligence: Now the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor (2013) See more »


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Arranged by Murray Gold
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A Mixed Bag of Treats
25 December 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Jenna Louise Coleman, the young lady who was previously seen as a misinformed Dalek on their prison planet, is now re-introduced as the Doctor's new companion. Ms. Coleman really brings in a lot of great new energy that was very lacking from the trio of Amy Pond, Rory, and River Song.

The old companions and their matrimonial relationship issues had run out of steam some where around the time that the fifty year old River Song was born to Amy Pond and Rory.

In this episode we get Jenna Louise as the rookie companion. However, we also get a lesbian reptile and her human wife as Doctor pals, and Strax, the butler buddy, who is also the butt of most jokes.

The main story seems to be another take on the concept of an angry little boy who grew up with an imaginary friend who had special powers. Are the Snowmen a creation of Dr. Simeon's imagination? Was the original an alien? What is their goal? What is Dr. Simeon's field of science? What has Dr. Simeon been doing for the past fifty years? What is special about Dr. Simeon, and why? A little more back-story would have been nice.

At one point Dr. Simeon has a bunch of workers shaving ice, and then has them all killed by the Snowmen. This was somewhat pointless violence. How did it move the story forward? Do the creatures need to eat? This was just another question that was not answered.

Later, a mutated ice creature is climbing up towards the Tardis, to attack the Doctor. In his nonchalant manner, Doctor Who is giving Ms. Coleman a whimsical tour of his Tardis, as if there was nothing to worry about. The mutant human DNA ice creature pops up, and takes hold of Ms. Coleman, and they fall from the Tardis. The ice creature is destroyed, and Coleman is seriously injured, and later dies (or does she?).

Doctor Who then re-adjusts his bow-tie, to show that he is really annoyed. As frequently happens in the new era of Doctor Who, a tear of love is shed, and everything turns out alright. Love and magic conquer all! Thankfully, nobody needs Doctor Who to actually come up with a scientific solution to the problem. He seems to be relegated to being the ring-master at the circus.

The only plus right now is Jenna Louise Coleman, but is she enough? Is she more than she appears to be (perhaps another lost member of the Doctor Who family line?)? Hopefully Ms. Coleman will help bring Doctor Who around to new heights of fun and imagination!

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