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"Doctor Who" The Snowmen (TV Episode 2012) Poster

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(2012)

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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.
The Doctor first met the Great Intelligence in his second incarnation in the story Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen: Episode 1 (1967). He battled against them again in the London underground in Doctor Who: The Web of Fear: Episode 1 (1968). A map of the London underground appears on the top of the lunch box the Doctor gives Dr. Simeon.
The Doctor impersonates Sherlock Holmes, a role already played by two previous Doctors - Tom Baker and Peter Cushing. And then, of course, Steven Moffat, the head writer of Doctor Who (2005) since 2010 also co-wrote the Sherlock (2010) TV series.
For the first time since the series' revival, the face of the Doctor appears in the title credits. The Doctor's face had first appeared during Patrick Troughton's era in the 1960s.
When The Doctor is introduced as Sherlock Holmes, the music is from the show Sherlock (2010) which is also by Steven Moffat.
Neve McIntosh played two other Silurians, Alaya and Restac, in Doctor Who: The Hungry Earth (2010) and Doctor Who: Cold Blood (2010).
Vastra, Jenny, and Stax first appear in Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War (2011).
"The Snowmen" was influenced by The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The Doctor has become a recluse and is no longer interested in traveling through time and space and fighting evil, but is forced out of seclusion to fight The Great Intelligence and The Snowmen.
The Great Intelligence's line, "Now the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die," echoes what was written about the Weeping Angels: "What if we had ideas that could think for themselves? What if, one day, our dreams no longer needed us?"
The episode saw several major design changes for the series, such as a redesigned TARDIS interior, a new title sequence and variation of the theme tune.
Richard E. Grant previously played The Doctor in Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999) and voiced The Doctor in Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003).
Steven Moffat compared the withdrawn Doctor seen at the onset of the episode to the first appearances of the First Doctor in 1963 and the Ninth Doctor in 2005. He also attributed the idea of a retired Doctor to a plot proposed by Douglas Adams in the 1970s, but rejected by the production team at the time.
The TARDIS on the cloud was achieved through a mix of fog on the studio floor and post-production special effects.
This was the first Christmas special to be filmed in BBC Wales' new Roath Lock studios.
This episode has individually stylized opening credits: following the revamp of the opening title sequence, the time vortex has changed to a vibrant red with several nebula-like effects, and the title logo resembles a fresh snowfall in color and pattern.
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This episode takes place in December 1842, from December 23 to December 25, 1892 and in the 2010s.
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Matt Smith described his Victorian-style costume as "a bit Artful Dodger meets the Doctor". Steven Moffat described the new outfit as a "progression" as the Doctor was in "a different phase of his life now" and felt more "grown-up" and fatherlike.
It was originally planned that this special would be the first episode to not have an opening credits sequence, instead opening with the title superimposed over a scene. In pre-production it was decided to have one, and a newly redesigned credit sequence and theme arrangement was devised.
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Director Saul Metzstein explained that it was difficult to achieve the desired look for the snowmen. The first ones he likened to Zippy from Rainbow (1972) which was too "cute" of an appearance, and so the effects team created more menacing CGI faces.
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Some consideration was given to providing no on-screen title at all, since it was thought that the title sequence might be held off until the end of the episode, illustrating the Doctor's return to his old self.
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The series was in the process of relocating from its former studio facilities at Upper Boat to its new permanent home at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay. There was no way to preserve the TARDIS set designed by Edward Thomas for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (2010), and so this became an opportunity to give the current production designer, Michael Pickwoad, the chance to leave his own mark on the TARDIS interior. Steven Moffat indicated that he wanted to move away from the organic feel of recent console room sets and instead embrace the idea of the TARDIS as a machine, citing in particular the look of the time machine during the 1970s.
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The original concept for the new companion was that she would be a Victorian governess named Beryl. Over the next few months, however, the production team reconsidered the difficulty of writing for a regular character who was more than a century behind the viewing audience.
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Steven Moffat was also uncertain about an epilogue featuring the 2013 version of Clara, which appeared and disappeared between several drafts. When it was finally decided to preserve this scene, a false ending was concocted to safeguard the surprise; this saw Vastra and Jenny comment on how the events of the story had reinvigorated the Doctor.
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The Great Intelligence is voiced by Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen also played the wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), which also featured former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy.
Christopher Nolan's 2012 film "The Dark Knight Rises" is considered an influence behind the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen. The Doctor, now a recluse and no longer interested in traveling across time and space and fighting evil, is forced out of seclusion to fight The Great Intelligence and The Snowmen. In "The Dark Knight Rises", Bruce Wayne, now a recluse, is forced to become Batman again, to do battle with Bane and Talia al Ghul.
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A pond is an important part and word for this episode. Amy Pond's last episode was the one before this.
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Several elements of The Snowmen were discarded in editing. This included material involving a little boy (Max Furst) and his mother (Devon Black) who live near the site where Simeon's labourers were working, and suggestions that the monsters were snowmen built the previous year given new form. The coming of the Ice Governess was originally foretold when a formation appeared in the middle of the Latimers' pond which resembled an upthrust arm. Also deleted was an inscription on Clara's tombstone: "Remember me. For we shall meet again."
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Early drafts incorporated another ingredient to the mystery of the Snowmen, associating them with sightings of riderless hansom cabs. There were also more flashbacks to Dr Simeon's early life, and medical equipment used to try to revive Clara after her fall was implied to be responsible for Strax surviving the events of Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War (2011).
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The story was originally called The Snowman.
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The inspiration for Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2012) was inspired by a storyline that was pitched by Douglas Adams called "The Doctor Retires".
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In the narrative behind The Doctor becoming an recluse and no longer being interest in traveling through time and space and battling evil aliens and fighting evil. The Doctor had gained and lost a lot of friends throughout his 11 lives and on his travels across time and space and the loss of Amy and Rory really pushed The Doctor too far causing The Doctor to become disillusioned and giving up on saving the world.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The date of birth that can be read on Clara's tombstone is 23 November 1866. 23 November 1963 is the release date of the first episode from the classic era, Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (1963).

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