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A Christmas Carol 

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A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet. Amy and Rory have been spending some time on board in ... See full summary »

Director:

Toby Haynes

Writer:

Steven Moffat
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory
Michael Gambon ... Kazran Sardick / Elliot Sardick
Katherine Jenkins ... Abigail
Laurence Belcher ... Young Kazran
Danny Horn ... Adult Kazran
Leo Bill ... Pilot
Pooky Quesnel ... Captain
Micah Balfour ... Co-Pilot
Steve North Steve North ... Old Benjamin
Bailey Pepper Bailey Pepper ... Boy / Benjamin
Tim Plester ... Servant
Nick Malinowski ... Eric
Laura Rogers Laura Rogers ... Isabella
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Storyline

A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet. Amy and Rory have been spending some time on board in the honeymoon suite and they quickly appear on deck. Amy calls the doctor for help and the TARDIS soon appears ahead of the ship. However the Doctor cannot save them and the only other option is to land on the planet below. There the Doctor meets a Scrooge like figure by the name of Kazran Sardick, the only person that can save Amy, Rory and all the other lives on the Spacecraft. The Doctor learns that the atmosphere surrounding the planet is controlled by Kazran who is unwilling to help the liner. The only option to save the ship is for the Doctor to persuade Kazran to save the liner himself. Written by Peter Alcock

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

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Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The helmsman of the starship wears an odd piece of headgear, and at one point exclaims "I'm flying blind!", a reference to Star Trek: TNG's blind helmsman (later engineer) Geordi Laforge. See more »

Goofs

The older and younger versions of Karzan come into physical contact with no ill effects. According to the "Blinovitch Limitation Effect", such contact between two versions of the same person should result in a dangerous energy discharge. See more »

Quotes

Amy Pond: Have you got a plan yet?
The Doctor: Yes I do.
Amy Pond: Are you lying?
The Doctor: Yes I am.
Amy Pond: Don't treat me like an idiot!
Rory Williams: Was he lying?
Amy Pond: No, no.
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Alternate Versions

There are two different versions of this story. The original edit airs for 80 minutes with the second edited down to 60 minutes. The scene where the Doctor takes Abigail to see her family is one of several edited out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The One Show: Episode dated 20 August 2010 (2010) See more »

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In the Bleak Midwinter
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Written by Christina Georgina Rossetti and Harold Darke
Performed by Katherine Jenkins
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Don't worry, fat fellow will be making rounds later.
25 December 2013 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

4003 people trapped in a cloud belt, and Kazran Sardick (Michael Gambon) will not let them land. They are going to die unless the Doctor (Matt Smith) performs a Christmas miracle.

His solution is another reincarnation of Charles Dicken's classic Christmas Carol.

Gambon was magnificent here. It probably got him the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris. Well, probably not, but he was great nonetheless.

Sardick is a particularly terrible human being, and a perfect Scrooge. He keeps family members hostage until repay his loans.

Featured is the amazing Katherine Jenkins, who I first say on Dancing With the Stars. She opened the season with the highest ever debut score, and was runner up in the final.

An unusual and pleasant experience.


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