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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

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Color
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Trivia

The painting of Kazran's father was created by taking a picture of Michael Gambon, lightly printing it on a canvas, and painting in the details. 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

The Doctor: Come on! We're boys! And yo know what boys say in the face of danger?
Kazran as a child: What?
The Doctor: Mummy!
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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

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Abigail's Song (Silence Is All You Know)
(uncredited)
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Katherine Jenkins
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Joyful ... simply joyful
26 December 2010 | by maarten-labeeuwSee all my reviews

Highly entertaining and perfectly fitting for Christmas.

Takes an old tale and masterfully reinvents it, meshing it seamlessly with the Doctor Who look and feel. Where many try to simply shift the story into a new setting, and by so doing botch the underlying message of the tale or make it so blatantly obvious as to strip it of all of its poetry, the Doctor Who team have managed to make it entirely their own while keeping its simple elegance.

This once again reaffirms my belief that Doctor Who is one of the best series on television in quite some time, even after having watched now for five years, each new episode continues to be new and refreshing.

One comment on the music ... beautifully executed, and magnificently sung by Katherine Jenkins ... did anyone else get the impression that "Abigail's Song" was strongly influenced by Philip Glass' "Open the Kingdom"?


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