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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 »

Company Credits

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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

Steven Moffat said that this episode would be the most "Christmassy Christmas special ever," adding, "It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters and the Doctor and a honeymoon..." 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

[shark is trying to break down the doors]
Kazran as a child: It's going to eat us! It's going to eat us! It's going to eat us!
The Doctor: Well, maybe *we're* going to eat *it*, but I don't like the option!
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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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A brilliant, entertaining Christmas fairytale, Doctor Who style...
1 January 2011 | by rb-939-19665See all my reviews

I normally don't do reviews, but I couldn't pass this one up. This Christmas special was simply brilliant. For me, it's hands down the best Christmas special to date. It's a truly magical Christmas fairytale-ish story, done in somewhat atypical Who-niverse fashion. I just loved it. I had no issues whatsoever with the characters, the casting, the story... it was all just brilliant. Even the "personal timeline" stuff didn't bother me in the slightest - it made for a compelling and somewhat awe inspiring storyline that I really enjoyed. And besides... yeah, the cardinal rule of not crossing personal timelines... rubbish, really. True Who fans can probably cite off the top of their heads a half dozen examples of when the Doctor blatantly violated that rule, going all the way back to the 3rd or 4th Doctor even. The way I looked at it was that this was not ordinary Doctor Who anyway... this was the Christmas special... and I thoroughly enjoyed the Who crew taking it a bit further than previous norms. It's the unexpected that makes this show so exciting.


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