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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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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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Trivia

Elliot Sardick was born in 4302 and died in 4378. See more »

Goofs

When The Doctor travels back in time to visit Kazran in his bedroom, the TARDIS is hidden behind two large doors, with the TARDIS windows clearly visible even when the doors are closed. When he does travel back, he appears in Kazran's recording, but you can still see the TARDIS's window between the doors. See more »

Quotes

Kazran Sardick: Everybody has to die.
Amy Pond: Not tonight.
Kazran Sardick: Tonight's as good as any other night.
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Connections

References Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Abigail's Song (Silence Is All You Know)
(uncredited)
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Katherine Jenkins
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Haunting
26 December 2010 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I can't say I've been impressed by Mopffat's version of DOCTOR WHO . Season five was easily the weakest season of the resurrected show and gave the impression that the audience were watching cast off scripts from the previous regime of RTD even down to the Tennantesque dialogue of the eleventh Doctor so I expected to see some seasonal fluff with the oxymoronic sub heading of " Christmas special "

Premonitions were confirmed in the opening hook where Amy and Rory are aboard an intergalactic cruse liner which instantly reminded me of the STAR TREK movies . Not only does Moffat rip off RTD but he also has to seek inspiration from ST . Things weren't looking good for Amy , Rory and thgis viewer

Despite this I became more and more involved as the story continued. It's a sophisticated reworking of A Christmas Carol featuring unrequited love and redemption . What works so well apart from the stunning performances of Gambon and Jenkins is the lightness of touch in Moffat's writing . It's manipulative to a certain degree but we never get the teeth gnashing and tear stained scenes that caused overkill in the RTD finales

If there's a slight flaw to the story it borders on being a fantastical fairytale rather than straightforward science fantasy that the show was famous for since its inception in 1963 . But Moffat has described that he thinks of the show as being a dark fairy tale and if he takes the show in this direction he'll certainly get no complaints from me . Especially since Matt Smith seems to improve in every episode he's in

As a footnote however I notice this special has only received an average rating of 6.8 which is on a par with Victory Of The Daleks ! I do hope fans aren't expecting to see old monsters appear adnausuem in season 6


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