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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe 

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It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish. Three ... See full summary »


Farren Blackburn


Steven Moffat





Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory Williams
Claire Skinner ... Madge Arwell
Maurice Cole ... Cyril Arwell
Holly Earl ... Lily Arwell
Alexander Armstrong ... Reg Arwell
Sam Stockman Sam Stockman ... Co-Pilot
Bill Bailey ... Droxil
Paul Bazely ... Ven-Garr
Arabella Weir ... Billis
Spencer Wilding ... Wooden King
Paul Kasey ... Wooden Queen


It's Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness - all she has to do is make a wish. Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true... Written by BBC Publicity

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26 December 2011 | by whotobeSee all my reviews

Most of the classic & current Who stories are interesting and occasionally try to educate on some level. But the real test of a good episode was if it was entertaining and allowed the suspension of disbelief. This story was full of distractions from the beginning. Being in outer space without the TARDIS and still breathing and shouting?? Falling to the Earth and catching a spacesuit to offer protection as if it were a parachute caught while from a falling airplane? Puleeeze!

I give Dr Who a lot of latitude where science comes in, but this was not a very well thought out story on any level!! The plot is all over the place and while the trailers temped us with a CS Lewis Christmas feel, it failed to deliver. It would be great if RTD came back, they found a replacement to MS and wrote better stories. As a fan for over 40 years, I hope the show gets better...It needs a Doctor!

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Release Date:

25 December 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe See more »

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Production Co:

BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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