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The Snowmen 

London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.


Saul Metzstein


Steven Moffat

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Tom Ward ... Captain Latimer
Richard E. Grant ... Dr. Simeon
Catrin Stewart ... Jenny
Neve McIntosh ... Madame Vastra
Dan Starkey ... Strax
Joseph Darcey-Alden Joseph Darcey-Alden ... Digby
Ellie Darcey-Alden ... Francesca
Liz White ... Alice
Jim Conway ... Uncle Josh
Cameron Strefford Cameron Strefford ... Walter
Annabelle Dowler ... Walter's Mother
Ben Addis Ben Addis ... Bob Chilcott
Sophie Miller-Sheen Sophie Miller-Sheen ... Clara's Friend


The Doctor is living in 1892 London, still despondent over the loss of his friends. He has no interest in what is happening in the world even after he learns that the snow is strangely sentient and can form into rather vicious snowmen. A local barmaid, Clara, is intrigued by the Doctor and he is soon intrigued by her when it turns out she also works as a governess caring for Captain Latimer's two children. Together, they fight Dr. Simeon who has known the evil snowmen since he was a child. The Doctor is shocked when he realizes that he's met Clara before....and will no doubt meet her again. Written by garykmcd

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Several elements of The Snowmen were discarded in editing. This included material involving a little boy (Max Furst) and his mother (Devon Black) who live near the site where Simeon's labourers were working, and suggestions that the monsters were snowmen built the previous year given new form. The coming of the Ice Governess was originally foretold when a formation appeared in the middle of the Latimers' pond which resembled an upthrust arm. Also deleted was an inscription on Clara's tombstone: "Remember me. For we shall meet again." See more »


Before the opening credits, Clara puts her head through a hatch in the roof of the Doctor's carriage. In the first scene after the credits, it can be seen that there is no hatch in the roof. See more »


Clara: [Clara repeats lines from a previous encounter with The Doctor] Run. Run, you clever boy, and remember.
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References Sherlock (2010) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Classic Doctor Who.
15 October 2013 | by tzblueice33See all my reviews

I'm going to be honest. Part 1 of Season 7 had me worried. I don't know what it was, but the plot-lines just......lacked. Despite the critical acclaim of Asylum of Daleks I found myself hating that episode. It felt completely off. The fact that the Ponds were still around after the somewhat closure that was given to them last season made it just...odd. I did not like the idea of the Doctor's companions only occasionally traveling with him, to the point where I wasn't very distraught by their departure. Now, I'm mystified by how Doctor Who can have so many cast changes, with viewers ALWAYS knowing that when they start loving a certain character, rather it's that Doctor (well, EVERYBODY loves the Doctor) or his companion, there's that troubling fact that you know they won't be around forever. And yet it stays completely amazing, something many TV shows likely can't pull off. I felt this episode of Doctor Who was very well crafted, fitting for Christmas spirit, as well as raising my spirit for Doctor Who after the disappointing part 1 of Season 7.

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