The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (Christmas Special)

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Christmas Special
Airdate: 25 December 2011
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Farren Blackburn

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Trailer 2

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe – Christmas Special 2011

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Welcome back, merry Christmas, and straight into the reason you’re probably welling up right now. Putting aside the now-mandatory doomed spaceship that now must surely always feature, this was the smallest – yet perhaps the most enchanting – Christmas special we’ve had to date. A story where the threat is not to the universe but to the happiness of one family, and the only real enemy are some misguided and underdeveloped polluters. Any other time of year I would gnaw holes all over this, but it’s Christmas, and today it felt perfect. – The Guardian

It’s a Big Universe, Everything Happens Somewhere

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Karen Gillan’s less-than-five minutes of screen time were better acted and more interesting than anything else in the whole Christmas special. I could have easily watched 45 minutes of Amy, Rory, and the Doctor just having Christmas dinner and bickering about time travel ethics. – TOR

Review of Doctor Who ‘The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe’

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Every year the Christmas special comes back with something vastly different to the previous year and usually it proves to be on par if not stronger than the one before. ‘The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe’ had the perfect recipe for a Christmas special. It had a simple story that could be easily understood without too much concentration and as specials go, it avoided being sickly sweet. By the end audiences were likely to be left with a warm glow created by the mixture of comedy, tragedy and general festive cheer that never became overly sentimental. – The Independent

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe review

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Matt Smith – young/old, freaky/cool, joli laid – pushes all my buttons and is, as I’ve said before, the best Doctor since mid-term Tom Baker. He can do earnest and urgent, but is masterly at the comical stuff – as the man who fell to Earth with a back-to-front helmet, and as the caretaker showing off a lemonade tap and “the ultimate bedroom” with a hammock that’s “developed a fault”. – Radio Times

The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Review

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It’s the simplest version of the Doctor on display here, the ‘angel’ who falls from the sky to save sentient life forms and seasonal celebrations, with no pre-mental warm-up required. It cuts the cord from series six and allows everyone to share in the magic of this slow-burning yarn that’s more like a short film than an hour-long special. “Best. Christmas. Ever,” Madge says rather aptly, drawing her children into a warm squeeze; a fitting image for how The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe makes you feel. – SciFiNow

Doctor Who Christmas special was a Narnia-inspired festive treat

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For this year’s Christmas gift to mankind, Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and the rest of the Doctor Who team gave us The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe.

It goes without saying that the episode was partly inspired by CS Lewis’ fantastical land of Narnia, whose mix of bottomless cupboards and snowy landscapes has always been pretty magic, fairly festive and very, very British. – Metro UK

Doctor Who, Christmas special, BBC One, review

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But that can wait for now. This was packed full of festive magic, with ingenious use of Christmas trees, angels, stars, baubles, even woolly winter cardigans. The only problem? It was too busy being cute and clever to create a sufficiently memorable monster. The wooden Pagan king and queen weren’t quite hide-behind-the-sofa scary, more the sort of thing you’d see down the garden centre. – Telegraph

The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe Prequel

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