Doctor Who: 2011 Christmas Special – The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe Review – SPOILER FREE!!!

Off to a rocketing start with the Doctor falling through space in typical a absurd Doctor Who situation.

In this year’s Christmas special, our Time Lord crash-lands on Earth during the Second World War (sure to be a popular plot point), where he tries to make sure two unfortunate evacuees and their mother have the best Christmas ever. Doctor takes it upon himself to create the most magical Christmas ever for two children who’s father has died (and they don’t know it yet).

Using a magical present, the Doctor transports them to a magical land dominated by an enchanted forest with living trees – but that is when their troubles really begin.

Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong have joined Matt Smith in this year’s festive special, inspired by CS Lewis’s Narnia stories.

It’s a fine line between ‘inspired’ and ‘copied.’ But it’s a line they hold and it’s a fun story overall.

After the huge stakes of the previous series that ended earlier in the fall, it’s nice to see a self-contained Doctor Who story where the world isn’t going to end.

For the record, I want the Spitefire wallpaper I noticed in the background in one scene!

One of my favorite lines is: “There’s no crying in military engagements.”

One thing of note that was very subtle – in this episode he’s not called The Doctor, he’s the Caretaker by the character and the Doctor lets them.

The Doctor gets taught a very valuable lesson in being full of himself.

My second favorite line is: “Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan.”

The special has a nice happy ending and a nice happy Christmas message. We get a cameo from the Pond’s (and it’s quite a bit of time since they saw The Doctor Last). Usually the Doctor Who christmas specials sometimes end up being rather disappointing and Stephen Moffat really delivers with this one. It will become a cherished classic.

The Doctor returns… we don’t know as it doesn’t say when the credit are over. But it’s been confirmed that this is our last glimpse of The Doctor until fall 2012 (we’re predicting and September return).

Happy Christmas everyone!

What did you think of the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special? Let us know in the comments!

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