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Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Details

PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:06 am
by sledge
Filming has now wrapped on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special. Here’s what we know about the episode so far.

Its titled 'The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe' - ed.


25th December 2011 (TBC)


Matt Smith -- The Doctor
Arthur Darvill -- Rory Williams
Karen Gillan -- Amy Pond
Claire Skinner -- Madge Arwell
Bill Bailey -- TBC
Arabella Weir -- TBC
Alexander Armstrong -- TBC
TBC -- Lily
TBC -- Cyril
Story Synopsis

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Farren Blackburn.

During the Second World War, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset. They discover the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and find a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

Other bits

It’ll be set partly on Earth, but not completely

Rumoured to be a Doctor Who take on The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe…

…There will be lots of snow, chases through a wintry-style forest, plus an icy baddie
Claire Skinner’s character Madge is described as a super-mum

Matt Smith: “Steven Moffat told me the title of the 2011 Christmas special and I nearly fell off my chair!”

Steven Moffat said the episode will contain fire and aliens

A boat will go up in flames

Moffat: “It will be as Christmassy as Hell”
Moffat: “I might be cleverly redeploying a known Christmas story again, sort of…”
Moffat: “The Doctor’s heading back down the chimney.”

Alexander Armstrong will be playing an RAF pilot

The Doctor will pay the Ponds a visit at their home

The Doctor will at one point wear a spacesuit of some kind

More Details to come..


Re: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Details

PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:14 am
by sledge
Here's the official Doctor Who Christmas 2011 Trailer. titled 'The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe'

Re: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Details

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:02 am
by sledge
Doctor Who For Christmas: The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe

There is a month to go….a month to go….that is right, there is a month to go, or there about, until The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe. Which is a reference, of course, to the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The Wardrobe here being, well, the TARDIS.

The episode is something of a play on Narnia, in fact, and is not surprising given that Steven Moffat has, well, tended to be a bit silly sometimes. The formula has been that these episodes see The Doctor away from his companions, and often mixed up in an adventure that is slightly more outlandish than normal.

GeeksOfDoom notes that:

This year, however, the episode (directed by Farren Blackburn) will be set during the Second World War, and features Matt Smith reprising his role as the Doctor. His regular assistants are curiously absent for this adventure, but joining Smith are Claire Skinner (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kingdom), along with a personal favorite of mine, LONG overdue for a Doctor Who appearance, Bill Bailey (Spaced, Black Books, QI).
The BBC has said that:

Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world.
The caretaker, in this case, seems to be the Doctor himself, leading the family onto an intriguing and preposterous but magnificent adventure.

The episode will air on Christmas Day on the BBC in the UK, and on BBC America in the US.


Re: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Details

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:06 am
by sledge
Doctor Who: Christmas Special (and a new year treat)for Aussie Fans

ABC1 has confirmed to TV Tonight that it will air the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special on Boxing Day.

This matches the turn-around of the 2010 Christmas special, which improved on the 2009 special airing a month after its UK premiere.
A sneak preview will air overnight in the UK as part of the 2011 Children in Need event. Starring Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong, the special sees the Doctor “in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.”

More Who News..

Who fans are also in for another treat with ABC2 set to screen every episode of the rebooted series at 7:30pm weeknights, beginning in January.
This will see the series begin with Christopher Eccleston’s first appearance as the Doctor, running every episode release in order from then, including Christmas specials.

Wise Decision ABC-TV Australia I will be watching.. :thumbleft:

Doctor Who Christmas special to be the biggest tearjerker

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:47 pm
by sledge
Doctor Who Christmas special to be the biggest tearjerker yet as children unaware their soldier father has been killed in the war

Stock up on the tissues if you plan to be parked in front of the telly for your Christmas dose of Doctor Who this year.
The festive special on December 25 could be the show's biggest tearjerker yet as two children are unaware their soldier father has died.
The episode is set in the 1940s during the Second World War and features Outnumbered star Claire Skinner as Madge Arwell.

She hasn't yet told her daughter Lily and son Cyril that dad Reg, played by comedian Alexander Armstrong, has been killed while flying his bomber home over the channel.

Dr Who writer Steven Moffat explained: 'She doesn’t want Christmas to become the day that broke their hearts.
'But when they're evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset for the holidays, and meet a mysterious young caretaker in a bow tie, events take an unexpected turn.

In the hour-long special the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, is determined to give them a happy Christmas.
hey find a magic present under the tree, which is a portal to another world where two 'monsters', played by Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir, live.

Read more Here: ... z1gNJgG4G9


Re: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Details

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:09 pm
by sledge
Doctor Who's Christmas Confidential canned BBC bosses waste £50k scrapping show? Wot? :WTF:

BBC bosses have wasted thousands of pounds after scrapping an episode of Doctor Who Confidential which had already been filmed.

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Top brass canned the BBC3 spin-off series — which showed behind-the-scenes footage, clips and interviews — in September.

But writing in the new edition of Doctor Who magazine, series producer Gillane Seaborne claimed a Christmas edition had already been made.

She said: "The biggest regret is the episode of Confidential we've filmed for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special which now won't be shown.

"So I guess in the fine traditions of Doctor Who, we now have our very own missing episode."

Industry experts put the cost of an episode of the show, which was presented by Alastair Sooke, at around £50,000 but "possibly more".
Last night a BBC source suggested that they had no idea about the episode.

The source said: "This is the first we have heard of it. We're being told there is no Christmas show."

But a BBC spokesman insisted:

"While Doctor Who Confidential has been decommissioned, all existing episodes will be shown.

"But there is no Christmas special." ... anned.html

Re: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2011 Details

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:54 pm
by sledge
Did anyone watch the Christmas Special? :dontknow: if .so. what did you think? I watched it but missed the first 12 minutes due to distractions from my kids and parents.

It was generally good but they have ripoff the Chronicles of Narnia to al rage extent. It does bring you to tears at the end. I need to re-watch to get an overall opinion of the Christmas Special. If your a Who Fan you will like it but for a first time viewer of Doctor Who you won't get it(unless your a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia fan ) :rofl2:

Here's what the UK Newspapers said:

As usual, Steven Moffat delivered the goods on Christmas with some really hilarious one liners for The Doctor; particularly this comment "Just do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it's a plan." But the crowning moment of the episode came at the end when The Doctor revisited the Ponds and he was briefly overcome by tears of joy... which he thought himself incapable of earlier in the episode. We've seen The Doctor at his moments of great despair, but we rarely get a glimpse of the Time Lord so truly content. This may be the happiest ending that The Doctor has ever gotten for himself during the revived series.

After two seasons on the show, it seems odd that neither Amy or Rory has had a large part in either Christmas episode that they've appeared in. The Ponds are overdue for a holiday adventure that doesn't sideline them from most of the action, but it doesn't seem likely to happen before Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill leave the series next year. Bringing the Ponds back for at least the cameo at the end was the right decision and it gave The Doctor a real emotional connection to the story that he otherwise lacked. As a plus, the Ponds actually looked and acted like they were older than when we last saw them. And I did love the way that Amy planned to deal with annoying Christmas carolers.

The only real weaknesses in this Christmas special was the underdeveloped nature of the threat within the forest, both from the three futuristic soldiers and the forest aliens themselves. The entire angle felt like a really weak hook to hang the story upon.

Regardless, it was good to have The Doctor and his friends back for one more episode before a very long hiatus ahead. I just hope that there's another special planned for next year; because it just wouldn't be Christmas without "Doctor Who."

Crave Online Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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