For me it will be hard to pass last years tear jerker, but y’know what… they did!
‘The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe’ finds the Doctor hiding out from a universe that thinks he’s dead. As he finds his way to England duting World War Two, we meet a woman who has just found out her RAF husband has been killed in action. To avoid German bombs, she takes her children in country where she plans on telling them about their father’s death. And this is where the Doctor gets involved.
In the fine tradition of ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ the Doctor plans to let the children have one last happy day of innocence before they find out the news. Unfortunately this place is a planet that is about to be whipped out.
Written by the great Steven Moffat, this Christmas special is brilliant. Great story, crazy aliens, and unsolvable predicaments make this episode an incredible all ages ride. Following the heaviness of the last season, this is a great pallet cleanser to get us ready for the next one.
As always, Matt Smith is fantastic! He has not only proven he is a capable Doctor, he is the Doctor. Playing the widow is Claire Skinner who is no stranger to British television (I loved her on the much loved series Chef). She seems to be a little scatter brained but when she needs to save a planet of trees or be strong for her family, she is amazing.
An incredible episode that didn’t disappoint and stands up incredibly well with such amazing and must see Christmas specials like (in order of my favorites down) ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Voyage of the Damned’, and the ‘Next Doctor’.
Matman Rating – 4.5 out of 5 cool tree people