Merry Christmas, Doctor Who
Back in the middle of all my Multiple Man grieving, I failed to note the announcement of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. I’m sure everybody could have heard the news a million other ways, but I want to mention it anyway. And here it is: Doctor Who is going to have another Christmas special, yay!
Why is that a big deal, you ask? Well, Doctor Who has a tradition of making their Christmas episodes a big deal. They occur outside of the normal season order, but at the same time they are still very important (and often times awesome) episodes. I never saw any of the pre-2005 reboot Christmas specials, but the new series has had some good ones.
The first was an alien invasion that introduced new actor David Tennant. There was the one that introduced Donna Noble, my favorite companion, a full year or so before she’d become a series regular. Then there was the Christmas episode about the Space Titanic.
One of the best was current Doctor Matt Smith’s first Christmas episode. He had to convince a miserly old man to be kind to others in order to save the Doctor’s friends. But the old man wouldn’t budge. So the Doctor went back in time to when the old man was a child and started visiting him every Christmas, having adventures together, in order to warm the man’s heart. Brilliant episode.
Well here’s the trailer for this year’s Christmas special, called The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe:
And here is the official blurb:
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.
He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.
The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…
So I have no idea what to expect…Should be good though!