Writer: Stephen Moffatt
Director: Toby Haynes
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg
Series: 5, Christmas Special
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Campbell (Arthur Darvill)
Summary: Amy and Rory are on their honeymoon on a spaceliner carrying 4001 other passengers, when it loses control when passing through electrified clouds. The Doctor arrives and discovers the clouds are controlled by a spire. The spire is owned by Kazran Sadrick, an old man who hates Christmas, and has become unkind as a result. The Doctor realizes that if the spaceliner is to be saved, they must find a way to make Sadrick kinder. They decide to take Sadrick through the Christmases of his past, present, and future. It’s essentially a Doctor Who version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Review: It was bound to happen sooner or later. With all these Christmas episodes, sooner or later someone would get the idea to emulate Dickens’s classic tale. When I heard this was going to happen, I admit I had low expectations. I mean, how many other times has the story’s formula been done to death? But the whimsical nature that Doctor Who often has changed my mind. The trek through Kazran’s past was joyful, poignant, sad–all the emotions of Dickens’s story. This was not just another version of the story. It also paid tribute and did something new and different. It was much better than I thought it was going to be.
Overall Review: 8/10
Continuity: This episode takes place before “The Impossible Astronaut”, the first episode of the Eleventh Doctor’s second season.
Trivia: This is the first of 3 Christmas specials for Matt Smith’s run.