Eleventh Doctor: The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe

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Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Farren Blackburn

Producer: Marcus Wilson

Series: 6, Christmas Special

Companion: Madge Orwell (Claire Skinner)

Summary: The Doctor meets a widow named Madge and her two children, Lily and Cyril, who are hiding out in a house because of the London blitz. He is in the house because the TARDIS needs repairs. The house has a pocket dimension of its own, and the children sneak into it, meeting strange wonders.

Review: I’ve heard this one’s not well-liked, and I don’t understand why. You see, when Sydney Newman, one of the co-creators of Doctor Who, was pitching the show, he said he wanted the show to be a mix of Charles Dickens, HG Wells, and CS Lewis. Well, this story has elements of both Wells and Lewis. We have time travel, and a wardrobe that takes people to another world, just like Narnia. It’s a wonderfully told story, and I love the nods to Lewis–not just in the title, but we even have a quote from Narnia (The Doctor says “What do they teach them in these schools”, which Professor Digory says in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Madge is a great character, and I like how she’s trying to give her children some kind of hope amidst the panic of the blitz.

Overall Review: 10/10

Continuity: The Doctor has the Magna Carta, which he obtained in “The King’s Demons”.  The Doctor says that a tree once fancied him, referencing Jabe from “The End of the World”. The harvest rangers are from Androzani Major, where the Fifth Doctor had his final adventure, “The Caves of Androzani”.

 

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