Writer: Steven Moffatt
Director: Saul Metzstein
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)
Series: 7, Christmas Special
Summary: The Doctor and the Paternoster Gang are in Victorian England and encounter living snowmen brought to life by the Great Intelligence, an old enemy of the Second Doctor. He meets another echo of Clara Oswald, who is a governess.
Review: This was a great start to Clara’s arc. The Great Intelligence hadn’t been seen since the Second Doctor’s era, and up until that year, both of his episodes were missing. Now that they’d restored “The Web of Fear”, BBC had to promote the series, and what better way than to bring it back for series 7? For those who don’t know, the Great Intelligence is an evil force that is formless and what you would consider an Eldritch Abomination, like HP Lovecraft’s Cthulu. It possessed the Yeti in both of his stories with the Second Doctor. Richard Grant was a great villain, reminding me of Ebenezer Scrooge with his look. Clara gets a great introduction, as she is the one who has to convince the Doctor to help her. It is rare to see the Eleventh Doctor in a melancholy air, so this reveals another side to him. He is reluctant to go on another adventure for fear of losing another person. But Clara intrigues him. And he has found a new purpose: solve the mystery of the Impossible Girl.
Continuity: Clara mentions baking soufflés. The Seventh Doctor has also retired, in the audio drama “Valhalla.” Clara is not the only person to invert the famous “It’s bigger on the inside!” declaration, the Seventh Doctor also did this in “Valhalla.” Strax is still confused about human genders. The Doctor is now using Amy’s glasses. The Fourth Doctor has also dressed like Sherlock Holmes on occasion, most famously in “The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The Great Intelligence’s first appearance was in “The Abominable Snowman”, which is among the many missing episodes from the Second Doctor’s era.
Trivia: Richard Grant has played two “not valid” versions of the Doctor in “Curse of the Fatal Death, and most famously in “The Scream of the Shakla”, which would’ve been the first appearance of the Ninth Doctor if the series had not been revived with Eccleston as the Ninth.