Doctor Who

The Snowmen

Season 0, Ep Christmas Special, Aired 12/25/12
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  • Episode Description
  • After the loss of Amy and Rory, the Doctor has withdrawn from the universe. But when Dr. Simeon threatens Earth with an army of icy snowmen, some old friends visit the Doctor and ask for his help.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Catrin Stewart


  • Neve McIntosh

    Madame Vastra

  • Dan Starkey


  • Richard E. Grant

    Dr Simeon

  • Tom Ward

    Captain Latimer

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. (Mild Spoilers)

    By frostbite200, Dec 26, 2012

  • Confused about the episode numbers.

    By Graeccus, Feb 25, 2013

  • Such a great Christmas surprise

    By noelveiga, Dec 30, 2012

  • Doctor Who 2.0

    By DanielScholz, Dec 28, 2012

  • A new companion and TARDIS interior

    By rkoenn, Dec 28, 2012

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Vastra: Was she nice?
      The Doctor: I just spoke to her.
      Vastra: And made your usual impact, no doubt.
      The Doctor: No, no impact at all. Those days are over.
      Vastra: You can't help yourself. It's the same story every time and it always begins with the same two words.
      The Doctor: She'll never be able to find me again. She doesn't even have the name. "Doctor." What two words?
      Clara: Doctor? Doctor who?

    • The Doctor: When you find something brand-new in the world, something you've never seen before, what's the next thing you look for?
      Strax: A grenade!
      The Doctor: I suggest a full-frontal assault with automated laser-monkeys, scuttle mines, and acid.
      Strax: I suggest a full-frontal assault with automated laser-monkeys, scuttle mines, and acid.
      The Doctor: Why?
      Strax: Couldn't we at least investigate?

    • The Doctor: I've had a thousand years of saving the universe, Strax. You know the one thing I've learned? The universe doesn't care.

    • The Doctor: Sontaran. Clone warrior race, factory produced, whole legions at a time. Two genders is a bit further than he can count.
      Strax: Sir, do not discuss my reproductive cycle in front of enemy girls. It's embarrassing.
      The Doctor: Typical middle child of six million.

    • The Doctor: Clara who?
      Clara: Doctor who?
      The Doctor: Oh, dangerous question.
      Clara: What's wrong with dangerous?

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    Notes (6)

    • With this special, a new opening sequence featuring flames and swirling energy streams highlighting the 11th Doctor's face for the first time, is used along with a rescored variant of the series theme.

    • This special marks the debut of a new interior for the TARDIS. The new console room is far smaller than the 11th Doctor's previous one and features a console which is more high-tech, similar in appearance to the consoles of the original series.

    • The logo reflects the theme of the special: this one consists of a snow-filled pattern.

    • The special is loosely based on an outline by Douglas Adams that he wrote during his time as Script Editor on the series in 1979, describing the Doctor retiring from his role as savior of the universe.

    • Injoke: Clara's birthday, November 23, is the same day of the month as the "birthday" of Doctor Who: the premiere of the first episode, "An Unearthly Child," on November 23, 1963. Also, she died in December at the age of 26; the original series ended in December 1989 with "Survival", after 26 seasons on the air.

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    Trivia (3)

    • The Doctor tells Strax to take Clara back to where they found her; as Strax had touched the Memory Worm and lost the last hour of his memory, he wouldn't remember where they found her.

    • This is not the first time the Doctor has been depicted wearing the trademark style of Sherlock Holmes, the Fourth Doctor previous wore the outfit in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang."

    • Trivia: This episode is the prequel/origin of an enemy from the Second Doctor's era, The Great Intelligence. The disembodied entity appeared in two episodes in the 60s, "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear." However, its origins were never explained in canon until now.

    Allusions (1)

    • The Doctor: You're the clever one, you're Moriarty.
      Referencing the fictional nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, first appearing in order of publication in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Final Problem" (Strand Magazine, 1893). Although Holmes describes Moriarty as the "Napoleon of Crime" and spent months battling him, Moriarty only appears in one other Holmes story, The Valley of Fear, and is mentioned in passing in several others. Despite that, he is widely used in hundreds of derivative fictions and adaptations.

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    • cowboy2831 Dec 27, 2012

      I generally don't care for the Christmas specials and the idea of the Snowmen being the villains was pretty convoluted, at least for me. I guess that really wasn't intended to be the main focus anyway. Jenna, aka souffle girl, going to appear in each episode and die until the Doctor figures out what's going on with her? I suppose that's a twist on the plot line. Looking forward to where this is going.

    • LalaDrake Dec 26, 2012

      doctor who as Sherlock Holmes so stupid loool

    • LalaDrake Dec 26, 2012

      When I first watched s07e01 i thought shame that the souffle girl is a dalek and I didn't get why would she say at the end "remember me" ... when i watched this episode i didn't remember her at first but when she said "aren't u a clever boy" i was so thrilled! i loved this episode ... :D

    • SarahLachapel Dec 26, 2012

      I Love her!!! Chemistry!!!

    • haldrey Dec 27, 2012

      Totally agree, she has all that is needed, besides beauty, to become a great Doctor Who companion.

    • Chaos-Melly Dec 25, 2012

      Just finished watching, that was amazing, far better than last Christmas! I'm so excited for the new years episodes now! Brilliant!

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