Doctor Who

Episode Christmas Special

The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2011 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

During World War II, Madge Arwell and her children Lily and Cyril are forced to relocate to the countryside. They discover that their new home in Dorset has an eccentric caretaker... a man who calls himself "The Doctor."

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  • The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe

    The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe was an awesome Christmas Special episode of Doctor Who. I really liked the story line which was a twisted version of another British favorite. I liked the characters and the Tree King and Queen who were very intriguing. I liked every thing about them and how they saved their forests life force. The ending was nice and very touching as the Doctor realized something. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!

  • Lame, Lame, Lame!!!

    There was nothing memorable about this episode other than the lingering feeling of disappointment. Granted that the Christmas specials are usually pretty much of a let down, but now it seems that with the advent of the 11th Doctor, Christmas episodes will just be some obvious rip off of something from literature--A Christmas Carol and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The first time was cute and actually turned out to be one of the strongest Christmas episodes, but the second time was just lame. I felt as if I had seen all of this story before--it just felt like a cut and paste of previous episodes from the new series. It was one of those stories in which the viewer knows what is going to happen ten minutes before the characters do. It was by far the worst Christmas present I received...moreless
  • This was just okay nothing really to write home about.

    This was a nice little story about a nice little family. But I was thinking this could have gotten a lot deeper. But it didn't like last year christmas special which I think it was great. This one didn't really have much going for it. I guess Moffat just put something together and said here you go. Well we have to wait another 8 months for new Doctor Who.
  • Frankly, not the best episode

    Honestly saying, the episode was kind of a let down - the story was weak, the main conflict was small and insignificant and was resolved quickly without any plot twists or clever ideas (Moffat usually does better than this).. The touchy-feely part of the episode was indeed touching, but a bit forced. Overall last year's special, even though it followed a very familiar story (Even for a non christian as myself) was way better.

    Also, Doctor Who's creators, Y U NO GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF NEXT SEASON?moreless
  • the doctor arranges a christmas treat for a family during the second world war but as usual things don't go according to plan

    This is a vast improvement over last years boring christmas special. Amy and Rory aren't present here, except for one scene at the end. The doctor somehow makes some sort of time portal inside a box which leads to another planet in the future, but there's one problem, the forest is set to be burnt down and the forest is trying to use the family in order to survive. I won't go into more details but suffice to say this is an exciting episode and one of the better christmas specials.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • There are two other people in Mr. Arwell's plane: the unnamed airman seen on screen and Mr. Anderson, who is mentioned. It appears that the plane landed safely around the same time as the ship Mrs. Arwell flew. However, there is no further sign of them.

    • The Doctor puts a copy of the Cluedogame in the children's room eight years before it was invented, and the children seem to know what it is.

    • Droxil and his soldiers say they are from Androzani Major. In the original series, the Fifth Doctor and Peri visited Androzani Minor in the episode, "The Caves of Androzani."

  • QUOTES (14)

    • The Doctor: I can't see! I'm blind!
      Madge: Oh, no, love, no. I think you've just got your helmet on backwards. How did you manage that?
      The Doctor: I got dressed in a hurry.

    • The Doctor: I just need to find the, uh... the key.
      Madge: Ooh, do you want me to do it with a pin? I'm good with a pin.
      The Doctor: Multidimensional, triple-encoded temporal interface. Not really susceptible to pointy things.
      Madge: Got it.
      The Doctor: Okay. Suddenly, the last 900 years of time travel seem a bit less secure.

    • The Doctor: Right, then. May I take your cases?
      Madge: Thank you.
      Lily: Thank you.
      Cyril: Thank you.
      The Doctor: Lovely. Would you mind carrying them for me? I need to show you around.

    • Madge: Are you the new caretaker?
      The Doctor: Usually called "The Doctor." Or "The Caretaker." Or "get off this planet." Though, strictly speaking, that probably isn't a name.

    • The Doctor: Mum's bedroom. Grown-up. Your basic boring. Lily and Cyril's room. I'm going to be honest--masterpiece! The ultimate bedroom. Sciency wiency workbench, a jungle, a maze, a window disguised as a mirror, a mirror disguised as a window, a selection of torches for midnight feasts and secret reading, zen garden, mysterious cupboard zone of tranquility, rubber wall, dream tank, exact model of the rest of the house--not quite to scale, apologizes--dolls with comical expressions .The Magna Carta, a football, Cluedo!, a yellow ball.
      Cyril: Where are the beds?
      The Doctor: Well, I couldn't fit everything in. There had to be sacrifices. Anyway, who needs beds when you've got... hammocks! I know.
      Cyril: How do you get on?
      The Doctor: Watch and learn, kid. (jumps in and misses)
      Madge: For god's sake.
      The Doctor: That hammock has developed a fault.

    • Madge: I don't know why I keep shouting at them.
      The Doctor: Because every time you see them happy, you remember how sad they're going to be. And it breaks your heart. Because what's the point in them being happy now if they're going to be sad later? The answer is, of course, because they are going to be sad later.

    • Lily: Well, what are you doing?
      The Doctor: Rewiring.
      Lily: Why would you rewire a wardrobe?
      The Doctor: Have you seen the way I dress?

    • Ven-Garr: Sorry, sir, she's wearing wool, sir. Natural fabrics, they interfere with...
      Droxil: Please say we can tell the difference between wool and sidearms
      Ven-Garr: We can tell the difference, sir.
      Droxil: Can we?
      Ven-Garr: Not always, sir, no.

    • Billis: Sir, I think she's a time traveler.
      Droxil: And we're sure it's not her cardigan?

    • Droxil: Ma'am, please stop crying. I can't interrogate you while you're crying. This is a military engagement! There's no crying in military engagements.

    • Billis: Um, sir, uh, with regret. I'm going to have to lower my gun.
      Droxil: Why?
      Billis: She is a crying, unarmed, female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.
      Droxil: Nobody's looking.
      Billis: Doesn't mean there's no visual.
      Droxil: That's exactly what "nobody's looking" means. It means there's no visual!

    • Reg: What the hell was that?
      Madge: Just the caretaker returning to the Time Vortex. It's a lovely place. I've been there myself. Shall we go downstairs?

    • The Doctor: Happy crying. Humany wumany.

    • Amy: So, you're not dead.
      The Doctor: And a Happy New Year!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Only Claire Skinner (Madge) gets an opening credit, where typically the companions are listed. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill do not.