Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)

Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) Summary

Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) Wiki

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Episode TitleTime
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011)58:38
Prequel to The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe01:27
Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world.
Written by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, this exciting Prequel shows what was happening to the Time Lord moments before the explosive start of the Christmas Special!

Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) Comments & Critics

Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) Reviews

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- Great!5 star

Loved it. The only problem I have is seeing it listed in my videos. I have both parts of season 6 on my IPad 1 but this episode only shows up if I delete either part 1 or part 2. I have enough memory but not enough bandwidth to just ignore this glitch. Please fix. Thanks.

- Yes!5 star

Exciting, a classically fun and new Doctor Who episode, great for fans of all ages and a beautiful end to 2011

- Another great year5 star

A great episode, made me love Matt Smith even more.

- Like a shot of Johnny Walker red4 star

Each year the Doctor Who production team of the rebooted series creates a special for fans during the "off season." It has become a traditional Xmas gift for fans of the 45+ year TV series. For the past several years the storyline, visual effects and overall production have been getting better and better. The Xmas series has been one of the highlights of the year. This year however the Xmas special is a good episode, but not an enabler. Fifty eight minutes in length, this heart warming family oriented story that borrows from the Wardrobe from Chronicles of Narnia with a hint of Lord of the Rings will keep regular viewers content. However, unlike previous Xmas episode it is not a strong enough episode to entertain those who are not familiar with the good doctor on xmas day. It doesn't reach the heights of last year's Xmas carol or 2009's Voyage of the Damned or 2008s… Previous Xmas specials were a free shot of heroin, opening a door to a whole new universe...someone who has never seen the show before could watch one hour of Dr Who, enjoy, crave more and begin their journey. This episode is more like a shot of Johnny Walker…great for those who have already acquired a taste, but somewhat abrupt for those who never partied.

- Fantastic!5 star

My favorite of the Christmas specials! It was a great episode with a great message. Not to mention it made me cry. You did it a gain Dr. Who. Great show

- I like Christmas, Christmas is cool!5 star

Matt Smith just has the captivating innocence that the Past two 'new' doctors have lacked, in this episode it is not only made evident, it is shown through "happy tears" and the just care the Doctor portrays throughout the episode. Nothing too twisty ( a little un Moffat to me) but still phenomenal! Has a wonderful lead up to the next season (50th anniversary! wooh) and over all was an amazing Christmas special! If you haven't watched it, watch it.

- Best Doctor Who Christmas Special5 star

This is by far the best Christmas Special ever!!! It has all the elements, sadness, romance, drama, and comedy.

- Awesome episode!!!!5 star

I just loved this episode! It was so heartwarming and endearing. I can't wait for it to return!

- Perfection5 star

What a great Who adventure! It was great!!! Just what we have come to expect from the christmas specials.

- Meh2 star

Actually, I was super disapointed. Last year was so much better. I lost all hope as he screamed flying through space and getting into a space suit as he enters the atmosphere.

- Who?4 star

And the Doctor is back! Moffat's done better, to be honesty, but it's a nice touch for Christmas, and love the nice heartwarming scene at (bleep bleep spoilers). Definitely still better than Christmas Invasion or Voyage of the Damned. Hoping to see more.

- A Mother's Strength5 star

This Doctor Who episode definitely shined brightly for the holidays. The plot took turns that were not unexpected but highly provocative of thought. If I were to give this a rating it would be higher than the five star iTunes allows not only for the acting and story, but the fact and myth behind it. The idea of a living forest and whispering trees takes you back to many story tales like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, as it is supposed to but also the the times of your childhood when things were unexplained. The child-like quality Christmas is all about. Wonderful episode and I am looking forward to the 50th anniversary season of 2012! Have a good New Year. -MKIA

- It was awesome5 star

It was a great special with an awesome ending

- The family enjoyed every minute!5 star

Love it, love it, love it!!!! We were stuck in a time lock while waiting for The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe--seconds seemed like hours….lol! The planet can now start turning on its axis and life can return to normal now that we've seen the Christmas special. Can't wait for season 7!

- Prequel only so far5 star

This is a 1½ minute prequel to the Christmas episode. It has me very excited to see said special, but I don't see it on here yet. :\

- Love it!5 star

Loved the prequel! :) Any idea what time the episode will be available? Delay of gratification when it comes to Doctor Who is mightily hard!

- *squee*5 star

Words cannot describe how excited I am for the Christmas special - but when will it be available for download on iTunes?

- Doctor Who5 star

yay for the doctor! another christmas special on time. this time based on the lion the witch and the wardrobe with a twist. Can't wait to see this! - 1ST one to write a review

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lestatoloves - It's got heart5 star

I can't think of a series that produces Christmas specials that have heart. Dr Who does just that. The camera work in this is excellent. It has some beautiful visuals and lovely human characters, characters I always find myself caring about. There are moments in Dr Who that always make me think "wouldn't it be grand?" The more I think about this episode the more I think that Moffat has managed to reinvent the Myth of Christmas and bring it together fuse it with Santa Claus. I love the writing on this show I truly think it's brilliant! Merry Christmas all and a very happy new year what ever year it happens to be!

A. Benson - Brilliant.5 star

Moffat is genius. Matt Smith is fab. All together- brilliant. Doctor Who just made my Christmas

Fantazy68 - Wonderful !5 star

Absolutely loved this special! Adventure plus the emotional spirit of the holiday season both in a great balance. I found the ending especially moving. Maybe the Doctor will finally learn ... Even more than ever, I now anxiously await the next season.

Kraahkan - Not Bad, Not Fantastic3 star

I found all the other Doctor Who Christmas Specials better unfortunately. Not to say that this isn't worth seeing. There were so memorable moments, and the end was very touching. This Special though felt a bit lacking emotionally though.

lorelei.hoffman - Almost perfect.5 star

It has everything you need in a DW Christmas special, including lots of "Humany wumany happy tears". Extremely well written even though it didn't have much to do with "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" the book which it was named after. The only reason I say "Almost perfect" is last year's Christmas special with Michael Gambon was absolutely mind blowing, I think most can agree! I kind of feel the same way about the series 6 finale, I think that becasue season 5, the first season with Matt was so spectacular, it might have been a little hard to top in series 6, but for the most part, series 6 was very, very excellent!

ClareBC - Heart Warming for the Season5 star

Back to the Second World War (but thank Goodness, not with the "are you my mummy" creepiness.) A terrific Christmas Tree (a benign one for once!) The Doctor this time is trying to give one family the best Christmas ever. Of course, being the Doctor, it all goes drastically wrong, but works out in the end. Not sure about the ending for the family, a bit overdone, but ideal for the time of the year. Not really Narnian, I think the BEEB was just having fun with the title! As good as last year's? Not quite. But I consider it worth the download.

Wishkabob - It's ok3 star

This Xmas special was good and all, but compared to other years, I think this was pretty bad. Others had that,"omg that is soo cool" or like "I wonder who the new doctors gunna be" or something like that, it might just be the bad judgement of a 13 yr old, but this was defiantly NOT the best they could have done.

Marc Hunter - A great story, but concern for any future Christmas specials...4 star

This episode felt rushed at some parts, but I get that it was more the idea that was being expressed rather than the "Hollywood"-moments that North American TV shows have. This was a great standalone episode and a smart tie-in to the Amy/Rory arc. My only concern for future Christmas specials: next Christmas, would it be possible to create a unique Christmas special that doesn't 'borrow' from other holiday classics? (i.e. A Christmas Carol). It's cute once, pushing it twice, but a third would just be going overboard….)

Obedience - Yes, I know!5 star

This is the best episode yet. A must-have for die hard Doctor Who fans!

Charlie de b - I Like the new Doctor but I miss mat5 star

Mat was right Fezzes are cool XD 😆

Raivera - Different4 star

This was a good idea… sort of? I loved the ending, the start was good, but the whole story was a bit…. meh. It crossed the line from sci-fi 'still slight feasible, nice to think of' into fantasy. No half-explanation, or a way i could just blissfully ignore all the impossibilities. But this episode doesn't abide by the laws pf the DW universe, so that kinda stuffed it for me. Nice episode, good sort of meaning for the Doctor. Nice characters. Actually, slightly annoying. Still. 3.5/5

Thebloodypenguin - What I Think!5 star

This is what Matt Smith is all about, Comedy and Intelligence, I loved this episode it had a great story and AMAZING ending a real Christmas story to it, I would highly reccoment Buying this if you Like Matt Smith, Great Season, Good Job Steven Moffat :) <3

"Deus ex Machina" - A Very Who Christmas3 star

Not quite as good as last year's christmas special, but still just as good for getting you into that christmas mood.

Captmed - Doctor Who is always great5 star

Like the title Doctor Who will always be great (maybe not in the future)

Timland - Awesome5 star

Another awesome story with lots of fun along the way. Matt Smith does a fantastic job in the role and I am enjoying the current cast the more I watch. The musical score was excellent and it played well to the ongoing list of Xmas Specials. If you enjoy Dr Who get this episode and enjoy.

Amabel - It's doctor who! that more do you want?!5 star

I absolutly LOVED this christmas special and can't wait to see more doctor who later in the year. Personally I think some of the other comments are a bit harsh. Any doctor who with Matt Smith is good doctor who to me ^_^

the great kat - Dr Who5 star

He is magnificent no matter what!! Thanks Dr!!! Hope to see more of you later in the year. :))

lollyguy67 - doctor who is awesome5 star

i love doctor who and i always will go timelords

TheDocOfWho - I Missed The Ponds5 star

The other reviews are far to critical, I enjoyed this ep immensely and would watch it more than last years Xmas special! If I had one complaint, it would be that Karen Gillan wasn't in it enough!

Frank Pittari - Disappointed3 star

Im a bitdisappointed by the result of the episode, the beginning was very funny and good but towards the end is when I was bored.

MEGAminer007 - Not How I Thought It Would Be3 star

The talk leading up to this special made it seem really cool, but when I saw it, it wasn't that good. The music, however, is totally another story...

DMC8729 - Not as bad as "The Next Doctor"1 star

This is not a great episode but nowhere near as bad as "The Next Doctor".

Fabi Fun! - DoctorWhoFan5 star

In my opinion best episode ever (Christmas) it's nice and Christmassy :) but its sad for all of it until the end when you find out her husband didn't die. But I think Claire skinner could of been a bit better.

BonkeyDollocks - Amazing!5 star

Best christmas special yet!

LVFarrant - but i clicked buy????4 star

i clicked buy, it debited it to my acount, and then didnt download and now i dont have enough money to buy it!! what the actual fudge??? but its still the best christmas episode yet. I havent proper cried in an episode since rose left. it is so excelent and the acting is superb, so what if its not the scariest one? its a chriatmas special! its where that whole family can huddle together to enjoy something and be reminded to value each other. its perfect in every single way so i would give it 5 stars... but itunes mucked up my transaction >:( so 4 stars will have to do :)

jasberg1 - Brilliant series4 star

would have bought it but refuse to pay £2.50 for under 2 mins of an episode, will buy when reduced itunes

Dyfed Jones - True Doctor Who episode, a mad man in a box....with real snow this time5 star

I really enjoyed this episode as it was a typical DW story line of old, the Doctor appears and find someone needing help and tries to pick up the pieces then everything goes totally pear shaped and at the end, he pulls a rabbit out of his Fez and saves the day..... For Xmas. Matt Smith was his usual awesome self but what I found strange was to see Clair Skinner's name as the co-star instead of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill at the beginning credits but typical Steven Moffat's pen, nice twist at the end! (sorry, no spoilers). (please stay Karen and Arthur!!!!!!!!) I admit, the storyline was fairy tailish similar as last year and I guess it was predictable but for Xmas, ideal, helping others, bringing Xmas joy and a make believe fairy tail storyline. Can't finish without mentioning Murray Gold's musical composition for the episode, truly awesome. Fell into the episode well. I can't wait for it to come out as a CD. Definatly worth it and the soundtrack when it comes out......... Geronimo into series 7

ajm1701 - Paying twice as much for a 1 1/2 minute scene...3 star

£1.89 for the episode, or £3.78 for the series, meaning the episode and 1 minute 27 second lead in prequel scene! Is this an itunes oversight or is this deliberate? Its one of the most rediculous things i've seen. Who's going to pay twice as much for a 1 minute 27 scene? The episode itself is ok, its by far not the best thing that's been made under the Doctor Who banner, however it's nice way to spend an hour. Recommended, but not strongly.

Miss Hayley Quinn - Not as Good as the others.3 star

I am a huge DW fan but I have to say seeing this episode was not as good. It was good for parts such as the acting but I felt that the plot was not as good. Disappointed.

Bugbear penny - Fantastic!5 star

A brilliant xmas episode. Well done Matt smith.

fantasticjdw - Smith at his best!5 star

Fantastic second Christmas special of the Doctor staring the wonderful Matt Smith. A truly delightful story in the style of its Narnia inspiration. A must for all fans of the show who like well written and performed period Sci Fi drama which this is.

dazzletag - How much?!5 star

So the 1.5 min special is worth the same as the episode? Why is iTunes always messing up like this?

over opinionated - Worst Special Yet3 star

its the worst special that doctor who has ever done. poor uninteresting plot, really predictable. it's more like an episode of sarah jane adventures (RIP Elisabeth Sladen) childish, it's not remotely scary/spooky and the humour is incredibly weak. but matt is still an amazing doctor. i would strongly suggest buying any other doctor who special/ series!!

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