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Doctor Who Christmas Special Synopsis

Doctor Who Christmas Special

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

Madge Arwell is played by Claire Skinner, Lily Arwell by Holly Earl and Cyril Arwell by Maurice Cole.

Image courtesy of BBC Pictures



  • Arjun

    November 16th, 2013 - 1:55pm

    good episode

  • pixielynda68

    November 28th, 2011 - 8:21am

    this year xmas special sounds fun.i hope its a big improvement from last years rubbish.that was the worst one ever.i loved voyage of the damned and end of time.but then again david was in them both(besotted with him lol!!.so looking forward to xmas episode,been a fan since i were only two yrs,so parents say,still am big tym and my 5yr old is now too lol.HAPPY 48 BIRTHDAY DOC,hope theres lots more years to come yet.

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      December 2nd, 2011 - 2:07pm

      I thought last years one was terrificly great, and I saw it on Boxing day !!

      This years one is more likely to be, much of the same format.

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    November 26th, 2011 - 7:13pm

    I didn’t think they could possibly make it any more christmassier than they had done last year with “Dr Who: a Christmas Charol” , but they said it would be !

    I think the story sounds very fun idea for a Christmas story, it’s going to be a great watch I think ! πŸ˜€

    • arjun

      November 28th, 2011 - 5:35pm

      its not charol its carol1

  • 11matt

    November 25th, 2011 - 8:16am

    will it be an hour long episode or longer

  • richardfang8

    November 25th, 2011 - 5:46am

    im so excited are you doctor who site

    • arjun

      November 28th, 2011 - 5:37pm

      no, I’m not


    November 24th, 2011 - 6:03pm

    mmmmm, not sure if this will be any good, spaceman angel, copy of narnia??? mmmmmmm…

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      November 26th, 2011 - 7:11pm

      It’s going to be on a riff with the Lion the WItch and the ardrobe ,sortof, just like Dr Who a Christmas Charol was ! πŸ˜€

    • arjun

      November 28th, 2011 - 5:41pm

      oooh have you seen that lion in NARNIA


    November 23rd, 2011 - 7:20pm

    booboo you going to put doctor who 48 up

  • Adam

    November 23rd, 2011 - 5:10pm

    Happy Birthday Doctor Who
    Happy Birthday Doctor Who
    Happy Birthday Dear Doctor Who
    Happy Bithday to you

    • arjun

      November 28th, 2011 - 5:39pm

      Adam is at calverley parkside primary school and I am too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • simon

    November 23rd, 2011 - 1:15pm

    Happy birthday Doctor and many more years to come cant beleave its been 48 years you dont look a year over 900.

    • dwfan101 (torchwoodfan101)

      November 24th, 2011 - 10:14pm

      very clever!

  • aarondrwhofan64

    November 23rd, 2011 - 9:14am

    this looksgreat! πŸ˜€
    and happy 48th birthday to Doctor Who !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Isabella

    November 23rd, 2011 - 3:20am

    Could be good….
    A Christmas carol wasn’t the best but this one could be better…. I hope…

  • Nigel M

    November 22nd, 2011 - 10:02pm

    I can’t say I liked A Christmas Carol, fingers crossed this is better.

    • ultimate character building fan 0001

      November 24th, 2011 - 3:52pm

      i agree i didn’t like a christmas carol much

    • dw2005

      November 24th, 2011 - 4:20pm

      I didn’t like it much either. My opinion is that “a christmas carol” was average story and the worst christmas special, right next to “voyage of the damned”.

    • King of the weevils

      November 25th, 2011 - 7:33am

      Best Christmas special: A Christmas Carol
      Worst Christmas special: The End Of Time

    • aarondrwhofan64

      November 25th, 2011 - 9:21am

      the end of time is my favourite episode ever! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜•

    • Anonymous

      November 27th, 2011 - 11:10am

      I thought that “the end of time” was one of the best specials alongside the “next doctor”. I also think that these episodes and ” the christmas invasion” were better than “a christmas caral”.

    • dw2005

      November 27th, 2011 - 1:47pm

      By ther way, tht last comment made here, was made by me, not anonymous.

    • King of the weevils

      November 29th, 2011 - 8:51pm

      The end of time in my opinion was the worst “christmas” special ever! sorry but all the doctor does is cry about regeneration like it’s actual death. I thought RTD could give tennant an emotional sendoff without making the character overdramatic and very teary. Also just thought i’d say i don’t hate RTD in any way. I think he’s a good writer and should be highly honoured for bringing the show back, but some of his series were hit or miss

    • DWFAN#1

      November 30th, 2011 - 4:05pm

      To be honest, even though i haven’t yet seen the End of Time, i believe he actually thought he WAS going to die, not regenerate, which is why he is so surprised in the eleventh hour!

  • mystery

    November 22nd, 2011 - 9:46pm

    cool !!!!!!!!1 can’t wait

    • mystery

      November 22nd, 2011 - 9:47pm

      woops put 1 in by mistake sorry

    • Adam

      November 23rd, 2011 - 5:11pm

      I done that before its !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 cus ! is capital 1

  • dr who fan 4 ever

    November 22nd, 2011 - 7:10pm

    this looks intresting cant wait

  • Anonymous

    November 22nd, 2011 - 7:06pm

    This years special sounds good


    November 22nd, 2011 - 7:03pm

    Can’t wait for this years special!

  • doctorwho

    November 22nd, 2011 - 6:50pm



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