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The Christmas Special – What Did You Think?

What Did You Think Of The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe?

Now that 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe is over what did you think of it? Was it the best of worst yet.



  • Moosey

    December 26th, 2011 - 9:04am

    I’m really sorry everyone, but why do you hate this story? My whole family loved this story because Matt Smith was finally able to be himself again. In Series 5, he was funny and eccentric. But last year he was mysterious and annoying. The stories didn’t even make SENSE last year (including “A Christmas Carol”). This story shows that Steven Moffat is trying to go back to how the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory were originally like. It was an amazing story; it made my family laugh but it also made us cry. Amazing acting from the whole cast, and whats more an AMAZING story.

    • booboo

      December 26th, 2011 - 9:13am

      the voting suggests most people enjoyed it even though the majority of comments are negative

    • Steve Maude

      December 27th, 2011 - 8:46pm

      I wouldn’t say I hated it but when talking about the Christmas special, the clue really is in the name. For sure there was plenty of Christmas but really nothing special. As a standalone episode it fails to live up to some of the Doctor ‘light’ stories of the RTD era that left us feeling a little cheated at the time. I’ll be waiting for next years box set rather than rushing out to buy the one off Blu Ray, then I’ll skip to the next story.

  • biggest dr who fan

    December 26th, 2011 - 9:00am

    Best special yet!
    Feeling worried that it was easy to follow as the moff wrote it
    RATING: 10/10

  • crazy guy

    December 26th, 2011 - 8:52am

    best christmas special ever it had everything in it my Favorite bits was the beginning with the doctor going down the fire corridor and the ending with Amy and Rory

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    December 26th, 2011 - 8:18am

    Better then last years. No trailer thou for Series 7 which would normally be shown at the end of a Christmas special to show what’s to come in the new year.

  • Mark T

    December 26th, 2011 - 8:14am

    Another festive stinker. Derivative, mawkish and dull. Next time please can we have:

    1 A plot that does not involve the notion that there is something so special about human relationships that threats of planetary proportions are thereby overcome. This is lazy, patronising and predictable.
    2 A story that is not populated by insecure children.
    3 No facile eco-message. This episode made even The Green Death seem subtle by comparison.
    4 Proper monsters?


  • Cyberking281

    December 26th, 2011 - 8:11am

    Wasn’t That Good But Was Better Than Last Year’s Christmas Special

  • Arjan

    December 26th, 2011 - 7:48am

    The tradition of a Christmas story kills itself. Because it has to have a Christmas feeling it,s too predictable. It was real bad.

  • Tina Kershner

    December 26th, 2011 - 4:43am

    I absolutely loved the special. Bawled my eyes out LOL! I felt better when I saw the Doctor cry. Haha! Great job on the special!!!

  • John Locke

    December 26th, 2011 - 4:32am

    It was pretty good, not as good as the last special, but enjoyable. Nice little end.


    December 26th, 2011 - 2:36am

    love that nod to the binary vascular system and how it can hold without air as seen in four to doomsday

  • Andrew Hall

    December 26th, 2011 - 1:46am

    Hmmmm, poor christmas episode again. Didnt like last years and this one was no better. Tree people looked nice but the whole story was rushed. Moff is certainly loosing his touch……..

  • I Love Cybermen

    December 26th, 2011 - 12:58am

    Brilliant episode! Full of warmph and Christmas cheer! as for those complaining there were no real monsters…all the best monsters are ‘victims’ or sympathetic…What about frankenstein or the Wolfman?…Or, in the case of Dr Who, the greatest monster threat of all (in my view) the cybermen? They weren’t evil. So? They scared and were a threat. That was their purpose. I thought they were magnificent and I hope they bring some figures out of them…


    December 25th, 2011 - 11:17pm

    hated it.

  • dr dredd 67

    December 25th, 2011 - 11:11pm

    Havent seen it yet as we had the family round for xmas dinner and then the x-box was put on….will watch it tomorrow on BBC i Player. My judgement will be placed on here tomorrow night.


    • doctor daddy cool 67

      December 28th, 2011 - 1:19pm

      Managed to catch up with a repeat of the xmas show yesterday. It wasnt too bad, a good few funny jokes here and there, but overall a bit lame. Our son was a bit scared of the wooden people. I know they havent started filming the next series yet but personally I would’ve finished the story with a cliffhanger so that we could look forward to whats in store next year.
      my rating 6/10

    • Darkfool

      January 2nd, 2012 - 12:03pm

      If your son was scared by the wooden people, well thats a good thing, isn’t it?

      This is the problem i fear with where Dr Who is going.. I fear it’s trying to gear itself to a younger and younger audience..

      The “God Complex” Episode, was my favorite, cause it freaked me out.. The Doctor needs a real challenge, and something mysterious and scary gives us just that….

  • flofoux

    December 25th, 2011 - 10:57pm

    What hell was that ??? I’m just going to re-watch “The eand of Time” and the others Doctor Who specials…Maybe it’s time for Moffat to go before he ruines the show…

    • Fox Mulder

      January 2nd, 2012 - 8:22am

      Thats exactly what I did

  • Anonymous

    December 25th, 2011 - 10:54pm

    Horrible. Horrible. Horrible.

  • Gareth Stafford

    December 25th, 2011 - 10:42pm

    A return to form that continues the upswing from the second half of series 6 – thanks Steven!

  • Doctor J

    December 25th, 2011 - 10:28pm

    This years xmas special was good to watch but it was disappointing. The best scene out of the whole episdoe was the ending.

  • Admiral Icktheus

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:46pm

    It was disappointing. Recently some of Moffats episodes have been predictable and I do like Moffat for sure but it was easily predictable. I could see the ending coming a mile off. Matt Smiths acting was brilliant and he handled the comedic scenes well and some of the other acting was decent but the story did seem a bit of a mess, no it was quite a big mess to be honest. I am going to rewatch it later but I wasn’t too keen on it. 6/10

    • The Moffat Paradox

      December 26th, 2011 - 4:22pm

      That’s because Moffat dosen’t really do plot coherence and internal logic in storytelling and if that’s said his defenders say we “dont get it”.

      I think we get it all too well which is why many a casual viewer dismisses it as utter tosh whatever the viewing figures say.

      Yes come back RTD! All is forgiven!

      You would think it would be understood that fans would just like to see the Doctor save universe (and Christmas)from foes like the Daleks/Cybermen.

      AS in the Next Doctor 2008 Christmas special which I think has been the only one that’s been really any good.

    • Admiral Icktheus

      December 26th, 2011 - 5:51pm

      No I don’t want RTD back. Moffat has taken the show back to it’s original roots. Whilst the story arcs may annoy some, there will be a resoloution to them eventually and even if they are sometimes predictable they are acted out well. The only Moffat story I properly hate is Lets Kill Hitler due to the potential it could have had.

  • Steven :)

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:37pm

    I got really excited for this episode. There was no threat. No real ‘blockbuster’ feeling. I’d rather have watched The Next Doctor.

    • dw205

      December 26th, 2011 - 11:18pm

      And that is precisely why I disliked this christmas special.

  • ClassicSeries4Ever

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:36pm

    What a dreadful episode! The space ship crash and the beginning was never explained and the direction of the “I know” scenes was ridiculous! There was also a stupid resolution of the father surviving by flying through the time vortex! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!?! Also, why are the Ponds in it again!!!! Why can’t they just be written out! 3/10, because there was a reference to Androzani. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • TARDIS

      December 26th, 2011 - 2:26am

      the prequel explained it

    • John Locke

      December 26th, 2011 - 4:31am

      lol, you want the Ponds out?

    • dw205

      December 26th, 2011 - 11:18pm

      I want the pods out too, new companions please!

    • dw2005

      December 26th, 2011 - 11:24pm

      I want the ponds out too, new companions please!

    • Commander Strax

      December 27th, 2011 - 1:39pm

      look down for how he surived

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2011 - 5:23pm

      that is most true!! this is very strange but your comment on the episode was exactly what my friend jeffery (drwhofanindatardis) said!

    • lepter

      December 29th, 2011 - 5:54pm

      no it didnt.
      what was the spaceship?
      why an exploding button?
      why was he there?
      did everyone else die on the spaceship????

      and while im on the subject…
      can he breathe in a vacume?
      does he have space eyes???

      what was the point?????

  • J.G

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:31pm

    absolute RUBBISH and boring.

  • Barrystam

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:24pm

    Rubbish episode, Moffat cannot produce, and the series just gets worse.

    Sorry, wish I could say otherwise.

    • Nigel M

      December 25th, 2011 - 9:57pm

      Moffat wrote some of my favourite episodes since the series came back, The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead. I can’t believe how bad it’s become with him in charge.

    • dw205

      December 26th, 2011 - 11:19pm

      RTD’s era was in opinion much better than steven moffat’s.

  • geoff

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:16pm

    trash…garbage…..worst episode since love and monsters….moffat has been a total let down….time to go

    • TARDIS

      December 26th, 2011 - 2:26am

      one bad ep and gone?

  • Nigel M

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:14pm

    I was really looking forward to it but it was average at best. In fact some of it was just plain daft – trees creating a space rocket, time-travelling escape pod that was relying on a human host to come along in the nick of time ?

    Good to see the Ponds at the end though.

    • Commander Strax

      December 27th, 2011 - 1:37pm

      trees were the space rocket

  • Fishy Frank

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:08pm

    It was single-handedly the worst episode of Dr Who ever. Steven Moffat needs to go. 1: How did the Doctor breathe in space at the beggining. 2: Only time machines can travel in the time vortex, so why the hell was there just a random entry into it in the middle of space. If so, fair enough that the spherical ship flew into it, but that plane? WHAT THE HELL. That would not be able to withstand the conditions of the time vortex. MOFFAT OUT.

    • Nigel M

      December 25th, 2011 - 8:22pm

      Add to that the impact from orbit that created a massive, deep crater but left the doctor in one piece. I know you have to take the program with a pinch of salt but this was a mess.

    • Fishy Frank

      December 25th, 2011 - 9:33pm

      I know, it’s saddening to see the show turn to this.

    • Nigel M

      December 25th, 2011 - 9:47pm

      The more I think about it the worse it gets. The Tardis just happened to be parked in the village near where the Doctor landed from orbit ? He didn’t have the ability to call it himself (we saw that from the trailer) so how did it get there ? Doesn’t anyone vet these scripts ?

    • Fishy Frank

      December 26th, 2011 - 1:23am

      I know, it’s incredibly bad. I’m not one of these people who are pro RTD, but Steven Moffat just has to go. He’s alright with the odd episode, but as head writer? It falls flat on its face.

    • Gordon

      December 26th, 2011 - 2:33am

      @Fishy Frank:Not the best xmas special but to call it wost episode ever is a huge diservice to it. It is nowhere near as bad as twin dilema four to doomsday love and monsters end of time etc. People seem to forget the xmas special is more about entertaining the whole family than having a perfect story and it did a damm good job of it. Every xmas special there has been plotholes and regardless of who is in charge there will be holes when entertaining a family comes before telling a perfect story.

    • Commander Strax

      December 27th, 2011 - 1:36pm

      In victory of the daleks, bracewell [rember hes a robot] built gravtiy bubbles so planes could fly though the vortex.

  • simon w

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:08pm

    I thought is was a lot better that last years story. Bring on series 7 i cant wait

  • The Adventure Games

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:08pm

    WOW! The Ending was a great one. One to remember I would say. Overall a very sad Christmas special but also a very joyful one.


  • The Blue box

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:06pm

    I thought that was a really good Christmas special. It had everything: action, adventure, comedy and some sad parts. I really liked the bit at the end with Amy but I’m annoyed we get a trailer for series 7.

    • The Blue box

      December 25th, 2011 - 8:07pm

      Sorry I meant that we didn’t get a trailer for next series.

    • booboo

      December 25th, 2011 - 8:13pm

      they haven’t started filming it yet so there is nothing to show

    • Anonymous

      December 29th, 2011 - 2:35pm

      me to

    • Fox Mulder

      January 2nd, 2012 - 8:34am

      You wont be seeing any trailer till may or june

  • simon w

    December 25th, 2011 - 8:05pm

    I thought it was a lot better than last years story bring on series 7

    • jamietime

      December 25th, 2011 - 9:15pm

      last year one was better

    • Admiral Icktheus

      December 25th, 2011 - 9:36pm

      I agree. Last years was more christmassey. This years tried to be but added to a predictably, emotional, sci fi story and it just died completely.

    • The Tardis

      December 26th, 2011 - 5:13pm

      I thoght that the Doctor Who Christmas specil was good I like it when the Doctor Had the spacehelmit on the wrongway round and at the end when Amy Pond hand a waterpistel when the doctor Came round.

      I hope Season 7 will be good