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Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, 2011 Christmas Special [DVD]

Matt Smith , Claire Skinner    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Maurice Cole, Holly Earl, Alexander Armstrong
  • Writers: Steven Moffat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4R966
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,442 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

Special Features:
• Prequel
• 3 x The Best of Doctor Who 45-minute features, commissioned by BBC America and only seen in the US. Showcasing the favourite moments of all the series that feature Matt Smith as the Doctor.
> Best of the Doctor
> Best of the Monsters
> Best of the Companions

Product Description

Starring: Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Alexander Armstrong 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. Bonus Extras: Prequel 3 X 'The Best Of Doctor Who' Features: 3 x 45 minute features commissioned by BBC America and only seen in the US. Showcasing the favourite moments of all the series that feature Matt Smith as the Doctor. Entitled: Best of the Doctor Best of the Monsters Best of the Companions


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. 21 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not the best special episode of Doctor Who, but you obviously have to buy it if you're a fan of the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a Christmas special 16 Jan 2014
By Sue
Format:DVD
Sometimes the Doctor Who Christmas specials are rather bittersweet, or over-heavy for the festive season. We only just watched the 2011 special, `The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe', and as far as I'm concerned, this is exactly what a Christmas special should be like. There's a Christmas surprise, some amazing visual effects, a large nod to CS Lewis and Narnia (not just a snow-covered planet but a line quoted from the book). There's some humour, there are some unusual aliens, and, best of all there's a wonderful climax and a great ending.

Matt Smith is superb as a slightly weird caretaker, Maurice Cole and Holly Earl excellent as the geeky Cyril and the teenage Lily (who looked very like the Narnian Lucy at times) - and Claire Skinner was absolutely fabulous as their mother.

Sure it's a bit twee, and there's not a whole lot of suspense or threat... but I loved it.

Sadly the only `extras' on the DVD are various compilations of `best of' moments in the previous series, presumably intended to inspire viewers to buy more DVDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable watch. 20 Dec 2013
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Created as a Kids Christmas Special it's sweet & enjoyable high quality entertainment. A step-a-side from the norm and a worthwhile buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Fantasy 7 Jun 2013
By heather
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If you love Xmas, the Narnia plot, you will love this. The Doctor without the companions, but new chums and a promise he is repaying, will bring a tear at the end !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst Doctor Who episodes, ever 14 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Matt Smith is/was a great Doctor Who. Inventive, funny, serious and above all totally right for the role.

I feel sorry for him therefore to have been caught up in this puerile slice of stodge. Its AWFUL TV as well as bad Doctor Who.

The Doctor is not a kid's magician, he's a time travelling genius and yet here he is reduced to his lowest ebb.

Nice transfer and sound but oh dear, what was the writer thinking!!!!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wooden fare!!! ;0) 11 Feb 2014
By dahardy
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Revamped Narnia story almost, mixing that with a very Christmassy theme during WW 2, some nice comedic scenes, wasn't too impressed with the forest spirits stuff, but still good viewing!!! ;0)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and entertaining 30 Sep 2013
By Funsize
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I thought this was one of the better Dr Who Christmas specials. I will certainly keep it in my "watch it again" section of my dvd collection. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 23 Sep 2013
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best special ever!
that might be since i just love the narnia chronicles.
and this was much like narnia.
yes
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