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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 (114 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 (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4R966
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a Christmas special 16 Jan 2014
By Sue
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
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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 Christmas present 9 Jun 2014
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I purchased this as a Christmas present for a friend and he was delighted with it, he rates it as his, "best present ever".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obvious Dr Who fan review 22 May 2014
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Dr Who fan = glued to the TV to watch yet another thrilling episode of this superb series of escapism. 'Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timey Wimey Again. (sigh) 23 April 2014
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I only bought this once the price came down as the BBC told us it would not be included in the box set. Well it was and if believed the BBC and then brought Matt Smiths last outing as the Doctor, then you have for no explicable reason you now own this story 3 times over.

It is a fair idea, a lonely Doctor hearing the cry of a child, (Night Terros anyone?) but the story feels that Steven Moffat is just dipping into his bag of what was to become old tricks. A set up that stops us getting to the dilemma of the story, and cuts down on the drama, and his old favourite using timey wimey to wrap things up. Here it is just about okay, but this trick has now become his hallmark of writing himself out of the corners he puts himself into. At the time I enjoyed this bit of nonsense as a stand alone, viewed as part of the on-going ark for the 11th Doctor it just echoes the previous Christmas story, with lets go back in time to sort thing out. True this was by way of an incredible coincident in the time vortex. But with one leap he wrapped everything up neatly endings, because everything has become too complicated. It was great fun in Blink as everything feel into place, The Big Bang where you had to keep on your toes as we raced to the end of the story. Here it is the start of Moffatt's get out of jail free card. Is this ending really written by the bloke who gave Silence in the Library, Asylum of the Daleks, and Flesh and Stone. Unfortunately for me this story marks the start of lazy writing and no one is as clever as me attitude that so many fans have come to feel let down by the programme they kept alive. Nice idea but only fore shadows the reason why twitter accounts are closed down. (Sometimes you must admitte that if you out you name on something you have to except the responsibility).
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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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