7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Top class television,
This review is from: Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, 2010 Christmas Special  [DVD] (DVD)
What has made me review this item is more to do with the one star reviwers than the fact that this is brilliant in every way.
The acting is breathtaking both from Matt Smith and the special guests, the writing is well brilliant again, likewise the production values. It is funny, exciting, thoughtful, full of christmas, ingenious and at times very sad. Like all great Doctor Who, despite the tradgedy it is also very uplifting and life affirming. This is television at its very best.
The sad thing is the average punter will glance at this and see it is a little low on stars. They probably wont look further and see that the vast majority of reviews loved it. They wont understand that because its Doctor Who, there are always the small but vocal minority who whilst giving the impression they are fans of the show, will then just rip it to bits. I should be used to this after almost fifty years, it seems like it has never been different, but it still makes me cross. I just don't understand why anyone wants to be so pointlessly destructive about something they claim to love. One reviewer acctually tells people not to watch this!!!! Why would anyone do that? There have been a few slightly dodgy episodes of new who since it returned in 2005 and most of those were better than most of the stuff we usually get on television. Of course all reviews are a matter of opinion. What I love may not be another viewers cup of tea and I understand that. Even so it is impossible to comprehend how anyone could justify giving this episode one star! Even if it is not someone's fave episode it has so much to offer. As a Doctor Who fan since 1963 I understand new who is not written for the fans, but for a much much bigger audiance. It is still very hard to understand why any Doctor Who fan would not love this.
As for Smith he had a hard act to follow and he has done that brilliantly. If others have put you off, please dont let them. If you take their advice not to view this, you will be missing out on a brilliant bit of television. Perhaps you wont agree with me. but at least you will have given it a chance, everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I cannot find anything not to love about this story and the extras are pretty good as well. The price of the DVD is worth it just to see the look on the kids faces at the proms concert when monsters come on, or the Doctor himself, still working his magic after nearly fifty years. Uplifting and simply fantastic.