Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe

I was about to say something about the Christmas specials usually being much lighter and fluffier and thus less deserving of criticism but then I remembered the actual episodes and, barring last year’s, they’re usually anything but. So I don’t have any problem harshly reviewing this.

Because man, what a weirdly cobbled-together story. Read more below.

This thing was all over the place, and not much made sense. I understand that sometimes you just have to let a fairytale be a fairytale and not worry about it too much, but there comes a point where the brain rebels at having to suspend so much disbelief.

For example, why was Bill Bailey even in the episode, except to do a funny little bit and then disappear? Why was that group even there if they were going to drop acid (har har) on the whole forest anyway and didn’t care if anyone alive was down there? Just to leave an improbably three-legged mecha behind that can be piloted if you know someone who can fly a WWII bomber?

And the trees’ plan was to grow a tower and a space-time vehicle that they couldn’t pilot but hopefully someone from a different, non-native species, who was the right age and gender AND had given birth at some point would come along and do the work for them? Oh, right, the coming of supermom was “foretold”. Well, then!

I really, I don’t know what to say about this one. Manic Doctor was fun, up to a point, The kids started out interesting but ultimately don’t go much of anywhere. We learn that Christmas is about joy in the face of sorrow and Moms are great and something something something.

If this “review” seems kind of scattered and wishy-washy, then I guess it reflects the episode. Honestly, I’m having a hard time even remembering much about it, two weeks after the fact.

At least we got an obligatory River Song mention at the end. Some people may have been confused about what show they were watching.

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3 Responses to Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe

  1. T. Derscheid says:

    In a non-Christmas episode, the dad would have stayed dead. Hell, in a Torchwood episode, the person who kept the crown on would have died.

    Showing that these would have been better versions is left as an exercise for the reader.

  2. Nigel says:

    I was just glad my son who has avoided the show since he was terrified by “Waters of Mars” enjoyed it. I’m also glad my promise that “It’s Christmas, the kids won’t die” was bourne out.

  3. Wriphe says:

    New Who episodes are written by putting a bunch of convenient deus ex machina plot devices in a hat, then drawing them — sometimes handfuls at a time. No reason Christmas episodes should be any different. Since the episode was borrowing allusions to fictional properties anyway, I think it should be summed up with the slogan “if you build it, [s]he will come.”