A Christmas Carol – Quick Reaction

Posted by: Dr. Geek

So did everyone see this year’s Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol? Even if it did have commercial breaks, I was thrilled that BBC America aired this episode. On the off chance that there are readers of this site who have not seen the special yet, I will do my best to avoid any significant spoilers. I will just focus on my reactions.

First things first, it looks like some time has passed between the end of series 5 and A Christmas Carol. The Doctor and the rest of the TARDIS crew appear to be even more of a team. The Doctor even appears more comfortable in his own skin. The episode is very atmospheric and as such, The Doctor does not spend a whole lot of time explaining his actions. That said, my favorite bits were at the very beginning where he explained why he used the chimney and why bow ties are cool :)

While The Christmas Invasion is still my favorite of the Christmas specials, this may now be a close second. The guest cast was excellent, as expected, and the story was uplifting and sad as any story named A Christmas Carol should be. So what would have made this the perfect episode? Well, I am not sure. While it would have been nice if there was some tip of the hat to Mawdryn Undead, and the Blinovitch Limitation Effect, maybe that is too much to ask for. While the production team is certainly conscious of the past, it is not a slave to it. After all Time can be rewritten.

What did you think of the episode?

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  1. whochick  December 30, 2010

    The effect of which you speak was even discussed in Season one. Father’s Day, you know. Don’t touch the baby. Argh.

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  2. Erik  January 3, 2011

    I loved it! Among other things, it was so nice to finally have a Christmas special be about…Christmas. What a concept! Otherwise it was just fun, which had been sorely lacking from the last few Christmas specials.

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  3. Celestial Elf  November 19, 2011

    Gosh i didn’t even know that there was BBC America, that’s got to be good :D
    thought you might like my machinima version of A Christmas Carol Ho Ho Ho

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