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Published on December 18th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

A Spoiler-Free Christmas Carol

In less than a week (!) Doctor Who will be back on our screens for the first Christmas special to neither be starring David Tennant or written by Russell T Davies!

This year, we’re treated to a brand new take on the traditional episode by a new production team and a new Doctor as well. Whilst some of you may be worried, there’s no need-just remember how good the new series was after all that fretting that Steven Moffat may not be as good as Russell T Davies or Matt Smith was too young to be the Doctor.

Remember all that and remember it again as we prepare for A Christmas Carol.

Den of Geek have given their verdict of the episode a little ahead of time to reassure those who may be having doubts that the episode does in fact rock. Let’s have a look at some of the things they said about the episode:

“For his [Steven Moffat’s] first Doctor Who Christmas special, he’s done away with massive monsters, old foes and visiting companions’ extended families. In its place, he’s decided to try and weave Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol into a Doctor Who story, while also putting together a tense, festive adventure for the Time Lord… not for the first time; he’s set himself a big challenge. And not for the first time, he really has delivered the goods.”

And also this reassuring little paragraph:

“It really is an impressive piece of writing once more that he’s put together, and we’ll never tire of saying so. Firstly, he weaves in the strands of A Christmas Carol in a manner that both appreciates the Dickens text, but also works properly for Doctor Who (it’s not a slavish adaptation, rather a clever one). Then, he coils his narrative expertly, structuring it in a way that allows him to keep you firmly on your feet… plus, he remembers to throw in at least one big scare.

“It’s a good one too…what he also does is tip the hat to some of his other writing work. We get a bit of Sherlock-style deducing for one, but also there’s space for some very, very funny Coupling-esque relationship advice. It knits together, as you’d hope, very well indeed.”

To sum up, the Den of Geek boys and girls reckon:

“It’s a lot different from the end of an era stories we were getting last year, certainly. But it’s also as good an hour of telly as you’re going to find this Christmas, we’d wager… hats off to you, Mr Moffat. Roll on the spring…”

So, first review is a good ‘un, which was to be expected. It looks safe to say that this year’s special will be one of the strongest yet and certainly a different direction to what we got last year. In other words, it’s going to be excellent!

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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