Published on December 18th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
A Spoiler-Free Christmas Carol
This year, weâ€™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, thereâ€™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. Letâ€™s have a look at some of the things they said about the episode:
â€œFor his [Steven Moffatâ€™s] first Doctor Who Christmas special, heâ€™s done away with massive monsters, old foes and visiting companionsâ€™ extended families. In its place, heâ€™s decided to try and weave Dickensâ€™ 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; heâ€™s set himself a big challenge. And not for the first time, he really has delivered the goods.â€
And also this reassuring little paragraph:
â€œIt 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.
â€œIt’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 thereâ€™s space for some very, very funny Coupling-esque relationship advice. It knits together, as youâ€™d hope, very well indeed.â€
To sum up, the Den of Geek boys and girls reckon:
â€œItâ€™s a lot different from the end of an era stories we were getting last year, certainly. But itâ€™s also as good an hour of telly as youâ€™re going to find this Christmas, weâ€™d wager… hats off to you, Mr Moffat. Roll on the spring…â€
So, first review is a good â€˜un, which was to be expected. It looks safe to say that this yearâ€™s special will be one of the strongest yet and certainly a different direction to what we got last year. In other words, itâ€™s going to be excellent!