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Published on September 22nd, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

A Narnia Christmas?

From Dickens to where?

Well according to the ever reliable Daily Star for this year’s Christmas special we’ll be leaving behind the great Victorian novelist and his formidable body of work and instead have a tale based on the C.S Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Steven Moffat has promised a wintry tale including snow, a Narnia like forest and an ‘icy baddy’:

“If you thought last year’s show was the most Christmassy ever, then think again.”

This years special sees the Doctor crash-land in war-torn England. Posing as the caretaker of a creepy old house in Dorset he embarks on a magical mystery adventure with Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril. Naturally, there will be surprises in store as the Doctor leads them into a  magical adventure.

But it’s not just the children who have an adventure in store according to Moffat:

“The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write. It’s maybe because it’s so his kind of day. Everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat.

Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one who was born for this time of year, so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”

Well, the Doctor will likely need cheering up after the shocking season finale next week…



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to A Narnia Christmas?

  1. avatar ChrisL says:

    I can’t help thinking that “he who must be obeyed” (aka Steven Moffat) has missed a trick here.
    By revealing that work has started on the Christmas special he has inadvertently ‘spoiled’ the ending for Series 6.

    Obviously nobody ‘really’ expects our beloved Doctor to actually die at Lake Silencio, but if the Beeb had delayed announcing this year’s festive fare until after the final episode had aired, then a tiny grain of doubt would have endured.
    Indeed, if no news of a Christmas special had been forthcoming prior to the end of Series 6, then possibly, just possibly, even the most sceptical amongst us might have begun to wonder about The Doctor’s fate.

    Then again, probably not :-)

    • avatar Paul says:

      Yeah, but this could be set before his death, couldn’t it?

  2. avatar Dalek Space Marine says:

    I’m sure there are enough fur coats in the Tardis to cope with all that snow!

    I very much doubt that the Doctor dies at Lake Silencio, I mean why kill off a perfectly good franchise? That would be mad. I expect there will be some kind of timey wimey get out clause.

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