Doctor Who News Matt Smith stars in the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas special

Published on December 21st, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The Doctor’s Dark Place

As we all know, Doctor Who is usually about the companions and how they deal with the challenge of travelling through space and time. But every now and again we need to look at the Doctor himself and see how his lifestyle affects him.

One such example is Waters of Mars; another, it seems from a new Steven Moffat interview with Digital Spy, is this year’s Christmas special, The Snowmen.

“It’s rare that you get to do moments like this in Doctor Who where you get to talk about the impact of his lifestyle on him – it’s usually about the companion… It’s going to affect him now and then and he’s a right old misery at the beginning because he’s suffered a really quite traumatic loss.

You can watch the interview below (assuming it’s working…)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

3 Responses to The Doctor’s Dark Place

  1. avatar Laurie Rea says:

    Does this mean Matt won’t be acting like a total buffoon in this episode – if that’s the case I can’t wait. I’ve never disliked a Doctor before and I’ve been watching since Tom, but number 11 is really ruining the show for me. Bah Humbug!!

  2. avatar Paul Gee says:

    It’s not like the Ponds died and yet the Doctor has been written into being a misery and destined to mope around the Christmas special.

    We need more continuity in the writing, when Adric became a smudge on the viewing screen of the freighter, the Doctor was all for a trip to the Great Exhibition for Tegan and Nyssa to get over the loss of their companion. The Time Lord equivalent of “Dry your eyes princess and crack on”

    Since the Ponds didn’t perish, a day trip to Alton Towers should enough to perk him up…. he could even take Brian…

    • avatar TimeChaser says:

      Put that down to the classic series never wanting to dwell too much on those sticky touchy-feely emotions.

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