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Doctor Who XXXII.X: A Christmas Carol

December 25th, 2010 (07:04 pm)

Full review promised to Mr Connors at This Way Up, so I will be very brief:


"Jacob Marley was Dr. Who a little tipsy, but what other tricks did he get up to that Yuletide?"
-- C.E. Webber

Having a shark flying about was tempting fate. I found A Christmas Carol a little too ersatz-Dickensian and sugarfrosted and to some extent the antithesis of what I thought Doctor Who was when I was a child. Katherine Jenkins's involvement had an air of diplomatic Welsh interluvvieness. A wry reflection on "You can't change history, not one line!" though...

Comments

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Me

I really enjoyed it! A rambling review on my blog (I somehow ended up on seasonal antisemitism...). Anyway, I look forward to seeing the full review.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)

This episode is already dividing opinion!

Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)

It was the Christmas special. I have given up expecting sense from the Christmas special.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)

I would be worried were this not the case!

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Me

Thinking about it, Steven Moffat may well have seen that C. E. Webber quotation; it has appeared in at least one book and possibly also in DWM.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)

I'm certain he's seen it!

Posted by: elegaer (elegaer)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)

I really don't know what to make of that ... what an odd episode. I didn't quite get Katherine Jenkins' part, it didn't ever seem to sit right in the story, though of course, expecting sense in a Christmas special might be a little much.

Think the Dr's joining the Faction Paradox with all his rewriting history.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 26th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)

My mother is not Ms Jenkins's greatest admirer; her face when she realised that she was going to sing should have been immotalised.

The Doctor seems more relaxed about rewriting the past when written by Steven Moffat than he ever was when written by RTD; presumably, though, we can comfort ourselves that this was not a 'fixed point'.

Posted by: elegaer (elegaer)
Posted at: December 26th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)

I think my face was about the same along with thoughts of "hang on, this is Dr Who not Katherine Jenkins sings at Christmas". I just couldn't help thinking of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uf7xo_1hEM&feature=related

Posted by: sensiblecat (sensiblecat)
Posted at: December 26th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
christmas carol

Ah, but his final line was "Halfway out of the dark." What if we aren't done with Time Lord Victorious yet?

Also, I'm frankly astonished that nobody's mentioned that fishy, fishy, fishy, oh!

KJ was syrupy and irritating, but in precisely the way all Dickens' attempts to write good women are, so maybe that was intentional.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: December 26th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
I'vegotasportscar

I liked it and thought it the best of the Christmas specials. It's a shame that while everyone has talked about the opera singer, nobody so far has mentioned Michael Gambon's* excellent performance. Also a point worth mentioning is that Doctor Who now seemingly finds it easy to cast competent child actors. In the 70s and 80s, apparently there were no competent child actors in Britain.




* Would I be right in thinking him the most A-list movie star ever to appear in Who?

Posted by: elegaer (elegaer)
Posted at: December 26th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)

Zoe Wanamaker ... Ingrid Pitt ... Timothy Dalton ... Derek Jacobi ...