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A Christmas Carol 

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A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet. Amy and Rory have been spending some time on board in ... See full summary »

Director:

Toby Haynes

Writer:

Steven Moffat
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory
Michael Gambon ... Kazran Sardick / Elliot Sardick
Katherine Jenkins ... Abigail
Laurence Belcher ... Young Kazran
Danny Horn ... Adult Kazran
Leo Bill ... Pilot
Pooky Quesnel ... Captain
Micah Balfour ... Co-Pilot
Steve North ... Old Benjamin
Bailey Pepper Bailey Pepper ... Boy / Benjamin
Tim Plester ... Servant
Nick Malinowski ... Eric
Laura Rogers Laura Rogers ... Isabella
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Storyline

A space liner, with a large number of passengers aboard, is in difficulties while flying through the atmosphere of an unknown planet. Amy and Rory have been spending some time on board in the honeymoon suite and they quickly appear on deck. Amy calls the doctor for help and the TARDIS soon appears ahead of the ship. However the Doctor cannot save them and the only other option is to land on the planet below. There the Doctor meets a Scrooge like figure by the name of Kazran Sardick, the only person that can save Amy, Rory and all the other lives on the Spacecraft. The Doctor learns that the atmosphere surrounding the planet is controlled by Kazran who is unwilling to help the liner. The only option to save the ship is for the Doctor to persuade Kazran to save the liner himself. Written by Peter Alcock

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

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Color
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Trivia

This episode features singer Katherine Jenkins' acting début. See more »

Goofs

The older and younger versions of Karzan come into physical contact with no ill effects. According to the "Blinovitch Limitation Effect", such contact between two versions of the same person should result in a dangerous energy discharge. See more »

Quotes

Kazran as a child: If you're my babysitter, why are you climbing in the window?
The Doctor: 'Cause if I was climbing out of the window, I'd be going in the wrong direction. Pay attention.
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Alternate Versions

There are two different versions of this story. The original edit airs for 80 minutes with the second edited down to 60 minutes. The scene where the Doctor takes Abigail to see her family is one of several edited out. See more »

Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Abigail's Song (Silence Is All You Know)
(uncredited)
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by Katherine Jenkins
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"These are but shadows of the things that have been"
25 December 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Dickens' story gets the Doctor Who treatment, full of mad humor and personal tragedy as the Doctor has to reclaim a damaged soul in a world of flying sharks to save Amy, Rory (Arthur Darvill getting an upgrade to Companion status with a front-of-credits listing) and four thousands other people on a crashing space ship. With the great Michael Gambon as that Scrooge-like figure, it takes only half the show to manage the effort -- but series producer Steven Moffat never makes things that simple.

As a fancier of Charles Dickens and the Doctor, I am quite taken with another example of how the Doctor treats all time as simultaneous, rushing back and forth to get information from Gambon to get himself out of scrapes half a century earlier.

Moffat has shown a dab hand at making Victorian stories sensible to a twenty-first audience in series like JEKYLL and SHERLOCK. I'm glad he has decided to do the same for Scrooge.

Oh, and Karen Gillan makes a wonderful Ghost of Christmas Present in a short skirt.


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